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"Foresight is a Linux distribution for your desktop that features a rolling-release schedule that always keeps your desktop up-to-date, a revolutionary package manager, the latest GNOME, KDE and Xfce desktop environments, and an innovative set of excellent, up-to-date software applications. What's new? GNOME 2.32.1, KDE 4.6.1 and Xfce 4.8; Linux kernel 188.8.131.52; the very latest and greatest Chromium and Firefox web browsers, Banshee, F-Spot, OpenShot, Hotot, Pidgin, Gimp...."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7
Stable software, rolling-release, good forum
No encryption, no wifi on installation disk
Foresight is a rolling-release distro with infrequently issued installation disks, which may explain why itís little-known. It was based on rPathís commercial Linux, but with the demise of the latter itís now independent. Itís available with the Gnome, KDE, LXDE, and Xfce desktops. Although Gnome is the default, I chose Xfce, which I prefer, in the 32-bit version.
The disk is not live and the installer is a modified version of Red Hatís Anaconda. Unfortunately the modification includes removing the option to encrypt /home. Installation is very fast, but with a rolling-release distro whose installation disk is a year old, thereís a lot of updating to be done afterwards. Foresight requires a wired internet connection, as wireless drivers have to be downloaded.
The installer ignored my request for a UK keyboard, and gave me a US locale as well, but thatís easily fixed. The software included Abiword, Gnumeric, Firefox, Pidgin, Skype, Ekiga, Claws-mail, both Parole and Gnome-mplayer, Pragha music player, and Gimp. Codecs and Firefoxís flash plugin were installed. Everything worked, and running from the CLI only gave a warning for Pragha.
Thereís plenty of extra software available, but the problem was getting it. Foresight uses the conary package management system, which it claims is far superior to the rpm and deb ones, particularly for managing rolling-release systems. Unfortunately, it didnít work at first, and it took a couple of experienced users at the forum to find a solution. PackageKit is available but, since conary doesnít use metadata, there are no tags and everything is listed in one sequence. Moreover, with no metadata, there are no descriptions: you can search for Ďavidemuxí but not for Ďvideo editorí.
Comparing this to the other rolling-release distros, Sabayon is less stable and Arch is a pain to install; only PCLinuxOS is comparable. I prefer PCLinuxOS, but if you want LXDE or Xfce, Foresightís worth trying.