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"I am pleased to announce the release of Dragora GNU/Linux 2.2 (code name 'rafaela'). Dragora is a powerful and reliable GNU/Linux distribution created from scratch with the intention of providing a stable, multi-platform and multi-purpose operating system. Built with 100% free software. The development focused on stability, correction of bugs, upgrades and security updates. The improvements have occurred in the system installer, the package system, and in Runit's scheme, our init system. This version is available for the 32-bit and 64-bit architectures of 32 and 64 bits, along with a second CD called "plus" which contains Emacs 23.4, Gnash 0.8.10, Gtk-Gnutella 0.97, and wxWidgets 2.9.1 with their corresponding sources."
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 2
Totally FOSS, for those who want that
Little software and some of that broken
Dragora is one of the handful of distros that is 100% FOSS, so if your hardware needs non-free firmware or drivers to get going, it’s not for you.
The installer gives you a command line in which you launch setup, a simple program based on Slackware’s installer. If you need to partition first, fdisk, cfdisk, and parted are available. When you’ve finished, you reboot and log-in as root. Then you can create a user with “adduser”, switch to your new identity with “su”, and use “startx” to get going. I learned all that from reading a review, for there’s no documentation.
The CD provides Abiword, Icecat (aka Firefox), Claws-mail, Pidgin, Xchat, Heybuddy identi.ca client, Exaile, Parole, Xine, Gimp, and Mtpaint. All were free of bugs, except Abiword which was completely broken. Codecs are installed and work, although both video players can be a bit fussy over which files they’ll play. I installed Gnash, after which Icecat locked-up every time I visited a page with flash content. Gnome-mount is broken, so other partitions and external devices need to be mounted manually, and sometimes they won’t unmount.
To add new software, the tool pgk is used in a CLI. It’s explained on-site that it is for installing packages that have already been downloaded, but it doesn’t say where from! It turns out that the two CDs are all there is. So, no word processor, unless you compile your own. Are there bug fixes and updates available? Your guess is as good as mine.