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Absolute Linux 14.0
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Description: "Absolute Linux 14.0 released. Coincides with the Slackware 14.0 release, keeping in step with libraries, toolchain and basic applications. Absolute has moved away from udisks to use the lighter SpaceFM file manager, which takes advantage of native kernel polling. So as always, Absolute will run fast on modest hardware. NetworkManager is taking care of Internet connections by default. Java and multimedia add-ons need to be installed (via system tools, as root) post-installation. Chrome browser is now the default (taking the place of chromium and/or Firefox). I distribute the browser with several plugins and the Chrome browser comes with a more up-to-date Flash release than what is available as a generic plugin for Linux machines."
Keywords: Slackware-based SpaceFM NetworkManager Chrome-browser


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Old 10-04-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
DavidMcCann
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
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As Iíve said reviewing previous versions, Absolute is one manís system made publicly available. It may work for you, it may not.

The installer is that of Slackware, without customisation. The Lilo boot-loader failed to install with either configuration I tried. I didnít try to debug this, but booted from my main Linuxís Grub. As with Slackware, you have to create a user after rebooting, but the system is in GUI mode and has a control centre available. If you arenít American, you will also have to set the locale and keyboard and then reboot again.

Icewm has been set up with workspaces enabled, but no pager or obvious way of adding one. Other partitions have to be mounted manually. There are few programs installed. Compared with Slackware, you get a usable word-processor (Abiword) but no email client. Media codecs are not installed. The tool for adding or removing software only appears in the menu if you log-in as root. Itís a complete mystery: no indication of whatís installed and whatís available, no classification of packages, and no search facility.

If you want a small Linux with Icewm, get AntiX or Swift; even if Lilo installs, this is a waste of time.
 




  



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