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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 8
Includes many apps and drivers, no additional downloading needed.
Not all the instructions provided are clear enough, some need workarounds.
Aurox 9.4 is the latest (stable) version of a free distro developed in Poland and based on Fedora Core 1. It is presented in Polish, German, French, Spanish and English. As of this version there is only one set of iso's available for all languages.
This version has been updated to include all changes up to 22 April 2004 and includes many additional applications. It offers Gnome 2.4.1, KDE 3.1.5 and Fluxbox, educational applications (edutainment) and multi-media applications with mp3 support.
The cds have been made compatible with apt. Packages can be installed directly from the first 5 cds using apt after the cds have been added to the apt database. When trying to install a package available on any of the cds using apt, it automatically indicated the cd that needs to be inserted.
Other important includes are: OpenOffice.org 1.1.1 - KOffice 1.3.1 - Gimp2 - K3b - XMMS 1.2.10 (with mp3) - Rhythmbox 0.6.10 (with mp3) - Sound Juicer 0.5.5 - etc.
CDs 1-4 roughly coincide with Fedora Core, CD5 contains numerous games and additional apps as well as being a bootable rescue disk and cds 6 and 7 contain sources. The main advantage of Aurox over Fedora Core is the inclusion of many additional applications and drivers and, for those who buy it with the magazine, the complete installation instructons. Also for those whose English isn't very good, it offers the possibility of installing the system using any of the other 4 languages included.
In text mode:
Pentium or compatible processor (recommended 200Mhz or faster)
64 MB ram or more
In graphical mode:
Pentium II 400Mhz or above
ram: 128 MB minimum, 256 MB recommended
Minimal installation: 600MB
Server: 900 MB minimum(without X Windows)
Home, school: 2.5GB
Full installation: 7GB
The installation and configuration instructions provided in the magazine (three-monthly, complete system, 7cds, around 11 Euro) are sufficient to allow a copletely new user to install and start using his Aurox Linux OS. CD 5 is a bootable rescue cd which includes a partition tool (QTParted), which I have been able to use with some dificulty as the mouse (ps/2) hangs on my PC. The installation screens are (almost) identical to Fedora Core (logo has been substituted).
The first steps after installation (as outlined in the magazine) are mounting the pre-existing windows partitions, configuring the printer and sound card configuration. Also some minimal information about Xine and Mplayer is given (both are included) and Wine is mentioned (also available). After that, video card and modem drivers (provided on cd5) and their installation procedure is explained (nVidia, Radeon, nForce, Conexant - free 14.4Kb driver from linuxant, for which the kernel has been preconfigured - and SmartLink) as well as a Flash and a Java plug-in for Mozilla and Konquerer. Finally, some of the additional applications are described: a number of games (Scorched3D, Frozen Buble, Neverball, FreedroidRPG, TORCS, Lgames, Foobilliard, Bzflag, Cgoban and many others) additional graphical environments (XFCE4, Windowmaker), emulators (dosbox, gnuboy - gameboy emulator) P2P (BitTorrent, aMule, MLDonkey), admin (Alien, Nagios, Webmin), programming (Anjuta, Valgrinda) and multimedia apps (GLAME, Audacity, Kino, Cinderela, Cinepaint.
Where to get it:
Aurox 9.4 is available as a download from internet at http://www.aurox.org/en/index.php?page=download As of this version there is one single set of cds available which are prepared for multiple languages.
There is also a tree-monthly magazine, published in several languages, which includes the 7 cds and provides a a complete installation guide.
Forum: http://www.aurox.org/forum/index.php The forum is a little slow, but many of the basic questions are answered. A section is available for each of the languages in which Aurox is presented: Polish, German, French, Spanish and English. The default language for the forum is German. If you don't speak (or read) the language, signing up is a little complicated - but not impossible. A word of advice: make sure you specify English (or the language of your choice) as theme in your profile. If you don't all buttons and links will continue showing in German.