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sidux 2008-03
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2 44759 11-04-2008
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Description: dux came into existence as a project team in November 2006. With over a year under its belt, releases throughout 2007 and now Three releases in 2008, sidux has demonostrated great value and promise. I now use sidux as my primary desktop system, and I have it installed on two desktop systems, three laptop systems, several Live CDs and a USB stick. I keep SimplyMEPIS and AntiX as my stable systems and sidux out there as my leading edge system.

You would think that sidux, based on Debian Sid, might be unstable. From time to time Debian Sid goes into a funk, getting moody as it migrates from one major subsystem to another. For example, whenever glibc or libc6 changes it causes major adjustments. Same is true when there is a major X.org change.

Where sidux comes into the picture is that they do a great job of smoothing out the bumps as much as possible in the moody Debian Sid repositories, leaving you with a huge collection of VERY current software that is actually usable. Though I have not had many problems with Sid over the years, I have had it take my system right out of commission on one or two occasions. I have NOT had that happen once with sidux, even after over a year of turbulence on the Debian Sid project.

While no system is perfect, sidux gives you a GREAT blend of the absolute latest software that is actually usable. On top of that, sidux provides some of the best developer and systems administration tools that I have seen in the Debian world since the demise of my once favorite all time distribution, Libranet. sidux has effectively filled the void left when Jon Danzig, founder of Libranet, passed away. While I will ALWAYS have the highest regard and memory of both Jon and Libranet, sidux sure helps me cope with every day Linux desktop use. My new favorite! With this release and a new look, sidux, more than ever, is tops!

For release 2008-03, sidux adds the availability of a KDE-kite, an XFCE-lite, both in CD form, and a DVD containing all of the available packages. Both XFCE and KDE can be extended to a full featured implementation at your option.

The smxi management tool is not included directly on the CD or DVD but is prominently described in the documentation, but is viewable directly from the Live CD or from the sidux Web site. It is smxi that really tames the uncertainties of Debian Sid packaging and creates an implementation of Debian Sid on mood stabilizers and steroids! sidux, despite being a cutting edge system, ranks in the top ten percent of distributions in overall system stability, exceeded only by systems explicitly designed with stability as their top priority. For every day desktop use, there is no reason to hesitate to use sidux, and in fact, unless you have to have top stability, I highly recommend it as an every day desktop system. I have it going right now on two Dell systems, an old Dell Dimension 4100 and a Dell Latitude D600.
Keywords: fast, Debian Sid, smxi, cutting edge, yet reliable


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Old 10-30-2008, 10:59 PM   #1
justaguynpc
 
Registered: Jun 2005
Distribution: Debian Testing
Posts: 14

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

Pros: It just works!
Cons: ....huh?



Absolutely outstanding, I will never look back.
Check it out!
 
Old 11-04-2008, 04:29 AM   #2
wingevil
 
Registered: Oct 2008
Distribution: slack32-13
Posts: 147

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

Pros: fast & complete, community
Cons: not found yet


Starting 4 month ago als a completely noob, I've tested for myself over 20 distributions: the major dists naturally and some more rarely dists, even slackware. My path to use Linux productiv was:

ubuntu (just for 2 weeks)
Linux Mint (the better ubuntu) for over 3 months
now: sidux

Most of all I like the speed and the absolutely complete offer to build an very good working desktop, which embraces all my needs. Even the installing of a VM was just some keyclicks away, because the're scripts, which working very well.

And the concept of rolling releases is very interesting also.

complexe operations are outsourced at some very helpful tools like siduxcc or sxmi with a really easy way to upgrade the kernel and/or other jobs.

Last but not least I would mention a small but very friendly and active community.
 




  



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