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I was surprised to hear from the devs on the scraping of Dreamlinux 4 to work on Dreamlinux-5. Here are the details that were passed to me and look for the public download link here soon:
The new Dreamlinux-5, the Debian derivative desktop distribution aimed to entertainment, productivity and portability was restarted, as a project, in the late August 2011 and, after an RC, is reaching production state and being launched today, 29/12/2011.
This new version was a complete redesign of the distro, since the latest public 3.5 release.
We interrupted the logical following 4.0 release, that reached Beta-6 because we were not happy with the way it was going and decided to restart from the ground up, with a new concept.
Finally, by the end of August 2011 the Developer Team (nelsongs, andrefelipe and drjesteves) came up with a pilot specification, and started to buid it up.
We retained our previous look, enhanced with a totally free (thanks to andrefelipe) set of icons, wallpapers, etc, as well as a new paradigm that prevents Dreamlinux from breaking when upgrading or dist-upgrading it, as used to happen to the previous versions.
Also, we put a lot of efforts to bringing a distro rich featured in the realms of entertainment, productivity and portability, by means of a good balance of multimedia, desktop and in-house applications and utilities.
Dreamlinux-5 comes with an extensive set of servers out of the box that allows you to set it up as a multimedia center effortlessly. Further details on Dreamlinux-5 utilization as a multimedia center can be found at http://www.dreamlinux.info.
Dreamlinux continues to support productivity applications, so it comes equipped with a reasonable set of important desktop applications, like the Softmaker Officer 2008 suite, The Gimp, Inkscape, Shotwell, Imagination, Foxit Reader (pdf management) and Simpleburn, to name a few.
SoftMasker Office 2008 was kindly given to Dreamlinux to be freely distributed in the distro by SoftMaker GmbH, from Germany. SoftMaker Office is a tiny and MS Office compatible solution with the three main programs required by most office users: text, spreadsheet and presentation. Although not open sourced, the 2008 version was made freeware by SoftMaker. The alternative would be OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice. However, we opted for SoftMaker Office due to its size and document copability with MS Office. On the spirit of freedom that characterize Linux, though, anyone is free to replace it by his/her preferred office suite.
It's on its new portability philosophy, though, that Dreamlinux-5 really shines!
We rewrote our installers to fully make it possible to have Dreamlinux-5 with us everywhere we go. So, this benefit is being delivered to you as well.
Dream Installer, the new Dreamlinux Installer that was being developed for the 4 release (the one never officially launched) has been reworked to be stable enough to install Dreamlinux easily and as fast as possible to any computer's internal hard disk, but also as a tool to install and/or embed Dreamlinux to external devices that can be run in every computer capable of being booted by such devices.
So, you install Dreamlinux fully to an external USB hard disk or a memory stick like device, for instance, and you'll have your Dreamlinux-5 running in any computer capable of booting from such devices, no matter video, network, monitor and keyboard configuration it has. Dreamlinux will adapt and run flawlessly in any of them. We have tested it in more than 20 different computers, with 100% of success.
The same is true if you don't install Dreamlinux-5 fully in these devices, but embed its iso image there, instead. With the right choice upon embedding, it becomes a full featured operating system, capable of keeping all your changes and works done while running it in a live session. This is what we call Persistent Dreamlinux. In the next boot, you'll find everything in place, the way you last touched them.
And thanks to our new technology, we not only don't prevent you from dist-upgrading Dreamlinux: we encourage you to do it frequently! For that we wrote a new app that automates this feature. Remember that Dreamlinux-5 is based on Debian Testing, so packages are constantly being updated in their repository. Keep you Dreamlinux copy updated by constantly dist-upgrading it as well.
So, what's new in Dreamlinux-5?
100% compatible with Debian Testing.
Modern Xfce 4.8 Desktop, customized with Deamlinux style and appearance.
Kernel Linux 3.1.1-dream-3.
Plenty of new features and easy resource set, mostly written in Ruby, Vala and Lua.
Safe and sound system update via dist-upgrade, with no harm to its stability.
Modern, simple and powerful installer, allowing you to install Dreamlinux in about 5 minutes!
Decent average boot time when installed. Programming environment: Lua, Ruby, Vala, Python, Perl, C/C++.
We designed an engine called Transformers that allows any user to unleash his/her creativity, so as to forge his/her own distro visual scheme, customizing it at will.
We have even applied our Transormers technology to an installed Xubuntu distro, resulting in Xubuntu acquiring Dreamlinux-5 look and feel.
All details about these exciting new technology of ours will be fully explained in our website at http://www.dreamlinux.info.
If you've dreamed of a powerful, fast, stable, efficient, intuitive, portable and good looking Linux system, meet new Dreamlinux 5.
Pentium III or Athlon XP, 512 MB RAM, CD/DVD, fixed or removable HD, or even a 4 GB memory stick to run it installed, or 1GB to run it in live mode.
Linux Kernel 3.1.1-dream-3
Desktop Environment: XFCE 4.8
Midnight Commander (MC), Nano text-editor, Geany Programmer Editor, Network-Manager, Avahi-Daemon (Bonjour), Preload, Fancontrol, Cpufreqd, Mplayer, FFmpeg+codecs, SimpleBurn, Xarchiver, Ristretto, Chromium Web Browser, Foxit PDF Reader, gparted, Synaptic package manager, Conky and Plank bar, Dreamlinux customized.
Office Suite: kindly provided by SoftMaker GmbH, Dreamlinux 5 delivers the renowned SoftMaker office suíte, comprised of Textmaker, Planmaker and Presentations programs to deal with text, spreadsheets and presentations, recognized by its small size, efficiency, speed and total compatibility with MS Office documents formats.
Dream Installer:*a fast and easy installer. You'll see nothing like that: simple, easy, effective and fast, really fast! Read the html documentation available at the Desktop, when running live, by means of clicking on the installation-guide icon to have an idea of the Dream Installers capabilities.
Programming Environments: besides the ubiquitous C/C++ and Bash, Dreamlinux 5 comes equipped with their preferred trio Lua/Ruby/Vala, plus Python and Perl. Lua and its Just-In-Time compiler LuaJIT brings all the effectiveness of this small however powerful language created and developed in Brazil. The wonderful Ruby, with all the sofistication and power of its de-facto object-oriented implementation is used everywhere in Dreamlinux. Vala is gaining momentum in Dreamlinux development and is being used everywhere C/C++ would be used.
And several development libraries are installed by default in Dreamlinux to make developers life easier.