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Hanthana Linux 17
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1 10823 09-26-2012
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100% of reviewers None indicated 7.0

Description: "Hanthana Linux 17 (Sithija) is released. Hanthana Linux 17, the latest release of Hanthana was published on the 3rd anniversary of the Hanthana Linux project. In addition to the host of applications, the new release has the official LibreOffice guide provided by The Document Foundation added as well. Hanthana Linux is not just another Fedora respin. As a project it facilitates the deployment of free and open-source software amongst the every-day PC user as well as the localization of FOSS software and documentation, and it provides training workshops as well."
Keywords: Fedora-based Sithija Official-LibreOffice-Guide

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Old 09-26-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: Fedora derivative with software for every purpose ready to run
Cons: Only one video player seems to be working

Hanthana is a distro from Ceylon that has been around for three years. It supports English, Sinhalese, and Tamil. Locally, they do a great deal to encourage its use in schools, but itís actually suitable for any English-speaking user. Itís based on Fedora, adding all the things that Fedora canít or wonít supply, like media codecs and non-free software, some from the RPMfusion repository and some from its own. The desktop is Gnome 3.

Itís similar to Kororaa, but it differs in the huge amount of software on the DVD. As well as the usual items you also get things like Gnucash, MySQL workbench, Openshot, Qcad, Skype, Wine, childrenís programs like Gcompris, and even a thing to get contact data off a mobile phone! Itís difficult to think of anything you canít do from the basic installation. Naturally, you also get the Fedora bugs: of 5 video players on the disk, only Gxine worked. But you also get all those security features and configuration tools which are the trademarks of the Red Hat family.

The installer is the version of Anaconda that Fedora uses on its CDs. This installs from a disk image, so the root partition must be ext4. If you use a home partition, that can be encrypted. I couldnít actually install, because my guest partition is only 8MB and Hanthana needs 15MB: did I say itís big?

The only problem, apart from the bad video players, was that, like Kororaa, they replace Gnash with Flash: the latest version that wonít work with 32-bit AMD CPUs.

If you like Fedora, Gnome 3, and Gxine, this is a good way to get everything youíre ever likely to want installed in one quick session. And if you do install it, how about a donation to help them get more computers into the local schools?


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