Linux Distribution: NimbleX
NimbleX is a Slackware-based mini live CD which is able to boot from a mini CD, USB storage device or from another computer on the Local Area Network. Its main features are small size, a varied selection of software packages, and good hardware support.
|Linux Release Details:
|NimbleX 2008 RC is available
|Since Beta there are major differences and it's the closest thing I can imagine to final version. Actually the main reason for calling it RC is the eventuality some important bug sneaked in.
|The important highlights since beta are:
- ost 16MB to be back to 200MB
- Addition of the NimbleX USB Installer
- Improvements to the Safe Installer
- NimbleX is now split in 9 for greater flexibility
- Added important software like: LinuxDC++, Avidemux and the GSlapt Package Manager
- Polished many things so that it pleases the eye :)
- Compiz was added and configured in NimbleX. For starters, everyone that has a 3D card supported out of the box by X can enjoy the 3D effects. Hopefuly, in the future, people will contribute to package drivers for this feature.
- many more other changes
Even though it's not recommended, in this version you can use .deb and .rpm packages to escape the dependency hell easily. All you have to do is to doble-click the .deb or .rpm packages to install them and hope it will work.
If you are interested in the 3D Desktop effects open a terminal and use the "startcopiz" command. To go back to standard KDE there is also the "stopcompiz" command
The major highlights since NimbleX 2007 are:
- the Experimental Safe Installer
- the better LZM compression
- 2008 Beta is split in 5 pices
- 9 Desktop environments
- and many other things.
The Experimental Safe Installer is a very important addition for the users that was created to allow people with XP, and in the future with other distros, to make a "one key hit" safe deployment to HDD. The approach with the experimental safe installer is to avoid altering any partitions, this way minimizing the risk of damaging data and minimizing the user input to only one Enter necessary to get NimbleX on the HDD.
Using the new LZM compression I managed to squeeze a lot more stuff in NimbleX. This beta is 16MB overweight and in the final we'll have to loose some weight to keep in the 200MB shape.
NimbleX 2008 Beta is split in 5 to allow users that customize it a greater flexibility. Those that don't need a graphical environment can easily make it 50MB big.
9 Desktop environments have been added in the Beta: KDE, E17, E16, XFCE, IceWM, EDE, Fluxbox, OpenBox and TWM.
Other significant additions are: Gimp, XINE, Firefox, XMMS, GParted, ClamAV, support for RPM and DEB packages and many many other stuff. The beta has many multimedia libs added by default, but they and other stuff will probably be removed in final to slim it down to 200MB.
The KOffice package now contains all the applications but it's usability it's still the usability that KOffice always offered.
NimbleX sub100 got some important improvements so I guess now it's ready for the public! It's main goal is to be used as a portable distro be cause it's small (99.9 MB), very fast (less than 40s boot in KDE) and has most of the stuff required for most common daily activities.
Latest highlights are:
- USB Installer (slightly better than the one in 2007v2)
- Added K3B so you can burn CDs and DVDs
- Added support for PDF files because the lack of it was annoying
- Now more than 240 Webcam models are supported
- Remote Desktop for rdp (Win) and vnc protocols
- Added a modified version of Quax's kweb2mod to use software from the Internet
- Wizard to create the nimblex.data file to easily save changes
- ... and a lot more (added parted, iptables, guarddog, wget, xfsutils, dosfstools, grub, gawk, less, unarj, nano)
Click here to download: http://www.nimblex.net/index.php
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