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Linux Distribution: Absolute
Url: http://www.pcbypaul.com/absolute/
Absolute Linux is a light-weight modification of Slackware Linux. It includes several utilities that make configuration and maintenance easier and it has many common desktop and Internet applications installed and configured with tight integration of menu
Linux Release Details:
Absolute Linux 12.1.0 Beta 1 is available
This is a beta release because it is based on Slackware current. The base system, utilities and integration are actually superior to anything in the 12.x series so far, but it is possible that there can be package incompatibilities between Slackware 12.0 releases and Absolute 12.1.x.
Includes support back to Pentium CPUs -- this means you should be able to install on an old Pentium-1 or a K6-2 machine. You will need at least 48MB of RAM. Suggested minimum hardware requirements are a PII and 64MB RAM. If things run slow, turn off the auto-mounting option.

The default Auto-mouting of connected devices (Cds, USB sticks, external drives...) is unique in that devices are not automatically mounted, but icons of the devices appear in a panel hidden UNDER the taskbar. When you want to look, click the arrow on the right of the taskbar -- that bar will slide off to the right, and connected devices appear on the lower panel.


More than half the distro has been recompiled. After several sleepless nights I can confidently say this is the most stable, fastest and best-tested of the Absolute 12.x series.

Kernel boot image is 2755k.
reiserfs and ext3 support built in, along with USB mass storage, HID devces (for usb keyboards and mice) and many mountable filesystems -- for the ease of mounting devices, including read/write to NTFS. (I have backed-up more than 100 XP hard drives via a usb-ide adapter on Absolute 12.x now. Thank gosh for Windows users!

2. Xorg-7.3

With custom patches to xinit, vesa video, xdm, and installer script updated to set "composite" to false, as otherwise things (especially Nedit) get messed up.

3. KDE libs updated to 3.5.8

requied some re-write of customization code for URLs and email links. Help pages now opened by KDE (and documentation on menu) via Dillo.

4. Dillo-0.6.6

threw in some code to eliminate orphaned file.xpi, bookmarks.xpi and dpid(s) that were left running after close. Took up about 130k of memory each -- not much, but why waste it?

5. Firefox upgraded to

Compiled with headers and IDL files intact. Enables dev builds of things like the mplayerplug-in w/o resorting to gecko SDK. After installing MultiMedia packages (with installer)it is a brick. Works for everything I tried.

6. MultiMedia installer

Changed ffmpeg build to create shared lib rather than the default static. Solved some problems :)

7. GIMP updated

version 2.4 final. Changes to script-fus that I made are included so that what is there, works. These include about half of what came with GIMP originally, plus some others that I personally find very useful. Sort of my favorites.

8. libiconv

Removed. Caused many problems. Lightens the

9. load Icewm recompiled And some custom tweaking -- we now hae gdeskcal (a light, fast desktop calendar) that appears when you left-click the taskbar clock. I find this very handy. Right-clicking now oopens the time-adjusting utility.


The utility to load USB stick when not auto-mounting. Corrected a path in the script to correctly link USB-stick to the shortrcut generated in MyLinux desktop folder.


Auto-mounting on/off switch now controls both hal and dbus (hald and messagebus daemons)


fixed screen size and refresh rate utility when updating refresh rate. It was writing to xorg.conf and truncating the refresh value (dropping trailing zeroes) in screen section so that it did not match the modeline, and was therefore ignored. ALSO -- turned off setting refresh rates for nvidia and vesa with utility, as they did not work properly. For nvidia, even setting "DynamicTwinView" to false in xorg.con (which enables xrandr to get correct refresh rates) did not result in favoravle settings -- they worked but the screens were not sized exactly to monitor edges, so something was not quite right. f yu use the nvidia module, then leaving the settings up to nvidia seems the best alternative.


included nvidia icon (for use if proprietary driver is installed)

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