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[News] A Christmas Look at Sidux, AntiX, and SimplyMEPIS

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Three Great Distributions for Christmas: sidux, AntiX M8.0 and SimplyMEPIS 8.0

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| The Debian project has packaged and produced some really great software and 
| the latest project, code named "Lenny" has resulted in a couple of really 
| outstanding derivatives, AntiX and its parent SimplyMEPIS. In addition, the 
| Debian project "Sid", has led to the creation of an awesome cutting edge 
| system called sidux. Any of the three would make a great Christmas gift for 
| the Linux geek in your life.     


My New Laptop and Linux

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| Finally, the new Sidux "Pontos" release comes out. It's running a 2.6.27 
| kernel and KDE 3.5.x. It is an easy way to get Debian Sid installed and 
| configured, and has the vast Debian software package library available behind 
| it. It appears to be a good fit for my laptop needs--everything works, and so 
| far I'm happy with this current distro choice for my new laptop.    



sidux 2008-04

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| Release Notes
| After fixing the problem with multiple optical disc drives, which occured in
| our first preview, and quite some infrastructural changes, we now have the
| pleasure to announce the immediate availability of sidux 2008-04 "Πόντος",
| available in the following flavours:
|     * KDE-lite, amd64, en/ de, ≈460 MB.
|     * KDE-lite, i686, en/ de, ≈455 MB.
|     * KDE-full, amd64+i686, en/ de (da, el, es, fr, hr, it, ja, nl, pt,
|       pt_BR, ro, ru through liveapt) ≈1.9 GB.
|     * XFCE, amd64, en/ de, ≈400 MB.
|     * XFCE, i686, en/ de, ≈395 MB.


Sidux grows on you

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| Hardware compatibility isn't the issue it once was in Linux. Most common
| hardware is automatically detected and configured for users these days, and I
| found this to be true with Sidux. After the Firmware step added ethernet
| drivers during the install, all my hardware in my trustly old laptop was
| functional. I did have to configure the wireless connection, but no distro
| can guess a passkey.
| While Sidux doesn't ship with the proprietary software needed for ATI or
| Nvidia 3-D acceleration and video viewing, it meets all other display needs.
| I installed Flash from Adobe Labs, video codes from the MPlayer Web site, and
| the mozilla-mplayer plugin through Synaptic in order to watch videos on disk
| and over the Internet. I enabled DVD navigation and read libraries from
| packages in Synaptic, and libdvdcss2 is available at debian-multimedia.org.
| With other distros out there providing all these proprietary files, why
| should you choose Sidux? Perhaps one reason is outstanding performance. Sidux
| is blazingly fast and rock solid. It provides a pretty and uncluttered
| desktop environment with lots of applications installed right from the start.
| Between the Sidux and Debian repositories, there isn't too much software for
| Linux that's not available. Sidux has an active and friendly community
| supporting the distribution, good documentation, and vigilant developers. All
| in all, it just might be worth the little bit of trouble it takes to add a
| few proprietary bits.


sidux 2008-03 preview 1

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| sidux is a full featured Debian sid based live CD with a special focus on
| hard disk installations, a clean upgrade path within sid and additional hard-
| and software support. The ISO is completely based on Debian sid, enriched and
| stabilized with sidux' own packages and scripts.


Sidux, a Great Alternative to Ubuntu

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| Sidux is a new Debian derivative that's still just a baby, born in January
| 2007. Sidux announced a brand-new release on June 26, Sidux 2008-02, so we're
| going to kick the tires and take it for a drive, and see what sets it apart
| from other children of Debian. Currently it offers a choice of the KDE or
| Fluxbox desktop, and it supports both 32-bit i686 and AMD64.


On sidux 2008.02 Xfce

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| My overall impression so far has been a good one. There have been no major
| hangups. No overwhelming lack of performance. It performs as well as I can
| ask any Linux distro. Due to that, this release has moved sidux ( Xfce
| version, of course ) into my short list.


sidux 2008-02

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| A little later than planned due to a number of library transitions in Debian/
| sid, we now have the pleasure to announce the immediate availability of sidux
| 2008-02 "Έρεβος", shipping in roughly ≈470 MB kde-lite flavours for amd64 and
| i386 (i686), a combined i386+amd64 release with ≈1.5 GB KDE for kde-full and,
| as usual, an xdelta to add initial localisations for all currently supported
| languages. Enhancing the sidux family, a roughly ≈420 MB large XFCE variant
| has been added for amd64 and i386 (i686) for the first time.


Review: Sidux 2008.1

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| Sidux's primary motto is that it's "Debian Hot and Spicy".  Really, I didn't
| find anything "Hot and Spicy" about it.  In fact, the entire desktop
| experience is calm, soothing, and productive.  Overall I like Sidux.  I'm
| very impressed with its speed, its ease of use, the tools it has and more.
| But it's not quite up to a point yet where I can recommend it to new users.
| Now if a user who had a bit more experience wanted to take it for a spin,
| then I would by all means recommend this distribution.  Think of it like a
| house that has a few flaws with it.  It's great for someone who doesn't mind
| tinkering, but not for someone who wants a turnkey house.
| Now in the future if they clean up the few things I mentioned and make them
| more new user friendly, then by all means I would love to recommend this
| distribution to new users, because I think they'd do well with it if those
| couple of things could be fixed.  If you'd like to download this
| distribution, or learn more about it, I recommend going to their homepage.
| There's a lot of great things there to get you started into the world of
| Sidux.


Interview with Chris Hildebrandt, the sidux project

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| The sidux project has emerged as one of the star distributions of this year.
| With its methodical approach to stabilising Debian's unstable branch and
| turning it into a pleasant and fast desktop system, many users are
| discovering the pleasure of running a cutting edge development branch of a
| major distribution without the most of the risks associated with using such a
| fast-changing system. DistroWatch emailed Chris Hildebrandt, one of the
| project's founders, to ask about the secrets of sidux.      



Sneak Peak at Soon Arriving SiDUX 2008

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| Let’s not get overwhelmed by this and try to focus on those few distributions
| that really worth using, reviewing, presenting to new users and so on. Will
| Sidux 2008, code name “Νυξ” be part of the select club of the Chosen Ones? We
| shall see once the full featured final release of “Νυξ” will be released to
| the public. Until then, let’s see what “Νυξ” has in store for us.    


sidux 2007-04.5 christmas special

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| A lot has changed since sidux 2007-04 "Ερως" got released, most importantly
| additional hardware support for concurrent graphics-, DVB-, ALSA- and
| wireless LAN devices, which suggests to fresh up "Ερως", while continuing the
| development for sidux 2008-01 "Νυξ". Consequently we are now proud to
| announce the immediate availability of the sidux 2007-04.5 "Ερως" christmas
| special for amd64 and i686 systems, shipping in roughly ≈445 MB KDE lite
| flavours and a combined i386+amd64 release with ≈1430 MB KDE for kde-full.      


Sidux Linux 2007.4

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| I didn't run into any stability issues and the inclusion of multimedia
| support was nice. I also liked that it synced up with the official Debian
| repositories. MP3 support will rule out any Debian diehards, but I imagine
| they would just use vanilla Sid instead.  


Seduced by Sidux

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| Sidux may have successfully seduced me, but I have to wait and try the
| Distribution Release so that I can properly and fully express my desire for
| this fine distro.  


sidux 2007-03 Review - The Sexiest.


Screenshots of Sidux 2007-03 preview1

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| By the way, another improvement  seen in sidux 2007-03 preview1 is the fonts
| used.
| The Bitstream Vera Sans 11  is  definitely  better!   Just  visit the
| Distrowatch  with  the Iceweasal browser.  


Sidux 2007-02 - A Review

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| Simply put, Sidux 2007-02 was a pleasure to use. The live CD
| worked beautifully, as did the installer. The desktop is very
| dark, but this is nice to see after using so many “light” distributions.


sidux 2007-02

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| After 3 months of development we are proud to announce the
| immediate availability of the sidux-2007-02...


sidux 2007-02 Preview 1 Screenshot Tour

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| What's on the menu: Debian sid, up to date as of 2007-05-13; kernel
| (SMP, voluntary preemption, mac80211); minimal, but fully
| functional KDE 3.5.6 (en + de); completely overhauled early boot
| sequence; largely adapted installer and graphical installer
| front-end; enhanced installer for meta tasks; new artwork;o
| ffline manual...


Sidux: A live CD for Debian unstable

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| It's a rare distribution that impresses me before I've even tried it,
| but sidux did just that when, a few hours after I'd downloaded and
| burned a two-day-old preview release, the project announced that the
| next release was available for download.


SIDUX 2007-01 Linux LiveCD

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| Screenshots gallery


Testdriving Sidux 2007

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| Sidux ships with a 2.6.20 kernel, Xorg 7.1.1, gcc 4.1.2, and KDE
| 3.5.5. Iceweasel appears to be the default browser and
| OpenOffice.org is only at version 2.0.4. Besides what appears to
| be most of the KDE apps, other apps include The Gimp, Amarok,
| K3B, Kaffine, Scribus, XFMedia player, and Inkscape. There are a
| few system configuration tools, but not a lot. Ksensors is
| available through apt-get.


sidux -- a new star in the Linux galaxy

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| What's most impressive: the huge amount of user documentation
| their documentation and translation teams have managed to write
| up in the short amount of time (the sidux user manual is currently
| available in English as well as Danish, Kroatian, Spanish and
| German).


sidux 2007-01 release

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| sidux is a full featured Debian Sid based live CD with a special
| focus on hard disk installations, a clean upgrade path within
| Sid and additional hard- and software support.


Sidux vs. Mint: Can You Live the Pure Open Source Life?

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| There are valid and compelling reasons why one might want to use only
| Open Source Software. Avoids any patent or IP legal issues, better
| security, and encourages innovation are just a few. However, on the
| other side of the argument there are justifiable reasons for the
| inclusion of multimedia codecs, proprietary drivers, and closed
| software in modern Linux distributions. Neither side is wrong.

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