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wattOS: Light weight, Ubuntu-based Linux distro January 21, 2010

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WattOS is a new Linux distribution that’s based on Ubuntu, but designed for low-power machines. It has low system requirements, which means you can run it on older hardware. But the developers are also hoping to build advanced power management features into the OS so that you’ll have a full Linux desktop experience without consuming much power (by today’s computer standards).

The operating system comes in four flavors:

  • wattOS: The core operating system which features a Gnome desktop
  • mWattOS: Uses the Xfce interface
  • µWattOS: Features a command line interface and a light-weight GUI
  • Substation: A server edition

WattOS is currently available as a public alpha, which means there’s still a lot of work to do, but the operating system is perfectly usable, if a little rough around the edges. It comes with a stripped down set of applications. For examle, instead of OpenOffice.org you get AbiWord and Gnumeric. But WattOS supports apt-get and the Synaptic Package Manager, which makes it easy to add additional applications.
VISIT WEBSITE : http://www.planetwatt.com

New Linux distro for artists: openArtist January 16, 2010

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OpenArtist is a new Linux distribution. It’s based on Ubuntu but completely tricked out on graphics – and Blender software.

It is based on ubuntu Hardy (but updated to jaunty in many aspects), features nearly everything available in the free software world. Categories are 2D, 3D, Audio, Video, VJ, Hardware interfacing, Collaboration.

As you will mostly be interested in the 3D stuff, I’ll start with this.

Massive blender focus

  • 5 versions of blender (2.49, 2.5 with automatic download script of graphicall daily build, 2.41, 2.45, publisher 2.2.5 for compatibility reasons and fun 🙂
  • integration into nautilus (own blender mimetype, open with 2.41, 2.45, control movies with blender:anim on rightclick), hidden blender folder in home directory for fast access to scripts folders of all versions and to sequence and texture plugins)
  • collaborative blender scripts folder (symlinked into dropbox, drop a script there and all others will get it, too). many scripts installed (focus mainly on renderers integration until now, all render-related scripts appear in render menu now)
  • renderers preinstalled for use with blender: yafray, yafaray, kerkythea, indigo (these two via download script, as they cannot be redistributed), aqusis, pixie, nvidia gelato, luxrender (beta and stable), sunflow, pantograph. also, freestyle standalone and helios distributed renderer are available. which brings me to the next point:
  • distributed rendering category: helios (distributed rendering with sunflow), drqueue (packed in custom scripts and with help to be user friendly), yadra, networkrender, farmerjoe. Also all online-tools which allow renderfarming with blender are there, with test accounts: Pgrade Grid portal, HGblender ranch, burp, open rendering environment, BOINC, then the commercial ones: greenButton, respower, pouwa client, deadline renderfarm.
  • blender video sequence editor and composite editor launcher in VID cateory, with test project and little intro texts.

Other interesting things

  • 3D programs: ayam, moonlight, wings3d, k-3d, topmod modeller, equinox, gsculpt, kpovmodeller. Makehuman is there, once with the old version, and MHPhoenix, and a script to automatically download and compile the latest version. there is also Sharpconstruct (standalone scuplter) and structuresynth (where you can code 3D objects)
  • texture tools: Mapzone (via wine and a script for download), semicuro, cellule (for procedural textures)
  • shaderman tools: sler, shaderman (via wine) and cutter
  • plant generators: arbaro, Ivy, ngplant, and apparently, tree form curves.
  • g3dviewer: previews all major 3d formats
  • bvhplay: player for bvh motioncapture files.

Useful things beyond 3D

  • 2D: gimp is heavily pimped with all majpur plugins and scripts actually, there are 3 versions of gimp. one is special-pimped for use with graphics tablets: Gimp paint studio.
  • more graphics tablets apps: mypaint, gogh, drawpile, alchemy, qaquarelle, and pencil.
  • djv imaging for image sequce playing and processing.
  • cinepaint is there. with full color management built in.

Which brings me to

  • colour mangement: all relevant tools for linux are there (lcms argyl, lprof, oryanos, dispcal), but you will also find tools like a print plugin in gimp, which accepts coulor profiles of printers, or the CMYK plugin for gimp.
  • There’s also 2Danimation, but this goes out of scope.
  • Hardware interfacing: controls for wacom graphics tablet, wiimote, and reactivision
  • special kernels: there is a highram kernel available, which could be neat for renderings with more than 3GB ram. Yes you can use more the 3GB ram with a 32bit system. this kernel has to be installed seperately, but there is an install script on the desktop

Whats lastly worth to mention is that there is help on board, by hovering over the launchers, or in the mindmap (actually it’s a network of mindmaps), where I tried to collect every relevant knowledge of a software, up to youtube videos.

For blender, there is a deep mindmap which covers nearly everything (though abit outdated), previously called the blendermindmap. (actually, you can reach it also via beam.to/blendermaindmap)

There is also a map called ressources where you can find models, textures, mocapdata, sounds, etc.

And best of all – its free and online. The help (which is the hompage, too for now) And the os. go to www.openartisthq.org for download, screenshots.

CrunchBang Linux January 16, 2010

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  • Based on: Debian, Ubuntu
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Architecture: i386
  • Desktop: Openbox
  • Category: Desktop, Netbooks
  • Status: Active

CrunchBang Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the light-weight Openbox window manager and GTK+ applications. The distribution has been built from a minimal Ubuntu system and customised to offer a good balance of speed and functionality. CrunchBang Linux is currently available as a live CD; however, the best performance is achieved by installing it to a hard disk.

Home Page  : http://crunchbanglinux.org/

Download    : http://www.crunchbanglinux.org/wiki/downloads

BlankOn 5.0 indonesia linux distro January 16, 2010

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BlankOn 5.0, an Ubuntu-based distribution designed for Indonesian users, has been released: “Today the BlankOn developer team officially released BlankOn 5.0, code name ‘Nanggar’. Some of the new unique features in Nanggar are contextual desktop, with the ability to change the theme and the wallpaper of the desktop based on the computer clock or based on the current weather conditions. Another unique feature is the Aksara Nusantara project which gives the ability to write in Batak Toba alphabet. BlankOn Nanggar provides a user guide that can be downloaded from here. Features: GNOME 2.26; office applications – OpenOffice.org 3.0.1, GnuCash; GIMP 2.6.6, Inkscape 0.46, Firefox 3.0 web browser; Linux kernel 2.6.28.”

Home Page : http://www.blankonlinux.or.id/

Download   : http://cdimage.blankonlinux.or.id/rilis/nanggar/jahitan-3/

Linux Mint January 15, 2010

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  • Based on: Debian, Ubuntu
  • Origin: Ireland
  • Architecture: i386, x86_64
  • Desktop: Fluxbox, GNOME, KDE, Xfce
  • Category: Beginners, Desktop, Live CD
  • Status: Active

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components. It also adds a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools, and a web-based package installation interface. Linux Mint is compatible with Ubuntu software repositories.

Home Page   : http://linuxmint.com/

Download     : http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

Ultimate Edition December 10, 2009

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Glenn Cady has announced the release of Ultimate Edition 2.4, an Ubuntu-based live DVD with media codecs, eye candy and — the kitchen sink: “It has been out for about a week, but I have had a lot happening in the meantime. A burnt power supply, a smoked 1 TB drive, painted a house and caught the flu. Ultimate Edition 2.4 was built off Ubuntu 9.10, all upgrades pre-installed as of current. This release is the largest release to date and is absolutely loaded with excellent tools, many new to Ultimate Edition. This distro is lightning quick on boot-up. I must apologize, the usplash does flicker on the screen when live; once installed it works as expected. Please enjoy ladies, and gents, a ton of work went into making this distro, more then any previous.” Check out the release announcement and release notes for additional info and screenshots. Download (MD5): ultimate-edition-2.4-x86.iso (2,417MB), ultimate-edition-2.4-x64.iso (2,444MB).

ZevenOS December 10, 2009

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Leszek Lesner has announced the release of ZevenOS 2.0, a Xubuntu-based distribution and live CD featuring the Xfce desktop and BeOS-like artwork: “We are proud to announce the release of ZevenOS 2.0. ZevenOS 2.0 is based upon Ubuntu 9.10; it brings big changes like a completely new audio subsystem (PulseAudio), switch from HAL to DeviceKit, MagiKit – a standard application management layer, Remaster-Kit for easy ISO re-mastering, Encode and Super Encode – an all-in-one multimedia converting application, MAGI 2 – an application launcher, installer and configuration center. The typical BeOS like look has been improved with changes to Deskbar, icon theme and GTK+ theme. Disk Manager now supports auto-detection of BFS (BeOS) partitions and allows to mount them. The contact manager got an improved VCard filter.” Read the detailed release announcement for a full list of new features and screenshots. Download (MD5): ZevenOS-20.iso (696MB, torrent).