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Aurox is dead. Yoper is dying. What should we replace it with?

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The Aurox Linux distribution which is described on our website: Aurox review seems to be dead since a few months (the company developing it ceased the development and the new one that has the rights tto the distro seem to do nothing). Also, the Yoper distro which has been on polishlinux.org forever (here is the Yoper review) seems almost dead since... 2.5 years?

I think it's good time to replace those systems with new ones. I have a few ideas about the interesting and promising new distributions that are worth promoting. These are: Zenwalk, Frugalware, Sabayon, Pardus, Puppy Linux and a few more. Also I think we should think of describing the popular, yet commarcially tainted distros like PCLinuxOS or Freespire.

I would be glad to hear your opinion about which distros we should concentrate on. Or perhaps, if you think we should leave the ones we have currently -- the arguments supporting this.

Regards,
Borys

PS. I just noticed that the Linux Distro Comparison in currently on digg. You can help promoting it to the front page: http://digg.com/linux_unix/Linux_Distribution_Comparison (BTW: thanks for AndrewB for telling me about the custom digg RSS feeds, this way I can constantly know if any of the PL articles are on digg at the time -- good tool!).

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Well, as I recently wrote

Well, as I recently wrote on my blog here I think that EnGarde Secure Linux is an interesting distro. There's a free (in terms of price, didn't check if it's all free software) and commercial version, though I don't know the difference (might be support, since the free version already brings everything you'd need for a server).
Since it brings SELinux and is aimed at servers it might be an interesting option for people who are looking for a distro that's made for servers, and by that doesn't bring any unnecessary stuff.

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Let me say a tiny number of

Let me say a tiny number of words about Frugalware: The distribution is very cutting-edge, but also quite unstable. As a user, I have a relatively negative view of the experience, which is probably connected to the fact that I used the amd64 version only, which is noticably less maintained. The community is friendly and the package manager is nice. Package creation is both simple and obvious.

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reptiler: Concerning

reptiler: Concerning EnGarde Secure Linux -- well, I think we should concentrate on the distros from the Distrowatch Top 50. If it's not there, there must be a good reason to keep it on PolishLinux "recommended distros" column.

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I think that from the ones

I think that from the ones you mentioned Zenwalk, Sabayon, PCLinuxOS and maybe puppy are the definite candidates. Now which to choose... PCLinuxOS is probably most popular of them so maybe that'd be a good choice, and I think it's actually less tainted that Sabayon. If you look mostly by popularity, then PCLinuxOS is probably the most eye catching candidate right now.

Personally though, I think I'd pick Zenwalk for inclusion.

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Zenwalk and PCLinuxOS?
libervisco wrote:

I think that from the ones you mentioned Zenwalk, Sabayon, PCLinuxOS and maybe puppy are the definite candidates. Now which to choose... PCLinuxOS is probably most popular of them so maybe that'd be a good choice, and I think it's actually less tainted that Sabayon. If you look mostly by popularity, then PCLinuxOS is probably the most eye catching candidate right now.

Personally though, I think I'd pick Zenwalk for inclusion.

Zenwalk is a good idea and it's actually already included in the distro comparison table (you can edit the data here: http://wiki.polishlinux.org/zenwalk/). Thus, I would go for incluing Zenwalk in the "reviews" section as well together with PCLinuxOS which seems like a very popular distro omitted by us.

Any more comments are however welcome since the decision won't be made immediately.

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Well.. that seems good.

Well.. that seems good. Smiling

Right now the only thing that comes to mind is adding sidux at some point, which is a new Debian Sid distro and sort of a fork of Kanotix. I love it so far and I think it's the best I used so far (although Debian Sid itself has a lot to do with it, admitelly). Smiling

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I would highly recommend

I would highly recommend "Oz Enterprise",
http://wiki.polishlinux.org/oz

Also reference the "Oz Enterprise" forum:
http://cafelinux.org/forum/

The download page for "Oz Enterprise" is here:
http://www.rpath.org/rbuilder/project/oz/

Also another great OS is "Linux Nirvana":

The download page for "Linux Nirvana" is here:
http://www.rpath.org/rbuilder/project/ozma/

Also reference the "Linux Nirvana" forum:
http://cafelinux.org/forum/

Two other projects that come to mind are:

Wolvix & elive

Yes, I am the developer of "Oz Enterprise" and "Linux Nirvana", if you have any questions please contact me at:

Also, I would hardly say that Yoper is dying, they rank as #10 in the past 7 days on distrowatch, I just downloading and burned the latest release of Yoper. Aurox I have never heard of and I have used and tested over 400 Linux distros.

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oz, wolvix, elive and yoper..
ravtux wrote:

I would highly recommend "Oz Enterprise",
http://wiki.polishlinux.org/oz [...]
Yes, I am the developer of "Oz Enterprise" and "Linux Nirvana", if you have any questions please contact me at:

What is special about Oz? Nobody uses it, yet. So there must be a very good reason to describe it or even promote it except that it's yours Smiling BTW: maybe you'd like to publish a review of Oz on polishlinux.org first? This would be a nice introduction to the distro.

ravtux wrote:

Two other projects that come to mind are:
Wolvix & elive

Elive is rather experimental AFAIR. Not a good choice for a newbie. Wolvix sounds nice for an old PC, it's mentioned in the article about GNU/Linux on old hardware, but I don't see it on the main page yet.

ravtux wrote:

Also, I would hardly say that Yoper is dying, they rank as #10 in the past 7 days on distrowatch, I just downloading and burned the latest release of Yoper. Aurox I have never heard of and I have used and tested over 400 Linux distros.

Yes, they finally released a few betas of Yoper recently. It has been dead for 3 years though. I don't see this project becoming a real player in the linux world.

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OK, here they are: -

OK, here they are:
- PCLinuxOS: http://polishlinux.org/linux/pclinuxos/
- Zenwalk: http://polishlinux.org/linux/zenwalk/
- Freespire: http://polishlinux.org/linux/freespire/

Zenwalk and Freespire are in the distribution comparison already. PCLinuxOS not yet.
Also, we are considering Pardus Linux to be featured.
Aurox has been removed from the main sidebar. Yoper managed to stay Smiling All the featured distros can be seen on the ovewview page: http://polishlinux.org/linux/

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PCLinuxOS in the comparison!
michuk wrote:

OK, here they are:
- PCLinuxOS: http://polishlinux.org/linux/pclinuxos/
- Zenwalk: http://polishlinux.org/linux/zenwalk/
- Freespire: http://polishlinux.org/linux/freespire/

Zenwalk and Freespire are in the distribution comparison already. PCLinuxOS not yet.

Thanks to the effort of our Wiki community at PCLinuxOS is now also available in the comparisons. Take a look at the Ubuntu vs PCLinuxOS match-up!

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