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December 24th, 2008 by

Ladies and Gents!

Glad to announce the third release of unofficial Enlightenment LiveCD based on our brand new OpenSUSE-11.1.

Download page
‘Welcome’ notes (PDF)

Please visit the download page to see the details and try the mirror provided by Yandex.ru. Read the Welcome.pdf before you pop the disk into the PC/Qemu/etc.

Along with this “release” we made another ‘iso’ which has less software but carry the proprietary ATI/NVIDIA drivers and all components to build and install them for your PC. Instruction is here:
‘Development’ release
Disk has a kernel sources, gcc, make and other ‘user unfriendly’ packages – thet’s why it’s a ‘development’ one.

The brief changelog comparing to the old ‘release’:

  • all EFL applications now use the default themes. This allowed to save some valuable spase and provide additional software (like the latest ‘linuxdcpp’ with multithreading download capability)
  • SCIM‘ is included and ready to support the wide spectrum of international locales (added upon request from our Japanese colleagues)
  • operations with any external and internal volumes/storages under ‘User’ via hal+dbus+udev. You’re welcome to explore the amazing E17′s module ‘places‘ which allow an ordinary user to control and monitor all volumes on-the-fly
  • EFL/Enlightenment is build in OBS from svn revision 38164 (dated 20081215)
  • ~/bin folder has some nice scripts inside and we hope to provide much more useful tiny utilities next time
  • Wicd‘ is set as a default network configuration utility (instead of ‘Exalt‘ which is now in a heavy development). If you’re not happy with it – just use the default ‘NetworkManager’.
  • jwm is added as an example of a WM which could be configured in and out (man jwm). It’s very good for an old PC’s (along with ‘E16‘). We tested the disk with a 128 RAM – works…
  • and the most interesting feature – is a ‘0install‘ technology, which allow you to build your own ROX-Desktop from scratch (internet connection is required). The result is very close to ‘GoboLinux’ – just click on ‘ROX-Filer‘ menu entry (Applications -> System -> File Manager -> ROX-Filer)

Some new applications added like ‘Tracker‘, ‘Edje_viewer‘, etc., init routine adjusted and several other tricks performed to prepare yet another general-purpose Linux LiveCD. Below is a link to the small gallery of a screenshots:

screenshots

Exactly what you get by default. Unfortunately they can’t express the feel of E, which is “…like people say, amazing.” Mirror is updating right now and the new version soon will be there (hope so).

As usual we’re glad to receive your feedback.

Acknowledgments:

Enlightenment Development Team and Enlightenment Community
OpenSUSE Build Service Team
OpenSUSE KIWI Team (schaefi, cyberorg, pzb, cgoncalves – THANKS!)
Stalwart, thanks for the hosting!
Packman Team
Novell
Jan Engelhardt
and all the others, who helped to make it (Engineers, Developers, Users, Maintainers…)

Thanks!

Regards,
SOAD team

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13 Responses to “Enlightenment LiveCD”

  1. Dmitry Serpokryl

    here goes some hot updates:

    we issued a new 3.0.3 version and you can simply download the delta.iso:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?u0y0wixybhm

    and proceed:

    xdelta patch 3.0.1-3.0.3.delta.iso suse-11.1-Enlightenment-live-iso.i686-3.0.1.iso suse-11.1-Enlightenment-live-iso.i686-3.0.3.iso

    or grab a new version from our download page:
    http://sda.scwlab.com/soad_linux.html

    regards!

  2. gnomic

    I have just wasted 200MB trying to download this iso because the sites time out, now the file seems to have pulled altogether. ????? What exactly is the point of this exercise? If bandwidth is that much of a problem why bother to publicise your project?

  3. Dmitry Serpokryl

    >> I have just wasted 200MB….

    My DEEPEST APOLOGIZES! The case is not the bandwith, but our update to the version 3.0.4 which I hope is indeed a huge improvement. That’s why current version 3.0.3 was removed from our mirrors and the download page.

    If you downloaded our version 3.0.1 or 3.0.3 then we’ll provide the delta.iso for you to decrease the traffic.

    Sorry for the inconvenience caused.
    Regards,
    sda

    • gnomic

      Hullo and thanks for your response – sorry if I was grumpy, it was just a bit of a pain when the file vanished during my second attempt to download. At the moment trying for 3.0.4 from scwlab site, but at present it is doing about 15 kbs with just under twelve hours indicated till completion. The mirrors don’t seem to have the current iso. Unfotunately haven’t been lucky enough to get a complete iso as yet so the delta won’t help :-( Fingers crossed for better luck this time – maybe you could hold off from releasing a new version for 24 hours :-)

  4. Dmitry Serpokryl

    Finally we released the version 3.0.4:
    Official Announcement

    Along with our LiveCD you can grab the USB-stick image:
    Ice Cube Mirror
    Mediafire.com
    Please, read the instruction how-to use it:
    SOAD Linux USB-disk README file

    regards,
    sda

  5. Dmitry Serpokryl

    >> sorry if I was grumpy,

    np, a gentle kick is always welcome :). please take a look at the Ice Cube Mirror – it has version 3.0.4 right here.

    >> maybe you could hold off from releasing a new version for 24 hours

    well, i’ll try that, but “delta” with a fix to the “places” module will be deployed definitely :).

    hope you like the result or please don’t hesitate to kick us once more if you find some bugs or just notice something that should/could be improved!

    regards,
    sda

    P.S. i mean that you can use ‘aria2′ download utility to get the .iso from the mirror and download page at maximum speed (”…aria2 can download a file from multiple sources/protocols and tries to utilize your maximum download bandwidth…” – that’s from ‘man aria2c’)

  6. gnomic

    Hmmm. Now when I follow the link to the tropics on the blackish SOAD page I get tic.zenerves.net, a top level page on the site. I have poked around a bit but couldn’t navigate my way to your iso. Too bad I didn’t see your link to the iso before kicking off on the sluggish link on SOAD home. Currently 370 megs in at a massive 16.7 kbs and slowing from 18 earlier, 5hrs 30 to go.

    I didn’t know of aria2 but have read about it at http://debaday.debian.net/2008/07/16/aria2-high-speed-command-line-download-utility/ Will check it out sometime.

  7. Dmitry Serpokryl

    Updates!

    we just released binary bugfix patches for our system images (LiveCD and USB-sticks versions 3.0.4)

    Enjoy!

    • gnomic

      Hullo there, glad to say I got 3.0.4 after many hours, sure the grass grew longer while waiting . . . and now omg I see I am out of date again already! Now just a few observations from brief use so far. CD booted on ThinkPads Z60m Pentium M (Intel 915 grfx) and T23 with 1133 MHz PIII and SuperSavage video. On both machines paused at ‘starting HAL daemon’ during boot and required key press before proceeding. Doesn’t pick up an existing swap partition on system, not essential obviously but a nice to have. Also doesn’t seem to quit gracefully and eject CD, had to turn machine off. While using xfe file manager periodically throws up dialogue box ‘Mount point /mnt/livecd is not responding’. CD in fact not mounted according to mount command.

      Was able to connect via wireless to open access point without difficulty. Connection to wpa-secured AP worked once, but on other occasions failed, seemingly with wpa-related problems. Could be cosmic rays I guess :-) Intel 2200 chipset.

      Enjoyed using soad so far, and will explore it more. May try the usb stick version. I guess this will fit on a 2G stick? Any tinkering required to make the usb version bootable, or should simply copying the files across result in a bootable system? What is the best place to send further notes? The changes to 3.0.4-fixed mainly relate to Enlightment, or are there other changes besides?

  8. Dmitry Serpokryl

    HUGE THANKS to the GWDG.DE – we have a new Mirror which will be updated on a regular basis. Please, use it along with others! Hope that this will completely eliminate any issues with downloads.

    My kindest regards to the Eberhard Moenkeberg (emoenke) for the help and support.

  9. Dmitry Serpokryl

    hi gnomic!

    1) mount of existing swap partitions will be fixed in version 3.0.5 . it doesn’t work because we thought that some folks may use the sysrem as a recovery/rescue. we’ll make it as a separate service with an option to turn it off for USB. for LiveCD this will be enabled by default on boot.

    2) USB version is O’k for sticks from 1Gb capacity and up. please read the instruction:
    usb_stick_readme

    all you need is (as root):
    * backup your existing data
    * dd if=./suse-11.1-Enlightenment-live-stick.i686-3.0.4_fixed.raw of=/dev/YOUR_USB_DEV bs=32k

    3) please try to restart service ‘wicd’ if you can’t connect (as root):
    * rcwicd stop
    * rcwicd start
    * rcwicd status # just a check

    4) you can leave your comments here if it’s o’k for you. if not – we can offer other options:
    * forum.enlightenment.org
    * Enlightenment openSUSE forum thread
    * my blod
    * Freenode IRC channel where you can ask your questions online (if someone from SOAD is there)
    Welcome!

    5) we’re trying to reproduce the ” pause at ’starting HAL daemon’ ” case. need more input unfortunately. could you just type “1″ as a response to “automatic configuration” question and wait a bit?

    6) USB-stick version still has one serious bug (our fault, in tech terms this is quite a stupid bug and will be fixed for version 3.0.5 and up): it runs o’k only on a PC where you started it first time. to fix it just open as root the file “/etc/init.d/create_xconf” and insert into the 32-nd line (before “case” statement):

    if [ -e /etc/X11/xorg.conf ] ; then
    rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    fi

    another disadvantage – it doesn’t have a man pages yet (will fix this too).

    6) “3.0.4_fixed” for LiveCD added some packages like ‘mtr’, ‘reiser4progs’, ‘iperf’, etc. (sysadmin tools mostly) and fixed E17′th ‘places’ module issue. “3.0.4_fixed” for USB is a MUST (hell of a lot of changes).

    Please note, that installed systems (on USB and HD) could be updated if online with a single command:

    sys_update

    hope it’s clear that LiveCD will lost the updates on reboot.

    THANKS for your feedback!

    P.S. for USB looks like the best option is to wait the 3.0.5 fixes…

  10. gnomic

    Hullo again, I ran 3.0.4 live CD for a day or two and like the look and feel. One thing I noticed, is there no power saving included by default? On a ThinkPad with an external LCD screen attached both screens were on continuously. I didn’t really investigate to check for any settings to control this behaviour, maybe there is something in YaST? Most distros I have run seem to turn off the screen(s) after a period of inactivity. Without any configuration of X for two screens, the system ran the external 17″ LCD with its native resolution of 1280×1054, and the laptop screen also at this resolution but not displaying the full area as on the large screen since the native resolution of the laptop screen is 1024×768.

    I also noticed that Firefox seemed a bit unstable, it crashed after some hours of use, and then crashed again within an hour of restarting. I wasn’t doing anything that should have stressed the browser too much, maybe half a dozen tabs running on fairly sedate websites.

    Wireless connectivity was OK on this run with a WPA-secured access point.

  11. Dmitry Serpokryl

    Please open E17′s Settings Panel -> Screen -> Power Management. click the “Enable Display Power Management” option and set the desired timeouts. In 3.0.5 version we also include some power savings for harddisks.

    Regarding FF – could you please refuse to install flash-player (or if it’s already in just remove it by typing “sudo rpm -e flash-player” in console).

    Suppose that “gksu sax2″ could help to set both monitors, but unfortunately the dual/multi heads configuration is not tested through. We’ll try to offer several templates and how-to’s to help configure this, but manual editing of /etc/X11/xorg.conf is required in this case.

    Thank you!