Monday, May 20, 2013

Cinux: Version 2.2 is Closer to Release

    Cinux 1.7 "Pandora" was the last available release, yet one full year has gone by since then and no other release has been provided. Since then, I have worked on it, periodically, but I have not dedicated time to it. As stated in a previous article, I have surpassed the one thousand builds barrier and have kept every in between release (1.8 to 2.1) to myself, unfortunately.

    Cinux 1.8 "Dusa" was the first release after "Pandora" and came with really nice features; Gnome 2.30.2 was discontinued and Xfce 4 was introduced, bringing freshness to a rusty and old system; several networking tools were added and tweaked just for Cinux and made it possible for people to connect to a network without the need of the Terminal.

    Shortly after completing "Dusa," I started working on version 1.9, which had very few changes to it since 1.8; mostly bug fixes and core package updates. Then, version 2.0 was brought back to life; "Prime" was started in April of 2012, right after the release of "Pandora" and introduced new technologies, such as the Optimus Kernel supporting only 64-bit systems and a fresh, web based user interface. I always liked the idea of a web based user interface but, I do not possess nor have the funds to possess the infrastructure to carry out such a venture; so far, only a few have access to those services.

    So, after such a long journey, I've found myself in the middle of a battlefield, trying to figure out which way to go, and get out alive. I remembered that about two years ago, in between Cinux 1.0.3 and Cinux 1.4 "Canny Laura" I had been through the same situation; I had made several clones of Cinux, one with Gnome, one with Fluxbox, one with KDE 3 and a server system for local area networks. And that's when I thought of adapting KDE 4.10.

Hopefully this time I will be able to make it to a release.

Bellow you can see a test I did to measure boot up speed, on a virtual machine with no more than 1GB of RAM, 1 CPU processor and 16GB of a virtual hard drive without a swap partition. 

And bellow you can see a few screenshots of the latest successful build with KDE, NetworkManager, Kate, KWrite, Konqueror (which will be most likely excluded from the stable release), and several other tools for managing users and auditing your system. The surprising part is that KDE has not slowed down the system one bit.

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