The Porteus Community is excited to announce Porteus 2.0 RC1, the first development release of a new version for our Standard and Xfce Editions. Porteus is a light-weight, highly configurable and flexible live distribution based on Slackware that is optimized to run from USB drives, flash cards, CDs or other storage media. We strive to make Porteus clean, efficient and powerful while remaining easy to use.
The 32-bit Standard Edition now ships with Razor-qt as the desktop environment, replacing Trinity/LXDE.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We have merged 'from_dev=' 'from_dir=' and 'from_iso' into one 'from=' cheatcode. Please read the cheatcodes.txt file found in the boot/docs folder for more information.
There have been many substantial improvements in this version so please take time to read the full changelog here: Porteus-2.0 changelog
Some of the more important changes from Porteus Version 1.2 include:
-bumped kernel to 3.7.1 and userland to Slackware 14.0
-switched to initramfs and added a second initramfs for PXE booting
-added changes=EXIT cheatcode (many advantages) and improved many other cheatcodes
-optimized boot time and shutdown down time. Shutdown can be almost immediate!
-new install scripts for Linux and Windows
-reorganized porteus and boot folder to be much cleaner.
-new GUI tools in Porteus Settings Centre to configure timezones, keyboard layouts, and a select a default soundcard
-laptop-mode-tools is now enabled by default to prolong battery life for laptops and net books.
-merged 'toroot' and 'noautologin' cheatcodes into one 'login=user_name' cheatcode.
-improved copy2ram function
-improved vga_detect function
You can download your desired edition from the following links:
32-bit editions: http://dl.porteus.org/i486/testing/Porteus-v2.0-rc1/
64-bit editions: http://dl.porteus.org/x86_64/testing/Porteus-v2.0-rc1/
Please give this development release a thorough test and report any feedback and bugs in the development section on this thread: Feedback for Porteus version 2.0 RC1
You can watch video previews showing version 2.0 in action!
32-bit Razor-qt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... nRuUjInMYU
64-bit KDE4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WxeTXPE ... r_embedded
Xfce editions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXLyIlAf ... e=youtu.be
We'd like to thank our families and all of the members of the Porteus Community for their continued support in putting this release together! Please note that we've added a page to our website for submitting donations to help pay for our costs in keeping this distribution up and running. You can view this page here: http://porteus.org/donations.html. If you love Porteus, please consider donating to help us out!
Happy Holidays to everyone, and best wishes for the New Year!