Foresight Linux an (very) interesting newcomer

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  1. Longboard

    Longboard Registered Member

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    OK so:

    For interest:
    Still cruising various distros:
    looking for the right balance and saw Foresight V2.0
    Only #26 at distrowatch
    http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=04793
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=foresight

    http://www.foresightlinux.com/

    This distro caught my eye a bit related to this:
    http://us.shuttle.com/news.aspx
    And; seems to have an interesting package management system: Conary
    I know there are other "embedded" linux os's but this was a bit intriguing to me

    Home page : lol SPARSE to say the least: still under devt !?
    No Forum?
    Hhmmm..
    There is this which is good:
    https://wiki.foresightlinux.org/dashboard.action
    and this
    https://wiki.foresightlinux.org/display/docs/Foresight Linux - General Documentation

    OK: dl and install into VMWare Workstation6:
    amazing fast install ~14 minutes, heh: gave the VM 512 mb RAm and install routine complained !! :)

    Very clean install and reboot; options for configuring partitions and SYSLINUX boot loader.
    Everything working :)
    Nice desktop
    No problem with resolution.
    Nice list of basic apps
    Nice selection of apps: Totem instead of MPlayer and no FF plugin: So test this conary: very simple interface: Find>Install = looks like nothing happening: app icon shows something? : then get message = "Installed"
    On the menu: all good, Dl the codecs with apt get (!!) went well: all even better.

    I'm still really raw at the *nix but this was impressive from (very) simple end user POV.

    Lots of menu lists for configuring...

    Interesting vids:
    http://ftp.heanet.ie/mirrors/fosdem-video/2008/lightningtalks/FOSDEM2008-foresight.ogg
    seems to be addressing "Foresight Linux" as an 'interface' for apps rather than an 'OS' ;played with no probs in Foresight MPlayer.

    Google for Conary developer:
    http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&hl=en&q=michael johnson conary&btnG=Search
    http://blogs.conary.com/index.php/mkj

    I'll be trying this out for a while: a bit tricky to find info about repos and packages available so far, user input options are a bit unfamiliar ( at least for enduser like me) but are relatively well documented .

    There are some very favourable reviews of their earlier releases at distrowatch pages

    So far I am liking this
    Not as fast as slack distros: less complex
    For me, much better than say Ubuntu 'plain'
    I dropped it into my ISP's file library and interestingly 15 dl's almost immediately

    Hope some others will have a look and comment.
    Regards.

    and ...http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=04792
    PC-BSD 1.5 :D
     
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  2. lucas1985

    lucas1985 Retired Moderator

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    Interesting, thanks :)
     
  3. pogonici

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    thanks 4 info!
     
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