Mar
27

Announcing Foresight Linux 2.5.0

Foresight is a Linux distribution for your desktop that features a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; the latest GNOME, KDE and Xfce desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up to date software applications.

We hope you enjoy using Foresight as much as we do. Because your distro should be cool!

Foresight Linux 2.5.0 Release Notes

  1. What’s new
    1. GNOME 2.32.1, KDE 4.6.1 and Xfce 4.8
    2. Kernel 2.6.35.11
    3. Tons of new applications and improvements
  2. Downloading and Installing
  3. Filing Issues and Bugs
  4. Getting Help
  5. Contribute to Foresight Linux
  6. More information
  7. Credits

What’s new

Foresight 2.5.0 , released March 27th, features the latest stable GNOME, KDE and Xfce desktops, a shiny new kernel, and tons of improvements! This release is for new users as well as for returning users and early adopters! Existing users of our previous 2.1.1. release will be able to update their systems in the following 2 weeks!

GNOME, KDE and Xfce

Foresight features the latest stable versions of GNOME, KDE and Xfce!

  • GNOME is a popular, multi-platform desktop environment for your computer. GNOME’s focus is ease of use, stability and first-class internationalisation and accessibility support.
  • KDE is dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon.
  • Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly.

Kernel 2.6.35.11

Foresight also includes the polished and refined Long Term Support 2.6.35.11 Linux kernel. If new and shiny is more your thing, you will be pleased to learn that the newly minted Linux kernel 2.6.38 is currently undergoing shakedown tests by Foresight’s bravest and is slated to become available as a drop-in upgrade in the coming weeks for the adventurous kind!

Tons of new applications and improvements

Foresight brings to you a vast and cool selection of awesome applications to give you and your desktop that little something extra that will make your friends sit up and take notice! We’re proud to ship the very latest and greatest Chromium and Firefox web browsers, Banshee, F-Spot, Openshot, Hotot, Pidgin, Gimp, and many more great applications for your delight!

Downloading and Installing

Downloads are available at our downloads page, where you’ll be able to choose from our GNOME, KDE and Xfce images for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

Filing Issues and Bugs

Please report any issues or bugs you encounter while using Foresight 2.5.0. Foresight’s issue tracker, JIRA, is available at https://issues.foresightlinux.org.

Getting Help

Help is available in many forms, and you can choose what you’re most comfortable with.

  • IRC: Visit the Foresight IRC channel, #foresight on Freenode, and ask questions. We have one of the most friendly IRC channels you’ll come across with everyone from users to developers reaching out to help answer questions.
  • Forums: Our forums continue to grow, and are a good source of information to check if a specific problem or question has come up before.
  • Wiki: Documentation on the wiki is growing on a daily basis, with updates often to the Frequently Asked Questions and other how-to’s to get you going with Foresight Linux.
  • Mailing Lists:
    • General List: Subscribe or view archives at http://lists.rpath.org/mailman/listinfo/foresight-distro

Contribute to Foresight Linux

Foresight Linux has a vibrant and friendly community, ready to assist any level of user. Participation is also welcome and encouraged! There are several different ways to engage with the Foresight community:

  1. You can find us in #foresight on chat.freenode.net. Foresight users can click the X-Chat GNOME icon in Applications -> Internet menu to access IRC
  2. Contribute to the Foresight Wiki
  3. Package and maintain software. Visit the Developer Wiki at http://wiki.foresightlinux.com/confluence/display/DEV/Foresight+Linux+Development for more information

More Information

You can find more information about Foresight on our website at http://www.foresightlinux.org.

If you’re new to using Foresight, please check out the Getting Started with Foresight User Guide. Click on System -> User Guide. The User Guide contains information on installing software, adding MP3 and DVD support, and an overview of commonly used applications.

Ask live questions in IRC on the Freenode network in the #foresight channel.

Credits

Thanks to the entire Foresight Linux crew all the developers and users who contributed to and helped test this release.

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your distro should be cool!

Mar
08

Foresight Linux 2.5.0 Release Candidate Galore

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Foresight 2.5.0 RC! This time, we have updated images for GNOME, Xfce and KDE! Things are shaping up quite nicely and thanks to all the feedback we’ve received from our users, we should be releasing our GA images pretty soon!

Well known for being a desktop operating system featuring an intuitive user interface and a showcase of the latest desktop software, this new release brings you the latest GNOME 2.32, KDE 4.6.0, Xfce 4.8, a newer Linux kernel 2.6.35.11, Xorg-Server 1.8, Conary 2.2.13 and a ton of updated applications!

The following images are available for download right now:

Foresight GNOME:

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86-dvd1.iso Size: 1.72 GB
SHA1: e3f2ff5ae3fc455e6bf2fc9cbcb2a8719ae66c30

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86_64-dvd1.iso Size: 1.88 GB
SHA1: 346d053e8cd8476e08967603d7e0d29000440c7c

Foresight KDE:

  • Foresight Linux KDE Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86-dvd1.iso Size: 1.89 GB
SHA1: bf4bcb99d8ce3c1389b99eae968ebf86e34270e6

  • Foresight Linux KDE Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86_64-dvd1.iso Size: 2.11 GB
SHA1: c435607e40d9f3e4aa83eb5f6072a5816004ad12

Foresight Xfce:

  • Foresight Linux Xfce Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86-dvd1.isoSize: 1.27 GB
SHA1: 931be41b19a4ef1d5b96b66c341b32b0fa3b63ad

  • Foresight Linux Xfce Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86_64-dvd1.iso Size: 1.48 GB
SHA1: fbd5e1899e54a5ad76249c74ba3be6856f3ca5e2

For Developers (Devel Label):

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86-dvd1.iso Size: 2.23 GB
SHA1: 9f5b548c8c31b3fddfc7d4a9e19fb9eeffdc6701

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86_64-dvd1.iso Size: 2.42 GB
SHA1: f93a9fc18acde88ae299e40cf0a013d0010e8010

Obviously, if you’re already running Foresight Linux 2.5.0 ALPHA2, simply update your system from the command line: sudo conary updateall

The following issues were resolved since our previous release:

  • FL-2699 GEDA electronic design automation tool suite
  • FL-2695 Epson Artisan printers no longer supported
  • FL-2722 man can’t display quotes
  • FL-2723 cURL doesn’t work with HTTPS unless you use –insecure
  • FL-2268 Build giostreamsink plugin into gst-plugins-base
  • FL-2114 Fuppes (upnp and transcoding for xbox/ps3/…)
  • FL-1303 zim
  • FL-1762 emesene-extra-themes:source
  • FL-2702 Synapsy crash
  • FL-1766 zsnes:source
  • FL-2166 Update Spring engine
  • FL-2596 ath9k_htc: Firmware – ar9271.fw not found, TL-WN722N usb wireless stick
  • FL-2710 Update virtualbox-ose to latest available (from 3.2.8 to 4.0.4)
  • FL-2452 logwatch (conary.rpath.com) and dmraid(fl:2-devel) conflict on ISO install
  • FL-2668 X won’t start in some install
  • FL-2709 gdb segfaults immediately upon starting a debugged program
  • FL-2703 gnome-mount options no longer honored
  • FL-2692 openshot complete broken!!!
  • FL-2697 add rtorrent and deps to group-os/world
  • FL-1901 jdownloader

Please report any issues or bugs you encounter while using Foresight 2.5.0 RC. Foresight’s issue tracker, FITS, is available at https://issues.foresightlinux.org.

Thanks to all the developers and users who contributed to and helped test this release.

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your distro should be cool.

Feb
02

Foresight Linux 2.5.0 ALPHA 2 GNOME Edition Release Notes

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Foresight 2.5.0 ALPHA 2 GNOME Edition!

Once again, this alpha release is from our QA branch, and is intended mostly to receive feedback on brand new installs from end-users, specially in relation to the overall behavior of X.org on first boot!

Well known for being a desktop operating system featuring an intuitive user interface and a showcase of the latest desktop software, this new release brings you the latest GNOME 2.32 release, a newer Linux kernel 2.6.35.10, Xorg-Server 1.8, Conary 2.2 and a ton of updated applications!

The following images are available for download right now:

For End Users (QA Label):

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42837&urlType=0
Size: 1.68 GB
SHA1: 9068e94a0c6552409ae46893e2d32bbfedc0b442

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42834&urlType=0
Size: 1.86 GB
SHA1: f8fe9c020f97b114d9f543f427caa498c0f407ac

Obviously, if you’re already running Foresight Linux 2.5.0 ALPHA1, simply update your system from the command line: sudo conary updateall

The following issues were resolved since our previous release:

  • FL-2693  Turn off DRM from faad2
  • FL-2690  git send-email has missing dependencies
  • FL-2689  telepathy-butterfly gime segmentfault to login to msn
  • FL-2684  sendmail-cf doesn’t appear to be in groups
  • FL-2679  the url http://foresightlinux.org is not working
  • FL-2666  get wiki up
  • FL-2667  update the userguide (not closed yet)
  • FL-2668  X won’t start in some install (not closed yet)
  • FL-2670  Choose a new Splash Screen (not closed yet)

Please report any issues or bugs you encounter while using Foresight 2.5.0 ALPHA 2. Foresight’s issue tracker, FITS, is available at https://issues.foresightlinux.org.

Thanks to all the developers and users who contributed to and helped test this release.

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your distro should be cool.

Jan
16

Foresight Linux 2.5.0 ALPHA 1 GNOME Edition Release Notes

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Foresight 2.5.0 ALPHA 1 GNOME Edition!

This alpha release, is from our QA branch, and is intended mostly to receive feedback on brand new installs from end-users!

Well known for being a desktop operating system featuring an intuitive user interface and a showcase of the latest desktop software, this new release brings you the latest GNOME 2.32 release, a newer Linux kernel 2.6.35.10, Xorg-Server 1.8, Conary 2.2 and a ton of updated applications!

Localized screenshot of Foresight Linux

Localized screenshot of Foresight Linux

The following images are available for download right now:

For End Users (QA Label):

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42755&urlType=0
Size: 1.68 GB
SHA1: 27cdeb87b82fb653f36725ddcca0c1ef292f20b9

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42767&urlType=0
Size: 1.86 GB
SHA1: b845276b35f5fd8f68ef017f3c348f3ef9d9dd89

For Power Users (Development Label):

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42770&urlType=0
Size: 1.68 GB
SHA1: 53f96867199bdf081e87462aaf4a3d1fb11101eb

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42758&urlType=0
Size: 1.86 GB
SHA1: 2d4832cb599d08cd5680c5b0a9f7e9b0a85e15d0

For Developer Users (Development Label):

  • Foresight Linux DEVELOPER GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42764&urlType=0
Size: 2.19 GB
SHA1: 27cdeb87b82fb653f36725ddcca0c1ef292f20b9

  • Foresight Linux DEVELOPER GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42761&urlType=0
Size: 2.40 GB
SHA1: 78487b46a26704d8076370cd83d4560a55ef27c1

Please report any issues or bugs you encounter while using Foresight 2.5.0 ALPHA 1. Foresight’s issue tracker, FITS, is available at https://issues.foresightlinux.org.

Thanks to all the developers and users who contributed to and helped test this release.

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your distro should be cool.

May
15

Foresight 2.1.1 GNOME Edition Release Notes

Foresight GNOME Edition is a Linux distribution for your desktop that features a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; the latest GNOME desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up to date software applications. We hope you enjoy using Foresight as much as we do. Because your desktop should be cool.

What’s new

Foresight 2.1.1, released May 6th, features the latest stable GNOME desktop, a new kernel, new notification area, and Xorg improvements.

GNOME 2.26

Foresight features the latest GNOME release, GNOME 2.26. GNOME 2.26 features improvements to file sharing, better support for multiple monitors and projectors, integration with fingerprint readers and many more updates. For more information, visit http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.26/.

Kernel 2.6.29

Foresight includes a new Linux kernel, 2.6.29.2, which adds support for WiMAX, new wireless drivers such as Ralink rt2860/70, and other updates. For more information, check out http://kernelnewbies.org/Linux_2_6_29

Notification Area

Foresight becomes one of the first distributions to include a revamped notification area, called notify-osd. Notifications are not only improved visually, but notify-osd improves the way you interact with system notifications. A number of applications including Pidgin, Gwibber, Banshee and others support the new notification system.

Xorg Improvements

A revamped Xorg 7.4 stack is included in Foresight 2.1.1. Users should find better support for video cards, monitors and Compiz. A special thanks to Antonio (aka doniphon) for all of his hard work in re-building Xorg.

Downloading and Installing

Foresight 2.1.1 GNOME Edition is available for download on one DVD at http://www.foresightlinux.org/gnome.html. A single CD, Foresight GNOME Lite, is available for download at http://www.foresightlinux.org/foresight-gnome-lite/.

Credits

Thanks to Ken VanDine, Antonio Meireles and all the developers and users who contributed to and helped test this release. A special thank you to the GNOME release team for the GNOME release notes, upon much of these release notes are based. Please file any bugs you find!

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your desktop should be cool.

Testimonials

On the day of release users were heard to include comments in Foresight’s IRC, including:

  • “This release rocks my socks!”
  • “I love the new notifications!”
Sep
18

Foresight Kid’s Edition 1.0 Release Notes

Foresight Kid’s Edition is a Linux distribution for children that features a number of education and entertainment applications, as well as the benefits of the Foresight GNOME Edition: a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; a customized GNOME desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up to date software applications.

We hope you enjoy using Foresight as much as we do. Because your kid’s computer should be cool.

What’s new

The Foresight Kid’s Edition is the first release of Foresight for children. The Kid’s Edition features a number of eductational and entertainment applications for children. The Foresight Kid’s Edition also features a customized GNOME desktop, with one panel, and a new menu layout, making it easy to find the software that you want to run.

The Foresight Kid’s Edition features the following applications:

Education

  • Tuxpaint, an award winning drawing program for children ages 3-12.
  • Tux Typing, and educational typing tutor for children.
  • GCompris, an educational software suit that includes many different activities for children ages 2 to 10.
  • Tux, of Math Command, an education arcade game starring Tux based on the class game “Missile Command”.

Entertainment and Games

  • SuperTux, a classic 2D jump ‘n run sidescroller with a similar style to the original SuperMario games.
  • SuperTuxKart, a 3D kart racing game featuring numerous tracks, characters and items.
  • Foobilliard, a 3D billiards / pool game.
  • GNU Chess, a chess game.
  • Super Maryo Chronicles, a 2D side scroller game featuring many different stages and levels..

Internet and Media Applications

  • F-Spot Photo Manager
  • Firefox Web Browser
  • Pidgin Instant Messenger
  • Banshee Media Player
  • Totem Movie Player

The Foresight GNOME edition repositories are available to Kid’s Edition Users. You can install additional software, such as OpenOffice.org or other applications. To search for additional software, click on the Administration menu and then Add / Remove Software.

Downloading and Installing

The Foresight Kid’s Edition is available for download at http://www.foresightlinux.org/kids.html

Credits

Thanks to Ken VanDine, Antonio Meireles, Paul Cutler and all the developers and users who contributed to this release. Please file any bugs!

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your kid’s computer should be cool.

Sep
14

Foresight 1.0 Mobile Edition Release Notes

Foresight Mobile Edition is a Linux distribution for your netbook or ultra portable PC that features a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; a customized GNOME desktop environment for smaller screens and an innovative set of excellent, up to date software applications.

We hope you enjoy using Foresight as much as we do. Because your netbook should be cool.

What’s new

The Foresight Mobile Edition is the first release of Foresight for netbooks and ultra mobile PCs. The Mobile Edition features a customized GNOME desktop optimized for smaller screens, based on the netbook remix project from Canonical. The default behavior of the desktop is different than that of the Foresight GNOME Edition.

The default desktop features quick and easy links to applications, documents and other GNOME software. To return to the main desktop with menu options, click the GNOME foot logo in the upper left hand corner of the top panel.

The Foresight Mobile Edition features the following applications:

  • F-Spot Photo Manager
  • Firefox Web Browser
  • Pidgin Instant Messenger
  • Banshee Media Player
  • GNOME Movie Player

And a number of accessories and system utilities included in GNOME desktop.

The Foresight GNOME edition repositories are available to Mobile Edition Users. To search for additional software, click on the Administration menu on the left hand side, and then Add / Remove Software.

Tested Netbooks

The Foresight Mobile Edition has been tested on both the Asus eeePC and the Intel Classmate. If you install the Foresight Mobile Edition on a different, we welcome all feedback on your installation and user experience.

On the Asus eeePC, two known bugs include Power Off not working via software and wireless networking does not work on resume.

Downloading and Installing

The Foresight Mobile Edition is available for download at http://www.foresightlinux.org/mobile.html.

Credits

Thanks to Ken VanDine, Antonio Meireles, Paul Cutler and all the developers and users who contributed to this release. Please file any bugs!

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your netbook should be cool.

Apr
22

Foresight Linux 2.0 XFCE Edition Alpha 1 Release Notes

Foresight Linux is a Linux distribution for your desktop that features a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; the latest GNOME and XFCE desktop environments and an innovative set of excellent, up to date packages.

This is the first alpha release of the Foresight XFCE Edition, which is for testing, and is not recommended for every day use or in a production environment.

We hope you enjoy using Foresight Linux as much as we do. Because your desktop should be cool.

What’s new

In addition to a new toolchain, the Foresight 2.0 alpha series features a new tar-based installer, that should install in less than 10 minutes, including formatting a 200 GB hard drive. Users should find it much easier to install and use binary video card drivers from Nvidia and ATI than in Foresight 1.x.

PackageKit

With the 2.0 release of Foresight, the Foresight System Manager has been officially replaced with PackageKit. PackageKit aims to be a unified package manager and installer available for many different Linux distributions, and Foresight is proud to be the first distribution to ship with PackageKit using the Conary backend. PackageKit is a GUI tool for managing software packages and updates for your computer, including installing, removing or searching for new software.

After a default installation, PackageKit is installed and running on your system. PackageKit is configured to check for updates once a day, and you will be prompted to install them by clicking on the PackageKit icon on your panel.

To manually search, add or remove software, click on System -> Administration -> Add / Remove Software.

Additional documentation on using PackageKit can be found on the Foresight Linux Wiki at http://wiki.foresightlinux.com/confluence/

XFCE 4.4.2

The Foresight XFCE Edition Alpha 1 includes XFCE 4.4.2. XFCE is a desktop environment designed for productivity, loading and executing applications quickly while conserving system resources.

Syslinux

Syslinux has been added as the default bootloader during installation. Syslinux is under active development, and Foresight is proud to be the first distribution shipping with Syslinux. After installation and during boot-up, Syslinux will appear as Extlinux at the bootloader screen. GRUB is still an option during installation.

Current Issues

  • The XFCE terminal currently does not run correctly in virtual environments.
  • Many packages need to be added to the repository.

Packages Included in Installation

  • Exaile: A lightweight music player
  • Abiword: An open source word process
  • Gnumeric: The GNOME spreadsheet application
  • Claws: An email and newsreader application

Packages Not Included by default

  • Compiz
  • OpenOffice

Downloading and Installing

The latest alpha release is available as x86 and x86_64 installable ISOs from Foresight’s project page on rBuilder at http://www.rpath.org/rbuilder/project/foresight/release?id=6051.

Credits

Thanks to Mark Trompell, Ken VanDine, Antonio Meireles and all the developers and users who contributed to this release. Please file any bugs!

Thank you for testing this latest alpha release.