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.