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1.3 Release Notes

Foresight Linux 1.3 released!

Timed to be released with GNOME 2.18.2, the Foresight Linux team is happy and proud to announce the release of Foresight Linux 1.3.

Foresight Linux continues to build on it’s success of releasing a stable Linux distribution with the latest software, including GNOME and applications such as Banshee for music management, F-Spot for photo management, Pidgin and Ekiga for internet communication and for productivity and office applications. Providing the latest versions of applications gives our users access to the latest bug fixes, and the use of Conary as a package manager makes it easy for users to update the software on their desktop.

Foresight is dedicated to being a leading GNOME distribution with a strong focus on it’s users. This focus includes providing innovative applications such as the ones listed above, friendly and helpful user support in IRC, the continued building of documentation in the Foresight Wiki and the publishing of the Foresight Linux Newsletter.

New Features

GNOME: This is the third Foresight Linux release with GNOME 2.18 (after 2.18.0 & 2.18.1), and contains minor fixes and improvements.

Desktop Search: With Beagle 0.2.17 and tweaked for Foresight Linux, we continue to improve the ability to search your computer.

Web browsing: We have upgraded Epiphany web browser to version 2.18.2.

First Boot Process: The outdated Firstboot mechanism has been replaced by our modified version of autoconfig from Knoppix to configure X.Org, and creating the first user is done by Firstrun. This will make it even easier for users to install Foresight.

Chat: ... with Pidgin (formerly known as GAIM) updated to version 2.0.1. Pidgin supports multiple chat protocols such as Jabber, MSN, AIM, ICQ, IRC and more.

HAL: was updated to 0.5.9. HAL, the Hardware Abstraction Layer, has updates for a number of devices. This should make Foresight compatible with more peripherals.

X.Org 7.2: The new graphical server makes it easier for users by automatically installing monitors and video cards without editing configuration files.

The latest Compiz 3D window manager, installed by default on Foresight Linux

Package Manager: The Conary package manager has been updated to the latest version, 1.1.27. Conary is a full featured distributed package manager similar to RPM or dpkg, featuring the ability to install software, manage dependencies and even rollback to previously installed versions.

Important Bugfixes:

  • More Digital Cameras are now supported to import (issue #143, issue #247 )
  • Gtk is now localized. This means that dialogs like printing and file opening are now available in your local language.

The future

Developers are hard at work on Foresight Linux 2.0, which is to be released later this summer. Based on rPath Linux 2.0, Foresight 2.0 will feature a x86_64 build for the first time, in addition to a x86 build, as well as a smaller installation size, and a graphical user interface for Conary, Foresight Linux’s package manager.

Post Installation Suggestions

It is recommended to run “sudo conary updateall” after a fresh install to get the newest changesets. Be informed that this can take up to 15 minutes the first time you run updateall. If you have any questions please visit our website at Help and Frequently Asked Questions can be found inside the wiki. If you need any further assistance do not hesitate to ask in our IRC channel #foresight at Freenode or in the forums.

Contribute to Foresight Linux

Foresight Linux needs you! Contributing is much easier than you think. Help answer questions on IRC, triage bugs, submit patches, become a package maintainer using the Conary and rBuilder toolsets or join the security team.

* Joining the Marketing team
* Writing documentation
* Artwork
* Translating Foresight into other languages

Contributions make open source work, and the community is made up of people just like you.

The Foresight Linux Team
May 2007