Announcing Foresight Linux 2.5.3

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 GNOME2, Lxde and Xfce desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up to date software applications.

We have new set of iso for GNOME2, Lxde and Xfce.

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

Foresight is currently dependent on rBuilder to build anaconda images. Because Foresight is a rolling release with regular updates, updating install images was perhaps lower priority, but also, rBuilder quit working for building Foresight images quite some time ago, which really got in the way of posting new images.


Note: these images still use an older version of anaconda and an older kernel, so some new hardware is still not supported. Also, ext4 is not supported in these images.  Sorry. New kernel will be installed after installation and running updateall.  For the moment, the version available in stable repository is 3.4.38

The brave ones can follow this guide to get ext4 support from start: http://wiki.foresightlinux.org/wiki/display/docs/Foresight+Linux+ghetto+install+HOWTO


Foresight Linux 2.5.3 Release Notes

  1. What’s new
    1. First release of Lxde with conary.
    2. Xfce 4.10
    3. Gnome2 with updated applications
  2. Conary
  3. Downloading and Installing
  4. Filing Issues and Bugs
  5. Getting Help
  6. Contribute to Foresight Linux
  7. More information
  8. Credits

What’s new

Foresight Linux 2.5.3 , released March 31th, features the latest stable packages. This release is for new users as well as for returning users and early adopters! Existing users of our previous release has the latest already from updateall!

GNOME, Lxde and Xfce

Foresight features the latest stable versions of GNOME2, Lxde 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. Running with latest firefox, pidgin, skype and alot more.  Foresight still uses GNOME2.
  • Lxde The “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment” is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment,  and a platform to easily build new applications upon. Using applications from GNOME to make it work in all kinds of different ways. Using notify-osd, chromium and thunderbird as default applications.
  • 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. We have Xfce version 4.10, all Xfce applications are up to date.

Kernel 3.4

Foresight also includes the polished and refined Long Term Support 3.4 Linux kernel. If new and shiny is more your thing, you will be pleased to learn that the newly Linux kernel 3.8 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, Pragha, Spotify, Wine, playonlinux, Pidgin, Gimp, Dropbox, and many more great applications for your delight!



Conary is a distributed software management system for Linux distributions. Conary tools can be used to package software for desktop distributions such as Foresight Linux, or for building software appliances and derivative distributions based on Conary.

Conary replaces existing software package management solutions with features developed to address some of the common problems in package management. Conary features software installed and maintained from networked repositories.

With dependencies defined at the file level, Conary’s built-in dependency resolution brings in only the components needed from other packages instead of entire packages. Conary users can install and maintain software as well as to roll a Conary-based system back to a previous state before one or more updates.

A new update mechanism called “system model” is added. In this model, a file called /etc/conary/system-model describes what should be installed on the system. This file is modified by certain conary update commands, and can also be edited with a text editor. The system model allows a system to be updated relative to a search path that includes groups as well as labels, leading to more coherent sets of updated packages. It also allows re-starting updates with transient failures; the filename /etc/conary/system-model.next is reserved for storing the system target state during an update operation.


Downloading and Installing

Downloads are available at our downloads page, where you’ll be able to choose from our GNOME, Lxde 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 2.5.3. 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:

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.org/wiki/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.

The developer Tomas Forsman has a unofficial www.foresightlinux.se site with wiki.

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.


Thanks to the entire Foresight Linux Project 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!

Written by Tomas Forsman. Posted in news, Uncategorized

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Tomas Forsman

32 years old, living in Sweden. Foresight developer, mainly updates/adds applications for Foresight Linux repo.

Comments (14)

  • April 12, 2013 at 10:24 am |

    We’ve been testing Foresight as a replacement for Arc, really impressed thus far. Tried to donate but the link is broken.

    • April 12, 2013 at 10:56 am |

      We are fixing the donate link. Only the paypal donate works at the moment. thanks for the information that the link didn’t work anymore.

  • [...] el resto del anuncio de la versión para obtener más información. Descargar (MD5): previsión-2.5.3-gnome-x86_64-dvd1.iso (2.281 MB), [...]

  • April 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm |

    Congrats on a new release!

    Hope that the installer has been fixed in this release and now it can read partitions beyond 16 during installation. I has waited very long for this fix to try Foresight Linux.


  • April 13, 2013 at 1:23 am |

    Att du fortfarande orkar är imponerande. Men trevligt. Att fortsätta med “GNOME 2″ kommer att inom en inte alls avlägsen framtid ställa till med mer problem än nytta. Ett bra val är antingen Mate eller Cinnamon/eller båda där det finns en engagerad och stabil grupp av utvecklare. Men utan tvekan har, ( du/Foresight Linux ) ett viktigt framtida val GNOME 3 eller Mate/Cinnamon.

    Men ett litet råd bjuder jag på gratis utan något konsultarvode.

    “This is a testament to their popularity, ( Mate/Cinnamon )”.

    “All of the new pieces (Cinnamon, MATE, Nemo) have been developed or adopted because Clem Lefebvre and the rest of the Mint developers put the users’ needs first. In fact, while the Unity desktop has only been adopted by a few Linux distributions besides Ubuntu (all of which are Ubuntu-based), Cinnamon and MATE have spread to over a dozen distros between them, quite a few of which aren’t related to Ubuntu at all. This is a testament to their popularity”


  • Pinkpan
    April 13, 2013 at 6:43 am |

    @Tomas Forsman

    Nu ska vi skilja äpplen från päron. Det handlar om Arch Linux, ( upstream is dropping Cinnamon ).

  • [...] Acto seguido, pasamos al anuncio de liberación de la versión 2.5.3. [...]

  • [...] shakedown tests and is slated to become available in the coming weeks.” Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download [...]

  • [...] Announcing Foresight Linux 2.5.3 [...]

  • [...] shakedown tests and is slated to become available in the coming weeks.” Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download (MD5): foresight-2.5.3-gnome-x86_64-dvd1.iso (2,281MB), [...]

  • April 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm |

    [...] cours de tests et est prévu pour être disponible dans les prochaines semaines.  » Lire la suite de l’annonce de sortie pour plus d’informations. Téléchargement (MD5): Foresight-2.5.3-gnome-x86_64-dvd1.iso [...]

  • May 18, 2013 at 7:28 am |

    nice release thanks

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