The Ark Linux team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Ark Linux 2006.1-rc2 and Ark Linux Live 2006.1-rc2. This is the last release candidate of Ark Linux 2006.1, which will be released as soon as OpenOffice.org 2.0.3 and kernel 2.6.17 are released and integrated. The current release candidate includes pre-release versions of those. There have been numerous changes since the first release candidate. Highlights include KDE 3.5.3, X.Org 7.1 and amaroK 1.4.0a - and we've fixed numerous bugs.
The Ark Linux 2006.1 RC2
We have decided to add Voice-over-IP software to Ark Linux - this release candidate contains KPhone, Twinkle and OpenWengo for testing. We aren't planning to duplicate functionality -- in 2006.1 final, only one of them will be present (the others will remain available in the extra download repositories). If you prefer one of them over the others, please discuss it in the forums - we need some input on which one to make the default.
About Ark Linux Home
Ark Linux Home is a GNU/Linux distribution designed especially for desktop use, easy to use even for people without prior Linux (or computing) experience while still powerful enough for power users. The main goals of Ark Linux Home are:
1. Being easy to learn and use
2. Including all tools and applications the typical desktop user will need
3. Including only tools and applications the typical desktop user will need - avoid becoming "bloated"
4. Making installation of additional software as easy and fast as possible
5. Being a technically sane development environment
Ark Linux Home is fully Free Software and Open Source - meaning, basically, you can freely download, use and redistribute it in both modified and unmodified form.
About Ark Linux Live
Ark Linux Live is a "Live CD" version of Ark Linux Home, meaning it can be booted directly from the CD, without needing installation.
The primary uses of a Live CD are:
1. Recovering a normal system after a big hardware or software failure (Ark Linux will launch a special live CD for this purpose later, with
more recovery tools and fewer other tools)
2. Checking the system out without any risk
3. Showing others what Linux is like, on their own hardware
4. Taking your favorite operating system with you - e.g. to get on the net with Linux even if you're on vacation and the only internet cafe in
town is a Microsoft shop.
While it is possible to use Ark Linux Live as your primary operating system, that is not recommended -- a live CD is always slower than an installed system because CD/DVD drives are slower than harddisks, and the compression needed to fit 2.5 GB of data on a CD takes up processor time. Use Ark Linux Home instead.
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