BioBrew Linux was an open source Linux distribution based on the NPACI Rocks cluster software and enhanced for bioinformaticists and life scientists. While it looks, feels, and operates like ordinary Red Hat Linux, BioBrew Linux includes popular cluster software e.g. MPICH, LAM-MPI, PVM, Modules, PVFS, Myrinet GM, Sun Grid Engine, gcc, Ganglia, and Globus, *and* popular bioinformatics software e.g. the NCBI toolkit, BLAST, mpiBLAST, HMMER, ClustalW, GROMACS, PHYLIP, WISE, FASTA, and EMBOSS. It runs on everything from notebook computers to large clusters.
Kenneth Granerud has announced a new development release of Wolvix GNU/Linux 2.0.0, a Slackware-based desktop distribution and live CD: "It's time for another beta release, Wolvix 2.0.0 beta2 is now ready for download. The changes are mostly minor, but we've managed to weed out a few annoying bugs and quite a few packages have been updated and a few new applications have been added. Some of the changes from beta 1 include: dual menu entries for some applications have been fixed; the bottom panel has been cleaned up, the pager has been removed and the number of launchers has been reduced; SLiM (login manager) has been patched, so it should start faster now; an old bug in the WCP which didn't allow for files to be executed on a dedicated home partition has been fixed; the USB installer should be working properly now." For further information please consult the release announcement. Download: wolvix-2.0.0-beta2.iso (665MB, MD5).
Kenneth Granerud has announced the availability of the first beta release of Wolvix GNU/Linux 2.0.0, a user-friendly Slackware-based distribution and live CD: "I'm happy to announce that the first beta release of Wolvix GNU/Linux 2.0.0 is ready for download. Wolvix 2.0.0 is based on Slackware Linux 12.2 and Linux-Live 6.2.9. It features Linux kernel 220.127.116.11, Xfce 4.6.0 and a lot of up-to-date software: Firefox 3.0.7, Thunderbird 18.104.22.168, GIMP 2.6.5, Pidgin 2.5.5. New in 2.0.0 is that nothing has been stripped out (translations, headers and documents) and that everything you need to compile from source has been included. This makes the ISO image larger than previous releases and it will no longer fit on a 512 MB USB flash drive. Another change is that there are no 'Hunter' and 'Cub' editions, just one release." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details. Download: wolvix-2.0.0-beta1.iso (643MB, MD5, torrent).
Kenneth Granerud has announced the final release of Wolvix 1.1.0, a Slackware-based live CD featuring the Xfce desktop: "I'm pleased to announce the final release of Wolvix Cub and Wolvix Hunter version 1.1.0. This release marks a turning point in the Wolvix development as it's not longer a SLAX remaster, but now based on the stable Slackware releases and the Linux-Live scripts. New features in Wolvix 1.1.0 are: LZMA compressed modules, SMP support, NTFS write support, auto mounting through HAL, Xfce 4.4.1, and as always a full range of applications for office, graphics, multimedia and development use. Though this release is based on Slackware 11.0 it comes with the 22.214.171.124 kernel and many other package upgrades." Read the rest of the release announcement. Download: wolvix-cub-1.1.0.iso (241MB, MD5); wolvix-hunter-1.1.0.iso (483MB, MD5); also available via BitTorrent.
Kenneth Granerud has announced the second release candidate of Wolvix 1.1.0 Cub and Hunter: "This release should be pretty stable and solid, but I want to give it one more round of testing before I call it final. All reported bugs from RC1 have been addressed, such as the problem with booting from USB flash drives. GTK+2 has been upgraded to version 2.10.13 to get rid of the annoying 'flicker bug' in Fluxbox. The NTFS problem I introduced when trying to solve the USB boot issue, has also been corrected. There are some minor changes in the packages selection..." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information including screenshots and package lists. Download: wolvix-cub-1.1.0-RC2.iso (240MB, MD5), wolvix-hunter-1.1.0-RC2.iso (482MB, MD5).
Kenneth Granerud has announced the first release candidate of Wolvix 1.1.0: "The first release candidate of Wolvix 1.1.0 is ready for download. There has been a change of plans regarding the various Wolvix editions. In order to reduce the workload and to be able to release in a timely fashion I've decided to only create Cub and Hunter editions, so there will be no Desktop or Media editions like previously announced. Wolvix Hunter comes with a good deal of both Office and Multimedia apps though, such as OpenOffice.org, GNUCash, VLC, dvd::rip and more. The Wolvix repository contains additional applications and games which are not included on the ISO files." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download: wolvix-cub-1.1.0-RC1.iso (241MB, MD5), wolvix-hunter-1.1.0-RC1.iso (482MB, MD5).
The first beta build of the Wolvix live CD has been released for testing: "The beta version of Wolvix 1.1.0 'Cub' and 'Desktop' editions are finally ready. This release holds a lot of changes over the alphas. We have moved over to the latest version of the Linux-Live scripts (6.0.7) and the kernel has been updated to version 126.96.36.199. The new scripts features support for LZMA compressed modules, which reduce the size of the modules drastically, so there are a lot more packages included in the beta. Cub is almost as feature rich as the 1.0.5 'Hunter' edition. It now features Gnumeric, Kino, OGMRip and other new applications not found in the alpha. The 'Desktop' edition features everything found in 'Cub' plus lots of additional applications." Read the full release announcement for further details. Download: wolvix-desktop_edition-1.1.0beta.iso (480MB, MD5), wolvix-cub-1.1.0beta.iso (237MB, MD5).
A second alpha build of Wolvix 1.1.0 "Cub" edition has been released: "The second alpha release of Wolvix Cub 1.1.0 is ready. The most notable change in this release from the first alpha is the addition of SLiM - Simple Login Manager, which is started by default unless you use the new 'noslim' cheat code. Some bugs has been fixed, such as the PS/2 mouse bug and HAL should be working a lot better now. Some bugs in the Wolvix Control Panel have also been fixed, all installers should work now. We are still at Linux-Live scripts 5.5.0 and the 188.8.131.52 kernel, since the new 6.0.x live scripts are still undergoing a lot of development and testing. While I'm waiting for the new live scripts to stabilize, I'll start building an alpha of Desktop Edition and focus on the package repository." More details in the release announcement. Download via BitTorrent: wolvix-cub-1.1.0-alpha2.iso (241MB).
Kenneth Granerud has announced a brand new release of Wolvix, a desktop-oriented live CD based on Slackware Linux: "After nearly five months of development, Wolvix 1.0.5 is finally ready for release. Wolvix 1.0.5 comes in two editions: 'Wolvix Cub' and 'Wolvix Hunter'. Cub is a small edition of Wolvix; it's designed to fit on 256MB USB Flash drives and to serve as a base for building your own custom Wolvix distribution. Hunter is the large 'standard' edition of Wolvix; it's designed to fit on 512MB USB Flash drives and use Wolvix Cub as its base. It includes more applications, a lot of games, and larger packages like Samba, Java and libraries for printer support. New in the Wolvix 1.0.5 series is the Wolvix Control Panel (WCP) which is a suite of administration utilities." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details. Download: wolvix-cub-1.0.5.iso (241MB, MD5), wolvix-hunter-1.0.5.iso (483MB, MD5).
Wolvix is a SLAX-based live CD designed for a range of common desktop configurations. The development of the upcoming version 1.0.5 has started with the small "Cub" edition: "Wolvix Cub is a smaller version of Wolvix, designed to fit on 256MB USB removable media and it will serve as the base for the larger 'standard' 512MB Wolvix edition. Wolvix Cub comes with both Fluxbox and XFce, and includes a carefully selected group of development, graphics, multimedia and desktop applications. This release also features the Wolvix Control Panel (WCP) developed by Oithona." Read the full release announcement for further details. Download: wolvix-cub-1.0.5-beta.iso (243MB, MD5).
The Wolvix project has launched a new development cycle that will eventually lead to Wolvix 1.0.5: "I've just uploaded the Wolvix Cub 1.0.5 Alpha ISO to the FTP server. If you are interested in helping me test it, download the ISO and give it a spin. Wolvix Cub is a smaller version of Wolvix which should fit on a 256MB USB stick. The Cub edition will serve as the base for the 'full' Wolvix 1.0.5 which I'll start building next. This is an ALPHA release and still has some rough edges, it's only intended for testing." Read the full announcement for more information and a to-do list. Download: wolvix-cub-1.0.5-alpha1.iso (245MB, MD5); also available via BitTorrent.
The Media edition of Wolvix 1.0.4 has been released: "The final release of Wolvix Media Edition 1.0.4 is ready. There are not many changes since RC1, mostly application updates and I've added a few games. This release marks the end of the 1.0.4 series and I want to thank everyone who has given me feedback, suggestions and bug reports. Updated: gmusicbrowser, XChat, Firefox, Thunderbird, AbiWord, GIMP, Comix. Added: Thunar (file manager), MP3Creator (console CD ripper), networkconfig (configuration tool from Zenwalk), Kye (puzzle game), Freeciv (strategy game), Bygfoot (football manager game)." Read the full release announcement for full details. Download via BitTorrent: Wolvix_Media_Edition-1.0.4.iso (476MB, MD5).
The first release candidate of Wolvix 1.0.4 Media Edition has been released: "A Release Candidate for Wolvix Media Edition 1.0.4 is now out. This will hopefully be the first and only release candidate before the final release. Changes since 1.0.4 beta2: fixed the missing symlinks for VLC and MPlayer codecs which caused the programs to refuse loading for some people; recompiled VLC with updated codecs - sound is now working on MOV files; replaced wvstreams and wvdial packages - this will hopefully fix the problems with Gnome PPP. Updated: gmusicbrowser, gtkpod, GParted, ardour, Avidemux...." Read the rest of the release announcement for details. Download: Wolvix_Media_Edition-1.0.4RC1.iso (464MB); also available via BitTorrent.
The first public beta release of the new Wolvix live CD, Media edition, is out: "The first public development release (beta2) of Wolvix Media Edition is finished. Notes: the cheatcodes now respond to wolvix " Read the rest of the release announcement for further details about what needs testing. Download via BitTorrent: Wolvix_Media_Edition-1.0.4beta2.iso (446MB).
A new edition of the Wolvix live CD, featuring over 50 games, has been released: "Games Edition features over 50 games in different categories, four emulators and quite a few desktop applications. You won't find World of Warcraft or Half-Life 2 on the CD, but I've tried to include some of the finest free Linux games and I think there should be a game or two for most people, I've even added dopewars for your grandma. ;-) None of the games require 3D drivers, so you should be able to play most games on any graphics card." More in the release announcement and on the Games Edition page. Download: Wolvix_Games_Edition-1.0.4.iso (477MB, MD5); also available via BitTorrent.
The Wolvix live CD has been updated to version 1.0.4: "Wolvix Desktop Edition 1.0.4 released. Release highlights: XFce 184.108.40.206, OpenOffice.org 2.0.0, Evolution Groupware Suite 2.4, Mozilla Firefox 1.5, Azureus 220.127.116.11, GnomeBaker 0.5.0, GnomeMeeting 1.2.2, lots of packages have been added from the Freerock GNOME project giving the release a more unison GTK look; better mime handling in Firefox and Xfe; many upgraded applications and libraries. I hope you all like this release, I've been working on it nonstop the last few weeks. The base is still SLAX 5.0.6 with the 18.104.22.168 kernel...." See the full release announcement for more information. Download: Wolvix Desktop Edition 1.0.4.iso (461MB, MD5); also available via BitTorrent.
An updated version of the SLAX-based Wolvix live CD has been released: "Wolvix version 1.0.3 has been released. New applications: Skype, Linphone, Graveman, wxMusik, Icecast and more. Updates: Firefox 1.0.7, Thunderbird 1.0.7, Wesnoth 1.0, AbiWord 2.4.0 and more. This release features desktop icons for Fluxbox and IceWM using IDesk, HOWTOs, various fixes and tweaks." More information can be found in the release announcement on the project's home page and in the detailed changelog. Download from here: wolvix-1.0.3.iso (463MB, MD5); also available via BitTorrent.
Wolvix is a new GNU/Linux live CD built from SLAX: "Wolvix is a desktop oriented distribution made to fit the needs from regular to advanced desktop users. With Wolvix you can surf the Internet, read email, chat with friends over ICQ, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, IRC, etc; watch movies in various file formats, including DVD; listen to your favorite music; create graphics and web pages; hook up to Windows networks with Samba; transfer files over FTP or BitTorrent. And the best of all, it's free." The new version 1.0.2 is the distribution's first public release; highlights are: IceWM, X-CD-Roast, cbrPager and a few other new applications. Visit the project's home page for more details. Download: wolvix-1.0.2.iso (452MB).
3CX Phone System is a specialist, Debian-based Linux distribution designed to run a complete unified communications platform. The 3CX client, included in the distribution, can also be installed separately on most hardware as well as the cloud. It provides a complete open standards-based IP PBX and phone system that works with popular SIP trunks and IP phones. It will automatically configure all supported peripherals and it also comes with clients for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. The ISO image includes a free license for the 3CX PBX edition. The ISO image contains the standard Debian installer which installs a minimal system with the nginx web server, PostgreSQL database, iptables firewall and Secure Shell. Options not relevant to 3CX have been removed from the distribution. Download the installation ISO image from here: debian-amd64-netinst-3cx.iso (372MB).