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20 <h1><font color="#3E1220">SliTaz - System doc</font></h1>
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35 <h2><font color="#df8f06">Releases notes</font></h2>
37 <ul>
38 <li><a href="#overview">Overview.</a></li>
39 <li><a href="#hardware">Supported Hardware.</a></li>
40 <li><a href="#livecd">LiveCD Flavors.</a></li>
41 <li><a href="#toolchain">Kernel and toolchain.</a></li>
42 <li><a href="#utf-8">UTF-8 support.</a></li>
43 <li><a href="#xorg">Xorg server.</a></li>
44 <li><a href="#install">HD Install and LiveUSB.</a></li>
45 <li><a href="#packages">Software Packages.</a></li>
46 <li><a href="#desktop">Core Desktop.</a></li>
47 <li><a href="#upgrade">From 2.0 to 3.0.</a></li>
48 <li><a href="#people">People of the Project.</a></li>
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51 <a name="overview"></a>
52 <h3><font color="#6c0023"></font>Overview</h3>
53 <p>
54 Welcome to SliTaz 3.0! Small, fast, easy to use and customize, the new
55 SliTaz stable version is now out after one year of development.
56 </p>
57 <ul>
58 <li>Boot scripts rewritten and faster</li>
59 <li>All home-made boxes improved</li>
60 <li>Better themes and integration</li>
61 <li>Switch to Midori as the default web browser</li>
62 <li>Better hardware support - mainly wifi cards</li>
63 <li>Faster virtualization with lguest</li>
64 <li>SliTaz pro: OpenERP, LAMP, Glpi</li>
65 <li>More contributors and stronger community</li>
66 <li>Easier to customize</li>
67 <li>Packages are now automatically built by a build bot (Tazbb)</li>
68 <li>900 packages added to the database and many updates</li>
69 <li>More than 2800 commits by contributors</li>
70 </ul>
71 <p>
72 Technical support is provided to users via the mailing list and the official
73 forum: <a href=""></a>
74 </p>
76 <a name="hardware"></a>
77 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Supported Hardware</font></h3>
78 <p>
79 SliTaz GNU/Linux supports all machines based on the i486 or x86 Intel compatible
80 processors. A minimum 192MB of memory is recommended to use the core LiveCD.
81 64MB is needed for the "slitaz-loram" flavor and 16MB for the
82 "slitaz-loram-cdrom" flavor.
83 </p>
84 <p>
85 With the slitaz-loram flavor, the system is less responsive, but allows you to
86 graphically install SliTaz on very old machines. Once installed, SliTaz works
87 well with a minimum of 16MB memory, but forget about using Firefox to surf the
88 web - you'll have to use the text based 'links' for example.
89 </p>
90 <p>
91 SliTaz 3.0 provides all needed drivers and tools such as 915resolution to
92 have support for a wide range of netbooks (Eeepc, HP mini, Aspire One, etc).
93 </p>
95 <a name="livecd"></a>
96 <h3><font color="#6c0023">LiveCD Flavors</font></h3>
97 <p>
98 SliTaz GNU/Linux is distributed as a bootable LiveCD allowing you to use
99 it as a nomal system or graphically install to the hard drive and retain
100 the use of your previous system including all settings, applications,
101 documents, etc.
102 </p>
103 <p>
104 The LiveCD can also be customised and easily rebuilt both graphically or from
105 the command line. Install your own custom set of packages, or simply use one
106 of the preset flavors on the mirror. Then simply generate your distribution
107 with the "Tazlito" tool.
108 </p>
110 <a name="toolchain"></a>
111 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Kernel and toolchain</font></h3>
112 <p>
113 SliTaz 3.0 comes with a new but very well tested Kernel and a complete new
114 toolchain from which the whole system is built. The Linux kernel version is
115 which is split into separate packages for additional drivers or features. This time
116 we have also built-in some more drivers to have a faster kernel boot.
117 </p>
118 <p>
119 The new toolchain comprises of: Binutils 2.19.1, GCC 4.4.1, Glibc 2.10.1
120 </p>
122 <a name="utf-8"></a>
123 <h3><font color="#6c0023">UTF-8 support</font></h3>
125 <a name="xorg"></a>
126 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Xorg server</font></h3>
127 <p>
128 SliTaz now uses the Xorg X window system (although we will always try to
129 provide a Xvesa flavor). With the tazx utility you can reconfigure Xorg and
130 select the correct driver for your card. The xorg server comes with the vesa
131 driver by default which powers most cards; although you may still need to
132 manually configure your xorg.conf to some degree if you install some of the
133 other drivers.
134 </p>
136 <a name="install"></a>
137 <h3><font color="#6c0023">HD install and LiveUSB</font></h3>
138 <p>
139 The installation is fully automated and can be done graphically or in text
140 mode. In this version the installer will let you use a separate partition for
141 /home, configure the root password and chose the default user login. The installer also
142 now supports installation from a LiveUSB session.
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145 Full USB install is also supported and some time is needed using <code>rootdelay=10</code>
146 as a kernel argument (in GRUB menu.lst).
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149 <a name="packages"></a>
150 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Software Packages</font></h3>
151 <p>
152 SliTaz 3.0 has 2291 packages in the database. A wide variety of packages
153 have been commited and many force went to professionnal grade software such
154 as OpenERP, MySQL, GLPI.
155 </p>
156 <p>
157 On the update side, mainly all the packages have been updated, including
158 the kernel, the toolchain, Xorg (7.4), GTK and QT. Package formats have
159 also changed and we now use lzma for better compression. Packages are also
160 checked by Tazwok to ensure the FHS is followed and packages are built
161 automatically by the SliTaz Build Bot: <a href=""></a>
162 </p>
164 <a name="desktop"></a>
165 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Core Desktop</font></h3>
166 <p>
167 The core desktop provides a selection of multi-use packages for surfing the
168 web, listening to music, audio editing, image manipulation, developing or
169 burning to optical media. It's just one click in the application menu to
170 find any software installed by category.
171 </p>
172 <p>
173 A lot of attention has been paid the the core desktop, all applications
174 are well integrated and a special SliTaz theme (icons, Openbox, GTK) has
175 been created.
176 </p>
178 <a name="security"></a>
179 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Security</font></h3>
180 <p>
181 packages + mountbox: dmsetup linux-md devmapper
182 </p>
184 <a name="upgrade"></a>
185 <h3><font color="#6c0023">From 2.0 to 3.0</font></h3>
186 <p>
187 The SliTaz GNU/linux installer offers an update function allowing you to
188 upgrade from a '2.0' to '3.0' version. To upgrade the system you first
189 need to boot the 'Stable' LiveCD, launch the installer, select upgrade and then
190 specify the partition containing the system that you want to update. The
191 installer will then clean out the system and reinstall all the packages not
192 present on the CD from the mirror. When this has finished you can reboot
193 with your new version of SliTaz.
194 </p>
195 <p>
196 Note that the installer will keep a copy of the list of packages and a complete
197 archive of the /etc directory (etc.tar.gz) in /var/lib/slitaz-install.
198 </p>
199 <p>
200 To upgrade a 2.0 to 3.0 it is also possible to use the package manager "Tazpkg"
201 via the 'set-release' function, but beware this is not yet proven and may
202 require some manual intervention. If you choose this method you must first
203 install 'tazpkg' from 3.0, because the package format has changed.
204 </p>
206 <a name="people"></a>
207 <h3><font color="#6c0023">People of the Project</font></h3>
208 <p>
209 SliTaz is proud to be an international community project. The people of the
210 project are the ones who develop the distribution, correct the website,
211 develop the HG repositories and write the official documentation. Passing
212 through Switzerland, France, Brazil, Quebec, China, Russia, England,
213 and the U.S.
214 </p>
215 <ul>
216 <li>Christophe Lincoln</li>
217 <li>Pascal Bellard</li>
218 <li>Eric Joseph-Alexandre</li>
219 <li>Paul Issott</li>
220 <li>Julien Rabier</li>
221 <li>Rohit Joshi</li>
222 <li>Claudinei Pereira</li>
223 <li>Dominique Corbex</li>
224 <li>Mallory Mollo</li>
225 <li>Mike D. Smith</li>
226 <li>Allan Pinto</li>
227 <li>Alice Ayanami</li>
228 <li>F. Steiner</li>
229 <li>Chen Yufei</li>
230 <li>Bill Nagel</li>
231 <li>Michael Dupont</li>
232 <li>Franco Azzano</li>
233 <li>Fabrice Thiroux</li>
234 <li>Eduardo Suarez-Santana</li>
235 <li>Tom Frankland</li>
236 <li>Sandeep Srinivasa</li>
237 <li>David Ozura</li>
238 <li>Pierre Romillon</li>
239 <li>...</li>
240 </ul>
241 <p>
242 The project also wishes to thank all the reviewers, testers, hackers and users
243 who have taken the time to help advance the distribution.
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