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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="#security">Security.</a></li>
48 <li><a href="#upgrade">From 2.0 to 3.0.</a></li>
49 <li><a href="#people">People of the Project.</a></li>
50 </ul>
52 <a name="overview"></a>
53 <h3><font color="#6c0023"></font>Overview</h3>
54 <p>
55 Welcome to SliTaz 3.0! Small, fast, easy to use and customize, the new
56 SliTaz stable version is now out after one year of development.
57 </p>
58 <ul>
59 <li>Boot scripts rewritten and faster (super-fast booting)</li>
60 <li>All home-made boxes improved (tazctrlbox, tazhw, wifibox, burnbox, mountbox, netbox, serverbox, installer)</li>
61 <li>Switch to Xorg from Xvesa</li>
62 <li>Switch to Midori as the default web browser</li>
63 <li>Better hardware support - wifi cards, webcams, 3G-modems, printers, scanners</li>
64 <li>Better themes and desktop integration</li>
65 <li>Faster virtualization with lguest</li>
66 <li>SliTaz pro: OpenERP, LAMP, GLPI and more</li>
67 <li>Easier to customize LiveCD and LiveUSB (tazlitobox and tazusbbox)</li>
68 <li>Tazpkg supports new features including the conversion of deb/rpm/arch/slackware/ipk packages to Slitaz native format</li>
69 <li>Packages are now automatically built by a build bot (Tazbb)</li>
70 <li>More contributors and stronger community</li>
71 <li>900 packages added to the database and many updates</li>
72 <li>More than 2800 commits by contributors</li>
73 </ul>
74 <p>
75 Technical support is provided to users via the mailing list and the official
76 forum: <a href=""></a>
77 </p>
79 <a name="hardware"></a>
80 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Supported Hardware</font></h3>
81 <p>
82 SliTaz GNU/Linux supports all machines based on the i486 or x86 Intel compatible
83 processors. A minimum 192MB of memory is recommended to use the core LiveCD.
84 80MB is needed for the "slitaz-loram" flavor and 16MB for the
85 "slitaz-loram-cdrom" flavor.
86 </p>
87 <p>
88 With the slitaz-loram flavor, the system is less responsive, but allows you to
89 graphically install SliTaz on very old machines with limited resources. Once installed, SliTaz works
90 well with a minimum of 16MB memory, but forget about using Firefox to surf the
91 web - you'll have to use the text based 'links' for example.
92 </p>
93 <p>
94 SliTaz 3.0 provides all needed drivers and tools such as 915resolution to
95 have support for a wide range of netbooks (Eeepc, HP mini, Aspire One, etc).
96 </p>
98 <a name="livecd"></a>
99 <h3><font color="#6c0023">LiveCD Flavors</font></h3>
100 <p>
101 SliTaz GNU/Linux is distributed as a bootable LiveCD. You can use the LiveCD
102 as a normal system or you can graphically install Slitaz to the hard drive.
103 Installing/upgrading Slitaz retains your previous system's settings, applications
104 and documents.
105 </p>
106 <p>
107 The LiveCD can also be customised and easily rebuilt both graphically or from
108 the command line. Install your own custom set of packages, or simply use one
109 of the preset flavors on the mirror. Then simply generate your distribution
110 with the "Tazlito" tool.
111 </p>
112 <p>
113 The ISO image now uses a 'hybrid' system: it can also be copied onto an USB stick
114 without formating it (using <code>dd</code>).
115 </p>
117 <a name="toolchain"></a>
118 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Kernel and toolchain</font></h3>
119 <p>
120 SliTaz 3.0 comes with a new but very well tested Linux kernel and a complete new
121 build toolchain from which the whole system has been built. The Linux kernel is
122 separated into several linux-packages for supporting additional drivers and features. This time
123 we have also built-in some more drivers to have a faster kernel boot.
124 </p>
125 <p>
126 The new toolchain comprises of: Binutils 2.19.1, GCC 4.4.1, Glibc 2.10.1
127 </p>
129 <a name="utf-8"></a>
130 <h3><font color="#6c0023">UTF-8 support</font></h3>
131 With this release, the Slitaz community can enjoy full UTF-8 support.
132 SliTaz uses standard PO files for the translation of all SliTaz related tools, boxes and utilities.
133 With better internationalization support (russian, portuguese, chinese, and many more),
134 contributors can now use graphical tools such as poedit to make translations using GNU gettext standards.
135 The labs also have an i18n project to easily upload files to be included in the distribution.
136 The locale packs have more translated application messages for the core system and
137 some extra packages for applications such as Gimp, Abiword, Gnumeric, etc.
139 <a name="xorg"></a>
140 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Xorg server</font></h3>
141 <p>
142 SliTaz now uses the Xorg X window system (although we will always try to
143 provide a Xvesa flavor). With the tazx utility you can reconfigure Xorg and
144 select the correct driver for your card. The xorg server comes with the vesa
145 driver by default which powers most cards; although you may still need to
146 manually configure your xorg.conf to some degree if you install some of the
147 other drivers.
148 </p>
150 <a name="install"></a>
151 <h3><font color="#6c0023">HD install and LiveUSB</font></h3>
152 <p>
153 The installation is fully automated and can be done graphically or in text
154 mode. The slitaz installer now lets you use a separate partition for
155 /home, configure the root password and chose the default user login.
156 The installer also now supports installation from a LiveUSB session.
157 </p>
158 <p>
159 Full USB install is also supported using <code>rootdelay=10</code>
160 as a kernel argument (in GRUB menu.lst). The root delay ensures the Kernel
161 has detected the device before mounting it on / (root).
162 </p>
164 <a name="packages"></a>
165 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Software Packages</font></h3>
166 <p>
167 SliTaz 3.0 has around 2300 packages in the database. A wide variety of packages
168 have been commited and the Tazpkg package manager can now convert
169 deb/rpm/arch/slackware/ipk packages to Slitaz native format (.tazpkg).
170 A lot of time was also spent maintaining professional grade software
171 such as OpenERP, MySQL, GLPI.
172 </p>
173 <p>
174 On the update side, mostly all the packages have been updated, including
175 the kernel, toolchain, Xorg (7.4), GTK and QT. The package format has
176 also changed to support lzma for better compression and faster
177 downloads. Packages are also checked by Tazwok to ensure the FHS is followed
178 and packages are now built automatically by the SliTaz Build Bot:
179 <a href=""></a>
180 </p>
182 <a name="desktop"></a>
183 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Core Desktop</font></h3>
184 <p>
185 A lot of attention has been paid the the core desktop. All applications
186 are well integrated and a special SliTaz theme (icons, Openbox, GTK) has
187 been created.
188 </p>
189 <p>
190 The core desktop provides a selection of multi-use packages for surfing the
191 web, listening to music, audio editing, image manipulation and developing or
192 burning to optical media. It's just one click in the application menu to find
193 installed software by category.
194 </p>
196 <a name="security"></a>
197 <h3><font color="#6c0023">Security</font></h3>
198 <p>
199 Slitaz is more secure and robust now and the firewall rules have been updated. A
200 firewall can be installed using the graphical tazhw box, and serverbox can help
201 to maintain the installed firewall. Mountbox can manage crypto devices with
202 devmapper and the crypt setup tools allow encryption of block devices.
203 </p>
205 <a name="upgrade"></a>
206 <h3><font color="#6c0023">From 2.0 to 3.0</font></h3>
207 <p>
208 The SliTaz GNU/linux installer offers an update function allowing you to
209 upgrade from a '2.0' to '3.0' version. To upgrade the system you first
210 need to boot the 'Stable' LiveCD, launch the installer, select upgrade and then
211 specify the partition containing the system that you want to update. The
212 installer will then clean out the system and reinstall all the packages not
213 present on the CD from the mirror. When this has finished you can reboot
214 with your new version of SliTaz.
215 </p>
216 <p>
217 Note that the installer will keep a copy of the list of packages and a complete
218 archive of the /etc directory (etc.tar.gz) in /var/lib/slitaz-install.
219 </p>
220 <p>
221 To upgrade a 2.0 to 3.0 it is also possible to use the package manager "Tazpkg"
222 via the 'set-release' function, but beware this is not yet proven and may
223 require some manual intervention. If you choose this method you must first
224 install 'tazpkg' from 3.0, because the package format has changed.
225 </p>
227 <a name="people"></a>
228 <h3><font color="#6c0023">People of the Project</font></h3>
229 <p>
230 SliTaz is proud to be an international community project. The people of the
231 project are the ones who develop the distribution, correct the website,
232 develop the HG repositories and write the official documentation. Passing
233 through Switzerland, France, Brazil, Quebec, China, India, Russia, England,
234 and the U.S.
235 </p>
236 <ul>
237 <li>Christophe Lincoln</li>
238 <li>Pascal Bellard</li>
239 <li>Eric Joseph-Alexandre</li>
240 <li>Paul Issott</li>
241 <li>Julien Rabier</li>
242 <li>Rohit Joshi</li>
243 <li>Claudinei Pereira</li>
244 <li>Dominique Corbex</li>
245 <li>Mallory Mollo</li>
246 <li>Mike D. Smith</li>
247 <li>Allan Pinto</li>
248 <li>Matthew Sheets</li>
249 <li>Liu Peng</li>
250 <li>Alice Ayanami</li>
251 <li>F. Steiner</li>
252 <li>Chen Yufei</li>
253 <li>Jesse Lehman</li>
254 <li>Bill Nagel</li>
255 <li>Michael Dupont</li>
256 <li>Franco Azzano</li>
257 <li>Fabrice Thiroux</li>
258 <li>Eduardo Suarez-Santana</li>
259 <li>Tom Frankland</li>
260 <li>Sandeep Srinivasa</li>
261 <li>David Ozura</li>
262 <li>Pierre Romillon</li>
263 <li>...</li>
264 </ul>
265 <p>
266 The project also wishes to thank all the reviewers, testers, hackers and users
267 who have taken the time to help advance the distribution.
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