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Paul Sherman
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« on: September 10, 2009, 01:05:20 AM »

Absolute 13.0 is released 09/10/2009.

Packages for 13.0 are in the repositories.
ISO is up on  sourceforge, absolutelinux.org ftp
as well as linuxfreedom. See the download page:
http://www.absolutelinux.org/download.shtml

absolute-13.0.iso
SIZE: 688 MB
MD5SUM: 3ba0a48cc413679ca7304d2964fb36ac

Screenshots regarding file managers:
http://www.absolutelinux.org/screens.shtml


During the  large changes from 12.x to 13 lots of things were broken as I kept up with Slackware
and pounded out customizations for icewm/pcmanfm and scripted helper utilities and
all the other FUN stuff I get to do. Focus since end of July, however, has been to make everything work --

I managed to get all quirks/bugs out that have been hankering at me since Spring,
even rsvg-view, which I had to use valgrind to locate g_free errors when trying to save files.
(Firefox devours memory/hangs on some SVGs, so Absolute's Firefox package is set not to use built-in,
rather librsvg plugin, which now works great.)

Pcmanfm crashes were isolated to thumbnail image use, so that option has been eliminated
and integration between ROX and pcmanfm has been increased (quick thumbnails and resizing,
among other handy features.)

k3b (QT4 version) now closes multi-session disks properly.
AbiWord prints (even its own .ABW files) without crashing.
None of Absolute's python scripts give deprecation warnings (re: popen) anymore.
New default calendar/schedule app (ical) on left-click of icewm clock,
right click allows changing of system time by root or by user without password
(IT guys don't like getting called just to set the time correctly.)

New kernel recompile, a few tweaks for desktop use that deviate from Slack's kernel
(tickless, high-res timers; voluntary preemptive latency)


A whole lotta apps fit on a CD using the new TXZ packaging.
OpenOffice is the most noteworthy base install inclusion.

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MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
Make sure you have at least a 4GB HDD
Pentium II
128 MB RAM

Some seem to question the above specs,
But I tested on a Celeron 500, 128mb RAM, onboard video chip using shared memory,
this is a Dell Optiplex GX100 that originally shipped with Win98.
On the front page:
http://www.absolutelinux.org/index.shtml
I have put a screenshot of the old girl in action.
Firefox running and htop up, memory usage at 96mb.


If you have a slow system you can
see the control panel to set your default browser to Midori
And use AbiWord instead of OpenOffice, if possible.

Those are the 2 most-used apps that also use too many resources for slower systems.

« Last Edit: September 11, 2009, 09:31:31 AM by Paul Sherman » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2009, 10:48:29 AM »

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you Smiley
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