There is an Alpha release of BeleniX 0.8 available that can be installed directly off the package repo via a network installer. There is no LiveCD release yet, that will come later. The network installer can be used if you are already using OpenSolaris 2009.xx or BeleniX 0.7.1. It will install 0.8 Alpha into a new boot environment leaving your current BE untouched. While booting you will get a GRUB menu option to boot into this environment.
The following simple steps are needed to use the network installer:
chmod +x ../install_belenix
You can run ‘install_belenix -help’ to get a detailed usage guide. The installer downloads approx 830+ packages. This release provides lots of updates to packages and new packages built mostly using Gcc 4.4.0. As a matter of direction BeleniX is moving to using Gcc 4.4 as the default compiler except for the OpenSolaris base OS itself. An open-source toolchain is preferable, it is easier to port FOSS stuff to OpenSolaris when using Gcc and Gcc 4.x series are introducing lots of good features.
This 0.8 Alpha consists of a complete KDE 4.2.4 base environment, with most packages from the extragear repo. Amarok2, Qt4 built using Gcc-Graphite, Webkit, Google Gadgets, PDO optimized Python 2.6, Gtk-Qt4 engine, Gcc 4.4 with the Graphite framework, X11 framework built using XCB support, BOOST (which is required for KDE4 anyway), Boost-Python, PyQt4, DJVU document support, MySQL 5.1, XULRunner and so on and also includes a complete GNOME 2.26 environment based off the JDS repository with modifications. More packages will keep appearing over the next several weeks.
ALPHA – ALERT: This is an Alpha release so things may not work or horribly crash in the new boot environment though we are seeing the KDE 4 desktop to be usable. So feedback and bug reports are welcome. Your existing boot environment is of course left untouched.