KDE 4.3.1 Available on BeleniX

The current 4.3.1 release of KDE is now available on BeleniX 0.8 Alpha. See this link for the details: http://www.belenix.org/content/KDE-431-now-available-BeleniX-08-Alpha. I have borrowed patches from the work of the KDE-Solaris team and Fedora Core 11 repository.

Currently 0.8 Alpha is only available via the network installer. We will be starting to work on building a LiveCD ISO soon. In addition 0.8 Alpha is based on OpenSolaris source drop for build 114. This will be updated to a more recent build. There are other things to look at like lofi bypass mode that should make it practical to use encrypted lofi on iSCSI targets – advantage being end-to-end encryption. Rework the ramdisk compression piece for the latest kernels and fix some oustanding corruption issue. Developer documentation for developing software on BeleniX, Hudson based bulk build setup for regular bulk builds on BeleniX repo, an installer written entirely in Python 2.6, A Gcc 4 build of Firefox with Profile Driven Optimization, Gcc build of OpenJDK on OpenSolaris, use RPM5 packaging with Smart Package Manager and lots of other stuff. One of the goals is use an Open Toolchain end-to-end. In that respect it is also important for us to look at a Gcc 4.2 build of the OpenSolaris kernel.

For me personally it is amazing to see how much BeleniX has progressed from the early days of a commandline-only ramdisk-only barebones kernel boot to single-user mode in an image assembled by hand. I manually went through and included individual files back in Sept 2005! Today some people may not realize it but BeleniX is a first-class OpenSolaris environment and a first-class KDE environment. People have been using it daily for months and it has been used in a multi-user build-server environment, like our build server in Moscow. Of course we face the problem of lack of developers, so developers are more than welcome!

In addition few people may know that the OpenSolaris distro from SUN owes it’s origin to BeleniX. Every technology that I developed for BeleniX during the 2.5 yrs prior to OpenSolaris-Distro coming out was used. In fact the first Beta release was based on BeleniX 0.4.1 with IPS and Caiman installer put in and KDE replaced by Gnome – I was part of the core team working on that!   See LiveCD Architecture Overview Diagram and LiveCD Features Timeline. Sadly there is not even a shred of information or documentation that alludes to this except for a sole reference in the OpenSolaris Bible.

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