Libranet is a Debian-based distribution with an easy-to-use installer and system management functions.
Version: 3.0Libranet 3.0 has been a long time coming, and highly anticipated by its devoted customers.
License: Free To Try $89.95
Operating System: Linux
Due to the extended period of time since their last release in 2003, I was beginning to wonder if they were falling into the 'catch up' mode of development... the endless loop you can enter when you're low on development staff who are working hard to try to keep up with the rest of the distributions out there... only moving fast enough to be one step behind.
Since there was such a large gap in time between the 2.8.1 release and the current 3.0 release, will Libranet stack up? Does it have what it takes to win the hearts of not only the Debian crowd, but the Open Source community in general? Well, my friends, we're here to find out.
Here are some key features of "Libranet":
· Linux kernel 184.108.40.206
· KDE 3.3.2, GNOME 2.8.3, and Xfce4
· Gcc 3.3
· X.org 6.8.2
· Evolution 2.0.3
· OpenOffice.org 1.1.3
· Gaim 1.1.4
· Mozilla Firefox 1.0.2/Thunderbird 1.0.2
· K3b 0.11.20
Libranet 3.0 comes in the form of 5 CDs or a single DVD which are available in the form of downloadable ISO images or as physical media shipped via snail mail. At the time of this review, ISO images are the only option. CD media will be shipping on May 31st, 2005 according to the Libranet site and are currently available for pre-order.
Although the major desktop environments included with this release are, shall we say, a bit outdated, they're well suited for the task at hand: providing a productive desktop experience. There are more up-to-date Debian offerings out there, but there's nothing wrong with working on the desktops provided by Libranet.
In the grand scheme of things, they really aren't that old and if you need to bring them up to speed with the current versions, a little creativity with the apt sources list will get you there in a hurry.
Unlike other more heavily modified Debian-based distros such as Xandros and Linspire, adding additional Debian mirrors will not cause irreversible damage to your system.