New Linux Distribution Brings Goodies to Debian

by Susan Linton - Jan. 21, 2011Comments (4)

saline osSaline OS 1.0 has been released. Saline is a new Linux distribution based on Debian Squeeze with the main purpose of bringing some of the things users' might want that doesn't fit in with Debian Open Source philosophy. It uses Xfce for the desktop, making it light weight enough for some older machines and netbooks while still bringing modern amenities.

Saline OS is delivered as an installable live CD and features Linux 2.6.36, Xorg X Server 1.7.7, and GCC 4.4.5. Chromium Web browser, IceDove mail client, Rhythmbox, Fotoxx photo manager, Parole video player, Osmo organizer,, Pidgin, and Xfburn media creator are part of the software stack. Synaptic setup with Debian Squeeze repositores is available to install other software if desired. An icon on the upper panel launches automatic updates, which are pulled in from Debian Squeeze. The lower panel with lots of application launchers hides until hover.

sgfxi is one of the tools available and it installs proprietary graphic drivers. Another tool called "Installrestrictedmultimedia" installs multimedia codecs. Saline also includes a users' manual to help new users find their way around and get started at the commandline. There's an icon on the upper panel that clears your browsers cache and cookies. The hard drive installer is a typical graphical wizard similar to other distributions.



This is another addition to the crop of new light distributions to crop up lately. Perhaps this is a trend toward more resource conservative systems after years of increasingly hungry desktops. Give this attractive Debian derivative a try.

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Mint Debian Edition is also worth a try, i installed it on an old P4 1.6ghz Toshiba 6100 laptop with 512mb of ram, after a failed install with Saline:

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Antix and Crunchbang are also good lightweight Debian based distributions. Both worked on my desktop when Debian Mint failed to boot.

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@anonymous above

hahahahaha it's okay to have favorites, but there is more to life. Good luck.

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There are official and semi-official Debian sources for proprietary and multi-media software. These sources are supported by the Debian community, to the extent that they can be, but not enabled in the default install. For more information see:

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