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26 April 2010, 13:00

EasyPeasy 1.6 release candidate arrives

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Zoom The EasyPeasy 1.6 interface.
The EasyPeasy developers have announced the availability of a release candidate for version 1.6 of their Linux distribution aimed at netbooks. EasyPeasy was originally called "Ubuntu-eee" until Canonical intervened and has historically focussed on the ASUS Eee PC, however, a number of other netbook devices are also supported. The 1.6 release is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, code named "Lucid Lynx", which is still under development.

The latest development preview features the addition of a new boot system with new artwork using Plymouth, the open source Nouveau driver for NVIDIA graphics hardware and full removal of the HAL (hardware abstraction layer) package, which speeds up booting and resume by up to 25%. Other changes include a "brand new interface", a number of updated packages and built-in integration with social networks, such as with Twitter, and Facebook. The majority of these changes are courtesy of the donor distribution - Ubuntu 10.04, which in turn is based on Debian. As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to report any bugs that they find.

More details about the preview release, including a screenshot tour, are available in the official release announcement. The version 1.6 release candidate of EasyPeasy is available to download from SourceForge as an 878.9MB ISO image file. EasyPeasy can be installed using a DVD and an external optical drive, or installed from a USB flash drive using UNetbootin. EasyPeasy is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) and other open source licenses. The latest stable release of EasyPeasy is version 1.5 from September of 2009.

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