GoboLinux 017 - Release Notes

Make sure you read the errata for Known Issues and Fixes in this release.

Introduction

We are pleased to present release 017 of GoboLinux, the Linux distribution featuring a rethought file system structure. GoboLinux was created out of a desire to try new approaches in the Linux distribution design space. GoboLinux 017 continues this journey, with a focus on the exploration of novel ideas aiming to make the system simpler yet functional.

Availability

GoboLinux is available as an ISO download which you can download from this site.

Overview of this release

Here is a presentation of the new features in GoboLinux 017.

Live Environment

The GoboLinux ISO image serves both as an installation disc and a Live environment, with a graphical desktop featuring Awesome WM. In fact, due to the modular nature of the GoboLinux filesystem, every program available in the image can be used directly from the Live environment -- the work of the installer is to simply copy the user's selection to the destination partition (respecting dependency chains).

Graphical installer

Since version 010, GoboLinux features an installer that works on both text and graphical mode. The feature set of both modes is identical, thanks to the innovative AbsTK (Abstract Toolkit), created by the GoboLinux team especially for this installer: a unified widget toolkit for Python which detects and adapts itself for different environments. It currently supports two backends: ncurses/console and Qt/X11.

Hardware detection

GoboLinux features a Udev-based hardware detection system. A large number of devices are detected, loading the appropriate kernel modules. Video detection is performed separately, by Xorg's own autodetection mechanism.

Hardware requirements

Processor

GoboLinux is compiled to run on x86-64-class systems. You shouldn't have problems to run it on any modern x86 machine, including Macs. This release contains 64-bit binaries.

Memory

To load the Live CD environment, 128 MB of RAM is the recommended minimum for a text-mode system, 512 MB is the recommended minimum to load the graphic Awesome desktop; 1 GB is recommended for a comfortable Live-boot experience.

Once the system is installed in the hard disk, memory requirements vary greatly depending on the kind of applications executed, but the values stated above related to the Live CD experience serve as a good guideline.

Video and peripherals

Video cards are supported through the Xorg X11 server, with the fallback "vesa" driver covering the vast majority of current cards. For running under VirtualBox, check the wiki for instructions on how to enable the VirtualBox guest additions. A large number of sound cards are supported through the kernel component of ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture), which is used by PulseAudio. Other peripherals are supported through additional packages available in the GoboLinux recipe store.

Package-specific notes

This section contains some general comments about the package set included in GoboLinux. The complete list of packages included in the CD follows in the next section.

Internationalization

GoboLinux ships whenever possible all packages distributed in their original state, as intended by the authors of the various free software projects that compose the distribution. This also applies to the distribution of the locale files. Therefore, support for internationalization varies according to the translation status of each project for each language.

List of packages

Here is the complete list of programs you will find included in the GoboLinux 017 ISO image:

AbsTK 017			LibCanberra 0.30		Pixman 0.38.4
ACL 2.2.53			LibCap 2.27			Pkgconfig 0.29.2
Acpid 2.0.32			LibCroco 0.6.13			Poppler 0.85.0
Adwaita-Icon-Theme 3.20		LibDaemon 0.14			Popt 1.16
ALSA-Firmware 1.2.1		LibDMX 1.1.4			PowerTOP 2.11
ALSA-Lib 1.2.2			LibDRM 2.4.100			PPP 2.4.8
ALSA-UCM-Conf 1.2.2		LibEpoxy 1.5.4			Procps-NG 3.3.15
ALSA-Utils 1.2.1		LibEV 4.33			Psmisc 23.1
AsciiDoc 9.0.0rc2		LibEvdev 1.9.0			PulseAudio 13.0
ATK 2.34.1			LibEvent 2.1.11			PulseAudio-Ctl 1.67
ATKMM 2.28.0			LibFFI 3.3			Python 3.8.1
Atool 0.39.0			LibFontenc 1.1.4		Qpdf 9.1.1
At-Spi2-ATK 2.26.2		LibFS 1.0.8			Qt 5.14.1
At-Spi2-Core 2.28.0		LibGCrypt 1.8.5			RawTherapee 5.8
ATTR 2.4.48			LibGLVnd 1.2.0			Readline 8.0
Audacious 4.0.3			LibGPG-Error 1.37		RFKill 0.5
Audiofile 0.3.6			LibiCal 3.0.7			Rust 1.41.0
Autoconf 2.69			LibICE 1.0.10			RXVT-Unicode 9.22
Automake 1.16.1			LibICU4C 65.1			Schroedinger 1.0.11
Avahi 0.8			LibIDN 1.35			SCons 
Awesome 4.3			LibIDN2 2.3.0			Scripts 017-GIT
Babl 0.1.74			LibIptcdata 1.0.4		SDL 2.0.12
Bash 5.0			LibJPEG-Turbo 2.0.4		Sed 4.8
BC 1.07.1			LibMD 1.0.1			SessReg 1.1.2
BDFtoPCF 1.1			LibMNG 2.0.3			SetXKBMap 1.3.2
BinUtils 2.33.1			LibNL 3.5.0			SGML-Common 0.6.3.tgz
Bison 3.5			LibNotify 0.7.9			Shadow 4.2.1
Bluez 5.54			LibOGG 1.3.4			Shared-MIME-info 1.15
Boost 1.72.0			LibOpenRAW 0.1.3		SMProxy 1.0.6
BootScripts 017			LibPaper 1.1.24_nmu4		SOF-Firmware 1.4.2
Bzip2 1.0.8			LibPCIAccess 0.16		SpeexDSP 1.2.0
CAcerts 20120211		LibPipeline 1.5.1		SPICE-Protocol 0.14.1
Cairo 1.17.2_f93fc72c03e	LibPNG 1.6.37			SQLite 3310100
Cairomm 1.12.2			LibPSL 0.21.0			SquashFS-Tools 4.4
CMake 3.16.4			LibPthread-Stubs 0.4		Srain 
Compile 017-GIT			LibRSVG 2.46.4			Startup-Notification 0.12
ConfigTools 017			LibSecret 0.20.1		Strace 4.8
CoreUtils 8.31			LibSigc++ 2.10.2		Sudo 1.8.31p1
CryptSetup 2.3.0		LibSM 1.2.3			SysFSUtils 2.1.0
CUPS 2.3.1			LibSndfile 1.0.28		Sysklogd 2.1.2
CUPS-Filters 1.27.1		LibSoup 2.68.4			SYSLINUX 6.02
Curl 7.68.0			LibTasn1 4.16.0			Sysvinit 2.96
Cyrus-SASL 2.1.27		LibTheora 1.1.1			Tabbedex-URxvt 20161124-GIT
DB 18.1.32			LibTIRPC 1.2.5			TagLib 1.11.1
DBus 1.12.16			LibTool 2.4.6			Tar 1.32
DBus-GLib 0.110			LibUnwind 1.3.0			Tcl 8.6.10
DejaVu-Fonts-TTF 2.37		LibUSB 1.0.23			TCPWrappers 7.6
DHCPCD 8.1.6			LibUV 1.34.2			Texinfo 6.7
Dialog 1.3.20191210		LibVA 2.7.0			TIFF 4.1.0
DiffUtils 3.7			LibVDPAU 1.4			Tk 8.6.10
Dit 0.7				LibVorbis 1.3.6			TWM 1.0.10
Dmidecode 3.0			LibWebP 1.0.3			TZData 2019a
DocBook-XML-DTD 4.5		LibX11 1.6.9			Unzip 6.0
DocBook-XSL-Stylesheets 1.79.1	LibXau 1.0.9			USBUtils 012
DosFSTools 4.1			LibXaw 1.0.13			UThash 2.1.0
DoubleConversion 3.1.5		LibXaw3d 1.6.3			Util-Linux 2.35.1
Dracut 20200220-GIT		LibXCB 1.13.1			Util-macros 1.19.0
E2FSProgs 1.45.5		LibXcomposite 0.4.5		Vim 8.2
Ed 1.15				LibXcursor 1.2.0		WavPack 5.3.0
EFIBootMgr 20200501-GIT		LibXdamage 1.1.5		Wget 1.20.3
EFIVar 20200501-GIT		LibXDG-BaseDir 1.2.0		Wireless-Tools 29
ELFUtils 0.178			LibXdmcp 1.1.3			WPA_Supplicant 2.9
EnhancedSkel 017		LibXext 1.3.4			X264 20200409-GIT
Eudev 3.2.9			LibXfixes 5.0.3			XAuth 1.1
Exempi 2.5.1			LibXfont2 2.0.4			XBitmaps 1.1.0
Expat 2.2.9			LibXft 2.3.3			XCB-Proto 1.13
FAAC 1.29.9.2			LibXi 1.7.10			XCB-Util 0.4.0
FAAD2 2.8.8			LibXinerama 1.1.4		XCB-Util-Cursor 0.1.3
FFmpeg 4.2.2			LibXKBfile 1.1.0		XCB-Util-Errors 1.0
FFTW3F 3.3.8			LibXKBui 1.0.2			XCB-Util-Image 0.4.0
File 5.38			LibXML2 2.9.10			XCB-Util-Keysyms 0.4.0
FindUtils 4.7.0			LibXmu 1.1.3			XCB-Util-Renderutil 0.3.9
Firefox 76.0.1			LibXpm 3.5.13			XCB-Util-WM 0.4.1
Flac 1.3.3			LibXpresent 1.0.0		XCB-Util-XRM 1.3
Flex 2.6.4			LibXRandR 1.5.2			XClip 0.13
Fontconfig 2.13.1		LibXrender 0.9.10		XCursorGen 1.0.7
FreeGlut 3.2.1			LibXres 1.2.0			XCursor-Themes 1.0.6
FreeType 2.10.1			LibXScrnSaver 1.2.3		XDG-Utils 1.1.3
Fribidi 1.0.8			LibXShmfence 1.3		XDpyInfo 1.3.2
Fuse 3.9.0			LibXSLT 1.1.34			XDriInfo 1.0.6
Gawk 5.0.1			LibXt 1.2.0			XEv 1.2.3
GCC 9.2.0			LibXtst 1.2.3			XEyes 1.1.2
GD 2.25				LibXv 1.0.11			XF86-Input-AceCad 1.5.0
GDBM 1.18.1			LibXvMC 1.0.12			XF86-Input-Aiptek 1.4.1
GDK-Pixbuf 2.40.0		LibXxf86dga 1.1.5		XF86-Input-ELOGraphics 1.4.2
Gettext 0.20.1			LibXxf86vm 1.1.4		XF86-Input-Evdev 2.10.6
Ghostscript 9.50		Linux 5.6.10			XF86-Input-Fpit 1.4.0
Giflib 5.1.4			Linux-Firmware 20200505-GIT	XF86-Input-Hyperpen 1.4.1
Git 2.25.0			Linux-Headers 5.4.15		XF86-Input-Joystick 1.6.3
GLib 2.63.5			Linux-PAM 1.3.1			XF86-Input-Keyboard 1.9.0
Glibc 2.30			Listener 2.1			XF86-Input-Mouse 1.9.3
GLibmm 2.62.0			LiveCD 017			XF86-Input-MTrack 0.5.0
Glib-Networking 2.63.91		LLVM 9.0.1			XF86-Input-MuTouch 1.3.0
GLU 9.0.1			LM-Sensors 3.6.0		XF86-Input-PenMount 1.5.0
GMP 6.2.0			Lode-Fonts 3.0			XF86-Input-Synaptics 1.9.1
GnuTLS 3.6.12			Lsof 4.91			XF86-Input-VmMouse 13.1.0
GObject-Introspection 1.62.0	Lua 5.3.5			XF86-Video-AMDGPU 19.1.0
GoboHide 1.3			LuaRocks 3.0.4			XF86-Video-APM 1.3.0
GoboLight 0.1			LVM2 2.03.05			XF86-Video-AST 1.1.5
GoboNet 0.10			Lynx 2.9.0_dev5			XF86-Video-ATI 19.1.0
GParted 1.1.0			LZ4 1.9.2			XF86-Video-Fbdev 0.5.0
Gperf 3.1			LZip 1.21			XF86-Video-Intel 3.4.6
GPM 1.20.7			LZO 2.10			XF86-Video-Nouveau 1.0.16
Graphite2 1.3.13		M4 1.4.18			XF86-Video-NV 2.1.21
Graphviz 2.40.1			Make 4.3			XF86-Video-Openchrome 0.6.0
Grep 3.4			Man-DB 2.9.0			XF86-Video-Vboxvideo 1.0.0
Groff 1.22.4			Man-Pages 5.05			XF86-Video-Vesa 2.4.0
GRUB 2.04			Mdadm 4.1			XF86-Video-VMware 13.3.0
GRUB-EFI 2.04			Mesa 19.3.3			XGamma 1.0.6
GSLLang 8.13.3559		MkFontDir 1.0.7			XHost 1.0.8
GTK+ 3.24.13			MkFontScale 1.2.1		XInit 1.4.1
GTKMM 3.24.2			MPC 1.1.0			XInput 1.6.3
Gutenprint 5.3.3		MPFR 4.0.2			XKBcommon 0.10.0
Gzip 1.10			MPG123 1.25.13			XKBComp 1.4.2
HarfBuzz 2.6.4			Mtail 1.2.0			XKBEvd 1.1.4
Hdparm 9.58			MtDev 1.1.6			XKBUtils 1.0.4
Help2Man 1.47.12		MuPDF 1.16.1			XKeyboard-Config 2.24
Hicolor-Icon-Theme 0.17		Nano 4.8			XKill 1.0.5
Hplip 3.19.12			Nasm 2.14.02			XLsAtoms 1.1.3
Htop 2.2.0			NCPAMixer 1.3.3			XMLTO 0.0.28
Hub 2.14.2			NcursesW 6.2			XModMap 1.0.10
IANA-etc 2.30			Nettle 3.5.1			Xorg-Font 7.7
ICEAuth 1.0.8			Net-Tools 1.60			XorgProto 2019.2
IJS 0.35			NPth 1.2			Xorg-Server 1.20.7
ImageMagick 7.0.10_4		NSPR 4.25			XPR 1.0.5
InetUtils 1.9.4			NSS 3.50			XProp 1.2.4
Installer 017			OpenEXR 2.4.1			XRandR 1.5.1
Intltool 0.51.0			OpenLDAP 2.4.49			XRDB 1.2.0
IPRoute2 5.6.0			OpenSSH 8.2p1			XRefresh 1.0.6
Iptables 1.8.4			OpenSSL 1.1.1d			XSecureLock 1.7.0
ITSTool 2.0.6			ORC 0.4.31			XSet 1.2.4
Json-C 0.13.1			OS-Prober 20170308-GIT		XSetRoot 1.1.2
JSON-GLib 1.4.4			P11-Kit 0.23.20			XSS-Lock 0.3.0
KBD 2.2.0			Pango 1.44.7			XTerm 353
Kerberos 1.18			PangoMM 2.42.0			XTrans 1.4.0
Kmod 27				Parted 3.3			Xvidcore 1.3.7
Lame 3.100			PasswdQC 1.4.0			XVInfo 1.1.4
LCMS 2.9			Patch 2.7.6			XWD 1.0.7
Lensfun 0.3.95			PCIUtils 3.6.4			XZ-Utils 5.2.5
Less 551			PCRE 8.43			Zenity 3.32.0
LibAIO 0.3.112			PCSC-Lite 1.8.26		ZLib 1.2.11
LibArchive 3.4.2		Perl 5.30.1			ZSH 5.8
LibAssuan 2.5.3			Picom 8.0			Zstd 1.4.4
LibAtomic_Ops 7.6.10		Pinentry 1.1.0
LibBSD 0.10.0			Pinfo 0.6.10

About GoboLinux

GoboLinux is a Linux distribution created in 2002 which implements an innovative approach in terms of system administration. It defines a new directory hierarchy which allows the coherent management of the installed base of programs from a system. This is done exclusively through the filesystem layout, without relying on databases or package managers.

In GoboLinux, each program resides in its own directory, such as /Programs/LibX11/1.6.9 and /Programs/GCC/9.2.0. Each file category (executables, libraries, headers) can also be accessed through unified symlink views, such as /System/Index/lib and /System/Index/include. These views match the legacy directories (/bin, /usr/include, /usr/local/share, and so on), achieving total Unix compatibility while keeping program directories completely self-contained.

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