Mandrake Founder Rolls Out Debian-Based Distro

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-12-11 Print this article Print

Fired from his own company, Gaël Duval, is back with the first alpha release of a new Debian/Ubuntu distribution.

Gaël Duval, founder and former developer of Mandrake (now Mandriva) Linux, has introduced the first test release of a new distribution derived from Debian and Ubuntu. Ulteo Linux sports a 2.6.15 kernel and KDE 3.5.2 desktop, and aims to introduce revolutionary concepts in managing and updating an operating system and applications. "Here is the first public version of Ulteo," the France-based Duval said in the release notes. "Its code name is Sirius, because we want to make it a star."
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Ulteo contains bits from Ubuntu 6.06 and Debian GNU/Linux, according to Duval. Currently in early stages of development, Ulteo promises to bring new concepts designed to help individuals with limited knowledge to accomplish many common computing tasks, Duval said. "This installable live CD is based on Debian and Ubuntu packages. Its installed on the hard-drive using Yuch," he added. "A daemon, called UGD [Ulteo General Daemon], is always connecting to Ulteo servers to see if a newer, more up to date system is available. It can then upgrade to this new system." Read the full story on Mandrake Founder Rolls Debian-Based Distro
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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