eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0

The Compiz taskbar control applet that ships with Foresight enabled us to switch 3-D effects on and off without logging out of our desktop session.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - Get Live Help

The Get Live Help menu item launches an instance of the xchat-GNOME IRC client and drops you into the #foresight IRC room where we found unusually helpful help.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - Get Live Help

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - Up-to-date

Foresights knack for providing rolling updates to the software with which it ships--as opposed to updating applications every six months or more--shortens the distance between you and the cool new features in your favorite apps.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - Up-to-date

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - OpenOffice.org 2.1

When Foresight Linux 1.0 came out in late January, it shipped with version 2.0.3 of OpenOffice--it took us about 10 minutes to remake Foresights OOo recipe ourselves to step up to version 2.1. The projects official OOo build has also since stepped up

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - OpenOffice.org 2.1

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - Web-based Management Interface

As a child of rPath Linux, Foresight inherits rPaths handy rAA web-based management console.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - Web-based Management Interface

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - Good Ideas Are Worth Borrowing

We like that Foresight Linux takes the Ubuntu approach to rights escalation, with sudo built in and preconfigured for that purpose.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - Good Ideas Are Worth Borrowing

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - Good Ideas Are Worth Borrowing, Part Two

Foresight ships with Red Hats display settings tool, unlike Ubuntu, which still lacks a configuration tool for tackling tricky display settings tasks like configuring multiple monitors.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - Good Ideas Are Worth Borrowing, Part Two

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - A Repository of One\s Own

Another perk of Foresights rPath lineage is the ease with which users may set up their own networked repositories at rpath.org. Heres where our up-to-date htop process viewer package lives.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Foresight Linux 1.0 - A Repository of One\s Own

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