Hi all SliTaz fellows!
So here are some distribution news and some information on how to sponsor the project. Like usual, commits never stop into our Mercurial repositories and we had a really nice and productive IRC meeting last friday. The meeting ended up with a collaborative wiki page to write the SliTaz 4.0 Release Notes and we also fixed the timeline.
On the packages side, the Cooking repository has now more than 3000 packages. We did many small fixes and added a few well tested packages. All the SliTaz sub projects have been released such as Cookutils, SliTaz Tools, TazPanel, etc. So don’t forget to update your system via TazPanel or # tazpkg up -r.
So after years with a poor splash screen and boot prompt, I have committed a new graphical menu for SliTaz Live CD and USB systems. The default entry will boot SliTaz core. The other entries, from top to down, let you see help and options, select default language for keyboard and system, enter the command line boot prompt or start web boot.
New Desktop layout & icons
The SliTaz configs package, which provides all custom artwork and configuration files, now provide a new desktop layout with two panels. The top panel with application launcher, date and time, notification icons and battery applet. The bottom panel with application menu, taskbar and pager. The SliTaz icon package has also been updated and provide an overall new icon theme. More complete than the previous version, but still very light.
The project has grown a lot over the last years and uses more and more resources. For example we need more than 72 hours of compilation to rebuild a full cooking wok. Building packages uses a lot of CPU. The machine which handles that is called Tank. It’s actual hardware and not a virtual machine. Tank is hosted at my home and I pay for electricity and network connection, but my connection can’t handle all the website requests, so you can help us to get a dedicated VM or server.
If you want to become an official SliTaz sponsor, you may be interested in our new website page about Sponsoring SliTaz. I will come back on this sponsor stuff in a future post, but must update the full website beforehand and make a script to display a random sponsor logo on the main page.
SliTaz is also going to the SolutionLinux expo in Paris, you can help me pay my train ticket and offer T-Shirts to Pascal and Erjo. :-)