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December 26, 2013

UEFI SecureBoot mini-HOWTO

Documentation regarding SecureBoot implementation that has been written during ALT Linux development process and gathers inobvious information from many sources in a single text that has been verified by practice is now published.

July 10, 2013

ALT Linux releases Centaurus 7.0 and Simply Linux 7.0 based on the Seventh Platform

ALT Linux announces the release of Centaurus 7.0 and Simply Linux 7.0 distributions based on the Seventh Platform. This is the first release of Simply Linux compatible with the ARMv7-based Cubox computers.

ALT Linux 7.0 Centaurus is a multi-purpose Linux distribution for servers and workstations that is primarily tailored for use in corporate networks.

ALT Linux Centaurus provides:

  • A choice of configurations (e.g. web server, graphical desktop) during the installation

  • A choice of user interfaces: console, MATE or FVWM

  • A possibility to either set up an integrated network solution based on Kerberos/LDAP/Samba or to use only separate services

  • Installation of a variety of server and end-user solutions from a single disk

  • Facilitated deployment of diskless client networks

  • Ability to choose between two initialization systems when setting up in the “server” mode

Simply Linux 7.0 is an easy-to-use system with a familiar user interface that is designed for use on corporate workstations and home computers. In addition to the conventional 32-bit and 64-bit builds, Simply Linux 7.0 is the first release to also provide a fully-functional build compatible with the miniature Cubox computers based on Marvell Armada 510 CPU with ARM v7 architecture.

ALT Linux Centaurus 7.0 Release Notes

Simply Linux 7.0 Release Notes

Information about Cubox and setting up Simply Linux on Cubox

May 20, 2013

Tenth Anniversary Conference of Free Software Developers

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to the Tenth Anniversary Conference of Free Software Developers that will take place on September 20-22, 2013 in the city of Kaluga in Russia.

The Conference will gather leading Free Software developers from Russia and abroad in order to establish and strengthen personal contacts, discuss the prospects of Free Software development and investigate the opportunities for new projects.

A collection of abstracts is expected to be published by the start of the Conference.

Participants are invited to give talks on the following subjects:

  • Free Software development projects

  • Academic projects in various fields that involve development of freely licensed products

  • Cultural, philosophical and legal aspects of free licensing

  • Free Software for government agencies and public sector

April 30, 2013

ALT Linux Seventh Platform Released

April 29, 2013, Moscow. ALT Linux announces the release of ALT Linux Seventh Platform (p7), a new stable branch of ALT Linux repositories designed for development, testing, distribution, updating and support of all kinds of complex IT systems, ranging from embedded and mobile devices to enterprise servers and data-centers. The Seventh Platform is created by the ALT Linux Team as part of the Sisyphus project and is maintained by the ALT Linux company.

Among the principal new features of the Seventh Platform is full support for the ARMv7 architecture. ARMv7 repository (armh) is now integrated into the Seventh Platform, and, thanks to the newest server equipment from Marvell (Marvell Technology Group Ltd), the package versions are now synchronized with the repository based on Intel 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

The ARMv7 repository contains approximately 10000 source packages that allow to create integrated server, desktop, mobile and embedded systems based on ARMv7 and Intel architectures within the unified framework of the Seventh Platform. The Seventh Platform ARMv7 repository is one of the world’s largest and does not have any counterparts in Russia.

ALT Linux Seventh Platform supports the UEFI boot technology, systemd initialization system, IPv6 protocol, creation of LUKS encrypted partitions during installation and includes the newest versions of system software and applications: Linux kernel 3.8.9, Xorg 1.14, Gnome 3.8.1, KDE 4.10.2, Firefox 20, Libreoffice

In order to minimize the time to production, ALT Linux now offers those users who prefer to customize the components and graphical layout of their systems a choice of compact starter kits with any of 9 different desktop environments for i586 and x86_64 architectures, as well as Englightenment and KDE desktop environments for ARMv7/Nexus7 architecture.

Over the next few years, products based on the Seventh Platform will substitute earlier releases based on the Sixth Platform, such as ALT Linux 6.0 Centaurus, security-hardened operating system ALT Linux SPT 6.0, ALT Linux 6.0 Simply, ALT Linux 6.0 Kdesktop, and Informika 6.0 for Schools.

ALT Linux will continue to support products based on the Sixth Platform until the end of their support cycles, while the certificate for ALT Linux SPT 6.0 from the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control of Russia will be extended for another 3 years.

February 14, 2013

ALT Linux starts publishing regular Sisyphus-based desktop builds

ALT Linux Ltd has started publishing regular builds of installable LiveCD set based on its Sisyphus unstable development repository.

These builds are intended primarily for experienced users and developers

September 06, 2012

Informika 6.0 School is released

State Institute of Information Technologies and Telecommunications (Informika) and JSC ALT Linux have developed and released a set of distributions Informika 6.0 School that includes:

* Informika 6.0 School Server
* Informika 6.0 School Teacher
* Informika 6.0 School Junior
* Informika 6.0 School Master

* Zero-cost end-user license fee;
* Сentralized administration of pupil computers;
* Deep customization;
* Сentralized authentication via directory service;
* Network boot of diskless nodes that store personal data on server;
* High security and virus protection;
* Graphical interface on server (disabled by default).
* Special School Server images are ready to install to Hyper-V

Distribution images are available at:

Happy using!

October 01, 2011

ALT Linux 6.0: Simply Linux and KDesktop

ALT Linux 6.0.0, an independently-developed Russian Linux distribution, has been released. The new version comes in two editions - "Simply Linux", which is an installable live medium featuring the Xfce 4.8 desktop environment, and KDesktop, which is a live and installation DVD image centred around the KDE 4.6.5 desktop. Both editions are built on top of the Linux kernel 3.0.3 and include X.Org Server 1.10.3 and LibreOffice 3.4.2. Other features of this release include hybrid ISO image that can be used either as a DVD image or transferred to a bootable USB drive, GRUB 2 as the default bootloader, simplified installation of third-party applications, and seamless integration with the Dropbox cloud storage system. Read the full press release (in Russian) for more information. Download links:  torrentFTPHTTP or mirrors.

September 09, 2010

An open letter to IDC from ALT Linux CEO Alexey Smirnov

In response to the article "IDC got down to schooldesk" published on September 3 in Vedomosti newspaper, covering IDC's study of the total cost of ownership of the IT infrastructure in Russian schools, ALT Linux publishes an open letter to IDC and Vedomosti. In Russian. In English.

July 20, 2010

ALT Linux confirms presence at FISL 11

The company ALT Linux has already confirmed participation at the 11th International Free Software Forum (Fisl11) in Brazil, a participant from the previous edition of FISL, this year brings some new features for the school and corporate, and distribution of various gifts. ALT Linux will be present at Booth 38.



October 29, 2009

ALT Linux releases Platform Five products

ALT Linux announces public availability of two products based on Platform Five: ALT Linux 5.0 Ark, a suite designed for making integrated solutions, and ALT Linux 5.0 School, a suite that is targetted at secondary and high schools.

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