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September 11, 2009

Beta of ALT Linux 5.0 Ark released

We're happy to announce the beginning of public beta-testing of ALT Linux 5.0 Ark - a suite of distributions designed for making integrated solutions.

The suite includes 3 distributions for two hardware platforms (i586 and x86-64):

  • ALT Linux 5.0 Office Server
  • ALT Linux 5.0 Desktop
  • ALT Linux 5.0 GNOME Desktop

ALT Linux 5.0 Office Server features:

  • Enterprise network setup
  • Host-based authorization of users and services
  • Easy connection of remote offices with VPN
  • Host-based updates for servers and workstations
  • Easy server-based operating system installation to workstations
  • Out-of-the-box virtualization for 3rd party software
  • Integrated backup and restore system (you can restore a single file from a backup as well as the whole partition)
  • Unified file storage with quota support
  • Automatic RAID1 creation if installer detects 2+ identical  discs
  • An easy and convenient administration interface that doesn't require profound knowledge of the server subsystems

ALT Linux 5.0 Desktop and ALT Linux 5.0 GNOME Desktop features:

  • A choice of a graphical environment for users (KDE 4.3 or GNOME 2.26)
  • Automatic detection of a connected Office Server installation along with configuration of network-wide settings from it
  • Easy interaction with containers that are installed at the Office Server, including out-of-the-box terminal client mode
  • A set of software that lets you start working right away: an office suite, internet applications and more
  • Host-based authentication
  • Integration with Office Server network file storage

Using ALT Linux Office Server and ALT Linux (GNOME) Desktop in complement, you can instantly raise efficiency of users' and administrators' everyday work: there's one place to add and set up user accounts, network resources are automatically mounted, services are announced and automatically discovered via Zeroconf. Another useful feature is virtualization with pre-defined profiles (KVM and OpenVZ technologies are at your choice). Newcomers can easily administer the server and the network by means of the AJAX-powered web interface (sporting ALTerator technology).

More details can be found at:

Download ISO images from:
Although there only are -ru- images, several other languages are available (press F2 at the boot prompt to see the available options)

P.S. Unofficial ALT Linux Lite (with XFCE desktop environment) and Rescue CD images are available at the same location. Feel free to try them out!

P.P.S. Please don't forget that all the provided images are betas. Deep functionality and stress testing reports are always welcome, however no guarantee of reliability is given.