Libranet 2.8.1 comes with 2 CDs. Installation procedure was fairly easy. I pop in the first CD and boot it up. The text based installation looks like some advanced and complicated installation routine is prepared ahead for me. However I was fooled, the installation is extremely easy, and well prepared to guide users throughout the installation one by one.
My SCSI hard drive was detected automatically, and after several screen of instructions I was taken to the drive partitioning menu. By Selecting "Automatically partition and layout drives" gives me two selections to choose from, which are Using Entire Drive or only taking the free space.
Base System installation took place after all disk preparation was completed. Afterwards I was prompt with Boot loader (manager) installation setup, boot disk creation, and time zone settings.
Libranet installer reboots afterwards, to proceed to account setup. During x-window configuration, the installer detected my hardware without problem. I was directed to graphical package selections to choose what packages I want to install on my system, within 22 minutes, I got my Libranet installed and rebooted. If you ask me how easy it is to setup Libranet linux? I have to say, it?s easier than cracking an egg.
Although the text based installation was not as attractive as Mandrake?s or RedHat?s installer, it does what I wanted from an installer, where it?s simple, easy, and get the job done.
Libranet installed Grub as its bootloader. Version 2.8.1 comes with Linux Kernel 2.4.21. First thing I got into GDM login manager, I choose KDE as my session and KDE 3.1.3 loaded up quickly. I launched XadminMenu and click on the Packages tab, it takes me to the famous easy update system Libranet have. I updated my system within couple clicks. Besides easy updates, XadminMenu also gives a great touch on simplifying configurations of the system such as Kernel rebuilding, X-Windows, Sounds, Network, Printer, and even installation of browser plug-ins (e.g. Microsoft Web Fonts, Flash, and Real Audio).
The anti-aliased feature makes the font viewing much comforting on my LCD screen. As for Menus, they are fairly organized however there is need to improve the organization of the KDE.
Libranet is compatible with Debian Packages which gives you more options from to get your updates and applications.
I really have to say, Libranet is great distributions for those who wants to try the friendlier Debian.
Highlight Features of Libranet 2.8.1:
? Kernel 2.4.21
? XFree86 4.3.0
? KDE 3.1.3, GNOME 2.2.2, XFce
? IceWM, Fluxbox, Enlightenment
? Easy to setup
? Automatic hardware setup
Libranet is available for Download starting from $39.95 on current flagship version and free download for the older version or packaged 2 CDs starting from $44.99.
Home : http://www.libranet.com