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Gobolinux 014 - Release Notes


We are pleased to introduce GoboLinux 014, the new major release of GoboLinux, the Linux distribution featuring a rethought file system structure. This release is the result of over an year of work. The Live CD build environment is highly customizable and packages were built using a dynamically-generated sandboxed environment which insulates the source code and its dependencies during compilation. Major upgrades include KDE 3.5.8, Glibc 2.5 and Xorg 7.2, as well as new versions of the GoboLinux management tools.


GoboLinux is available as an ISO download, in a number of mirrors.

Overview of this release

Live CD

The GoboLinux CD serves both as an installation disc and a Live CD, with a complete graphical desktop featuring KDE 3.5.8, OpenOffice.org 2.2.0 and a host of applications. In fact, due to the modular nature of the GoboLinux filesystem, every program available in the CD can be used directly from the "live" environment -- the work of the installer is to simply copy the user's selection to the destination partition (respecting dependency chains).

Graphical installer

Since version 010, GoboLinux features an installer that works on both text and graphical mode. The feature set of both modes is identical, thanks to the innovative AbsTK (Abstract Toolkit), created by the GoboLinux team especially for this installer: a unified widget toolkit for Python which detects and adapts itself for different environments. It currently supports two backends: ncurses/console and Qt/X11.

Hardware detection

GoboLinux features a Udev-based hardware detection system. A large number of devices are detected, loading the appropriate kernel modules.

Video detection is performed separately, by Xorg's own autodetection mechanism. If for any reason video card detection fails while booting the Live CD, you can skip to the default, "vesa", which works for most cards (unaccelerated).

Hardware requirements


GoboLinux is compiled to run on i686-class systems: Intel Core family, Pentium II/III/4, Intel Celeron, AMD Duron, AMD Athlon/XP/MP.


To load the Live CD environment, 32 MB of RAM is the recommended minimum for a text-mode install, 128 MB is the recommended minimum to load the graphic KDE desktop; 256 MB is recommended for a comfortable Live CD experience.

Once the system is installed in the hard disk, memory requirements vary greatly depending on the kind of applications executed, but the values stated above related to the Live CD experience serve as a good guideline.

Video and peripherals

Video cards are supported through the Xorg X11 server, with the fallback "vesa" driver covering the vast majority of current cards. A large number of sound cards are supported through ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and OSS (Open Sound System). Other peripherals are supported through additional packages (SANE, GPhoto, etc.) available in the GoboLinux repository and recipe store.

Package-specific notes

This section contains some general comments about the package set included in GoboLinux. The complete list of packages included in the CD follows in the next section.

Absence of proprietary packages

This release does not include any proprietary packages. It is worth to point out that programs such as Sun JDK and Macromedia Flash do work under GoboLinux with no limitations -- they are not included for legal reasons only. As alternatives to Acrobat Reader, we recommend Kpdf and Xpdf.


GoboLinux ships whenever possible all packages distributed in their original state, as intended by the authors of the various free software projects that compose the distribution. This also applies to the distribution of the locale files. Therefore, support for internationalization varies according to the translation status of each project for each language. External locale packages are not usually included in the CD, but due to user demand, Brazilian Portuguese, Hungarian and German i18n packages for KDE are shipped.

List of packages

Here is the complete list of programs you will find included in the GoboLinux 014 CD:

A2PS 4.13b-r3                   Groff 1.19.2-r2                 Mesa 6.5.2-r3
AbsTK 0.4                       Grub 0.97-r5                    MkTemp 1.5-r2
ALSA-Lib 1.0.14a-r1             GTK+ 2.10.11-r1                 Module-Init-Tools 3.2.2-r6
ALSA-Utils 1.0.14-r1            GTKMM 2.10.8-r1                 MPlayer 1.0rc1-r3
APR 1.2.8-r1                    Gzip 1.3.11-r1                  Mtail 1.1.1-r2
APR-Util 1.2.8-r1               HAL 0.5.10-r2                   Nano 2.0.3-r1
Aspell 0.60.4-r3                HAL-Info 20071011-r1            Nasm 0.98.39-r2
Aspell-en 0.51.1-r2             Hdparm 6.9-r1                   Ncurses 5.6-r1
ATK 1.17.0-r1                   Htop 0.6.5-r1                   Neon 0.26.3-r2
Atool 0.32.0-r2                 HwData 0.195-r2                 Netkit-Base 0.17-r2
Audacious 1.3.0-r1              ID3Lib 3.8.3-r2                 Net-Tools 1.60-r4
Audiofile 0.2.6-r2              ImageMagick 6.3.3_0-r1          NSPR 4.6.5-r1
Aumix 2.8-r3                    Imlib 1.9.15-r3                 NSS 3.11.4-r1
Autoconf 2.61-r1                Indent 2.2.9-r2                 NTFS-3G 1.0-r3
Automake 1.10-r2                InetUtils 1.4.2-r2              OpenOffice 2.2.0
Bash 3.1-r1                     Installer 1.0.5                 OpenSSH 4.6p1-r2
BC 1.06-r3                      JACK 0.103.0-r2                 OpenSSL 0.9.8d-r2
Bin86 0.16.17-r2                JPEG 6b-r3                      Pango 1.16.0-r1
BinUtils 2.17-r1                K3B 1.0-r1                      Parted 1.8.2-r1
Bison 2.3-r2                    KBD 1.12-r2                     Patch 2.5.4-r2
BootScripts 2.1.3               KDE-Base 3.5.8                  PCIUtils 2.2.4-r1
Bzip2 1.0.4-r1                  KDE-Graphics 3.5.8              PCMCIAUtils 014-r2
Cairo 1.4.0-r1                  KDE-I18N-de 3.5.8               PCRE 7.0-r1
Cairomm 1.2.4-r1                KDE-I18N-hu 3.5.8               Perl 5.8.8-r3
Cdparanoia-III alpha9.8-r2      KDE-I18N-pt_BR 3.5.8            Perl-XML-Parser 2.34-r3
CDRDAO 1.2.2-r1                 KDE-Libs 3.5.8-r1               Pilot-Link 0.12.2-r2
CDRTools 2.01.01a23-r1          KDE-Network 3.5.8               Pinentry 0.7.2-r2
Compile 1.10.0                  KDE-PIM 3.5.8                   Pinfo 0.6.9-r2
ConfigTools 1.1.4               KDE-Utils 3.5.8                 Pkgconfig 0.21-r2
CoreUtils 6.7-r1                Lame 3.97-r1                    Popt 1.10-r2
Cpio 2.6-r2                     Lazy 0.24e-r1                   PPP 2.4.4-r4
CUPS 1.2.8-r1                   LCMS 1.16-r1                    Procinfo 18-r2
Curl 7.16.1-r2                  Less 394-r2                     Procps 3.2.7-r1
CVS 1.12.13-r3                  Lesstif 0.95.0-r3               Psmisc 22.2-r2
Cyrus-Sasl 2.1.22-r2            LibART_LGPL 2.3.19-r1           PTH 2.0.7-r2
DB 4.5.20-r2                    LibAssuan 1.0.1-r1              PyQt 3.17-r2
DBus 1.1.2-r2                   LibExif 0.6.13-r2               Python 2.5-r2
DBus-GLib 0.73-r2               LibGCrypt 1.2.4-r1              Qt 3.3.7-r2
DBus-Qt 0.62-r1                 LibGlade 2.6.0-r2               Readline 5.2-r1
Dcron 3.2-r2                    LibGPG-Error 1.5-r2             ReiserFSProgs 3.6.20-r2
Device-Mapper 1.02.18-r1        LibID3Tag 0.15.1b-r3            RP-PPPoE 3.8-r2
DHCPCD 2.0.0-r4                 LibIDL 0.8.8-r3                 Rsync 2.6.9-r2
Dialog 1.1-r1                   LibIDN 0.6.9-r1                 Ruby 1.8.5-r2
DiffUtils 2.8.1-r2              LibKSBA 1.0.1-r1                Sash 3.7-r2
Dmraid 1.0.0.rc13-r1            LibMad 0.15.1b-r3               Scripts 2.8.2
DosFSTools 2.11-r2              LibMCS 0.4.1-r1                 Sed 4.1.5-r2
DriConf 0.9.1-r1                LibMNG 1.0.9-r2                 Shadow
DVD+RW-Tools 7.0-r2             LibNTLM 0.3.9-r1                SIP 4.5.2-r1
E2FSProgs 1.39-r3               LibOGG 1.1.3-r3                 Slocate 2.7-r3
Ed 0.4-r1                       LibPaper 1.1.21-r1              SquashFS-Tools 3.2_2-r2
Eject 2.1.5-r2                  LibPNG 1.2.16-r2                Strace 4.5.14-r4
EnhancedSkel 014.2              LibRSVG 2.14.4-r2               Subversion 1.4.3-r3
ESP-Ghostscript 8.15.3-r1       LibSamplerate 0.1.2-r2          Sudo 1.6.9p6-r2
Expat 2.0.0-r4                  LibSigc++ 2.0.17-r2             SysFSUtils 2.1.0-r2
FAM 2.7.0-r3                    LibSndfile 1.0.17-r1            Sysklogd 1.4.1-r4
File 4.19-r2                    LibTheora 1.0alpha7-r2          Sysvinit 2.86-r2
FindUtils 4.2.30-r1             LibTool 1.5.22-r2               T1Lib 5.1.1-r1
Firefox              LibUngif 4.1.4-r3               TagLib 1.4-r2
Flac 1.2.1-r1                   LibUSB 0.1.12-r4                Tar 1.16.1-r1
Flex 2.5.33-r3                  LibVorbis 1.1.2-r3              Texinfo 4.8a-r2
Fontconfig 2.4.2-r5             LibXML2 2.6.27-r1               Thunderbird
Foomatic 3.0_devel-r1           LibXSLT 1.1.20-r1               TIFF 3.8.2-r3
FreeType 2.1.10-r1              LILO 22.8-r1                    TraceRoute 1.4a12-r2
Fuse 2.6.3-r1                   Links 2.1pre26-r1               Udev 118-r1
Gawk 3.1.5-r4                   Linux               Unzip 5.52-r4
GCC 4.1.2-r1                    Linux-Headers 2.6.20-r1         Util-Linux 2.12r-r3
Gettext 0.16.1-r1               Listener 1.3                    Vim 7.0-r2
Gimp 2.2.13-r2                  LiveCD 1.0.3                    Wget 1.10.2-r2
GLib 2.12.11-r1                 Lsof 4.77-r3                    WindowMaker 0.92.0-r3
Glibc 2.5-r3                    M4 1.4.8-r1                     Wireless-Tools 28-r2
Glibmm 2.12.7-r1                Madwifi              WPA_Supplicant 0.4.9-r4
GMP 4.2.1-r2                    Make 3.81-r2                    Xorg 7.2-r4
GnuPG 2.0.3-r2                  Man 1.6e-r1                     Xpdf 3.02-r1
GnuTLS 1.6.1-r1                 Manager 1.1.5                   XTerm 224-r1
GoboHide 0.13-r1                Man-Pages 2.43-r1               YAFC 1.1.1-r2
GParted 0.3.3-r1                MC 4.6.1-r2                     Zip 2.32-r6
GPM 1.20.1-r3                   Mdadm 2.6.1-r1                  ZLib 1.2.3-r2
Grep 2.5.1a-r2                  MDNSResponder 107.1-r2          ZSH 4.3.4-r1

About GoboLinux

GoboLinux is a Linux distribution created in 2002 which implements an innovative approach in terms of system administration. It defines a new directory hierarchy which allows the coherent management of the installed base of programs from a system. This is done exclusively through the filesystem layout, without relying on databases or package managers.

In GoboLinux, each program resides in its own directory, such as /Programs/Xorg/7.2 and /Programs/KDE/3.5.8. Each file category (executables, libraries, headers) can also be accessed through unified symlink views, such as /System/Links/Libraries and /System/Links/Headers. These views match the legacy directories (/bin, /usr/include, /usr/local/share, and so on), achieving total Unix compatibility while keeping program directories completely self-contained.