ALT Linux 5.0 Ark

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ALT Linux Ark

Current state: beta
The final release may contain significant changes.

ALT Linux presents a beta-version of the Platform Five flagship product. ALT Linux Ark is designed for making integrated solutions.

This beta-version includes 3 distributions for two hardware platforms (i586 and x86_64):

ALT Linux 5.0 Office Server. Features include:

  • Enterprise network setup.
  • Host-based authorization of users and services.
  • Easy connection of remote offices via VPN.
  • Host-based updates for servers and workstations.
  • Network operating system installation to workstations.
  • Virtualization for 3rd party software containers.
  • Backup and restore functionality (you can recover a single file or the filesystem from the same backup).
  • A unified file storage with quota support.
  • Automatic RAID1 creation if 2+ identical discs are detected.
  • An easy and convenient administration interface that doesn't require profound knowledge of server subsystems.

ALT Linux 5.0 Desktop and ALT Linux 5.0 Gnome Desktop. Features include:

  • A graphical environment at your choice — either KDE4 or GNOME.
  • Automatic detection of a connected Office Server installation; network-wide settings are taken 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 the Office Server network file storage.

Main features of Platform Five

  • Modularity

Products that comprise and extend Platform Five are distributed as virtual containers for a basic server distribution, ALT Linux 5 Server. Using virtual containers in server solutions provides increased security, convenient support conditions for software vendors, an opportunity to distribute customized solutions, and ease of use. The virtualization technologies instantly available are OpenVZ and KVM.

  • Integration

Zeroconf technology allows to dramatically reduce time and resources that are needed to deploy an office network using Platform Five products. Most of a usual setup sequence is done automatically. Platform Five is mostly targeted at solution providers (both with free and proprietary licensing). An ISV that distributes its product in the form of a container for Platform Five gains an opportunity to deliver modules with various life cycles (and even on varying codebase) and build an IT infrastructure based on the open platform. ALT Linux company provides many services related to Platform Five: compatibility certification program for products made by ISVs, distribution of products made for Platform Five as well as support and training services for those products, publishing products with a common Platform Five design, and products promotion as well. ALT Linux partners and ALT Linux Team members have preferences when cooperating with ALT Linux.


Instructions for making containers:

Software versions

  • Linux kernel 2.6.30 (workstations), 2.6.27 (Office Server)
  • GCC 4.4
  • GLIBC 2.10.1
  • Xorg 1.6.3
  • KDE 4.3.1 (ALT Linux Desktop)
  • GNOME 2.26.3 (ALT Linux Gnome Desktop)
  • GIMP 2.6.7
  • Scribus
  • Inkscape 0.47

Distribution versions

  • Beta: September, 9, 2009


Image Description Size MD5
ALT Linux Office Server
altlinux-5.0.0_beta-20090909-office-server-i586-ru-install-cd.iso Install CD (i586), files list 587 Mb 4cc2fc377ef1049fe3bb44336825db0c
altlinux-5.0.0_beta-20090909-office-server-x86_64-ru-install-cd.iso Install CD (x86_64), files list 605 Mb 8f66cf1e5ef11ff8b35d0c7e6e3360d8
ALT Linux Desktop
altlinux-5.0.0_beta-20090908-desktop-i586-ru-install-dvd5.iso Install DVD (i586), files list 2,9 Gb 03d7bbb993824b92497fa90a7bf6aa63
altlinux-5.0.0_beta-20090908-desktop-x86_64-ru-install-dvd5.iso Install DVD (x86_64), files list 3,0 Gb 6f52189f32ddc6f4e700a9621d459947
ALT Linux Gnome Desktop
altlinux-5.0.0_beta-20090908-gnome-desktop-i586-ru-install-dvd5.iso Install DVD (i586), files list 1,8 Gb c96c73c447c700a0b850e105545d904c
altlinux-5.0.0_beta-20090908-gnome-desktop-x86_64-ru-install-dvd5.iso Install DVD (x86_64), files list 1,9 Gb 0ecd56d9c2a842469db6cd8683384f88

Known bugs

Desktop/GNOME Desktop

  1. GNOME Desktop has no rescue mode
  2. No user documentation (neither in Russian :)
  3. Installation source choice in the bootloader is not functional
  4. Kernel installation to a GPT partition is not supported
  5. No help for some modules of the System Management Center
  6. Some parts of interface and documentation are not localized
  7. Files with locale-specific characters in a Zip-archive are displayed improperly
  8. The background is not scaled properly in Live CD
  9. Thunderbird doesn't let to open hyperlinks in letters
  10. By default, Windows applications are not started in WINE if they reside on mountable locations (/media)

Office Server

  1. Installation source choice in the bootloader is not functional
  2. Kernel installation to a GPT partition is not supported
  3. There's no message about management options at the end of installation
  4. No help for some modules of the System Management Center
  5. A virtual container can't be unloaded

The full list of known bugs (mostly in Russian, sorry) is available at: [1].