Starter kits are built with ALT Linux stable repository as a base; these are intended for experienced users lending them a convenient way to have a look at a DE/WM they didn't get around yet to mess with, or to deploy another system spending reasonable amount of time to set it up accordingly.
These are not complete distributions: no special docs are written for each release, the design is simple and shared by all the builds — is there any sense to paint the walls just to have them repainted by the settlers? :)
There are not too many packages included: we've decided that it's better to install LibreOffice another time than to have to download it each time.
Quarterly releases are expected to happen on March, June, September, December 12 with beta available on 5th day of those months.
The fourth p8-based release has happened on December 12, 2016 (available at nightly.altlinux.org) and is based on 4.4.38 std-def kernel (some flavours vary as indicated below).
The images are published as official releases upon having received wider testing.
Nine of the previous p7/branch based updates have happened as of March 12, 2016 (available at nightly.altlinux.org); note that these are considered archived by now.
The kits fall into these categories:
- rescue image;
- installable LiveCDs with various DE/WMs;
- classic installers (TDE, Xfce, server ones and JeOS "blank");
- OpenVZ template cache (tarball of chroot w/o kernel);
- base KVM disk image and a cloud-geared one for OpenStack;
- build environment LiveCD.
Images have been built for i586 and x86_64 architectures. All of the 64-bit hybrid bootable ISO images but jeos include UEFI support and should boot with SecureBoot left enabled. Use dd(1) to write those to USB flash.
If an image looks broken verify its checksum against MD5SUMS. It's possible to fix a misdownloaded image using rsync and nightly.altlinux.org::nightly/p8/ prefix.
These images also get tested in VMs with 1 Gb RAM and 16 Gb of hard drive space which is good enough for any of them to perform/install (the lower threshold for the "light" flavours is around 256 Mb RAM, it can be pushed further below 128 Mb by optimizing kernel configuration for smaller systems if neccessary).
ISOs boot in English by default. Press F2 and choose a different language of those supported as needed; Ctrl-Shift to switch layout.
Note that there's experimental support for Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese Input Methods in Cinnamon and LXDE flavours as of 20150912; add "lang=vi_VN", "lang=ko_KR" or "lang=zh_CN" to kernel boot parameters manually and start ibus-setup upon having booted to the desktop.
Note the tips on suitable utilities to write the hybrid ISO image to bootable media; please do not use UNetbootin, Rufus, or UltraISO as those will cripple the result unfortunately.
Has command-line tools to service various filesystems, diagnose and recover system.
The most recent version is available weekly.
These builds mostly use systemd as init; gnustep, icewm and wmaker use sysvinit.
- KDE5: i586, x86_64 (~1.2 Gb)
- MATE: i586, x86_64 (~750 Mb)
- Xfce: i586, x86_64 (~600 Mb)
- Gnome3: i586, x86_64 (~1.1 Gb) 4.8.14
- Cinnamon: i586, x86_64 (~800 Mb)
- Enlightenment: i586, x86_64 (~600 Mb)
- KDE4: i586, x86_64 (~1.4 Gb)
- LXDE: i586, x86_64 (~600 Mb)
- GNUstep: i586, x86_64 (~600 Mb)
- IceWM: i586, x86_64 (~500 Mb) 4.8.14
- LXQt: i586, x86_64 (~650 Mb)
- TDE: i586, x86_64 (~750 Mb)
- WindowMaker: i586, x86_64 (~400 Mb)
These builds use the classic SysV init. All of the images but jeos include basic rescue facility and support RAID/LVM installation.
KVM disk images
The technology behind these images is aimed at making derivatives easy while requiring the very minimal specification of the difference added; you can try it out yourself using the builder flavour.
- official releases
- regular builds (Sisyphus)
- ALT Linux Rescue (Sisyphus too)
- Softpedia's heroic stream of ALT reviews
- DistroWatch page
- that is, rather small
- Just Enough Operating System: minimalistic image with networking and package management capabilities
- 5Gb sparse image that will take up a few hundred megabytes when handled appropriately
- and probably more as it carries cloud-init
- the notable exception being Hyper-V Gen.2 VMs which seem to lack the key for "3rd party" bootloaders
- ...thus polkit doesn't really work there and additional tweaking is required if e.g. NetworkManager is needed