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Frugalware Linux Pushes Forward - WikiNews Version

Frugalware Linux Pushes Forward

April 1, 2006
A freelance journalist writing for Wikinews interviewed the founder of Frugalware Linux Miklós Vajna.

The official release time of the latest edition frugalware-0.4 was Mar 30 07:42:21. The developers can be reached for comment through IRC at #frugalware in the network.

Frugalware also plans to have a live CD with desktop options available in the future, developed by one of its teams. A Live CD allows you to run the linux software on most compatible Intel and AMD chipset architectures, without having to partition the drive.

Wikinews: Frugalware is a slack distribution at present. Are there plans for developing binary package management platforms of it?

Miklós Vajna: Our package manager is called pacman, and its primariy purpose is to install binary packages. If you want to install packages from source, you can use our "repoman" tool.

Wikinews: What are your visions for the future of Frugalware, do you plan to globally distribute it as a product, and would you consider allowing a major corporation to sponsor your efforts?

Miklós Vajna: The second. Frugalware is free, but maintaining it needs hardware, mirrors, money. We got several donations already (buildservers), and we countinously need them. If a corporation want to sponsor us, I think that is totally O.K. :-)

Wikinews: What is Arch linux in relationship to your project? And how do their efforts fit into your gameplan.

Miklós Vajna: The common in Arch Linux and Frugalware is the package manager. (To be strict: nothing else.) Developing our package manger is a common effort, if anyone interested in its development, he/she can subscribe to the pacman development mailing list [1].

Wikinews: I've successfully installed Frugalware, OpenSUSE, and WinXP on the same box. Do you see a lot of people doing this sort of thing in the future?

Miklós Vajna: We support having more than one operating system on a single machine - though this matters only in case Frugalware is the last installed operating system. We do not have any statistics about what operating systems do other people use besides Frugalware, if they have more than one.

Wikinews: Is it possible that PearPC and Frugalware may have a relationship to distribute the PearPC Emulator with Frugalware in the future?

Miklós Vajna: It is already [2] available.

Wikinews: What kinds of software might you include with further editions of Frugalware? Is Muse part of the base package for electronic musicians, or will you have those sorts of things?

Miklós Vajna: [3] No. It is not available at the moment. You can request a package by filing a feature request to our Bug Tracking System, at [4].

Wikinews:Is the autoupdating feature of Frugalware unique to frugalware and perhaps a keystone to future developments?

Miklós Vajna: I have never tried other autoupdating features. What one can see is that upgrading even from the previous stable release - which means installing 6 months of update at once - requires only a few tricks and these are [5] documented. So it works as it should and we always pay attention not to break this great feature.

Wikinews: What can new users of Frugalware do to test and relay infotmation back to the developers through the correct channels?

Miklós Vajna: We have release stable versions two times a year. There are testing releases every 2 months. If one would like to help us, then download these releases, test them and if something is broken, then file a bugreport to the BTS (mentioned above already).

Wikinews: The Operating System has new X Windows video drivers that are a lightning enhancement over previous available patches for previous editions of linux. Alex Smith has been working on them as a developer.

In addition, the pearpc emulator mentioned above which comes with the package manager, with proper tuning and installation of a LEGAL copy of MAC OSX, may enable many Intel and AMD Frugalware users to use Mac OSX on their desktops. Alex Smith is also a contact person for the pearpc project, which can also be found in and at


* DistroWatch "Frugalware Linux 0.4 RC1 Screenshot Tour"., March 6, 2006
* Christopher J. Bradley "Frugal Me Frugal You". Frugal Files Blog, April 1, 2006


External Links

* Frugalware website
* About Frugalware
* Frugalware Linux Website
* Frugalware Linux Wiki
* Frugalware Linux Forums
* Frugalware Mailing Lists
* Frugalware 0.3pre1 review by Tuxmachines
* Frugalware review on newsforge
* Interview with Vajna Miklós by (Hungarian)

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