ROSA Fresh 12 arrives with a host of updates, changes and more

STC IT PINK the Russian company dedicated to creating different GNU / Linux solutions recently announced the launch of the new version of your linux distribution «ROSA Fresh 12 ″ which is based on the new platform rosa2021.1.

PINK Fresh 12 is marketed as the first release to showcase the capabilities of the new platform. This version is primarily aimed at Linux enthusiasts and contains the latest versions of software. At the moment, the image is only officially formed with the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

What's new in ROSA Fresh 12?

In this new version many of the changes that can be found are from the new version of rosa2021.1 and the ones that stand out the most are, for example, that RPM 5 and urpmi package managers transitioned to RPM 4 and dnf, which made the package system work much more stable and predictable, in addition to the base system has been improved, since its size has been significantly reduced, the delivery of regular rootfs builds for the three supported architectures has been ensured, that can be used to create containers based on the rosa2021.1 platform or to install the system.

Another change that stands out is that availability of some additional kernel modules was provided in binary form (drivers for Realtek RTL8821CU, RTL8821CE, Broadcom (broadcom-wl) Wi-Fi / Bluetooth adapters) and their delivery 'out of the box', allowing the user to avoid having to compile them. It is planned to expand the list of binary modules, including the delivery of proprietary NVIDIA driver kernel modules in a ready-to-use, compile-free format in the near future.

The package base has been updated, including updated Glibc 2.33 (in backward compatibility mode with Linux kernels to 4.14.x), GCC 11.2, systemd 249+, plus added full support for aarch64 platform (ARMv8), including Russian Baikal-M processors. Support for the e2k (Elbrus) architecture is under development and the 86-bit x32 architecture renamed from i586 to i686. The 86-bit x686 (i32) architecture repository still exists, but the QA department no longer tests the architecture.

As well Improved compatibility with RPM packages for RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, SUSE distributions is highlighted- Links to some packages with different names have been added and package manager compatibility is guaranteed in the repository metadata format (for example, if you install an RPM package with Google Chrome's proprietary browser, the connected one is its own repository ).

The interface design has been redesigned (based on the breeze style, with the original set of icons), which has been brought to a look that complies with modern trends, but at the same time retains its recognizability, colors and usability .

Provided support for quick and easy organization of a closed software environment "Ready to use", which allows to prohibit the execution of untrusted code (In this case, the administrator himself determines what he considers trustworthy, does not enforce trust on third parties), which is important for creating highly secure desktop, server and cloud (IMA) environments.

The server part of the distribution has been significantly improved: minimal server image sets have been tuned, many server packages have been developed; continues its preparation and drafting of documentation.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • The Anaconda project is used as an installer (installer), which, in cooperation with the upstream, has been modified to improve usability.
  • Implementation of automated operating system deployment methods: PXE and automatic installation using Kickstart scripts.
  • A unified assembly mechanism has been created for all official ISO images, which can also be used to create your own assemblies.
  • Active use of the / usr / libexec directory has started.
  • The work of the IMA is assured, including the use of GOST algorithms; plans to embed IMA signatures in official packages.
  • The RPM database was moved from BerkleyDB to SQlite.
  • For DNS resolution, systemd-resolved is enabled by default.
  • Updated GDM-based login interface.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can consult the details In the following link.

The system images have not been released yet, but they will be ready in a matter of days and can be obtained from this link.


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