Yes, I know, it’s been a while, but the time now has come for the first release of Kongoni 2011. Usually first release should be an alpha, but I was thinking it would be just simpler to use beta or multiple betas until RC or the stable release. The new release code name is Firefly, has nothing really to do with anything, I just like the name .
This release brings almost everything new, start-up scripts were clean-up or somewhat rewritten, themes/wallpapers were updated, new applications were added (over 300 new applications in the repository), fully removed Hal and added udisks and upower, KDE has been migrated to the Kongoni repository and yes, has been building for Kongoni (we wont use anymore the Slackware packages for KDE), kernel setup and configuration totally change and now most parts of the kernel are build as modules, added dracut as a initramfs image creator/updater and much much more.
Now I guess everybody got the idea, a lot of updates, but I will like to get deeper into some of this updates. First of all, the kernel was updated to version 18.104.22.168-libre, like I said before, it was build differently then the previous release, most parts of it are build as modules, so the kernel it’s smaller and in terms should be a bit faster, but of course there was also some patching applied to the kernel to boost a bit the speed, but has nothing like BFS patch or the 200 line patch for scheduling. I’ve been testing the kernel with BFS (Brain Fuck Scheduler) patch, but I haven’t got what I wanted from it, I haven’t found it as useful or stable as I would wish. Also maybe some of you know the 200 linux kernel patch which suppose to boost the system or desktop speed, but again got kind of the same results, not as stable or good to be included. Besides the kernel been updated, now Kongoni also ships with Dracut for creating/updating and managing initramfs image need it by the kernel to boot.