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Review: Atomix Linux 3.2

By Mirko Perak on January 25, 2006 (8:00:00 AM)

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After several years' work, a team of young Linux experts from Serbia has released Atomix Linux 3.2 to the public. Considering the long development period -- more than three years -- my expectations were fairly high, but Atomix met my expectations.

Atomix Linux is a derivative of Fedora Core Linux. When I've tested Fedora Core 4, applications such as OpenOffice.org, Gaim, Evolution, and ImageMagick have crashed a few times. During the two months of testing Atomix I haven't had any programs crash or freeze, which I found impressive. It appears as if the Atomix developers have focused on making sure that all applications function reliably.

Installation

Before you begin the installation, set up the computer so to boot from a DVD or CD. The distribution comprises one DVD or five CDs. You can find ISOs on the Mannheim University FTP Server or the project's Web site (CD ISOs only).

Since Atomix is a Fedora derivative, it's no surprise that it uses the Anaconda GUI-based installer. Anaconda is simple and accessible, even for users who are inexperienced. Choose the packages carefully, however. For some reason, the Atomix team did not include some popular applications with the set of programs that are installed automatically. You'll have to select some programs manually if you want to install them, including Evolution, GnomeMeeting, gFTP, KPhone, Nvu, aMule, GnuCash, dvgrab, and several others. It's difficult to say why developers excluded these applications, which would normally be installed if you were using Fedora Core.

Atomix on the desktop

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Atomix uses KDE 3.4.1 by default, but you can install GNOME if you choose to. Among the applications installed by default are the GIMP 2.2.7, Sodipodi, Skencil 0.6.16, Inkscape, Blender 2.3.7a, Thunderbird, Firefox 1.0.4, Adobe Reader 7.0, Scribus 1.2.1, OpenOffice.org 1.1.3, Nvu 1.0PR, Bluefish 1.0.1, Xine, Sound Juicer 2.10.1, MPlayer, K3b 0.12.1, amaroK 1.2.4, and the Red Hat network tool.

One of Atomix's strengths is its multimedia support. MPlayer (and a package of additional skins) is available for displaying content in DivX format, and Atomix includes Xine for playing DVDs. If you decided during installation to install the video players package, you will get libdvdcss, so you will be able to watch commercial DVDs by default. For music, Atomix includes amaroK and XMMS, which play Ogg files out of the box. Users that want to play MP3s will have to install the xmms-mp3 and amarok-xine packages from the DVD.

Binary NVIDIA and ATI drivers are not installed by default, so users will need to install them separately from the Atomix site. Installation of other packages can be performed with the tools under the Add/Remove Packages entry in the System Setting menu. The Atomix team recommends the graphical KYum tool, which can be found on the installation DVD.

Atomix on the server

Atomix Linux proved to be as good on a server as any other distro. If you want to use Atomix as a server, choose the Server option during the first step of the installation process. This will enable file sharing support, Apache, PHP, and network printing. If you choose the Server installation, the graphic environment will not be installed, though you can install KDE and GNOME later.

To install these or other applications from the console, you can use Yum. Yum will download new software from the Atomix repository by default, but if you want to install applications from the DVD or CD media using yum, then edit /etc/yum.repos.d/atomix.repo to add the following line:

baseurl=file:///media/cdrom/

You can use the command service from the console to initiate and stop services, or in the graphic environment you can use the service configuration window. Atomix comes with the Apache Web server version 2.054, and you can also automatically install support for PHP, Perl, Python, and SSL. Additional modules provide support for Kerberos, MySQL, PostgreSQL, LDAP, and Subversion.

Atomix on the server won't give you anything you won't get from Fedora Core, but if you like Atomix on your desktop, you might also want to run it on the server.

Conclusion

Atomix Linux doesn't offer anything new in the world of Linux distributions. Nevertheless, its advantage is its quality, and a high level of technical refinement. You don't have to deal with the usual troubles in the initial system configuration, so you get a functional desktop out of box. Despite the fact that Atomix is the product of Serbian experts, support for the English language is installed by default, hence the other users throughout the world can try this distribution also without any problems.

Mirko Perak is freelance IT journalist from Belgrade, Serbia. He was the first journalist to write about Linux regularly in Serbia.

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Atomix Linux is from Vojvodina

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 25, 2006 10:47 PM
Just one remark.
Atomix Linux team is from city of Novi Sad which is in Vojvodina, not Serbia, which is further south.

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Re:Atomix Linux is from Vojvodina

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 26, 2006 02:18 AM
Vojvodina is in Serbia.

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vojvodina" title="wikipedia.org">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vojvodina</a wikipedia.org>

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Re:Atomix Linux is from Vojvodina

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 26, 2006 04:30 AM
Atomix Linux is from Serbia, because Vojvodina is part of Serbia!

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Re:Atomix Linux is from Vojvodina

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 26, 2006 06:06 AM
In your dreams maybe

Okupatori napolje!!!

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Re:Atomix Linux is from Vojvodina

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 27, 2006 04:12 AM
This is nonsense. First you bring confusion, and now you bring racist hate messages and insults. Make love kid! This will be reported to authorities and deleted i hope.

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Re:Atomix Linux is from Vojvodina

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 28, 2006 03:58 AM
What does this have to do with Atomix Linix???

Congrats to the team. Keep up the good work!!!

And to you, who ever you are, you should be shame of your self.

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Re:Atomix Linux is from Vojvodina

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 26, 2006 11:33 AM
Vojvodina is part or Republic of Serbia,
(Vojvodina is a name for northern of Serbia)
Therefore, both statements are correct.
Atomix was made in Europien state Serbia, (Serbia and Montenegro)
province Vojvodina, city of Novi Sad

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Re:Atomix Linux is from Vojvodina

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 26, 2006 06:09 PM
That's wright, 100% correct<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:)

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Re:Atomix Linux is from Vojvodina

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 27, 2006 05:52 AM
vojvodina is in serbia and atomix linux kicks ass<nobr> <wbr></nobr>;)

sremac

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Ancient?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 26, 2006 02:41 AM
Either the distribution is ancient, or this review is late.

Blender 1.40, Firefox 1.5, OpenOffice 2.01 is out.

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Re:Ancient?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 26, 2006 03:55 AM
yes.. this review is way too late... but, there is 4.0 to be released soon (within few weeks), and it will have:

# GCC 4.1.0
# Kernel 2.6.16
# X Window System. X11R7.0
# KDE 3.5.0
# GNOME 2.13
# Open Office 2.0.1
# Full JAVA support (Eclipse, Tomcat, Jonas)
# built for i686

Atomix team

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Re:Ancient?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 28, 2006 08:15 AM
In February comes new version Atomix 4.0!!!

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Review: Atomix Linux 3.2

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 213.198.210.207] on November 18, 2007 01:47 PM
And where is Atomix Linux now?
Even main Site of distribution is not active anymore??
One-Summer distribution only?

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