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Sidux Logo
sidux Screenshot
Developer sidux-team around Stefan Lippers-Hollmann (slh); sidux e.V
First released 2006
Latest preview version
Release date and age sidux 2008-04 pontos "Ποντος" / 2008-12-23
Frequently updated yes
Programming language
Status active
Genre Distribution
License GNU General Public License, LGPL

sidux is a desktop-oriented operating system based on the "unstable" branch of Debian, which uses the codename Sid. The distribution consists of a Live CD (bootable CD-ROM) for i686 or x86-64 architecture and can be installed to a hard drive through a graphical installer. sidux is maintained by a team of developers including former Kanotix developer Stefan Lippers-Hollmann (slh). Initial administration was managed by The sidux Foundation, Inc. located in the United States. Now the Berlin, Germany based non profit organisation sidux e.V. is administering and supporting the project.


Sidux is quite easy to install. Download the latest version, sidux-2008-04 Πόντος, and create a LiveCD. Installing is rather easy and quick. The most difficult part was figuring out how to partition. Sidux includes a nice, easy to use, graphic user interface (GUI) to help with the installation. After I finished configuring the GUI, it took less than 7 minutes to install Sidux on my Thinkpad. That was one of the fastest installs ever.

After you reboot, Sidux will check the hard drives (since you are using ext3). Do not worry if it reboots after Sidux notices the time is off. It will reboot and boot up no problem. The only error I dealt with Sidux not being able to load the modules for VirtualBox. Despite this, you will be amazed at how fast Sidux boots up. Less than 30 seconds for me which makes it the second fastest Linux bootup for me (Arch Linux can boot up in about 19 seconds).

One of the first things you will after you finishing installing Sidux is read the Sidux Qucikstart Manual. It is one of the best manuals for a distro out there.

Updating/Upgrading Software

With Debian or Ubuntu, you normally used apt-get update && apt-get upgrade to update your system. With Sidux, you cannot, you have to use apt-get dist-upgrade in a Runlevel 3. This is where you have to be comfortable working in the command line. Once you are in init 3, Sidux provides a very good tool that helps you update your system. It is called smxi which is used to manage packages in the sid repository.

smxi is relatively easy to use. Just read and enter the options. I used smxi to install openoffice, apache2, mysql, php, python, perl, etc. It is really a great tool. You can even configure and install the latest kernel and get your graphics card configured, properly, through smxi.

Once you have updated your system, you can go back to init 5 (Runlevel 5) and install packages by using apt-get install <package> relatively easily. You just got to remember to use apt-get dist-upgrade in init 3 once week to keep your system updated.

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