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The new version of SLS (Softlanding Linux System) is now available on tsx-11.

Features of this upgrade include:

- A single unified boot disk (again)
- Linux 99 alpha p11
- libc 4.4.1 and gcc 2.4.5
- net 2 support
- XFree 386 1.3 (with shadow xlock and xdm)
- Tcl/Tk (this replaces the IV libs)
- rebuilt versions of idraw and doc
- First cut of Windows3 API (based on Tk)
- mailx
- Quotas
- Eric Youngdale's ELF support for SVR4 binaries
- national video font support
- the new mitsumi driver
- ifs and loop fs
- selection
- clean up of man pages and duplicate binaries, etc
- fixed version of bash
- enhanced installation

Also a set of boot time configuration options have been to the kernel, such
as forcing the hard drive params (for PS/VP) and forcing the net card,
and busmouse params. The install program automatically sets up lilo
with these parameters at install time. Lilo now uses the root partition
rather than the boot partition.

The SLS install program, doinstall, now fully automates installs, including
setting up swap, running "fdisk", and using "mke2fs" automatically, if you
omit the parameters.

The syssetup script has been extended so that it now sets up your tcpip
for your hostname, ipaddr, nameserver, etc. Mail is now setup with
this info, for internet based nodes.


Softlanding CDROM Info:

The SLS CDROM is $99 for the single, or $199 for the Quarterly subscription.
Add $15 for S&H (all prices in US funds). It contains:

- the SLS 1.02 packages (features 99p9 kernel and libc 4.3.3)
- SLS 1.02 unpacked and pre-installed
- the SLS source tree
- Werner's Inherited File System (IFS)
- mit and contrib X dists
- misc X windows srcs (like interviews and the TK X tool kit)
- sources for non-SLS things (like snd-kit and rlab)
- unsupported Linux patches (like Xenix fs and kdebug)
- two boot disks (3 & 5)
- at least 1 patch floppy (contains updates)
- the booklet, Using SLS

The above list is not meant to be comprehensive. Things such as
multimedia (sound and graphics support) are a given. Just a few words
are in order for a couple of the contents:

The first item, the SLS 1.02 distribution, is included in both packed
and unpacked form. The unpacked form, of course, allows access to all
the distribution contents without having to install the entire system
onto a hard drive. Infrequently used man pages and executables may
best be used directly from the CD.

Inclusion of the packaged release serves several purposes. It allows
installing from the CD. It also permits the floppy distribution to be
easily generated from the CD, even from DOS! This means that each SLS
CD is a miniture floppy distribution producing facility. More
importantly, it also means that, even if Linux does not currently have
a device driver for your particular CDROM drive, you can still install
and use SLS on your hard drive, by copying the files either to DOS
floppies or to a DOS hard drive partition, and then installing from
there. All that is required is a DOS device driver for your
particular CDROM drive.

The inherited file system, IFS, is the key to the effective use of the
online source and data for read-only media such as CDROM. It allows a
read-only directories to be mapped over by a writable directory, such
that only the modified files occupy space in the writable directory.
Gross networks of symbolic links are unecessary. Complete directory
heirarchies are mapped at a stroke, rather than just the contents of
one directory at a time.

The booklet, Using SLS, has several parts. The first, describes the
various installation procedures and options at your disposal, and
gives example installs. The second section is of the format "A Day In
The Life Of The Linux Hacker". It depicts a somewhat contrived
session that attempts to take the user on as complete a tour through
the SLS system and it's facilities as possible. Pains are taken not
only to describe what kinds of problems are met, but also how and
where answers to these problems are found. We end up with a survey of
the major subsystems of SLS, touching briefly on topics such as using
GhostScript, GCC, term and TeX. The goal of this guide is brevity
rather than comprehensiveness, which is better handled by online



SLS is available from the address below for a $3.50/disk US ($4.50/disk
Canadian) copying charge. Add $1.00/disk for 3 1/2" disks, and $15.00 for
shipping and handling. Mail payment, either cheque or money order,
in advance, to Softlanding. Visa and Mastercard are now also accepted,
Because people keep asking about prices, Softlanding has provided this
commonly ordered configurations price sheet:

TINY 4 a US $29.00 (CDN $33.00) US $33.00 (CDN $37.00)
BASE 17 a,b,c,d,s US $74.50 (CDN $91.50) US $91.50 (CDN $108.50)
MAIN 24 a,b,c,x US $99.00 (CDN $123.00) US $123.00 (CDN $147.00)
FULL 30 a,b,c,x,d,s,t US $120.00 (CDN $150.00) US $150.00 (CDN $180.00)

When ordering, ensure that you specify the bootdisk type (3 1/2 or 5 1/4).
Softlanding is also now offering support subscriptions for SLS.
Individual support, (one user, one machine) is $100.00 per year.
Group support, primarily for resellers and corporate sites is
$1000.00 per year. CDROM ($99) and QIC-150 tape ($150) also available.

Softlanding Software
910 Lodge Ave.
Victoria, B.C., Canada
(604) 360-0188, FAX (604) 385-1292

See Softlanding for a gentle touch down from a DOS bailout.

  3 Responses to “Category : Linux Files
Archive   : LN9911A1.ZIP
Filename : RELEASE

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

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