Chakra 2011.09, codenamed Edn, has been released. As the name might tip you off, the release comes a bit ahead of schedule, since it was supposed to land in September.
The team believed that the time was right to put it out early, so Chakra GNU/Linux 2011.09 is available for all to install.
The major touting points of the latest release are migrations to newer underpinnings, like the fresh Linux kernel 3.0 and the KDE SC 4.7.0 desktop environment and software stack.
"The Chakra Development Team is proud to announce the release of Edn, Chakra GNU/Linux featuring Linux 3.0 and KDE 4.7," the Chakra team announced
"Since our last stable image Aida (2011.04-r2) many things are updated, and have changed, which makes it hard to install for Chakra Newcomers. We decided to release Edn a bit ahead of schedule because of this," it explained.
Highlights of Chakra GNU/Linux 2011.09:
· KDE 4.7.0;
· Linux 3.0.3;
· Minimal image you can build your desktop on;
· The tribe installer has been updated to work with KDE 4.7;
· Initscripts updated with the option to test systemd;
· Xorg 7.6;
· Mesa 7.11;
· Xorg-Server 1.10.4;
· Updated Xorg Drivers;
· Heimdal replaced by krb5 (including rebuilds of depending pkgs)
· Fixed burg theme;
· Burg saves last boot-state;
· Fixes for kvm and virtualbox;
· Updated networkmanagement.
The team also boasted that there are more Gnome and GTK applications that can be installed, via "Click'n'Run."
Chakra GNU/Linux was originally based on Arch Linux but, while some of the underlying architecture and the package manager remain the same, packages from Arch are not compatible with Chakra.
Chakra uses the KDE desktop environment and a half-rolling release model, meaning that the core software is updated less often and is considered stable, while everything non-essential is updated frequently to ensure that users always run the latest applications.
Chakra GNU/Linux 2011.09
is available for download here