Debian-Based Siduction 2013.2 Arrives with Systemd and a Desktop Environment Without X

The latest version of Siduction can be downloaded from Softpedia

Siduction 2013.2, a Linux distribution that ships with four desktop environments, KDE, XFCE LXDE, GNOME, and Razor-Qt, for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, has been released and is available for download.

Siduction 2013.2 has been dubbed December and is based on Debian's unstable branch. This might seem strange, but the latest version of Siduction is actually considered a stable version.

“December is shipped with 5 desktop environments: KDE SC, XFCE, LXDE, Razor-Qt and GNOME, all in 32- and 64-bit variants. From the included DEs this time around only LXDE fits on a CD with 700 MegaByte. But as CDs become more irrelevant with every day, we are not too worried about this and recommend to use USB-Sticks for installation.

“The released images are a snapshot of Debian unstable, that also goes by the name of Sid, from 2013-12-30. They are enhanced with some useful packages and scripts, our own installer and a custom patched version of the linux-kernel 3.12, accompanied by X-Server 1.14.5-1,” said the developers.

The fact that the distribution is using systemd instead of upstart shouldn't present any significant differences for the average user. According to the developers, it has been decided not to wait for Debian, and systemd has been chosen.

Highlights of Siduction 2013.2:

• A new desktop environment called noX has been implemented. As the name suggests, it's an environment without X;

• An image that listens to the name of Xorg and features the minimal window manager Fluxbox on top of X has been provided;

• A few bug fixes for language packs, unicode handling in the installer, and stabilization within systemd have been implemented;

• XFCE is being shipped in version 4.10.1 and KDE at version 4.11.4;

• This is the last version of Siduction that ships with LXDE.

Check out the official announcement for a complete list of changes and updates. Download Siduction 2013.2 right now from Softpedia.

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