GNOME Developer Kit Slimmed Down

Mar 10, 2010

The GNOME Developer Kit is a Linux distro based on Foresight Linux. Its new release shows a somewhat reduced collection of software for GNOME developers.

The size of the GNOME Developer Kit system image was reduced from 1.4 GBytes to under 700 MBytes. To this end, Firefox was replaced by Epiphany and multimedia codecs were excluded. The distro for developers and translators now fits on a single CD.

The typical installation for GNOME developers may well be on virtual machines. The download page therefore includes image files for VMware, Parallels and Qemu next to the installable ISO image. The VMware image can also be run under VirtualBox.

The GNOME Developer Kit delivers GNOME libraries and modules that are built daily from the project's Git repository, in the form of a fully functioning Linux distro. The Conary package management system keeps the software updated.

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