EasyOS Dunfell-series 2.6.1
EasyOS was created in 2017, derived from Quirky Linux, which in turn was derived from Puppy Linux in 2013. Easy is
built in woofQ, which takes as input binary packages from any
distribution, and uses them on top of the unique EasyOS infrastructure.
Throughout 2020, the official release for x86_64 PCs was the Buster-series, built with
Debian 10.x Buster DEBs.
EasyOS has also been built with packages compiled from
source, using a fork of OpenEmbedded (OE). Currently, the Dunfell
release of OE has been used, to compile two sets of binary packages, for
x86_64 and aarch64.
The latter have been used to build EasyOS for the Raspberry
Pi4, and first official release, 2.6.1, was in January 2021.
The page that you are reading now has the release notes for EasyOS Dunfell-series on x86_64 PCs, also debuting in 2021.
To try and keep things simple, all three, the Dunfell-series on Pi4
and the Dunfell-series and Buster-series on the PC, all are sync'ed at
the same version number.
However, there are differences in the maturity of each. In the case
of the Pi4, the hardware still has some issues. For Dunfell-series on
the PC, as the packages are all compiled from source, they are not as
tested as those in the Buster-series.
The "2.6.1" is for EasyOS itself, the infrastructure,
support-glue, system scripts and system management and configuration applications.
Version 2.6.1 is becoming mature, though is an experimental
distribution and some parts are under development and are still
considered as beta-quality. However, you will find this distro
to be a very pleasant surprise, or so we hope.
2.6.1 release notes
Here are blog posts relevant to EasyOS Dunfell-series:
- Qsync fixed on the Pi4 and FF compiled — January 25, 2021
- Easy Version Control rollback device-tree files — January 25, 2021
- Fixed compile of libvdpau-va-gl in OE — January 24, 2021
- Fixed compile of Samba without krb5 in OE — January 22, 2021
- Tweaks for OpenEmbedded Dunfell — January 21, 2021
- Fix for 2createpackages in woofQ — January 20, 2021
- Norwegian language PETs for EasyOS — January 17, 2021
- Restore arrows to gtk3 scrollbars — December 31, 2020
- EasyOS Dunfell 0.104 released — December 30, 2020
- Zarfy fixed in OE — December 29, 2020
- EasyOS Dunfell 0.103 almost released — December 28, 2020
- Extra patches applied to bash in OE — December 27, 2020
- EasyOS Dunfell 0.102 released — December 27, 2020
- EasyOS Dunfell update weird error — December 26, 2020
- EasyOS Dunfell 0.101 released — December 25, 2020
- Kernel 5.10.2 compiled in EasyOS Dunfell — December 22, 2020
- Mime database fixes — December 21, 2020
- EasyOS Dunfell series to be based on 5.10 kernel — December 19, 2020
- Fixes for OpenEmbedded Dunfell build — December 19, 2020
Some extra notes: the kernel is 5.10.11, SeaMonkey is 2.53.6. For
those who need the 'wl' kernel wifi driver, it is available as a PET
package -- click "petget" on the desktop. EasyOS is available as
English, French, German, and Norwegian (nb and nn) builds. Norwegian is
brand new and untested.
Firstly, which one should you go for, the Buster- or Dunfell-series?
On the PC, if you want maturity and the huge Debian package
repository, then probably the Buster-series is the best choice. The
Dunfell-series has a small package repository, and there may (or may not
be) some maturity issues with the packages. But if you want very small,
lean, mean and fast, without any dependence on systemd, pulseaudio,
avahi, pam or polkit, and just plain more fun, choose the
Besides, in the Dunfell-series, you can run a Buster-series in a container, which is really easy to do.
Why would you choose EasyOS instead of some other Linux distribution?
For a quick overview of how EasyOS is different from other Linux distributions, read this:
You will notice that the download is quite small, only 480MB,
yet contains just about every application you would ever need, such as
the SeaMonkey browser suite, LibreOffice, Gimp, Dia, Planner, Grisbi,
Osmo, NoteCase, Celluloid and Audacious. There are powerful system
managers, such as NetworkManager, EasyContainers, EasyVersionControl and BluePup.
BluePup for example, is a bluetooth manager, unique to
EasyOS. Another unique tool is 'easydd', a GUI or CLI tool for writing
an image file to SD-card or USB-stick.
Furthermore, the easy-*.img.gz file is only gzip-compressed.
The squashfs file inside it (easy.sfs), is also gzip-compressed. If we
had used, say, xz-compression, the file would be much smaller.
We are very grateful to Ibiblio for hosting EasyOS, right from the start:
EasyOS has one mirror of ibiblio.org, thanks to NLUUG, here:
Legal statement: https://easyos.org/about/legal-disclaimers-miscellania.html