Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Kurumin: From Brazil with Lov^H^H^HLinux

Filed under
Linux
Reviews
-s

According to DistroWatch, "Kurumin Linux is a Brazilian run-from-CD Linux distribution based on Knoppix. Its main features are excellent hardware auto-detection, support for Brazilian Portuguese and small size." Version 5.1-alpha4 was recently released and tuxmachines took it for a short spin.

The problems I had with kurumin wasn't so much it being an alpha. Although some things didn't seem to work at all such as Mercury and others crashed from time to time like Firefox, my main problem was that this offering was just released a day or two ago and it's still using such old versions of applications.

The most surprising was finding KDE 3.3.2 as the main desktop. KDE 3.3.4 was released a month ago and now 3.5 is at release candidate stage. KDE 3.3.2 seems a bit of a let down for an alpha released yesterday.

In addition, they are still using linux-2.6.11. Linux-2.6.14.1 has been stable for a week now, they should be up to some version of .14 or at least .13. They are still using Xorg 6.8.2 that is widely known to have nv issues, but one can forgive distros for that as it is the last stable available right now and X servers are one area developers are still quite shy about running betas/rc/cvs. They are still using gcc 3.3.5 as well, but again, that's not as big of a disappointment either. To the average Joe, me included, that's one area I don't rush to run the latest and greatest. Their Gaim is also quite dated as well. On the plus side, Kurumin is offering OpenOffice 2.0.

Of course they start with the wonderful foundation of Knoppix. The leader in livecd implementation and hardware detection, knoppix is a wise decision. There were no boot or hardware detection problems.

Upon boot one is greeted by an automagically starting KDE. The wallpaper is a colorful customized offering establishing the mood, look and feel, of kurumin. Featuring what can only be described as a silhouette of a true-to-life Brazilian Indian aiming his bow off the oversized Kurumin "K", the wallpaper is an unique experience of trace cut displacement at its finest. Also true to the theme is the use of a really cute Indian-tux through the splash screens and such.

MSN is purported to be a "the" messenger service in eastern Europe and South America (please don't make me hunt down the reference), and this is oftentimes reflected in a distros' choice(s) of instant messaging clients. Mercury is a MSN client and an icon is prominently offered on the kde panel (launcher). However as stated above, it did not function here, but the older gaim seemed to work. It's not usually a big deal if an application or two won't start up, especially in an alpha/beta, but it becomes more of an issue if it's one of a 1/2 dozen icons featured in the launcher. They will probably fix that by and by. However when coupled with Firefox's dismal performance, it's starting to look like a thrown together job, especially considering all the old versions of things. As if they hadn't even bothered to update most of the big foundation applications and the supporting apps they did update are broken.

Firefox was flakey. Sometimes it would start. Sometimes it would start and crash. Sometimes it would surf a while before crashing.

One problem that keeps rearing up in these debian-derived knoppix-based distros is the partition number limit. As Elive, arabian, and a few others, I can not access my /dev/hda21. This is a pain for me as that's where my video files are stored. As such, I can either reboot some other system and copy some rather large files or not report if the distro can handle different video formats out of the box. They certainly can't play 'em if they can't see 'em!

        

Other than Kurumin's Control Panel, I didn't see any noteworthy application additions or things that would set Kurumin apart from the masses. However, they do offer that Control Panel. Attractive and uncomplicated, that piece of software was a thing of beauty. Similar to arabian's, from here one can configure their system and even desktop settings in one convenient place. For example, one can configure their net connection and set up a firewall, one can set up a lamp server, or adjust their X resolution, desktop color theme or fonts. One can setup software repositories and install packages, and perhaps most importantly, one can start a hard drive install from the Kurumin Control Panel.

        

        

The hard drive installer is familiar too. It reminds me of the one found in Symphony based on kanotix. I don't know which came first the chicken or the egg here, but with it being familiar and my high school spanish classes, I could almost read the Brazilian language as it walked me through an install. (Sidenote: booting with lang=us had no effect, but KDE offered the US locale.)

As stated, the installer walks one through the install and it seems to function very well. I accomplished a hard drive install of Kurumin without losing any other partitions or readjusting/rerunning lilo later. Even in the Spanish/Porteguese/Brazilian language it was a cakewalk to this English-only speaker. To someone of that tongue, I can surmise it'd be even easier. The only drawback, possibly, could be the use of qtparted or cfdisk to repartition one's harddrive. If a newcomer could get passed that without losing their other data, they shouldn't have any trouble. As this is one of the goals of Kurumin, they hit pretty close to the bullseye there.

        

All in all, Kurumin was found to be an adequate system with pros consisting of its Control Panel, hard drive installer, rare language support, and custom graphics, but cons found to be the older versions of the kernel and kde. Considering the team of developers consists of about 1 person and he is bringing a wonderful distribution to the Porteguese speaking world, I'd say it's a worthy/noble effort. Since this is an alpha, we won't hold the unstable/inoperative applications against this distro at this time. I will say that once this goes rc, I'd like to take another look and suggest that perhaps you should too.

Download.

Homepage.

Screenshots.

UPDATE, 11/19/05: Please see the update to this article HERE.

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • Why You Should Consider Open Sourcing Your Software
    Free & Open source software have grown so rapidly in the last few years. Just compare the situation of being ignored and considered like a nerds-movement in the early 2000’s to the situation today in 2017. We surly made a huge advancement so far. Thanks to the amazing ecosystem of open source which links both communities and enterprises together. However, when it comes to individuals, a lot of people are hesitant when it comes to open-sourcing their software. They think that the “secret” behind it will be stolen. They think that they will be releasing their work “for nothing in return” when they do so. That’s definitely false.
  • Caspia Projects and Thunderbird – Open Source In Absentia
    What does this have to do with Thunderbird? I sat in a room a few weeks ago with 10 guys at Clallam Bay, all who have been in a full-time, intensive software training program for about a year, who are really interested in trying to do real-world projects rather than simply hidden internal projects that are classroom assignments, or personal projects with no public outlet. I start in April spending two days per week with these guys. Then there are another 10 or so guys at WSR in Monroe that started last month, though the situation there is more complex. The situation is similar to other groups of students that might be able to work on Thunderbird or Mozilla projects, with these differences:1) Student or GSOC projects tend to have a duration of a few months, while the expected commitment time for this group is much longer.
  • Make Dragonfly BSD great again!
    Recently I spent some time reading Dragonfly BSD code. While doing so I spotted a vulnerability in the sysvsem subsystem that let user to point to any piece of memory and write data through it (including the kernel space). This can be turned into execution of arbitrary code in the kernel context and by exploiting this, we're gonna make Dragonfly BSD great again!

Desktop GNU/Linux

  • [Video] Litebook Alpha Review! | Unboxing, Apps, and Gaming!
  • Beginners Guide To Linux
    Curious about getting into Raspberry Pi or just Linux in general but you're not sure where to start? This post is for you. It's not intended to be a comprehensive guide, rather a gentle intro into the Linux world. I'm not a Linux expert, but I know from experience that it can be an intimidating platform to get started in. I want this post to show you what you need to know to get started with Linux.
  • [Video] 5 Reasons To Switch To Linux
  • System76 Provides Wireless Fixes for Ubiquity
    We are proud to have contributed to Ubiquity in such a way that we feel improves all users’ lives when using Ubuntu. We will continue improving the platform and hope that our users will see value in what we do.
  • GNOME 3.24 Released, See What`s New
    After being in development for six months, GNOME 3.24 was released today, bringing improvements such as Night Light, weather information in the date / time indicator, along with updates to its applications, and more.

Late Night Linux, Bad Voltage, and Effective Communication in Podcasting

  • Late Night Linux – Episode 06
    Jesse is back but this time Félim is in his sick bed so it’s a 3 man show yet again. Some heated debates about Nextcloud’s actions, Ubuntu extended support and PowerPC distros, followed by a deep dive into the world of HiDPI 4k support in Linux.
  • Bad Voltage Live at SCaLE 15x
    The Bad Voltage live stage show, from SCaLE 15x in Pasadena, March 2017!
  • Effective Communication in Podcasting
    When I got serious about doing Linux videos on YouTube, I drew on all of that Old Media experience plus I took a few classes to make sure I knew what I was talking about before handing out advice to others. That has led to the EzeeLinux project. The goal of EzeeLinux is to educate folks about Linux and get them started on the right path to success… I have been truly humbled by the response it has gotten. That said, I don’t feel like I’m competing with anyone – the more, the merrier! I honestly feel that Linux and Open Source Software are arguably one of the few truly good things happening in the world today. It brings people from all over the world together and provides a means to get cutting edge technology into the hands of anyone, anywhere who wants to take the time to learn how to use it regardless of their financial situation. That is the kind of power that can quite literally change the world, folks. No one should be left behind in this Information Age. Come to think of it, Ed Murrow would probably do a documentary about Linux if he was still around today… It would be right up his street, I think. It’s the kind of thing he liked to talk about.

Leftovers: Software

  • [Video] Linux Audio Programs Compared 2017
    I made this video for those that are new to, or just interested in making music on the Linux OS. I go over the features, goods and bads of Rosegarden, LMMS, Ardour, Mixbus, and EnergyXT, as well as touch on Qtractor. I don't don't go much into details of the particular versions I am using, but the video was made in the early part of 2017 and I'm running Ubuntu 16.04LTS.
  • Green Recorder: A Simple Desktop/Screen Recorder for Linux
    Green Recorder is a simple, open source desktop recorder developed for Linux systems built using Python, GTK and FFmpeg. It supports most of the Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce and so on. Recently it has been updated to work with Wayland too in Gnome session.
  • Komorebi: A New Way To Enhance Your Desktop Using Animated/Parallax Wallpapers
    In past there were applications that allowed us to run videos/Gif as wallpaper on the desktop and make desktop look much cooler but than all of sudden the development of such Apps stopped and I can't name any App that exist for this purpose. Komorebi is fairly new application designed to make your desktop experience much better and make desktop cool as well, we can say it is kind of 'live wallpaper' situation here or 3D wallpaper. It is developed by Abe Masri and available under GPL license for free.
  • Stacer Sytem Optimizer: A Must Have Application For Ubuntu/Linux Mint
    There are multiple ways to optimize your Linux, the most geeky way is using Terminal, there are also applications available that performs such actions like Bleachbit, Ubuntu cleaner and so on. Stacer is simple, open-source, quick and new application designed to offer you all-in-one optimizer for your Ubuntu/Linux Mint (It's alternative to CCleaner but only for Linux).
  • Qtox: Open Source and Fully Secure Skype Replacement for Linux
    Long years ago, we've talked about a Skype alternative called Tox which was still in its early developmental stages. Tox was supposed to become the anti-thesis of Skype by being a fully open-source video and voice chat client that placed user privacy and security at its center. Well, guess what, there are now fully active and well-maintained chat clients that are built on top of Tox protocol. qTox is one of them.
  • Rclone 1.36 Released With SFTP And Local Symlinks Support, More
    Rclone 1.36 was released recently, bringing support for SFTP, local symbolic links support, mount improvements, along with many other new features and bug fixes. For those not familiar with Rclone, this is a cross-platform command line tool for synchronizing files and folders to multiple cloud storages, which supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Amazon Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Yandex Disk, and more. It can be used to sync files either from your machine or from one cloud storage to another.
  • Streamlink Twitch GUI 1.2.0 Adds Support For Communities And Team Pages, Basic Hotkeys
    Streamlink Twitch GUI (previously Livestreamer Twitch GUI) is a multi-platform Twitch.tv browser. The application is powered by Node.js, Chromium and Streamlink, though it can still use Livestreamer (which is no longer maintained) too.
  • Code Editor `Brackets` 1.9 Released, Available In PPA
    Brackets is a free, open source code editor focused on front-end web development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript).
  • Terminix Terminal Emulator Renamed To Tilix, Sees New Bugfix Release
    [Quick update] Terminix, a GTK3 tiling terminal emulator, has been renamed to Tilix due to some trademark issues.