The Kiwi 7.10 LiveCD is available today!

Kiwi Linux is Ubuntu live CD based distro with modifications and enhanced with multimedia codecs and other desktop conveniences.

The package repositories are the same as Ubuntu's, with an additional package source for the modifications. The default settings and artwork are also the same as in Ubuntu so the delta is kept at minimum.

Kiwi is a modified Ubuntu live CD for the i386 architecture. It includes Romanian and Hungarian localization, multimedia codecs, encrypted DVD support, Flash and Java plugins for Firefox, PPPoE GUI for accessing local internet services (Clicknet and RDS).

The latest release, Kiwi 7.10 is based on Ubuntu 7.10. Differences from Ubuntu include replacing Evolution with Thunderbird, Rhythmbox with Audacious, dropping Ekiga, and the addition of Inkscape. Support for languages other than English, Romanian and Hungarian is not included on the CD.
Modifications to Ubuntu 7.10 include:

  • Romanian and Hungarian localization and language support packages besides English
  • removed evolution, rhythmbox, ekiga, Asian fonts, input methods and languages other than en/hu/ro
  • removed Windows apps from the LiveCD
  • added audacious audio player, inkscape, thunderbird, vim, mc, MS TrueType fonts and unrar support for file-roller
  • replaced totem-gstreamer with totem-xine, added libxine1-ffmpeg and libdvdcss2
  • included firefox plugins for java, flash and mplayer
  • improved networking support by enabling the pppoeconf GUI, adding firmware for the speedtouch USB modem, including ndisgtk
  • usplash artwork
  • gdm artwork by Xubuntu artist Jozsef Mak
  • added installer only option to the boot menu which runs only ubiquity (good for machines with 256M). This is on the Ubuntu CD as well, accessible via the F6 key but not in the main menu.
A metapackage called kiwilinux-desktop depends on most of these additions. This makes it a lot easier to switch to/from a vanilla Ubuntu 7.10 installation.

The archive that contains the modified packages and the ones not in the Ubuntu repos (speedtouch-ng and libdvdcss2) is:
  • $cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/kiwi.list
  • deb gutsy misc


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