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@ 2009-06-19  9:02 Alexey Rusakov
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Hi everybody,

ALT Linux presents a Technology Preview of Platform Five. Platform Five
is a new step in the evolution of Free Software development and
business, that allows for creation of integrated solutions and
involvement of both free and proprietary software vendors into
development, deployment, support and training concerned with these

The Technology Preview includes the following 3 distributions available
for 2 platforms (i586 and x86_64):

Server 5.0. The functionality of the distribution includes:
* Enterprise network setting up.
* Host-based authorization of users and services.
* Joining of remote office networks (VPN).
* Server-based and server-governed updates for desktop (client) systems.
* Network installation of a compatible operating system to desktops.
* Virtualization infrastructure with ability to run containers with
additional software of different types.
* Backup and restore functions (restoring of specific files from a
specific backup copy is also available).
* A unified file storage with quota support.
* Automatic creation of RAID1 array out of several identical discs.
* A convenient and easy to use system management interface that does not
require advanced operator skills.

Desktop 5.0 and GNOME Desktop 5.0. The functionality includes:
* Choose your GUI - KDE4 or GNOME.
* Automated setup in the presence of a Server 5.0 system in a local
* Both distros are ready to work as terminal clients, with a terminal
server as a container inside a Server 5.0 system.
* All software that is necessary in an office: office suite, internet
applications, PIM etc.
* Host-based authentication, using Server 5.0 or other compatible
authorization services.
* Automatic shared folders discovery and mounting.
* Easy, convenient, effective.

=== Main features of Platform Five ===
* Modularity
Products that comprise and extend Platform Five are distributed as
virtual containers for a basic server distribution, ALT Linux Server 5.
Using virtual containers in server solutions provides increased
security, convenient support conditions for software vendors, an
opportunity to distribute customized solutions, and ease of use.
The virtualization technologies involved are OpenVZ and KVM.
* Integration
Zeroconf technology allows to dramatically reduce time and resources
that are needed to unfold an office network using Platform Five
products. Most of a usual setup sequence is done automatically.
The Platform Five Technology Preview is mostly targeted at solution
providers (both with free and proprietary licensing). A release of a
product as a container for Platform Five gives ISV an opportunity to
deliver modules with various life cycles (and even on varying codebase)
and build an IT infrastructure based on the open platform. ALT Linux
company provides many services related to Platform Five: compatibility
certification program for products made by ISVs, distribution of
products made for Platform Five as well as support and training services
for those products, publishing products with a common Platform Five
design, and products promotion as well. ALT Linux partners and ALT Linux
Team members have preferences when cooperating with ALT Linux.

=== Download ===
Platform Five distribution previews are available for download at the
following links (nevermind -ru- in the names, you can work with the
previews in English too):
==== Server 5.0 ====

    * i586: (543 Mb) 

MD5: 9c05a496cf6d9c2935bc33860120af8a

    * x86_64: (560 Mb) 

MD5: 410dabdf129c334f730bccffd0f95462
==== Desktop 5.0 ====

    * i586: (2,9 Gb) 

MD5: f7cdbe0bfc147a1a6f426d848db74ce1

    * x86_64: (2,9 Gb) 

MD5: 4e00ac5fedab3a39d0f712cf8ba31817
==== Gnome Desktop 5.0 ====

    * i586: (1,7 Gb) 

MD5: 6870e2d106dabd346c48aa2a5c531f63

    * x86_64: (1,8 Gb) 

MD5: 6efc27f90822735aed8e469c172d6cd5
==== Containers ====

    * KVM: (3,3 Gb) —
a desktop container that is available via any NX client. Credentials:
username 'user', password '123' 

MD5: 1a176294804ae4e17cfb91846227a641

    * OpenVZ (i586): (228 Mb) —
mailing list server (i586) 

MD5: 5064253b1ac5d8e21091a7cb091e7b09

    * OpenVZ (x86_64): (232 Mb) —
mailing list server (i586) 

MD5: b7227c3763363f8df02faebd49ee0c68
==== Documentation ====

Instructions on containers development (work in progress):

Feel free to ask questions and discuss Platform Five in our mailing list
(in English):

  Alexey Rusakov
  Technical Manager/International Relations Manager
  ALT Linux

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