Shift Linux 0.6.5 Released

Shift Linux 0.6.5 is the first public preview release of Shift Linux One. The version number may be confusing, but the team is focused on a solid 1.0 release soon. Shift Linux comes in 3 different flavors, Gnome, Lite, and KDE. All 3 are based on brand-new Ubuntu Hardy Beta 1 packages.

We have also added in our own customizations such as the Shift Original theme in Gnome, present in 0.5 and 0.6, Shift Linux wallpaper, and other packages not included in the Ubuntu release, such as Gnome-Do, as seen in the screenshots. This release is installable. Shift is a free, GPL-based Linux distribution that can be freely distributed or modified.

Download: Download Shift Linux 0.6.5
View: Shift Linux Website
Link: Shift Linux Forums

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I love flux! It is what I have used for years now, and I can't imagine going back to a start button, or desktop clutter.

If you don't have fluxbox installed, you should be able to sudo apt-get install fluxbox and have it available as a session when you next login.

Oh, and if you run into questions with flux, post it in the *nix forums where other Neowin members can help

I was already waiting for this one! I hope we're getting the x64 version soon.

How can I upgrade from 0.6.2 to this one? Will the software updater remind me of an update or should I just use the Ubuntu's upgrade instructions?

I hope you guys will release an AMD64 version soon.

Also can someone please say ina few words why i would pick one windows manager over another?

Kepp up the good work!

Boy, I need to stop missing the meetings so I know about releases haha. Awesome job guys. By the way, we're on Softpedia, didn't know that til today.

If you're going to piggyback on an existing distribution, Ubuntu isn't a bad choice, and Hardy is a pretty slick distro in and of itself. I dual-boot Vista and Hardy B1 right now, and it's rather easily doable due to one huge feature in this build (that I'm hoping carries over to Shift): Wubi - the third-party Windows-based Linux installer. It's been an option since Feisty Fawn; however, Hardy Heron is the first ISO to include Wubi on the image itself. Including Wubi lets machines without optical drives move from Windows-only to dual-boot (all you need is a drive emulator).

Installing Hardy (or Shift, if it is based on Hardy and includes Wubi) becaomes rather painless.

1. Mount using the drive emulator of your choice. (I've used both Daemon Tools and PowerISO; MagicDisc will also work.)
2. If you have AutoPlay turned on (which is the default), Wubi starts, and presents you with your options screen; follow the options, changing only what you want (or need) to.
3. Upon reboot, select "Ubuntu" (your Windows volume will be the default) to finish the install.

Both XP and Vista dual-boot just fine with a Wubified Linux distribution (Wubi itself is distribution-neutral, and is being added to other distributions as well, such as Fedora and openSuSE) as Wubi uses the existing XP (or Vista) bootloader.

On the subject of Shift being Ubuntu-based: I'm not on the Shift development team, so it's not as if I have a bone to pick. As several folks in here may be aware of, I happen to seriously enjoy using Ubuntu. However, given that Ubuntu is based on *Debian*, that certainly wouldn't be expected of me, as I cut my Linux teeth on RPM (RedHat Package Manager)-based distributions (originally, in fact, on RedHat 7.2 itself), and I regarded Debian-based distributions as *too difficult* and akin to root-canal surgery sans anesthesia. However, I have to admit, that Debian-based distributions have come a long way (especially since the addition of apt-get and the Synaptic front-end have made package management not merely as easy as RPM, but easier; in fact, apt-get and Synaptic are available for RPM-based distributions as well) if they can get a *distribution snob* like me to switch (especially one that originally loathed Debian with a passion). Lastly, who needs yet another quirky distribution (especially from those from whom Linux is *not* their primary line of work, such as the Shift team?) when a perfectly good (and n00bie-friendly!) distribution (such as Ubuntu) is available?

(PGHammer said @ #6)
... as I cut my Linux teeth on RPM (RedHat Package Manager)-based distributions ...
I just switched from Red Hat / Fedora to *buntu about a month ago. This is after using only Red Hat or Fedora as my primary Linux OS since Red Hat 5.1.

I was probably the last person anyone would have figured to jump ship. :P

Downloading now.

Can't say I like the theme at all, a bit to dark for may taste, good job it's easy to change.

Looking forward to seeing what is coming up in the future. keep it up all.

(Beastage said @ #4)
Can anyone please make a guide on how I can run shift linux live on a usb flash drive?

Just follow the guides on how to do it with Ubuntu. That should so the trick.

This has been gone over many times before. Perhaps in every single release.

Shift in the 0.x phase is a learning experience for the shift team.

That is probably the most uninformed comment that I have heard about Shift. We're developing our own version based on Ubuntu, however, it will be no more an Ubuntu rip-off than Ubuntu is a Debian rip-off. It is sad that one of our own Neowin members has to trash the hard work of others in our community.

(Barney said @ #3.2)
That is probably the most uninformed comment that I have heard about Shift. We're developing our own version based on Ubuntu, however, it will be no more an Ubuntu rip-off than Ubuntu is a Debian rip-off. It is sad that one of our own Neowin members has to trash the hard work of others in our community.

The only thing ive seen is, that youve changed a few images.
Is there something different to the original ubuntu at the courennt stage?

(sorlag said @ #3.3)
The only thing ive seen is, that youve changed a few images.
Is there something different to the original ubuntu at the courennt stage?
My, you just want to pick things apart, don't you?

Well, I don't know from the Gnome or KDE side, but I do know that from flux (which is what I use) that stock xubuntu has a problem with their icons and corner rounding that seems to be fixed in Shift's version. I have also identified a new item where the app "display" is used for wallpaper setting in shift, and have requested a change to "feh" which fixes this. So, yes, even on something as basic as fluxbox, I see improvements in what Shift does over xubuntu.

Satisfied? (I doubt it)

(sorlag said @ #3)
shift is only a ubuntu ripp-off with a few changed pictures in it...
truly sad... better use ubuntu...

You're aware that there are a few HUNDRED different distros of Linux out there, right? And the vast majority of them all branched off from a handful of truely unique distros (Debian, Slack, Redhat, Gentoo etc etc). Linux is a constantly morphing, expanding and evolving concept, and singling out one distro as a "rip-off" of another is just silly and uniformed.