Ark Linux is a free Linux distribution maintained by a group of volunteers and aims to be easy to install and use. It's default Desktop Environment is KDE. Ark Linux is available both as an installable CD and as a Live CD.
Many applications that are not included in the core system can be installed online using Advanced Packaging Tool, and are available on add-on CDs.
In addition to its releases, Ark Linux has 4 package trees:
A standard installation receives updates and extra packages from the Dockyard and Dockyard contrib trees.
For Ark Linux packagers, a number of small convenience tools are included, commonly known as the v* toolchain (even though not all the tools start with a v). They are designed to help generate patches and spec files for the RPM source packages.
There is no need to reinstall when a new release is made -- since the Dockyard tree gets updated, a user automatically gets the new release by running an apt-get dist-upgrade.
The first test release (1.0 alpha 1), basically a proof of concept that showed Linux could be installed in 3 mouse clicks, was made in August 2001.
Subsequent public releases include:
However, there is usually a Dockyard ISO available (see Package Management above), which sometimes will be updated further than the last release. For example, the Ark Linux 2007.1 release encountered some hardware support glitches, such as not detecting AHCI SATA controllers. A hot-fix ISO was released, which included this functionality, but the version number was not increased, as other known errors were yet to be fixed. This means that the currently suggested installation ISO (Dockyard) is not the latest official release.
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