ALT Linux has been around for quite some time, yet we rarely hear of it anymore. Some of my first impressions were of a nice desktop system that needed a bit of polish. Later ALT became available in desktop and enterprise editions. After nearly two years, today brought a new ALT Linux release.
Alt Linux hails from Russia and commonly features KDE and other popular desktops. The latest versions announced today ship in MATE and Xfce variants. The two editions are “Centaurus,” which is suited for small businesses and home office servers featuring the MATE desktop, and “Simply,” designed for workstations and home desktops with Xfce. The announcement and a lot of the ALT Website are in Russian, so if a KDE version is coming it’ll be a surprise to me too. Images are available in either Russian or one with a few languages choices, live or install systems, and 32-bit and 64-bit versions. ALT Linux 7.0 features Linux 3.8.13, Xorg X Server 1.14.1, GCC 4.7.2, Firefox 21.0, GIMP 2.8.4, MySQL 5.5.30, NVIDIA 319.32, and systemd 201.