Foresight Linux 2.0¶
I’m always on the lookout for new innovations from the Linux community and today I stumbled across something interesting. Foresight Linux is a relatively new distribution but what differentiates it from the competition is the package manager. In other binary distros upgrading an application involves removing the old package in its entirety and dropping the new one in its place. Foresights Conary package manager takes a different approach and only swaps out the bits which have changed. This makes it more efficient as your saving on the amount of downloading you need to do for a new package.
One of the other benefits Foresight brings is the ability to run a current system without waiting for the new release media. In some ways its like Gentoo without the hassle of compiling everything. It will be going on my list of distros to test when I get some time and I’d suggest anybody looking for an alternative to Ubuntu/Fedora etc. give it a shot.
There is a good initial review here.