James Buren had the pleasure of announcing on September 2, 2013 that the first Release Candidate of the upcoming Frugalware 1.9 Linux operating system was available for download and testing.
Frugalware 1.9 RC1 replaces the old /etc/sysconfig/desktop system and display-manager-legacy.service with a modern system, where each display manager provides its own service file. Users will be able to switch to the new system by using the dmconfig utility or via systemctl.
Moreover, the vi symlinks were removed from this release, which will be managed via the new viconfig utility or manually, and the system used for mounting local packages has been revamped to work more consistently.
For the final release of Frugalware 1.9, the developers are looking for someone to design a brand new 16-color palette for the installer, which currently uses Mandriva's color palette. Contact the Frugalware developers on IRC or on their forums if you're interested.
Frugalware 1.9 RC1 is distributed as installable-only DVD ISO images, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. See the official release announcement for more details.
Download Frugalware 1.9 RC1 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.