Kongoni is the Shona word for a Gnu (also known as a Wildebeest) the animal which inspired the name of the GNU operating system. The name represents the spirit and history of Kongoni, a GNU/Linux operating system of African origin.
Kongoni is a desktop oriented Linux operating system with a strong belief in being truly free software. This means that Kongoni will neither include nor ship any software not under a license approved by the free software foundation.
The system is meant to be easy to install, use and customize. Kongoni targets 32 and 64 bit Intel compatible chipsets with native versions for each.
The core OS is shipped as a runnable and installable live CD. Each version is compatible with the slackware release it is based on and can natively install packages for slackware (32-bit) and bluewhite64 (64-bit) respectively.
Our own shipped packages use a powerful mechanism for installation knowns as ports. Ports mean that the programs are downloaded as source and packages are then built automatically (no user knowledge required). This means smaller bandwidth requirements (a big concern in Africa) and programs that run faster and use less memory.
The system includes several pieces of our own code including:
* The installer
* KISS: Kongoni Integrated Setup System an easy to use tool for doing common system configuration tasks.
* PIG: Ports Installation GUI: An easy to use tool for installing and managing programs.
At present Kongoni is in early development and the team is hard on release 1.12.2 (The 12.2 part indicates the slackware version it will be compatible with) codenamed Aristotle. All releases are named after great philosophers.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Kernel 126.96.36.199-libre
· KDE 4.6.2
· PulseAudio 0.9.22
· NetworkManager 0.8.3.998
· ModemManager 0.4
· digiKam 1.9.0
· Chromium 10.0.648.204
· qTwitter 0.10.0
· K3B 2.0.2
· Amarok 2.4.0
· KTorrent 4.1.0
· Bluedevil 1.0.4
· Gnash 0.8.9
· LibreOffice 3.3.2 (in repository)
· OpenJDK 1.6.0_22 (in repository)
· Icecat 3.6.16 (in repository)
· Lightspark 0.4.6.1 (in repository)