Phaeronix is a gentoo love-sources RR4 CD with reiser4 enabled grub, auto hardware detection with nvidia 3D support , ready for multimedia, internet, and arabic. It is optimised for i686.
The kernel is now based on the 2.6.15-arckck7 patchset with a couple of additions ( one to fix acer laptop hangs and the other to fix slow laptop battery polls).
Final release is probably going to be based on the new -beyond patchset.
The livecd uses a genkernel generated initramfs, but with quite some hacks added to the linuxrc. As a result this initramfs can now probably boot from any media, anything from IDE to external firewire.
The CD is rendered pseudo-writable thanks to squashfs and unionfs.
Hardware detction is modular and can be turned on and off as needed. You can see the possible options in the cheatcodes list.
Modular Xorg-X11 7.0 is the default Xorg server. XGL server is included as an optional featured activated at boot time by booting like this :
This is experimental and might not work. Check http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_XGL
To find out if your card supported and to see if your problem has been already reported.
The desktop is a full gnome-2.14 , there is no KDE and no qt/KDE apps.
The default user name is phaeron and its password is also phaeron.
The root password is root.
The available editors are vim and nano.
It's built specifically to support arabic, with some patches and customizations. However, this is an ongoing process. It was spurred by arabbix's stagnation. Best of all just click on the keyboard applet or press alt+shift and you get an arabic keyboard layout.
"w3m -v" is the text only browser because it supports arabic ( along with bicon to bidi/shape properly ). Check here for the inspiration : http://www.eglug.org/node/1953
Also in gnome-terminal run a new session with the arabic profile and you will have full bidi and shaping thanks to arabeye's bicon.
Msameer's arabic wordlist has been included in aspell and openoffice. Check here for the arabic wordlist : http://www.eglug.org/node/1976
You can logout from the desktop and choose arabic as the session language and then log in again. The desktop will be RTL and mostly in arabic. The reason this isn't made easier or more obvious is a lot of things still need translation or bugfixing. The infrastructure is there however.
The supported locales are : arabic, french, italian, german,and slovak.
The official gentoo installer is also included to help installing gentoo if you want.