Vine Linux project is a Linux distribution with a highly customized Japanese environment.
Many applications supporting Kanji-Strings are included and are pre-configured so that they work just after installation is complete.
Window Maker is the standard window manager in Vine Linux. The menus and dockable applications are customized for Vine Linux and many applications are started up by a mouse click on the menus and docks.
You can select FreeWnn (or Wnn6 for CR version) or Canna as a Kanji input method by using a menu of display manager: wdm.
GNOME is included for users who prefer the gnome based user environment. Vine Linux can be installed without gnome support if space is limited. KDE is also available via additional packages available in VinePlus.
Many of the basic commands and applications have Japanese localization. You can change the default localization by changing and envionment variable.
Vine Linux comes with a lot of Japanese documentations. Provided to help you are: the Vine Linux online manuals, Japanese documentations by the JF Project, Japanese manual pages by the JM Project, and X Japanese Documentation Project.
You can easily find required information from the installed documents by using namazu, a search engine. included with the Vine Linux installations. The tknamazu, a GUI frontent for namazu, starts by a click of the information mark located in the dock of Window Maker.
X Window System, XFree86-3.3.6, is chosen because of its stability and supports new graphic chips, such as NVIDIA GeForce 256/DDR and Intel i810/i815.
Japanese fixed fonts (10,12,14,16,20,24 dot) are included with bold and italic font styles for each font and size.
Five DynaFonts are also included as scalable fonts on X Window. You can utilize these fonts in pLaTeX, Tgif, Gimp,Netscape Communicator, and so on.
Many printers popular in Japan are supported by vine-printfilters. The printer configuration is easily done by the printtool.
Vine Linux offers packages to build WWW server (apache), mail server (postfix), ftp server (proftpd), samba server, openssh server, and many other server daemons.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· reform the software collection
· stability and look & feel improvements
· newer hardware support
· new user-friendly tools