sidux changes to aptosid by upgrade or ISO


A press release dated September 11 came to the community's attention Monday, September 13 of the renaming or, as some reported, a fork of sidux to aptosid. Due to conflicts with the commercial backer of the Debian-based distribution, sidux developers have separated themselves from the Sidux e.V. association to continue developing aptosid on their own.

aptosid is based on Debian Sid, the unstable developmental branch, with a heavy concentration on the desktop experience. It is a KDE distribution that adheres to the Debian Free Software Guidelines. These guidelines basically enumerate the main traits of the GNU General Public License, although they are not strictly confined to the GPL. sidux, now aptosid, tries to remain solely Open Source, however it is not included in the Free Software Foundation's list of Free System Distributions due to binary blobs in or accompanying the kernel.

For those running sidux who wish to upgrade to aptosid, the aptsoid site has directions for accomplishing the task. Switch to the aptosid repositories1 by changing your /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sidux.list file and running "apt-get update" and "apt-get dist-upgrade". After confirming the change to aptosid, run "apt-get update" and "apt-get dist-upgrade" again.

New installable live images based on Debian sid (as of 2010-09-13) were released on September 14. These images feature kernel and KDE 4.4.5. ISOs are available in KDE-lite, KDE-full, and Xfce versions in 32- or 64-bit. Full specifications and download information is available at

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jyp's picture

One does not need smxi to easily run aptosid [sidux]. In fact, that script is emphatically advised against by the whole team of aptosid developpers. Someone using smxi should not expect support from the aptosid team.

aptosid craze

aptonuts's picture

i'm "crazy" about this distribution, it's great
to see it mentioned.. the modern debian packages
make using features of very old and very new
computers (and everything in between) a breeze.
ceni makes dealing with wifi a snap. and so on.
and so forth.

Good blog found me to chance

mwspitzer's picture

I, too, wish to spam you and tell you your fortune.

Also, anybody actually installing sidux/aptosid should check out smxi.

It'll handle your updates and (usually) prevent any breakages that can happen.

Smxi is a great tool indeed

DeepDayze's picture

Smxi is a great tool indeed and it helps make managing a debian install easy. It works not just on sidux but other distros based on debian (with exception of Ubuntu)

Kudos for making a plug for smxi, it does a lot but tell your fortune...and I don't think your post is spam :)

Currently I am a sidux/aptosid user myself

Heh. When I first saw this

mwspitzer's picture

Heh. When I first saw this blog post, there were 6 or 7 comments with odd English wishing luck upon whoever wrote it. All of the URLs went to fortune teller/tarot sites. Now that they're gone my post doesn't make much sense. =)


lol, sorry about that! Those

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lol, sorry about that! Those french fortunetellers came out of nowhere. Sometimes the spam slips through... ugh

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