Hanthana Linux (operating system)
|Source model||Open source|
|Initial release||19 September 2009|
|Latest release||17 (Sithija) / 16 September 2012|
|Update method||Yum (PackageKit)|
|Package manager||RPM Package Manager|
|Kernel type||Linux (Monolithic-based Hybrid)|
|Default user interface||GNOME|
|License||Free software licenses
It is specially designed to cater to the needs of Sri Lankan computer users who are unable to access the Internet frequently, with many most-wanted applications built in.
History and development process
Hanthana is a remix of the Fedora operating system. The original aim of the Hanthana team was to create an easy-to-use Linux desktop with as many useful applications preloaded, as downloading applications through Internet is not possible for many rural areas of Sri Lanka.
Hanthana's first release was on 19 September 2009. Since then, Hanthana community has released new versions of Hanthana every six months with commitment to support each release for eighteen months by providing security fixes, patches to critical bugs and minor updates to programs. Once a new Fedora version is released, after some time, the corresponding Hanthana version will be released and it contains all the software updates up to the date of release.
Hanthana is composed of many software packages, of which the majority are distributed under a free software license, making an exception only for some proprietary hardware drivers. The main license used is the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) which, along with the GNU Lesser General Public License (GNU LGPL), explicitly declares that users are free to run, copy, distribute, study, change, develop and improve the software. On the other hand, there is also proprietary software available that can run on Hanthana. Hanthana focuses on usability, security and stability. Hanthana also emphasizes accessibility and internationalization to reach as many people as possible. From the start UTF-8 is the default character encoding, which allows for support of a variety of non-Roman scripts.
Installation of Hanthana is generally performed with the Live DVD. Hanthana can be run directly from the DVD (albeit with a significant performance loss), allowing a user to "test-drive" the OS for hardware compatibility and driver support.
Following minimum hardware specifications will ensure your work on Hanthana easier and faster:
For text mode recommended processor : 200 MHz Pentium Pro or faster minimum memory (RAM): 256 MB For graphical mode recommended processor : 400 MHz Pentium Pro or faster minimum memory (RAM): 640 MB recommended memory (RAM): 1152 MB Hard disk minimum free space of 15GB A DVD ROM
Hanthana Developer team has announced the release of Hanthana Linux 17, a Fedora-based distribution on a 3.5 GB live DVD with a large number of applications, media codecs and custom artwork: "Hanthana Linux 17 (Sithija) is released.
Hanthana Linux 17, the latest release of Hanthana was published on the 3rd anniversary of the Hanthana Linux project. In addition to the host of applications, the new release has the official LibreOffice guide provided by The Document Foundation added as well.
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