Today’s Featured Distribution – Sidux

Sidux is a Linux distribution based on Debian’s unstable branch, known as “sid”, along with many free and open source applications.

Sidux is a very well documented and supported distribution complete with an excellent manual and wiki. It’s a rolling release, meaning the entire installation is updated via a single command. This eliminates the need to continuously reinstall newer versions as they are released.

I installed Sidux on my system using LXDE/Openbox desktop environment and windows manager. However, Sidux can be run with your favorite desktop environment… Gnome, KDE, Xfce, etc. I found it to be extremely stable and well supported.

The package management is accomplished using the rock solid legendary Debian Advanced Package Tool (apt). You can’t go wrong here, folks. You get a top notch Linux distribution with the solidity of Debian and the additional features and apps from the Sidux maintainers. A simple command (dist-upgrade) upgrades your entire system painlessly.

Don’t confuse the name “unstable branch” with instability in the operating system. Debian’s “unstable branch” is so named because it has yet to be subjected to the rigorous testing for stability and conflicts that the main branch of Debian has been subjected to. Sidux may be based on the unstable “sid” branch of Debian, but it is enhanced with Sidux packages and thoroughly tested before release. I’ve never experienced even a small blip in operation with Sidux. It’s perfectly capable and suited to be your main operating system for home or business. Give it a shot when you get a chance.

Until next time…


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  • Aaron Wakling  On April 21, 2010 at 18:12

    You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, I’ve spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On April 21, 2010 at 19:16

      Thanks very much for those kind words, Aaron. It means a lot to a frustrated writer to know that someone out there actually enjoys reading the carp he writes. Your feedback is ALWAYS welcome here!


  • Darryl Coleman  On April 21, 2010 at 18:19

    Can you tell me who did your layout? I’ve been looking for one kind of like yours. Thank you.

  • amenditman  On April 22, 2010 at 05:57


    I know you ‘professional’ writers try to do things the proper way, however, in the case of sidux, the ‘s’ is always lowercase.

    sidux has been my main desktop for over two years and you have not exaggerated in your article. Kudos to the sidux devs/community.

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On April 22, 2010 at 12:45

      well darn
      it not look right w/o capitals and punctuation
      texting is destroying the engrish langrage

  • Sunrat  On April 29, 2010 at 03:06

    Sidux is my Number 1 OS and has been for almost a year. It was No.2 to pure Debian for several years before that, and I think I’ve had less issues with sidux than Debian. It’s awesome!

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On April 29, 2010 at 13:27

      Yes, and in the interest of full disclosure, Sunrat is the reason I have Sidux on my own system. 🙂

      Thanks for the read and the comment, mate!


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