The standard version of Bluewhite64 is a complex, open source Linux distribution that runs on single and multicore AMD64 Sempron, Athlon, Opteron, Turion, Phenom, and Intel EM64T servers and workstations. It strictly follows Slackware’s development line, offering the same user experience as Slackware does on the 32-bit Intel architecture.
This project was started in May 2006 and was built from Slackware -current sources using the existing 64-bit multilib toolchain from the Slamd64 Linux (thanks Fred!) to create a new 64-bit non-multilib toolchain in order to build the rest of the programs. The Bluewhite64 project goal is to imitate the same user experience of the Intel distribution as closely as possible and includes all of the same software, configuration scripts plus the needed 64-bit patches.
Apart from the standard edition, I’ve also created three live versions, namely LiveDVD, LiveUSB, and miniLive. These versions have their base root in the standard edition and offer extra packages created by the Bluewhite64 community and me. The purpose of these live versions is to serve as a preview to those who wish to try the standard edition but don’t want to install it yet, as well as providing some new features.
Bluewhite64 Linux LiveDVD, LiveUSB, and miniLive are targeted toward beginners. A new distribution tends to make people skeptical, so I wanted to give them a chance to test Bluewhite64 without installing it by using a bootable media. They include Bluewhite64 standard edition plus some extra packages.
The standard, LiveDVD, and miniLive editions can be downloaded free of charge. Bluewhite64 Linux Flash was specially crafted for an USB flash drive, and its purpose is to financially sustain the project. It includes some new features in comparison with the LiveDVD, the most important being the ability to save changes. You can use it as a mobile operating system without losing the files you created after a reboot. Bluewhite64 Linux Flash is available from the Romanian online store in three versions — 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB — that cost €24, €34, and €44 respectively. The USB sticks are branded Kingston and Corsair and I test them before delivery.
The miniLive version was born because some users wanted a smaller Live edition and to satisfy my own curiosity. I wanted to see how much I could strip down a 64-bit operating system while providing a minimum of software packages. 64-bit packages are somewhat larger than the 32-bit versions of the same software.