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November 17, 2010

Qt 4.7.1, alix and Qt for el6 and other housekeeping

Filed under: ALIX,Centos,Configuration,qt,Tools,Web Publishing — jfreivald @ 9:59 pm

Sorry for the delay in getting 4.7.1 out. I’m jammed up at work. I hope to get it out in the next week or so.

When Centos 6 is released I’ll be building Qt packages and ALIX images for it but I will not be abandoning el5 until it is EOL. Lord thank you for Virtual Machines!

I will also be re-configuring the repositories to make them non-centos specific.  I’ll be using ‘qt-el’ instead of ‘centos’ to eliminate confusion for RHEL users who have never heard of Centos. The update will involve moving the RPM packages to a new directory structure and updating the repository package.  The old /centos directories will have only the updated repository package in it, so when a ‘yum upgrade’ is performed on an existing machine the new package will redirect the machine to the new directory structure.  A second  ‘yum update’ will then upgrade the packages normally.

With any luck it will be entirely seamless to the community.

On a side note, we’re over 200 registered users, over 700,000 non-bot hits per month (over 670k from Yum and wget alone!), and easily keeping over 50GB of transfer per month, with a peak in October of over 110GB.  We’re #1 on Google’s search with “Qt Centos” and “ALIX Centos” and several others.  We have users in Russia, Germany, Italy, France, India, South Africa, the U.S., and dozens more, with hits coming from .com, .edu, .org and several other top-level domains.

Thank you to everyone for making this project worthwhile.



  1. Hi,

    I have been using your Alix centOS 5.5 image for the last 9 months or so and I must say it is rock solid and a quality image – I am very impressed. Safe to say I will be running version 6 as soon possible – with the updated kernel I will be adding AP functionality (Ath5k AP Mode) to my box and making it a true all in one. Thanks for the efforts so far, it is greatly appreciated.

    Comment by user7743 — February 25, 2011 @ 8:23 am

  2. I’m really glad you are getting good use out of it, although all I did was install it. The RedHat and Centos crew are the ones who make it rock solid.

    I’m really looking forward to 6.0, especially for my laptop since the sound doesn’t work under 5.5. 😉

    So what do you use the image for? I’m always curious what others are doing with it.


    Comment by jfreivald — February 25, 2011 @ 8:34 am

  3. Personally I am using it as a “network” device – web-proxy, dns, dhcp & firewall for which is works perfectly. I am experimenting with a second Alix board & IPCop which adds a WLAN AP into the mix, but with CentOS 6 I would be able to do that with a CentOS install which I would prefer.

    Comment by user7743 — February 27, 2011 @ 5:31 am

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