Sat 11 May 2013
TuxLite 3.0 now available for download. This release supports:
- Debian 6 Squeeze
- Debian 7 Wheezy
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin
- Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal
- Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail
Changes And New Features
- Installation process is now fully automated.
- No longer requires user input.
Added MariaDB option
- Choice of installing regular MySQL or MariaDB.
- MariaDB packages uses external official repo (mariadb.org).
Added option to use nginx.org repository.
- Uses latest stable release instead of outdated Debian packages.
- Has fewer compiled in modules.
APT Setup Now Uses Geolocation Mirrors
- Simplified (removed) the APT_REGION option in options.conf.
- Replaced with option to disable modification of APT sources.list.
- APT is now configured to use either Debian Redirector (http.debian.net) or Ubuntu APT mirrors.
Added Support for Recent Distribution Releases
- Support for Debian 7 and Ubuntu 13.04.
Updated Configuration Files
- Improved nginx.conf, apache2.conf and virtualhost config files.
In case you haven't noticed. Most of the changes have been available for a while now at TuxLite's Github. You can follow the recent developments there.
It is rather insane that Debian 7 ships with such an outdated version of Apache (2.2) when the latest stable (version 2.4) was released over a year ago. This is somewhat disappointing because 2.4 comes with many important features (e.g. better performance, mod_proxy_fcgi) as well as the removal of legacy configs (e.g. NameVirtualHost). Perhaps it might be a good time to start looking at how Apache 2.4 can be added to Debian Wheezy in a safe manner. Generally however, this isn't an issue because Nginx is a better choice for most situations these days.
Some additional features are in the pipeline for this release version.
- Option to selectively install certain packages only instead of the full LAMP/LNMP stack.
- [Completed] Option to install Nginx from the official Nginx.org repository. This allows for much faster updates due to the rapid development of Nginx.
- [Maybe] Option to use single user mode. Virtualhost configs points to /srv/www instead of /home/user/domains
Some scripts (varnish.sh, wordpress.sh, backup.sh) have not been updated in a while. Future work will be on cleaning up the codebase, even though the scripts function well without issues.