Linux was born in Finland. Linus Torvalds had an idea of portable operating system while studying in University. Once born, Linux spread all over the world. Including Russia.
Agilia Linux was born.
Should I try this Linux from my motherland? Why not.
So, image is downloaded. It is heavy enough - 2.5Gb. DVD-RW disk is recorded. Because of that, experiment will run on Toshiba laptop. Reboot. Chose to load from DVD. Let's go!
Agilia Linux, as its predecessor MOPS Linux, is based on Slackware. This is my second attempt to look at Slackware-based distribution after SLAX. Though Agilia is based on Slackware, almost all the links are in the far past. Developers admit that packages for Slackware won't work on Agilia and vice versa. Agilia has its own repository.
Unsurprisingly, network card (WiFi) was not found by Agilia, so I could not connect to my home network. So far only 3 distros were able to correctly recognize and configure Realtek card.
As soon as Agilia is Russian production, I expected to have multilingual keyboard "out of the box". And I was absolutely right. Russian and English keyboard layouts are active from the very beginning, you don't need to do anything for it. Even status bar indicator is on its usual place.
Everyone knows Russian products: Kaspersky Antivirus and Dr.Web are widely used worldwide.
I am happy that my motherland also takes part in Linux promotion. But, unfortunately, results of these Linux works are only oriented for Russian-speaking community. I believe time will come and many more people will be able to use these results.
Useful links (all in Russian):
http://welinux.ru/post/4164/ - interview with developers.
http://www.agilialinux.ru/ - official site