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SolydX and SolydK are Debian based distributions with the Xfce and KDE desktop. SolydXK aims to be simple to use, providing an environment that is both stable and secure.

SolydXK is an open source alternative for small businesses, non-profit organizations and home users.

Evolvere icon theme update

Today I updated and separated the Evolvere icon theme into twelve separate packages. This saves between 100MB and 200MB on your drive. After the upgrade, you can purge evolvere-icon-theme which will save you another 50MB. This package is not configured for the SolydXK default themes. So, if you haven’t changed the default Evolvere icon theme, you can safely purge that package.

You can use the update manager to update or by terminal:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

This will install some additional packages.

[Optional] If you haven’t changed to another Evolvere icon theme, you can purge evolvere-icon-theme:

sudo apt-get purge evolvere-icon-theme

After the upgrade you need to refresh the icon cache:

rm -rvf $HOME/.kde/cache-$HOSTNAME/*

and logout/login.

The first thing you notice is the new Thunderbird icon. If you recognize the blue bird, the icon cache was successfully refreshed.

Forums back

It seems that the forums are available again.

A phpBB (the forum software we use) upgrade went totally wrong and corrupted the database.
I was forced to use a 22 hour backup to restore the database and that means that any message you posted within that 22 hours has been lost.

Please, contact me if you find any technical issues with the forum.

Again, my apologies for the inconvenience.

ODF in the EU

Today I came across this opensource.com article: http://opensource.com/government/15/2/european-union-fix-my-document

Inspired by the pothole identification and alert site and app, fixmystreet.com, OFE, through its fixmydocument.eu, is giving a crowd-sourced voice to public frustration with software interoperability limitations that stand in the way of citizens who are seeking to communicate and interact with government.

If you, like me, are frustrated by our governments not using open standard documents, please sign their statement: http://fixmydocuments.eu

NLUUG mirror

NLUUG has been so kind to continue mirroring our new repository.

The old repositories were removed from this mirror. Please, change your sources as mentioned in the support links:
HE to Jessie upgrade
BE to Wheezy upgrade
BE to Jessie upgrade

I’m working on an adapted Update Manager to automate the selection of the new mirrors but in the mean time you can replace the following line in /etc/apt/sources.list if you wish to use the Dutch mirror:

deb http://repository.solydxk.com/ solydxk main upstream import

with:

deb http://ftp.nluug.nl/os/Linux/distr/solydxk/repository/ solydxk main upstream import

 

Ready for the transition and new ISOs

The team has been toiling night and day to make the transition to Debian Jessie and Debian Wheezy as smooth as possible for you.

Everything is ready and you should now be able to upgrade. If you experience connection problems while attempting to upgrade this is probably due to a request overload of our server. Just wait a bit and try later.

Upgrading

Please, read the information page of the Update Manager, or my previous blog carefully before you start the upgrade.
These topics were made available on our forum if you need support:
HE to Jessie upgrade
BE to Wheezy upgrade
BE to Jessie upgrade

After the transition I will keep the old Debian repositories until February 28, 2015:

  • home-debian.solydxk.com
  • business-debian.solydxk.com

ISOs

With this transition come new ISOs and what better way to celebrate this new start then with a nice “nip ‘n tuck”?

For both SolydX and SolydK the theming has changed. SolydK comes with the QtCurve theme, SolydX with Greybird and both use the fabulous Evolvere icon theme. After the installation you will be presented with a complete new welcome screen and most SolydXK tools were updated as well. We hope you’re going to like this new edition.

The 64-bit versions are now available for download from the product pages. The 32-bit versions are community editions and will follow as soon as they are done. They will be available for download from the community editions page in the downloads section.

Credits

I want to thank everybody who helped making this all possible. I especially want to thank Frank (Grizzler) for making sure that all the home edition users received all the security updates they needed and thank you all for stepping up to keep this great distribution rolling!

Transition to Debian Jessie/Wheezy

On November 25, 2014 we announced many changes for SolydXK.

Although Debian Jessie is not officially pronounced stable yet, it is already incredibly stable and so we saw no reason to delay the transition any further.

I’ll start the transition on January 31, 2015 at 12.00 UTC.

Below you will find the information you’ll need for the upgrade. I recommend you read it, and the provided support links, carefully before you start the upgrade tomorrow.

Important information:

This upgrade will point your system to either Debian Jessie (Home Editions) or Debian Wheezy (Business Editions).
The Update Manager will automate the process but if you prefer to upgrade by terminal or if you want to upgrade your Business Edition to Jessie, please follow the support links below.

These topics were made available on our forum if you need support:
HE to Jessie upgrade
BE to Wheezy upgrade
BE to Jessie upgrade

 

Read this whether you update with the Update Manager, or terminal.

  • These are some warnings you can safely ignore:
    GdkPixbuf-WARNING **: Cannot open pixbuf loader module file ‘/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gdk-pixbuf-2.0/2.10.0/loaders.cache': No such file or directory

  • Grub
    When you upgrade to Jessie, you’ll be asked to select where you installed Grub. Usually it’s the first item in the list:

  • Configuration files
    You might be asked to replace certain configuration files. It is recommended to keep the currently installed file (default selected).
  • Post upgrade
    If you’re using Nvidia, you run the following command before reboot:
    sudo apt-get install –reinstall nvidia-kernel-dkms

    If you want, you can configure your account to use the new default SolydXK theme (you can do the same for root):

    configure-theme

 

A new team member!

May I introduce our new team member: Tika Carr, on our forum known as RavenLX.

Welcome to the team!

 

Tika Carr

 

Tika Carr (RavenLX) <ravenlx@solydxk.com>
Developer, CE ISO maintainer.

I’m a LAMP Server Administrator, programmer and web developer for a web hosting company.

I have experimented with Linux since Slackware 1.0. I have always been interested in various technologies and have experimented with many languages and platforms over the years, including Unix shell and Tandy Color Computer 3 with OS-9 Level II (which is similar to Linux). I have been using Linux as my main desktop operating system since 2013 starting with Mint and then changing over to SolydK by the end of 2013.

 

Annual Report 2014

Another year has passed and what way to better look back at 2014 then to write our second annual report.

The year started quiet and steady but the second half of the year was marked by internal changes. We decided to base SolydXK on Debian stable if we ever wanted to realize our mission statement and deliver a stable Debian based distribution. The work has taken its toll and I had to take a step back and we had to say goodbye to our much valued co-founder Amadeu (Zerozero).

The coming year will be marked by increasing organizational stability and organizing financial independence of SolydXK.

You can download the Annual Report 2014 here: download pdf

Important SolydXK news

As of today I’m taking a step back in the production of SolydXK. My family and I have come to the conclusion that some things are going to have to change. This means I cannot continue with SolydXK in the current form.

To answer some of the questions I received, I created a small FAQ:

  • Is SolydXK going to disappear?
    – No, I will continue maintaining SolydK64, SolydX64 based on the upcoming Debian stable and the SolydXK repository.
  • Is there going to be a 32-bit version?
    – I am not going to continue to maintain the 32-bit versions. However, I’d love to see them live on as pure community editions. Frank (grizzler) plans to give maintaining them a try, but can’t guarantee this will work out, so any assistance from the community would be highly appreciated.
  • Are there going to be “Enthusiast Editions”, based on Debian testing?
    – I won’t be able to maintain those either, but again, Frank will see what he can do about it. Any help from the community would be very welcome here as well.
  • Is the Back Office going to be maintained?
    – Unfortunately not. Although I love this edition, it takes a lot of time to create the packages and test them.
  • What about the repositories?
    – I will continue maintaining the SolydXK repository. The Debian and Security repositories will point directly to Debian. The packages of the Community repository will be transferred to the SolydXK repository.

    For the Home Editions the sources.list would look like this:

      deb http://repository.solydxk.com/ solydxk main upstream import
      deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian jessie main contrib non-free
      deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free
      deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ jessie-backports main contrib non-free

    The sources.list for the Business Editions would look like this:

      deb http://repository.solydxk.com/ solydxk main upstream import
      deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian wheezy main contrib non-free
      deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
      deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main contrib non-free

    The repository.solydxk.com repository is still in development. So, please don’t use it on your working machine just yet.

  • Will my current install of SolydXK (and SoldyXK BE) roll into the new SolydXK when the new SolydXK based on Debian Jessie is released?
    – I have prepared a new version of the solydxk-system package that should rewrite the sources.list automatically. If you’re using the Home Edition, your sources.list will point to Jessie and if you’re using the Buesiness Editions, your sources.list will point to Wheezy.
  • Will there be any more Update Packs?
    – As Jessie is now preparing for stable there will be no need for any more Update Packs. Updates will come as regular updates or security updates.
  • What will be the release cycle of the ISOs?
    – Unfortunately, I cannot make any promises on frequency of releases (software or ISOs).
  • Will the forum still exist?
    – Yes, both the site and the forum will stay. Perhaps some minor changes in the structure, but nothing more.
  • When will this all happen?
    – I’ll start the transition on 31 January 2015.

Would you like to help?

  • Maintain one or more ISOs.
    – I’ve developed solydxk-constructor for that purpose. It comes with a help function to get you started and you can post your questions here: http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=774
  • If you find some software needs TLC.
    – If you know Python you can help. All code is available at Github: https://github.com/SolydXK
    – If you find that one of those applications need to be translated in your language, you will find a “po” directory in each Github project. Choose the right .po file and start translating with poedit. You can either create a pull request or send me the translated .po file directly.
    Jocelyn (Ane champenois) will try to simplify the work of the translators by using an online platform of translation. You’ll have more informations about that if we’ll achieve that point.

I also would like to thank all the people who have helped me during the past two years. Without you I wouldn’t have come this far. I would especially like to thank zerozero who has been with this project since the early start. Thank you for your advice and keeping my feet on the ground when it was most needed.

Kind regards,
Arjen Balfoort