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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.

Localizing ISOs with SolydXK Constructor

As you all might know, the SolydXK team uses the SolydXK Constructor to maintain the ISOs. Up until now it was difficult to create a localized version of the SolydXK ISOs. That feature was not implemented in the SolydXK Constructor and had to be done manually.

So, I was looking for a simple way for ISO maintainers to create localized SolydXK ISOs. It would help those who need a localized ISO for their customers or simply want to maintain a localized version of SolydXK for our community.

I’ve added this feature to the SolydXK Creator and I successfully created Dutch versions of the 64-bit SolydX and SolydK ISOs which you can download and try here: http://downloads.solydxk.com/localized/nl/

If you want to maintain a localized version for the community, please contact me or send me a PM on the forum.

SolydXK Constructor is in the repository:

sudo apt install solydxk-constructor

 

Here’s a tutorial (but start by reading the help file 😉 ): http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=774

Enthusiast’s Editions

Hi all,

As promised, the Enthusiast’s Editions are now ready for download!

The Enthusiast’s Editions (EE) of SolydX and SolydK follow Debian testing.

You will get updates more regularly and if you need or want to have the “latest and greatest” this is the edition for you. Remember that by using the Enthusiast’s Editions you have an increased risk of breakages and you’ll need to feel comfortable working with the terminal.

Community Editions
Frank has built the Enthusiast’s Editions. These community editions are built and supported by the community. You can download these ISOs from the “Community editions” page: http://solydxk.com/downloads/community-editions/

Have fun tinkering!

Arjen Balfoort (Schoelje)
Founder SolydXK

New releases!

Hi all,

It is time for a new release!

The new ISOs are based on Debian’s first “Jessie” 8.1 point release. Several bugs have been patched since then and this release promise to be absolutely rock solid!

You can download the SolydX and SolydK ISOs from our main site’s download section: http://solydxk.com

Community Editions
Frank has built the 32-bit community editions. These community editions are built and supported by the community. You can download these ISOs from the “Community editions” page: http://solydxk.com/downloads/community-editions/

From the same page you can also download a SolydX edition for the Raspberry PI2. I was looking for a cheap system for my son to learn Linux and some programming but perhaps there are people out there that could use it. You can find installation instructions on the download page.

We will have to wait a bit longer for the Enthusiast’s Editions. The currently available kernel in Debian testing is unbootable in a live environment. So, those will follow later when that bug has been patched upstream. If you cannot wait, you can still download and install the testing ISOs which you can download here: http://downloads.solydxk.com/ce/testing/. Do not forget to run an update after installing that ISO.

I want to thank everybody involved for your work to make these community editions possible!

Forum changes
The regular forum visitors already noticed some changes in the forum’s structure. Jocelyn has taken up the task to simplify the forums, leaving just a few sections where you can post in your own language.

The current SolydXK site themes do not function well on mobile devices. So, I am slowly changing the SolydXK sites to a responsive theme. Starting with our forums. New users will see the new responsive theme by default. Current users can switch to the new theme manually or keep on using the old theme. You can switch between themes when you open your “User Control Panel”, click on the “Board preferences” tab and select the theme of your choice in the “My board style” drop down box.

I hope you are going to enjoy these new releases and see you soon on the forums!

Kind regards,

Arjen Balfoort (Schoelje)
Founder SolydXK

Old Business and Home repositories removed

Today I have removed (with some delay) the old repositories for the Business and Home editions.

If you encounter any errors while upgrading, please follow the instructions in my blog of January 31, “Ready for the transition and new ISOs”, to upgrade your system.

These repositories are no longer available:

business.solydxk.com
business-debian.solydxk.com
debian.solydxk.com
home.solydxk.com
home-debian.solydxk.com
packages.solydxk.com

Make sure that your /etc/apt/sources.list file is configured correctly: http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1529

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!