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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.

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

ISOs 201411

The Home Editions were upgraded to the latest Upgrade Pack and the Business Editions were upgraded with the latest security updates. This time I will not list the version changes of the major applications, but limit myself to the most important changes.

The Live Installer now supports multiple drives which will give you the ability to install the home directory to a separate drive rather then another partition.

 

You can find more information, and download the ISOs on our product pages:
SolydX Business Edition: http://solydxk.com/business/solydxbe/
SolydK Business Edition: http://solydxk.com/business/solydkbe/
SolydK Back Office: http://solydxk.com/business/solydkbo/
SolydX: http://solydxk.com/homeedition/solydx/
SolydK: http://solydxk.com/homeedition/solydk/

For any questions or issues, please visit our forum: http://forums.solydxk.com/

 

UP 2014.10.15

On 15 October 2014 we have synchronized the production repositories.

Those who haven’t upgraded from the testing repositories, and depending on whether you’re a SolydX or SolydK user you will have between 500MB and 1GB of packages to download.

After the go-live, I’ll start building the new iso’s.

You might have a slow download if people upgrade at the same time. Try again at a later date or time.

If you are following our mirrors: they will follow later, and I will keep you posted on their progress.

If you encounter any problems, post your findings here: http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=4853

Below you find the Update Manager’s UP information page.
For users running BE/BO: package updates are few. You can install these package as a regular update.


Update Pack 2014.10.15

Changes

  • Kernel
    The kernel has been updated to version 3.16.3-2.
  • LibreOffice
    LibreOffice has been updated to version 4.3.1-2.
  • KDE
    KDE has been updated to version 4.14.1-1.


Update information

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

  • After the upgrade
    After the upgrade you won’t be able to reboot or shutdown the system the usual way. You need to do that in the terminal. After that all will function as expected.
    sudo reboot

    or

    sudo shutdown

  • 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


Updating with the Update Manager

The Update Manager can be opened from the system tray by clicking on this icon: .
Most user choices are being done for you by the Update Manager (see “Update information” above).


Updating with the terminal

We recommend using the Update Manager to update your system, but if you prefer using the terminal, please read the below steps carefully.

  • Pre upgrade
    There are some things that need to be cleaned up first (left overs from the LMDE period). So, it’s best to download and run the pre-UP script:

    wget http://repository.solydxk.com/umfiles/prd/pre-up-2014.10.15; chmod +x pre-up-2014.10.15; sudo ./pre-up-2014.10.15

  • 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 have systemd-sysv installed, you need to purge systemd-shim:

    sudo apt-get purge systemd-shim

    and finally, remove some unneeded symbolic links:

    sudo update-rc.d -f samba remove

 

The new SolydXK – Q+A

We currently have editions for two user groups: the Business Editions (BE) which is based on Debian stable (Wheezy), and the Home Editions (HE) based on Debian testing (Jessie).

Our last post, “The future of SolydXK“, has raised a lot of questions and unrest in our community. With this short FAQ, we hope to explain and clarify some of the resulting uncertainties.

  1. Q. What happens to SolydXK when Debian Testing (Jessie) is promoted to the new Debian Stable?

     

    A. On 5 Nov 2014, Debian Testing (Jessie) will be frozen and, for several months, will be go through an extensive testings and correction period during which most bugs will be ironed out. When Jessie becomes the new Debian stable, the current Home Editions automatically become the new Business Editions. With this change, we drop the identifiers “Business Edition” and “Home Edition” leaving just SolydX and SolydK. At the same time, the current Stable (Wheezy) will be come the “old stable.”

    Also, at that time, the current Home Editions automatically become the new Business Editions.

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  3. Q. Will there continue to be a SolydXK spin that tracks Debian Testing?

     

    A. Yes. When the current HE spins become the new SolydXK spins tracking Debian stable, we will create new ISOs, based on the new Debian testing, which we are going to name “Enthusiast’s Editions” (EE). Users of the current Home Editions who wish to continue with the new “Enthusiast’s Edition” will not need to download the new ISOs, but they will need to change their sources file instead. The “Enthusiast’s Editions” purpose is twofold:

    • It is a testing ground for our custom software, packages, and configuration for the upcoming new stable.
    • We also wanted to create a version for those who need more up-to-date software and know how to handle a breakage once in a while.

     

  4. Q. I’ve read in other posts and threads that it takes 3 to 5 years for the next Debian Stable to be released. What’s are the facts and what happens to SolydXK when that happens?

     

    A. Debian releases a new Stable every 2 years, so the next one should be in place in 2015. The SolydXK BE users will enjoy an automatic transition to the new release, but on their schedule. To take advantage of the new features of the new release, a system re-install will not be required.

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  6. Q. When will this happen?

     

    A. Debian Testing will freeze development on 5 Nov 2014. The release of the next Debian Stable Edition will happen sometime in 2015. There is no announced date at this time, but could be as early as late 1st quarter of 2015.

    Only after the new Debian Stable is released, and the SolydXK team has prepared and tested the transition, will the announced SolydXK changes become effective.

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  8. Q. For what users are the new SolydXK editions intended?

     

    A. The SolydXK target clients are governmental institutions, non-profit organizations, and small-to-medium sized businesses.

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  10. Q. Can anyone use the new SolydXK editions?

     

    A. Sure! If you need a stable and secure system at home that simply works, these editions will likely be very suited for your needs.

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  12. Q. So, then for whom is the “Enthusiast’s Edition” intended?

     

    A. The “Enthusiast’s Edition” is intended for those who love to tinker and for whom a small glitch or bit of breakage is not a concern.

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  14. Q. Will the “Enthusiast’s Edition” use SolydXK repositories or will they be moved to the Debian Testing repositories?

     

    A. A little bit of both! The “Enthusiast’s Edition” will use our own repository for the SolydXK specific packages and the Debian testing repository that will regularly bring new features.

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  16. Q. I’m using the Home Edition (HE). What do I have to do if I want to follow the new “Enthusiast’s Edition” in 2015?

     

    A. You will have to manually change your sources.list file to track the new release. Don’t worry, very clear step-by-step instructions will be published when the time is right for the move.

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  18. Q. I’m using the Home Edition (HE). What do I have to do if I want to follow the new “Stable Edition” in 2015?

     

    A. In short, nothing. When the time comes, the current HE will be automatically merged with the new Debian Stable. Because, technically, at that time both editions will be (basically) the same; the merge will be a smooth transition.

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  20. Q. I’m using the current BE. What do I have to do to continue using it? Do I have to do a re-install?

     

    A. No, you will not need to re-install your system. There will be a well-documented update process that can be easily accomplished using either the Update Manager (recommended) or a command-line terminal. Instructions and documentation will be published well in advance of the event to ensure all users have plenty of time to prepare for the transition.

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  22. Q. So, I really don’t have to do a re-install of my system, regardless of what I’m using now and what I want to use after the migration? Really?

     

    A. Yes, really! A re-install should not be required.

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  24. Q. What about security updates? Will the new editions continue receiving them? Will the new “Enthusiast’s Edition” also receive security updates?

     

    A. Yes! The new edtions will continue to receive security updates just as (and in the same manner) as they always have. The EE will receive all updates directly through Debian’s testing repository and our own repositories.

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  26. Q. OK, I like the idea of a solid, stable system, but there is work I do for which I need to have some “fresher” packages and applications. Can this be done with the new SolydXK editions?

     

    A. Yes. Another feature of the Debian stable editions is backporting, which essentially means that a more recent version of ‘older’ software is modified for use with the stable release. Debian itself provides a special backports repository and this should also be available for SolydX and SolydK. Details of how this will be done will be made available at a later date.

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  28. Q. What are backports anyway?

     

    A. Backports are packages taken from the next Debian release (called “testing”), adjusted and recompiled for usage on Debian stable. Because the package is also present in the next Debian release, you can easily upgrade your stable+backports system once the next Debian release comes out. (In a few cases, usually for security updates, backports are also created from the Debian unstable distribution.)

    Backports cannot be tested as extensively as Debian stable, and backports are provided on an as-is basis, with risk of incompatibilities with other components in Debian stable. Use with care!

    It is therefore recommended to only select single backported packages that fit your needs, and not use all available backports.

    SolydXK backports will be built on SolydXK systems and will be tested as much as possble to reduce the chances of introducing undesired behaviors (bugs!).

You can post your comments on our forum: http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4592