Migrating solydxk.com

Today I’ve started migrating the solydxk.com domain to Europe.

This process can take a few days. It is possible that during this time the solydxk.com site will not be available. Do not worry! I’ll probably be working feverishly to get everything in order 🙂

The following domains were already migrated:

  • forums.solydxk.com can now be visited at forums.solydxk.nl
  • repository.solydxk.com is now provided by repository.solydxk.nl
    Check the “Sources.list” page on our forum for further information.
  • downloads.solydxk.com is now downloads.solydxk.nl
    Here you can download the ISOs even if the solydxk.com site is off-line.

The main site will be completely new and although it will still be very recognizable as SolydXK, this site will no longer automatically post to the social media or send messages to subscribers of the news blog. This means that I will not be able to announce the availability of the new solydxk.com site. So, check in once in a while on the solydxk.com domain or visit our forum at: https://forums.solydxk.nl.

Facebook and Google+ accounts discontinued

SolydXK spends a lot of time and effort on improving safety and privacy for our users and we feel that Facebook’s policy does not represent our opinion on these subjects. Also, we were not able to spend the needed time on our Google+ account which has very few followers.

Therefor, we have decided to discontinue our Facebook and Google+ accounts.

You can still subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter. You can post your questions on our forum: https://forums.solydxk.nl

SolydXK repository URL may be corrupt

I had to update some packages to prepare them to the server migration I’m currently working on. Most of the changes are made in the solydxk-system package which will change the SolydXK repository URL in /etc/apt/sources.list to use the new server.

Unfortunately, the rewrite did not go well with the previous adaptation of solydxk-system. Some users reported that the URL contained “http://https://” which, of course, will not function. It is fixed in the solydxk-system version I uploaded today. However, users that already have that wrong URL need to adjust their sources.list file manually.

If you get 404 errors while updating your system you can follow these steps in a terminal:

  • apt sources
  • Change the SolydXK URL to:
    deb https://repository.solydxk.nl solydxk-9 main upstream import
    or for the Enthusiast’s Editions:
    deb https://repository.solydxk.nl solydxk-10 main upstream import
  • Save with: Ctrl-X
  • apt update

Repository changes

Our repository (repository.solydxk.com) is currently being redirected to the new repository (repository.solydxk.nl).

To make sure that all users are going to use the new repository, I’ve adapted the solydxk-system package. It will install the package apt-transport-https and change the repository.solydxk.com url in /etc/apt/sources.list to https://repository.solydxk.nl (note the https instead of http).

If you encounter any problems with this change, please let us know on our forum: https://forums.solydxk.nl

Forum migration completed

The forum migration and upgrade has been completed successfully.

The current forums.solydxk.com will be automatically redirected to forums.solydxk.nl. So, you don’t need to change your old bookmarks.

In the new forum you will not find me anymore as Schoelje, but with my proper name: Arjen Balfoort. My avatar has changed as well. It’s the same handsome portrait as I use on my LinkedIn profile ;).

I just did a quick check but if you find anything wrong with the forum, please send me an e-mail (you can use the contact form on the main site).

Migrating server to Europe

The last few weeks I have been working on migrating our server to a European based ISP. I will be migrating the following domains in fases. Starting with forwarding the .com domains and sub-domains to new .nl domains:

  1. http://downloads.solydxk.com forwarding to https://downloads.solydxk.nl
  2. http://repository.solydxk.com forwarding to http://repository.solydxk.nl
  3. https://forums.solydxk.com forwarding to https://forums.solydxk.nl
  4. https://solydxk.com forwarding to https://solydxk.nl

The first two have no expected impact and will be effective in the course of the day. The download section of the SolydXK site will still be available but the ISOs will be downloaded from the European server instead of the USA server. You can adapt your sources.list file but you don’t have to. The server will forward the current solydxk.com repository to the solydxk.nl repository.

I want to migrate and update the forum next Tuesday. During that migration the forum will be unavailable and I will blog both the start and the end of the migration of the forum. You won’t need to change your bookmarks either because I will keep the solydxk.com domain.

During next week we’ll test the forum and if all is well, I will announce the new site the week after.

SolydX RPi3 64-bit testing help needed

For a client I needed to create a desktop client for a Raspberry Pi 3. Unfortunately, there was too little time and Raspbian was chosen to solve the client’s issue. However, I thought it was a shame not to do anything with the work I had done. So, I finished the image and I now plan to release it as a community effort.

This image is based on Michael Stapelberg’s 64-bit image. It follows Debian Buster and as this is current testing it will have some bugs that need attention.

Known bugs:

  • The system hangs regularly. It usually happens when several CPU intensive tasks are writing to the SD. I can only Ctrl-Alt-F2, login as root and reboot.
  • The Network Manager does not show an icon in the system tray. I’ve tried to report it as a bug in network-manager-gnome but the bug report was refused every time.
  • Firefox ESR is incredibly slow but maybe I’m just impatient or it’s the hardware causing it. I could replace it with Midori but I’d rather keep things the same as the other ISOs.
  • The Bluetooth module is untested and disabled by default in /boot/firmware/config.txt

User info:
User: solydxk
Password: solydxk
Root password: solydxk

Note that this image will only work on the Raspberry Pi 3

Please, post your findings on our forum if you find out how to solve these issues or find issues of your own.

Enthusiast’s Editions testing help needed!

Grizzler has made the Enthusiast’s Editions available and we need your help testing them!

The Enthusiast’s Editions are following Debian testing (Buster) and are a community effort. Without the help of the community, these editions and the 32-bit editions cannot exist. So, please, give us a hand and test those ISOs.

You can download the ISOs here: http://downloads.solydxk.com/ce/testing/

Please, report your findings here: https://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=78&t=5681

Check out other people’s findings at the end of that topic to prevent that you’re testing and reporting issues that are already known.