UP and BE/BO 2014.04.15

On 15 April 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=3493

Below you find the Update Manager’s UP information page.
For users running BE/BO here is a slightly adapted version of the information page.
I recommend to carefully read it before you start upgrading:


Update Pack 2014.04.15

Changes

A whole new Update Manager

The Update Manager has been re-built from scratch making it better suited for SolydXK’s update processes.
Apt instead of Synaptic is the core of the application which will prevent discrepancies between terminal upgrades and upgrades with the Update Manager.

>> After the Update Manager has updated itself, you need to manually start the Update Manager (or logout/login), and re-enter your blacklisted packages in the preferences window if needed. <<

Other changes

  • KDE
    KDE has been updated to version 4.12.4
  • Kernel
    Kernel updated to version 3.13-1
  • Firefox and Thunderbird
    Firefox has been updated to version 28.0, and Thunderbird to version 24.4

    Both come with these add-ons:
    – Locale Switcher to switch installed language packs.
    – Firefox comes with Adblock Plus.
    – Thunderbird comes with the Lightning Calendar, and more.

    For existing users you need to enable these add-ons (and languages) in the add-ons manager of Firefox and Thunderbird.

    If you don’t like these add-ons, you can simply remove these packages: firefox-solydxk-adjustments, thunderbird-solydxk-adjustments
    This will leave you with a pure Firefox and Thunderbird install for new users. For existing users you only have to disable these add-ons in the add-ons manager.

  • LibreOffice
    LibreOffice has been updated to version 4.1.5-2.
  • Plymouth
    The SolydXK Plymouth theme has been changed, and the Plymouth Manager has been adapted accordingly.

Update information

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

  • Restart
    After the upgrade has finished, restarting, or shutting down your system will just log you out, and back in again. The second time will work.

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. It uses the default selection within 5 seconds before continuing the upgrade.
Only the selection menus need to be done manually.

  • Grub-pc
    Select the device where you installed GRUB (usually /dev/sda). Use the arrow keys to move, and the space bar to select (an asterisk marks the selected choice). When done, hit “Enter” to continue.

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
    Download and run the following script as su: http://packages.solydxk.com/umfiles/tst/pre-up-2014.04.15
    This will install, and configure the new Firefox, Thunderbird, and several other packages in preparation of the upgrade. It also copies the included add-ons to existing users directories if they do not already exist.

    Now you can run dist-upgrade.

  • Configuration files
    You might be asked to replace ‘/etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf’, and ‘/etc/bash.bashrc’. 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

 

Check spelling in Firefox and Thunderbird

A regression was found in Firefox and Thunderbird: check spelling isn’t functioning.

If you install a myspell dictionary (myspell-en-us is installed by default), it cannot be used in Firefox or Thunderbird.

To remedy this, run these commands in terminal:

sudo rm -rv /opt/firefox/dictionaries
sudo ln -sf /usr/share/hunspell /opt/firefox/dictionaries
sudo rm -rv /opt/thunderbird/dictionaries
sudo ln -sf /usr/share/hunspell /opt/thunderbird/dictionaries

Then open Firefox, go to a page with a form, right-click in a text field, and make sure you selected “Check spelling”, and that you selected the appropriate language:

Firefox check spelling settings image

Now, when you type something in a form, the text will be automatically checked for spelling.

 

New ISO’s for the Home Editions

New isos include the latest Update Pack

  • KDE
    KDE has been updated to version 4.12.1
  • LibreOffice
    LibreOffice has been updated to version 4.1.4-2
  • Firefox and Thunderbird
    Firefox has been updated to version 26.0, and Thunderbird to version 24.2.0
  • Community packages
    These packages were added to the community repository:
    grub-customizer, kdeconnect, plasma-mediacenter, xfce-theme-manager, xfwm4compositeeditor
    You can find more information in the community section of our forum.

You can find more information, and download the ISO’s on our product pages:
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/
SolydXK Multi DVD: http://solydxk.com/homeedition/solydxk-multi-dvd/

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

The Business Editions will follow later.

Quidsup: SolydK best distro 2013

Quidsup has published his “Best and Worst Linux Distros of 2013“, and he has chosen SolydK as the number one distro of the year 2013!

The SolydXK team is proud to have won this kind of recognition, but we wouldn’t have gone this far without all those people supporting SolydXK.
So, the prize is yours too, and well deserved!

Go get your prize here:

SolydK Business Edition released and new iso’s!

The SolydXK team is proud to announce the Business Edition of SolydK: SolydK BE!

SolydK Business Edition has been created for businesses and organizations with stability and security in mind. While the home editions of SolydXK were developed to be stable and still having the latest software available, the SolydK Business Edition has been developed to provide “Long Term Support” based on Debian Stable.

SolydK Back Office has been added to the Business Editions, and like SolydK BE, it is now based on Debian Stable.

The Home Editions consist of the 32-bit, and 64-bit editions of SolydX, and SolydK, including the SolydXK Multi DVD. They are still based on Debian Testing with our well-known Update Packs.

Our main site has been changed to reflect these changes. You can find more information on our product pages:
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/
SolydXK Multi DVD: http://solydxk.com/homeedition/solydxk-multi-dvd/

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

New iso’s!

The new SolydXK ISO’s include the latest updates from the September Update Pack, and they now point to our new repositories.

These are the highlights

  • KDE
    Santa has made KDE 4.11.1 available.
  • Kernel
    The kernel has been updated to version 3.10-2
  • Firefox
    Firefox has been updated to version 23.0.1

You can download the ISO’s here:
SolydX: http://solydxk.com/products/solydx/
SolydK: http://solydxk.com/products/solydk/
SolydK Back Office: http://solydxk.com/products/solydkbo/
SolydXK Multi DVD: http://solydxk.com/products/solydxk-multi-dvd/

You can read more about the September Update Pack Here: http://solydxk.com/up-2013-09-06-0600-utc

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

Repository change – mirrors and iso’s

Mirrors
I see that most mirrors are being synchronized.
There is nothing to update. So, there’s no harm if you keep your current settings.
I’ll keep you posted on the status.

New iso’s are being tested today.
They will reflect the changes of the mirror, and are fully updated to the 201309 Update Pack.

These are the UP highlights.

  • KDE
    Santa has made KDE 4.11.1 available.
  • Kernel
    The kernel has been updated to version 3.10-2
  • Firefox
    Firefox has been updated to version 23.0.1

Repository change – update

It seems that NLUUG has updated its mirror to reflect the new repository changes.

The packages line should look like this:

deb http://ftp.nluug.nl/os/Linux/distr/solydxk/packages/production/ solydxk main upstream import kdenext

 

For everybody getting a 404 error:
Check if you changed the packages line in the previous blog:

deb http://packages.solydxk.com/production/ solydxk main upstream import

 

If you want to follow the community repository, you can add this line:

deb http://community.solydxk.com/production/ solydxk main

 

Mind the “/production/” in the lines: this is the change!

 

Repository change

As I promised, I’d get back to you when I’m done with the new repositories.

Now we have a complete DTP (Development, Testing, Production) environment for each repository.
That is nice for us, maintainers, but with this, we can ensure a better control over the update packs, which in turn benefits us all.

I ask you to change your /etc/apt/sources.list manually this time.

open a terminal, and follow the below steps:

SolydX

gksudo mousepad /etc/apt/sources.list

and change this line:

deb http://packages.solydxk.com/ solydxk main upstream import community

into:

deb http://packages.solydxk.com/production/ solydxk main upstream import
deb http://community.solydxk.com/production/ solydxk main

Back in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

SolydK / SolydK BO

kdesudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list

and change this line:

deb http://packages.solydxk.com/ solydxk main upstream import kdenext community

into:

deb http://packages.solydxk.com/production/ solydxk main upstream import kdenext
deb http://community.solydxk.com/production/ solydxk main

Back in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

Note: the community packages are not obligatory. You can leave them out.

Again, I’m sorry for the inconvenience.