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

Download:
http://downloads.solydxk.com/solydxrpi
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.

Firefox 59 changed localization configuration

If you use the latest version of Firefox (59 or higher) and you have localized the interface into your language you might find that Firefox reverted back to the Englesh language. This is because Mozilla decided to use a new variable to configure the localisation of Firefox’s interface.

I found that upgrading from Firefox ESR to Firefox 59 everything is configured automatically as long as the ESR version was configured correctly. Problems may arise when installing Firefox 59 on a clean installation or when upgrading from the previous Firefox version.

If you encounter this problem with Firefox 59 you can take these steps to remedy this problem:

Make sure you have firefox and your locale package installed (I use German as an example):
apt update
apt install firefox firefox-l10n-de

Type about:config in the location bar (address bar).

Search for: intl.locale

I had to either add the following value value:
Right-Click and add a new string: intl.locale.requested with the value of your locale. E.g.: de-DE

Close and restart FF. The interface should be in your locale.

If not, check at the bottom of the about:support page: “Internationalization & Localization”.
Copy the output in your post on our forum:

This is how a correct German configuration should look like:
Internationalisierung & Lokalisierung
Anwendungseinstellungen
Angeforderte Sprachen: ["de-DE","en-US"]
Verfügbare Sprachen: ["de","en-US"]
Anwendungssprachen: ["de","en-US"]
Region-Einstellungen: ["de","en-US"]
Standardsprache: "en-US"
Betriebssystem
Sprachen des Betriebssystems: ["en-US"]
Region-Einstellungen: ["en-US"]

Updated ISOs 201801-2

Recently, a user on Facebook reported excessive memory use on SolydX. This was caused by the ClamAV Daemon. SolydK does not have the daemon installed and thus SolydK used less RAM than SolydX which of course, is not exactly as advertised.

In these new SolydX ISO (version 201801-2) the ClamAV daemon was removed but you don’t need to download and install this ISO if you already have SolydX installed. You can simply run this command in terminal:
apt purge clamav-daemon clamdscan

You can check your memory usage with the command (look for “used”):
free -m

The Live Installer behaved unpredictable in VirtualBox. It was possible that the Live Installer crashed python and X ( that’s bad 🙁 ). The installer doesn’t load and no errors were shown.

All new ISOs have the updated Live Installer. If you already downloaded the ISO and you encounter this issue, you can install the latest Live Installer during a live session with the following command:
apt update; apt install live-installer-3

If you encounter any problems, please visit our forum: https://forums.solydxk.com