Rebooting SolydK Back Office

Some of you might remember SolydK Back Office. With my business background it was one of my most favorite side-projects and I really had a hard time when I was forced to discontinue this project due to lack of time.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of rebooting the project but this time releasing and maintaining the edition under a license. I know that the Linux community has some reservations concerning commercializing open source software but perhaps we can make an exception for this edition. Building and maintaining SolydK Back Office is very time consuming and the target group (businesses) might even consider the OS because support is guaranteed under the license (I haven’t thought about the license, yet. It’s too early for that now).

So, what do you think? Is SolydK Back Office worth rebooting under license? If you’d consider SolydK Back Office for your business, what would you expect being included in the license and which software would you absolutely need included in SolydK Back Office?

I’ve created a topic on our forum to discuss this subjects. So, please post your thoughts and comments here: https://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=72&t=6556

Community Editions Releases

Frank has released the Community Editions!

It is by nature that the Enthusiast’s Editions, based on Debian testing, have some issues:

  • The update to Gtk+3.20 has messed up most Gtk applications resulting in missing scroll bars and other annoying ui glitches.
  • Timezone settings might be wrong for you. Read this post to solve this issue.

If you enjoy tinkering with your OS, the EEs are for you. Otherwise, you are probably better off with the official releases 🙂 .

You can download the EEs and the 32-bit releases here: https://solydxk.com/downloads/community-editions/

A new team member!

May I introduce our new team member: Inken, on our forum known as ilu.

Welcome to the team!

 

Inken

 

Inken (ilu) <ilu@solydxk.com>
Support.

I started experimenting with Linux around 1995 but it took me until 2013 to finally leave the MS world behind. Linux now has reached a point where it is not only on par with MS Windows but better.

My main focus in supporting open software is freedom. I’m deeply concerned that our society casually trades the freedom we still have for convenience and false security. People have fought to achieve that freedom and we must continue to dedicate time and effort to keep it. That’s why I try to encourage and help people to leave constraints and complacency and embrace the openness and freedom that is Linux.

 

Localized 64-bit German and 32-bit Portuguese ISOs

Bennypr0fane has built German localized ISOs. These are the latest official SolydXK ISOs (64-bit) but already localized for our German speaking users.

Lufilte already created the Portuguese localized 64-bit ISOs but now he has also made the 32-bit ISOs available for download.

You can download the German, Portuguese and some other localized ISOs here:
https://solydxk.com/downloads/localized-editions/

Thanks Bennypr0fane and Lufilte for these great ISOs!

Some packages removed from our repository

I’ve been doing some cleaning on our repository and decided to remove some packages from our repository.

These are all blobs (binary packages) that are not open sourced. Usually these packages come from Microsoft, or Google: Skype, Dropbox, Google Earth, etc.

You can still get those packages from their sites if you really want or need them.

New Mirror – Surabaya, Indonesia

Thanks to PT. Datautama Dinamika our users in Asia now have their first mirror!

PT. Datautama Dinamika: PT. Top Data Dynamics is a service provider and internet service provider network access based on “IT TOTAL SOLUTION”, who have spent several years serving Indonesian society.

The mirror is already listed in the download pages of our main site and you can select the mirrored repository from the Update Manager’s preference window.

New SolydXK ISOs: 201606

It is time again for the new SolydXK ISOs!

These are some of the changes:

  • Firefox ESR is now used from Debian repository instead of custom built and installed from the SolydXK repository.
  • You can now use custom mount points in the Live Installer. Double click on a partition to select a pre-defined mount point or write your custom mount point.
  • Improved command handling of SolydXK applications for the Enthusiast’s Editions.
  • The SolydXK scripts were moved from /usr/local/bin to /usr/bin.
  • Grizzler improved the /usr/bin/apt script. Run apt in terminal to see a list of commands with explanation.
  • SolydX RPI has been built from scratch and is based on Raspbian.
  • And many more smaller changes that I forgot to mention here 😉

The community editions and localized editions will follow later. I will post the release of those editions as soon as they are ready. Until then the previous versions will be available for download from our site.

You can find more information, and download the ISOs on our product pages:
SolydX: https://solydxk.com/downloads/solydx/
SolydK: https://solydxk.com/downloads/solydk/
SolydX RPI: https://solydxk.com/downloads/solydx-rpi/

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

 

Firefox ESR

Firefox ESR, the default browser in SolydXK, is now provided by the Debian repository. So, it is not necessary for us to build those packages and we removed Firefox ESR and the Firefox ESR language packages from our repository. It was therefor needed to adapt the SolydXK adjustments packages for Firefox.

Make sure you have the following line (it’s there by default) in your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free

 

If you encounter any problems regarding the update of Firefox ESR (version 5.2.0esr-1~deb8u1) and its related packages. Please, post your issue on our forum: https://forums.solydxk.com