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

SolydXK 201801 32-bit

Grizzler has released the SolydXK 201801 32-bit ISOs!

As for the regular ISOs, the 32-bit ISOs are fully updated, including the latest kernel release with the Meltodown vulnarability patch. The ISOs come with a system configuration tool called “SolydXK System Settings”. Following is a list of features added since the 201707 releases:

  • Device Driver Manager (DDM) has been integrated.
  • Debian Plymouth Manager has been integrated.
  • Add new partitions to Fstab.
  • Safely remove old kernel packages.

After installation you can choose additional packages from the Welcome Screen but unfortunately, I had to remove the business application LetoDMS (document management system) as installable from the Welcome Screen. It installs just fine but I haven’t been able to get it to work. I’ve removed the package from our own repository but if you need an Open Source DMS, I recommend to take a look at SeedDMS.

Download page

https://solydxk.com/downloads/community-editions/

There’s still work to be done for the Enthusiast’s Editions but I’ll post the release of these ISOs as soon as they become available.

Thank you Grizzler, for your outstanding work!

New SolydXK ISOs released!

It is time again to release the new SolydXK ISOs!

All SolydXK ISOs are fully updated, including the latest kernel release with the Meltodown vulnarability patch. The ISOs come with a system configuration tool called “SolydXK System Settings”. Following is a list of features added since the 201707 releases:

  • Device Driver Manager (DDM) has been integrated.
  • Debian Plymouth Manager has been integrated.
  • Add new partitions to Fstab.
  • Safely remove old kernel packages.

After installation you can choose additional packages from the Welcome Screen but unfortunately, I had to remove the business application LetoDMS (document management system) as installable from the Welcome Screen. It installs just fine but I haven’t been able to get it to work. I’ve removed the package from our own repository but if you need an Open Source DMS, I recommend to take a look at SeedDMS.

For our German users I’ve decided to officially maintain the German localized ISOs of SolydX 64-bit and SolydK 64-bit. You can download them from the Localized Editions page.

Not all mirrors have synchronized yet but I’ll add them as soon as they come available. The Community editions (32-bit) and the Enthusiast’s editions (based on Debian Buster) will follow later and I will post that as soon as they are released.

Download pages

SolydX: https://solydxk.com/downloads/solydx/
SolydK: https://solydxk.com/downloads/solydk/
Localized: https://solydxk.com/downloads/localized-editions/

Statistics of 2017

To start the new year I’d also like to share some fun statistics of 2017 with you.

Site visits (Top 10)
United States: 32289
Germany: 14569
Turkey: 10275
Japan: 9566
United Kingdom: 9531
Italy: 9396
Canada: 7928
Spain: 7400
France: 5866
Brazil: 5077

Downloads
SolydX 64: 12927
SolydX 32: 1319
SolydX localized: 366
SolydX EE: 955

SolydK 64: 4931
SolydK 32: 314
SolydK localized: 110
SolydK EE: 370

Forum
Posts: 3515
Unique posters: 193

Well, The Netherlands didn’t even make it into the top 10 of site visits. It seems that I have work to do to let my fellow countrymen know that a Dutch operating system exists 😉

Enjoy these new ISOs and visit us at our forum: https://forums.solydxk.com

Virtualbox policy changes

As you might already know, Debian hasn’t included the Virtualbox packages in Debian Stretch. When SolydXK 9 was released we recommended to use the virtualbox.org repository to install and maintain Virtualbox.

To make installing Virtualbox simpler we’ve added the Virtualbox packages from Debian Stretch backports to our own repository. These packages are updated on a daily basis. There is no difference between the Virtualbox packages in the backports repository and our own repository.

If you are currently using the virtualbox.org repository you don’t have to change anything at all. We decided to offer the backports packages in our own repository for your convenience.

Mozilla Shield Studies and other unwanted addons

Recently one of our team members, Ilu, has reported Mozilla’s misuse of Firefox’s addons. One of those addons is called “Shield Studies” and described by Mozilla’s wiki as:

Shield Studies is a function of the Shield project that prompts a random population of users to help us try out new products, features, and ideas.

As users are randomly selected there is not much the team can do about this. However, I’ve updated the firefox-solydxk-adjustments package for solydxk-9 and the Enthusiast’s Editions but this will only prevent the use of these addons for newly created users. Existing users can either disable the addons in Firefox’s preferences pane or prevent the addons from being installed in the first place by manually editing their prefs.js file and add the following entries:

user_pref("experiments.enabled", false);
user_pref("experiments.manifest.uri", "");
user_pref("experiments.supported", false);
user_pref("experiments.activeExperiment", false);
user_pref("experiments.activeExperiment", false);
user_pref("network.allow-experiments", false);
user_pref("extensions.pocket.enabled", false);
user_pref("dom.flyweb.enabled", false);
user_pref("extensions.shield-recipe-client.enabled", false);
user_pref("extensions.shield-recipe-client.api_url", "");

The prefs.js file is found in ~/.mozilla/firefox/your_user_profile/

You can follow the discussion on our forum: https://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?t=7070&p=66821

Community Editions release 201709

Grizzler has released the 32-bit ISOs based on Debian Stretch and the Enthusiast’s Edition ISOs based on Debian Buster.

You can download both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of the Enthusiast’s Editions.

You can download the ISOs from the main site:
https://solydxk.com/downloads/community-editions

Do not forget to verify your download before you run the ISOs.

If you already have a running SolydXK system you can use the USB Creator to create a bootable USB pen drive.

In any other case you can find instruction here:
https://solydxk.com/get-support/tutorials/#usb

Goodbye to our team member

Jocelyn (Ane Chemepenois on our forum) has decided to leave the SolydXK team. The increased pressures of fatherhood has forced him to take a step back 😉

Jocelyn has been a valuable team member for a very long time and I always liked working with him. Being a father of two I understand that it is important to prioritize.

On behalf of the team I thank you for all the work you have done, we wish you all well and we hope to see you again in the future.

All the best,

Arjen Balfoort