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

SolydXK 9 released!

In the past three weeks we have been testing, improving, developing and exercising parts of our vocabulary that our mothers didn’t even know we had but finally we are satisfied with the result. It is time to release the new SolydX and SolydK version 9.

Changes

  • New themes for SolydX and SolydK. You can choose a light or dark theme.
  • Solydxk Systems has a GUI now where you can encrypt partitions (and your USB flash drive), localize your system, select the fastest repositories, hold back packages and cleanup your system. The encryption part of this application is functioning but still in beta. Use at your own risk!
  • The backport repository was removed by default but can be enabled in the new SolydXK System application.
  • The solydx/k-info packages were integrated in the solydx/k-system-adjustments packages and are now obsolete.

Discontinued applications

  • Updatemanager is replaced by applications from Debian’s repository with similar functionalities and the new SolydXK System GUI.
  • SolydXK Softwaremanager has been replaced with an application from Debian’s repository.
  • Lightdm Manager was replaced with lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings
  • Device Driver Manager (DDM)
  • SolydXK Conky
  • (SolydK) XKSudo
  • (SolydK) kcm-ufw
  • (SolydX) User Manager was replaced with gnome-system-tools
  • (SolydX) Sambashare was replaced with gadmin-samba

Upgrading existing systems
There are two ways to upgrade your SolydXK-8 system to SolydXK-9: a fresh install or upgrading your existing system. It is preferred to download the ISO and do a fresh install (backup your data first!) but if you prefer to upgrade your system we have prepared a script to aid you in the process:

After download, unpack, make the script executable and run the script.
Important: check the output of the apt commands. All systems are configured differently and you might remove packages that you really don’t want to be removed!

If you do not want to upgrade just yet, don’t worry! After the release of SolydXK-9 I will keep the solydxk-8 repository available for another year. Firefox and Thunderbird will be updated in the solydxk-8 repository but they are not tested with SolydXK-8. Again, use them at your own risk!

SolydX RPI
Unfortunately, I have to stop developing SolydX RPI. It was fun doing it but it simply took too much time and effort and I still couldn’t get it to function to the standards I want for SolydXK.

Localized versions
The Dutch version is ready for download. The rest will follow and I will let you know when they come available.

Community Editions
Frank is working hard on the 32-bit and Enthusiast’s Editions. When they are ready I will let you know.

Downloads
You can find more information, and download the ISOs on our product pages:

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

Beta testing SolydXK-9

Debian has released Stretch and we’ve started testing the beta ISOs.

I’ve started a topic on our forum for this purpose. It includes beta ISOs for SolydX and SolydK, the changes that were made and beta scripts to upgrade existing SolydXK-8 systems to SolydXK-9.

We do need your help testing the ISOs and upgrade scripts. So, if you have some time to spare, please visit our forum and get those ISOs and scripts: https://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6930

Main site up again

It seems that our main site was down for the past 8 hours.

Users were presented with an error message on the WordPress Jetpack plugin. That has been solved now and the site is available again.

My apologies for the inconvenience.

Regards,

Arjen Balfoort