UP 2013.06.06 12:00 UTC

Just another day before the big one: Update Pack 2013.06.06!

This UP we say goodbye to Wheezy and we get acquainted with Jessie.
Jessie is quite a character: young, fresh, different, sometimes a bit unpredictable, but that’s exactly what makes Jessie so lovable!

On 6 June 2013 at 12:00 UTC we will synchronize the production repositories.

From that time until I give the green light: please don’t use the repositories to upgrade your system.

Those who haven’t upgraded from the testing repositories will have about 500MB of packages to download.

After this I’ll build new iso’s.

As we’re running the site, this forum, the repositories and some other servers on the same machine, you might have a slow download if people upgrade at the same time. Try again at a later date or time.

If you encounter any problems, post your findings here: http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=719

To prepare you for the upcoming UP, I’ve copied the Update Manager’s UP info page here, and I recommend you to carefully read it before you start upgrading tomorrow:

Update Pack 2013.06.06

This is a major update, but the Update Manager (UM) will do the work for you.

Before the actual upgrade, UM will pre-configure your system. This can take a while.
Please, read the Upgrade section below about Configuration replacements and Grub upgrade.

Steam Installer and the Steam Launcher are broken with this upgrade, and will be automatically removed from your system when using the UM. If you upgrade by terminal, remember to purge both these applications:

sudo apt-get purge steam-installer steam-launcher

After that you can install Steam manually if you wish to do so:

sudo apt-get install steam

If you have any trouble starting Steam, you can rename the directory ~/.steam in your home directory, and start Steam again. This will download all necessary files, and hopefully you’ll be able to play again.

To clean up our systems Mono is automatically removed with this UP. Mono is used as a .NET (Microsoft) replacement for Linux. There are not many applications available that use Mono, but if you do, you need to reinstall these applications manually. This is a one-time action.

If you prefer to use the terminal, read the below carefully before you upgrade.

  • Steam on 64-bits
    If you run SolydX or SolydK 64-bits, and you installed Steam with the Steam Installer, this update wants to remove a list of packages, including VLC and Pulseaudio.
    You’ll have to update libavutil51 before you upgrade.
    sudo apt-get install libavutil51:i386

  • Update libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0
    Updating this package before upgrade prevents missing icons in GTK applications.
    sudo apt-get install libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0

  • Purge old Java packages
    There were issues not starting LibreOffice. Purging these packages, and only leaving openjdk solved this issue.
    sudo apt-get purge gcj-4.6-jre-headless gcj-4.6-jre-lib gcj-4.7-jre-headless gcj-4.7-jre-lib

  • Purge Mono
    Unless you don’t need it (you know it when you do), you can purge these.
    sudo apt-get purge mono-runtime

  • Upgrade
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    Configuration replacement
    Several configurations are changed by this upgrade and ask for your input.
    Generally, you want to keep the existing configuration of these files:
    – /etc/issue
    – /etc/issue.net
    – /etc/os-release
    – /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
    – /etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf

    Grub upgrade
    It will ask where to install grub (in most systems it will be sda (the MBR) but it depends on your configuration and where you installed grub in the first place.
    It’s probably a good idea to chose “keep” as opposed to install the maintainer version.
    In the second screen you navigate through the options with the arrow keys; select or deselect the desired option with the space key and confirm the option and follow with the enter key.

  • Nvidia
    If you’re using Nvidia you run the following command after the upgrade and before reboot:
    sudo apt-get install –reinstall nvidia-kernel-dkms

  • Ndiswrapper
    Reinstall ndiswrapper:
    sudo apt-get install –reinstall ndiswrapper-dkms

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