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siduction 17.1.0

13 marzo 2017

Gnome, KDE, LXDE, LXQT, Mate, Siduction, XFCE

Siduction

Siducion è una distribuzione Linux basata su Debian “unstable” orientata al desktop e che offre ben 4 differenti Desktop Manger: KDE, LXDE, XFCE, Razon-qt. In particolare è nata come fork di Aptosid per facilitare l’installazione ed è sempre una rolling release.

Versione 17.1.0

Questa versione contiene:

Today we are proud to release siduction 2017.1.0 with the flavours KDE, LXQt, GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE, LXDE, Xorg and noX. The fact that Debian is in deep freeze for Debian 9 »Stretch« allows us to release the whole stack. As I posted before not too long ago, we planned the release before going to CLT-Conference on 11./12. of March, and voila – here it is.

The released images are a snapshot of Debian unstable, that also goes by the name of Sid, from 2017-05-03. They are enhanced with some useful packages and scripts, a brand new installer and a custom patched version of the linux-kernel 4.10, accompanied by X-Server 1.19.2-1 and systemd 232-19.

Retiring the 32-bit architecture
As already mentioned in the news section, with this release we are retiring the 32bit architecture. The work that takes to build and maintain that architecture is in our humble opinion better put in other places. Users that still need 32-bit can come talk to us and we will try to find a solution for these particular cases.

New Installer
Work on the new installer built from the Calamares Installer Framework, which we are very happy about was pretty much straight forward. So, with this new release, our old installer, that was often critisized as not being very clear in its graphical appearance, is being retired and Calamares takes its place.

UEFI installs made easy
With Calamares we can offer full implementation of UEFI-Installs, which were still a bit cumbersome with the old installer. Besides that it offers almost everything, the old installer did. For now we have turned off encryption with LUKS, which Calamares offers as an option. We want to be on top of that feature before we offer it to you. Offering it means we need to be able to support this critical functionality. We do not feel we can do this adequatly at the moment, but we will further look into it for our next release.

Shortcomings
What Calamares cannot do at this point of its develope4ment is LVM, but that is being worked on. so hopefully when we feel comfortable with encryption in the installer, LVM will be ready and they can go hand in hand. That leaves two things that will not be included in the new installer. One is the option to turn on SSH before installing the system. Calamares does not offer that and before writing a calamares module for this, we decided to just build 2 small packages to turn SSH on and off. They are aptly named SSH Activate and SSH Deactivate and you can find them in your menu.

We also need to mention a bug in the KDE Partition Manager that is used by calamares. If you chose a partition, lets say, sda6 to install and there is partitions beyond sda6, you might end up with your install being named anything bigger than sda6, like e.g. sda8. That means that the names of partitions beyond sda6 might be garbledS. This could be annoying for some users, but it has no other ill effect. We hope this gets fixed soon.

Non-free software
The other option that the installer does not offer anymore is the decision is to opt-out to allow software to be installed that does not comply with DFSG, the Debian Free Software Guidelines. If you did not use the opt-out, non-free packages with non-free-firmware enabling your wifi were installed on the system. As there is no option to do that in Calamares, for now we have added a script called remove-nonfree to siduction-scripts, that will remove any non-free packages during installation. A list of the packages involed can be seen below. The command apt purge $(vrms -s) will also list these packages, should you want to remove them manualy after install. Besides running the script, this can be achieved by issuing apt purge $(vrms).

Risorse

La distribuzione può essere scaricata da:

Il sito web della distribuzione è: http://siduction.org/

Screenshot

siduction 16.1.0

siduction 16.1.0

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Conclusioni

Le modalità di rilascio cambieranno per permettere che ogni ambiente desktop sia rilasciato appena è pronto.

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