Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA1 Snapshot 2: Now available

The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the immediate release of the second snapshot of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA1 for the 32-bit and 64-bit PowerPC, 32-bit and 64-bit x86, and 64-bit ARM platforms. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

Note: This is not the release of 1.0-BETA1. The release of 1.0-BETA1 is still scheduled for early September and will bring further improvements, including an installation system and more compliance with the POSIX® standard.

Please note: This is an early test release of Adélie Linux. While every care has been taken to ensure the stability of the system, features and packages may be missing or may not function correctly. You should always back up your computer's data before you install a new Linux distribution. This release is being actively tested on multiple platforms. It is highly recommended that you use a dedicated computer or virtual machine to learn the environment until you are comfortable with using the Adélie Linux system and its package manager, apk.

Release Notes

All architectures

  • The Adélie Base System (adelie-base) no longer ships with Perl or vim included by default. Both of these are included in the Adélie Base POSIX System (adelie-base-posix), and are still available on the live CD.
  • GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG, GPG) is now built with smart card and USB support.

ARMv7

Support for ARMv7 is offered on a limited testing basis only, and ARMv7 remains a Tier 2 architecture. Currently, no binary packages are available for 1.0-BETA1 snapshot.

64-bit ARM (AArch64)

No architecture-specific release notes.

PowerPC (32-bit)

No architecture-specific release notes.

PowerPC (64-bit)

  • The live CD now ships with bootinfo.txt in the place where SLOF (IBM OpenFirmware) expects it to be. This should allow automatic booting on most CHRP compatible IBM servers, including QEMU/KVM.
  • POWER8 systems will now be able to load modules on the Live CD. The POWER8 specific kernel is now built separately from Easy Kernel, allowing both kernels to coexist on the same live media.

Intel x86 (all)

  • The syslinux bootloader has been removed, in favour of the GRUB 2 bootloader.
  • All live CDs should now support EFI boot. If you encounter any issues with EFI booting on the live CD, please file an issue.

Statistics

Adélie Packages

There were 1,098 commits to packages.git between 1.0-ALPHA7 and this snapshot (86 since the last snapshot), by nine developers:
  • A. Wilcox (998)
  • Kiyoshi Aman (31)
  • Dan Theisen (29)
  • Max Rees (15)
  • Horst G. Burkhardt (2)
  • William Pitcock (2)
  • Marek Benc (1)
  • Samuel Holland (1)
  • Seamus Caveney (1)

Team

  • We welcome back Elizabeth Myers (Elizafox@), who is hard at work on a new installer framework for Adélie Linux.
  • Zach van Rijn has kindly donated a mirror server located in Pennsylvania, US.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA1 Snapshot is now available

The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the immediate release of a snapshot of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA1 for the 32-bit and 64-bit PowerPC, 32-bit and 64-bit x86, and 64-bit ARM platforms. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

This release is based on 1.0-ALPHA7, but has been fully audited. It includes many enhancements, new packages, and bug fixes and is based on the latest and most stable, secure software. All package license fields have been professionally audited and corrected wherever they were wrong. In addition, this marks our first independent release; we are no longer a soft-fork of Alpine. This offers us many degrees of freedom.

Note: This is not the release of 1.0-BETA1. The release of 1.0-BETA1 is still scheduled for early September and will bring further improvements, including an installation system and more compliance with the POSIX® standard.

Please note: This is an early test release of Adélie Linux. While every care has been taken to ensure the stability of the system, features and packages may be missing or may not function correctly. You should always back up your computer's data before you install a new Linux distribution. This release is being actively tested on multiple platforms. It is highly recommended that you use a dedicated computer or virtual machine to learn the environment until you are comfortable with using the Adélie Linux system and its package manager, apk.

Release Notes

All architectures

  • Easy Kernel has been updated to 4.14.56-mc9.
  • GNU gettext has been replaced with gettext-tiny. This also means that all packages that support .po files now have -lang subpackages so that they may be used in any translation they support. We are very proud to include better native language support, and we hope that this allows us to reach more people that are not comfortable using computers in English.
  • KDE Frameworks have been updated to 5.48.0, and KDE Applications have been updated from 18.04.1 to 18.04.3.
  • SPDX license identifiers are now used for every package in the distribution.
  • Thunderbird is now available on all Tier 1 architectures.

ARMv7

Support for ARMv7 is offered on a limited testing basis only, and ARMv7 remains a Tier 2 architecture. Currently, no binary packages are available for 1.0-BETA1 snapshot.

64-bit ARM (AArch64)

Since the number of test failures is now below the threshold of five packages, 64-bit ARM is now officially a Tier 1 release architecture for Adélie. All packages are officially available and supported for 64-bit ARM.

PowerPC (all)

  • FFmpeg is now compiled with AltiVec support, and will use it on any PowerPC computer that supports it, bringing large performance improvements. You may still use FFmpeg on computers without AltiVec.

PowerPC (32-bit)

No architecture-specific release notes.

PowerPC (64-bit)

  • VLC chroma support has been fixed for 64-bit big endian targets, including PowerPC.

Intel x86 (all)

  • The syslinux bootloader has been removed, in favour of the GRUB 2 bootloader.
  • All live CDs should now support EFI boot. If you encounter any issues with EFI booting on the live CD, please file an issue.

Statistics

Adélie Packages

There were 1,012 commits to packages.git between 1.0-ALPHA7 and this snapshot, by seven developers:
  • A. Wilcox (953)
  • Dan Theisen (29)
  • Kiyoshi Aman (17)
  • Max Rees (8)
  • Horst G. Burkhardt (2)
  • William Pitcock (2)
  • Marek Benc (1)

Team

  • We welcome back Elizabeth Myers (Elizafox@), who is hard at work on a new installer framework for Adélie Linux.
  • Zach van Rijn has kindly donated a mirror server located in Pennsylvania, US.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA7 is now available

The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA7 for the 32-bit and 64-bit PowerPC, 32-bit and 64-bit x86, and 64-bit ARM platforms. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

This release is an iterative release based on 1.0-ALPHA6. It includes many enhancements, new packages, and bug fixes and is based on the latest and most stable, secure software.

Please note: This is an early test release of Adélie Linux. While every care has been taken to ensure the stability of the system, features and packages may be missing or may not function correctly. You should always back up your computer's data before you install a new Linux distribution. This release is being actively tested on multiple platforms. It is highly recommended that you use a dedicated computer or virtual machine to learn the environment until you are comfortable with using the Adélie Linux system and its package manager, apk.

Release Notes

All architectures

  • Easy Kernel has been updated to 4.14.48-mc8.
  • The Apache Web server is now available.
  • GNU Emacs has been updated to 26.1.
  • KDE Frameworks have been updated to 5.46.0, and KDE Applications have been updated from 17.12.2 to 18.04.1.
  • LXQt has been updated to version 0.13.0.
  • The Alpine-based mkinitfs tool is now supported on all architectures, allowing lbu and Alpine-style run-from-RAM support for systems that require it.
  • Documentation for the newapkbuild command and APKBUILD format are now included in the abuild-doc package in mdoc (man page) format.
  • An issue where Plasma 5 may fail to start on new installations has been fixed.

ARMv7

Adélie packages are now available for the 32-bit ARMv7 platform (internal arch name armv7). This support is offered on a limited testing basis only, and ARMv7 remains a Tier 2 architecture. Many issues are present, and some packages are currently unavailable as of the time of this writing; notably, Easy Kernel, Clang, and Firefox.

64-bit ARM (AArch64)

Adélie is now available on the 64-bit ARM architecture. Support is accelerating rapidly; there are currently only four known bugs left before 64-bit ARM is officially a Tier 1 release architecture for Adélie.

PowerPC (32-bit)

  • An issue where certain software that requires the apr framework would fail to compile has been fixed.

PowerPC (64-bit)

No architecture-specific release notes.

Intel x86 (all)

  • Fusion SCSI/SAS disk controllers, including the native SCSI controller used by VMware Workstation, is now supported in Easy Kernel as a boot device.
  • The syslinux bootloader has been deprecated, in favour of the GRUB 2 bootloader.

Statistics

Adélie Packages

There were 136 commits between 1.0-ALPHA6 and 1.0-ALPHA7, by five developers:
  • A. Wilcox (71)
  • Kiyoshi Aman (32)
  • Max Rees (19)
  • Dan Theisen (12)
  • Horst G. Burkhardt (2)

Team

  • We welcome Dan Theisen as a packages committer. He has an interest in general package maintenance and has a special interest in the the ARM ports.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA6 is now available

The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA6 for the 32-bit and 64-bit PowerPC and x86 platforms. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

This release is an iterative release based on 1.0-ALPHA5. It includes many enhancements, new packages, and bug fixes and is based on the latest and most stable, secure software.

Please note: This is an early test release of Adélie Linux. While every care has been taken to ensure the stability of the system, features and packages may be missing or may not function correctly. You should always back up your computer's data before you install a new Linux distribution. This release is being actively tested on multiple platforms. It is highly recommended that you use a dedicated computer or virtual machine to learn the environment until you are comfortable with using the Adélie Linux system and its package manager, apk.

Release notes

All architectures

  • Easy Kernel has been updated to 4.14.33-mc6.
  • Light-weight PDF viewer qpdfview and KDE document viewer Okular are now available.
  • The musl library is now more conformant with the POSIX 2018 specification.
  • Phonon, the software that KDE uses for sounding notifications and controlling system volume, is now officially supported with the VLC backend.
  • POSIX compliant versions of pax, and a more featureful version of cpio, are now available.
  • SchismTracker is now available.
  • The KDE Education, Graphics, and Multimedia Suites of software are now available for all architectures.
  • VLC is now available for playing many types of media, including audio and video.

Live CD

  • More network utilities (links, mtr) and diagnostic utilities (smartmontools, tmux) are now available on all live images.
  • The ability to format JFS and VFAT file systems is now available on all live images.
  • The infamous "cannot login as live" bug has been fixed.

Intel x86 (32-bit)

  • WINE is once again available for running 32-bit Windows® applications on Adélie Linux.

Intel x86_64

  • PCMCIA and CardBus cards are now supported on 64-bit laptops.
  • Thunderbird, the email and newsreader, is available in an experimental state.

PowerPC (32-bit)

  • No architecture-specific release notes.

PowerPC (64-bit)

  • This release marks the first where the 64-bit PowerPC platform is truly 'even' with the others, providing the same experience and package set as all other architectures.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Qt 5 on 32-bit x86

To all Adélie Linux users with 32-bit x86 processors,

During testing of LXQt on a Pentium III, I noticed a repeated "Illegal instruction" error being raised by all Qt 5 applications. This is due to Qt 5's build system overriding CFLAGS and building with SSE2 by default. This meant that most 32-bit x86 processors, including all 32-bit AMD, Cyrix, and UMC processors, and all Intel processors before the Pentium 4 "Willamette", could not run any software that utilises Qt 5 or QML.

While the majority of the onus for this issue lies with Qt 5, I want to deeply apologise for the oversight that allowed these packages to ship with Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA5. In the future, packages will be tested on a wider variety of systems before they are shipped to the public. Rest assured that we are working diligently behind the scenes to ensure a pleasant experience for users of all supported hardware.

The affected Qt 5 packages have been rebuilt and should no longer cause issues on any supported 32-bit x86 processor. If you encounter an "Illegal instruction" error while using the Adélie Linux distribution with any software, on any architecture, please file an issue on the BTS.

Thank you for your continued support of Adélie.

Best regards,
A. Wilcox
Project Lead

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA5: PCMCIA cards now supported for installation on 32-bit x86

The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce that new ISOs have been uploaded for the 32-bit x86 (pmmx) architecture containing the pcmciautils package. This allows you to use PCMCIA cards during installation; for example, network interfaces, FireWire cards, and USB cards.

This change has been tested on IBM and Compaq laptops. More testing is welcome. You may also learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA5 is now available

The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA5 for the 32-bit and 64-bit x86 and PowerPC platforms. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

An important milestone for this release is that all architectures have the same package set. You can now run Firefox, KDE Plasma 5, LXQt, Fluxbox, NFS, and more on any computer that Adélie supports.

Please note: This is an early test release of Adélie Linux. While every care has been taken to ensure the stability of the system, features and packages may be missing or may not function correctly. You should always back up your computer's data before you install a new Linux distribution. This release is being actively tested on multiple platforms. It is highly recommended that you use a dedicated computer or virtual machine to learn the environment until you are comfortable with using the Adélie Linux system and its package manager, apk.

Release notes

All architectures

  • Easy Kernel has been updated to 4.14.19-mc4.
  • Firefox has been updated to 52.6.0.
  • KDE Applications Suite has been updated to 17.12.2, including the latest enhancements and fixes.
  • KDE Plasma has been updated to 5.12 LTS. This release includes many exciting features and improvements, including reduced memory consumption, KDE Connect phone integration, and Vaults to keep your data private and secure.
  • Qt has been updated to 5.9.3.
  • SDDM is fully supported, allowing the use a graphical login screen where desired.
  • XSANE is once again available, providing an easy-to-use, performant scanning solution for all users of Adélie.

Intel x86 (32-bit)

  • Firefox and Otter are now officially supported on the 32-bit x86 architecture.
  • KDE and LXQt are now available on the 32-bit x86 architecture.
  • The ISO images can now be written to USB media, for use on computers without functional optical drives.

Intel x86_64

  • Easy Kernel 4.14.19-mc4 includes the latest KPTI security patches for Meltdown on Intel CPUs.

PowerPC (32-bit)

  • The full set of PowerPC-supported software is now available for 32-bit computers.
  • Experimental support for Old World Apple Power Macintosh G3 (Beige, AIO) systems, using the NetBSD ofwboot to chain-load GRUB.

PowerPC (64-bit)

  • Firefox is now available.