Adélie Linux 1.0-RC2 Released

TULSA, OKLAHOMA (2 October 2020) – The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Adélie Linux 1.0-RC2 for all supported platforms. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our newly redesigned Web site, or see our new download page.

Please note: This is a 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).

Tier 1 platforms supported for this release: 32-bit PowerPC, 64-bit PowerPC, 32-bit Intel x86, 64-bit Intel x86, 64-bit ARM (AArch64).

Tier 2 platforms supported for this release: ARMv7.

We are happy to announce that this release of Adélie Linux is the first release of any musl Linux distribution to offer a graphical installation program, originally codenamed Project: Horizon. The System Installation software provides an easy way to install Adélie Linux to your computer. It has been rigorously tested, but some issues may still exist. You should always back up your data before you install an operating environment, including Adélie Linux.

We are also happy to announce that this release of Adélie Linux is our first release to have root filesystem archives for the ARMv7 architecture.

If you want to show your support for the work Adélie Linux is performing to provide high-quality libre software to everyone, and you have the ability, please consider a financial contribution to our project. Thank you!

Release Notes

  • Our install media now boots to our new System Installation program, also known as Project Horizon.
  • Live media is now available that allows you to try graphical Adélie Linux environments before installation.
  • ConsoleKit2 has been replaced with elogind for better integration with desktop environments.
  • Many security issues have been fixed.
  • Easy Kernel has been updated to 5.4.66, and ARMv7 is now supported as a Tier 2 platform.
  • KDE components have been updated to latest stable branches: Plasma LTS 5.18, Frameworks 5.74, and Applications 20.08.1.
  • MATE has been updated to 1.24.
  • Mesa has been updated to the 19.3 branch, and now provides Vulkan functionality on supported hardware.
  • Plasma is now more fully packaged, including Bluetooth and network integration, Plasma Vault, and Thunderbolt support.
  • Qt has been updated to 5.12.9.
  • …and over a thousand other updates, fixes, and new features and software.

Statistics

Adélie Packages

There were 1,340 commits to packages.git between 1.0-RC1 and 1.0-RC2, by thirteen developers:

  • A. Wilcox (774)
  • Kiyoshi Aman (318)
  • Max Rees (166)
  • Lee Starnes (17)
  • Dan Theisen (16)
  • Laurent Bercot (15)
  • Molly Miller (9)
  • CyberLeo (8)
  • Samuel Holland (6)
  • Mira Ressel (5)
  • Alyx Wolcott (3)
  • Randy McCaskill (2)
  • Jonas Vautherin (1)

Happy 918 Day!

Adélie Software has a long and rich history in the Tulsa community, and today is our community’s annual 918 Day celebration!

The Adélie Linux project was started here just about five years ago, when A. Wilcox and Elizabeth Myers were discussing different Linux distributions. They decided to start a few projects aimed at improving the Linux ecosystem on the whole, and what became Adélie was born.

Tulsa has been a wonderful place to run a technology startup. We love holding meetings at Kilkenny’s (and can’t wait to go back after the pandemic!), and relaxing after a long day of programming by taking a walk through LaFortune Park.

However, the true hidden gems – what we would like to highlight this 918 Day – are our local technology shops. We are so lucky to be surrounded by places we can go to buy any sort of hardware we need. Wholesale Computer Supply, OARSpc, RK Computers, Same Day Computer, MegaWatts, Experimac, DISC Surplus… these are just a few of the many names that we are proud to be regular patrons of. Their resilience through the rough times of 2020 is inspiring. They continue to provide Tulsa with the technology we need to live, work, and play digitally and safely.

On behalf of our entire team in Tulsa, we would like to express our deepest gratitude for our friends and neighbours that make this community so great. Thank you, Tulsa!

ARMv7 Rides Again

After nearly 9 months of being suspended due to various packaging issues, the ARMv7 builder is building again! The entire system/ repository has been fully built to the latest available versions in packages.git. Work on the user/ repository will continue through this week.

The system repository is already live on mirrormaster and should reach all of our mirrors within an hour. Root tarballs will be released with Release Candidate 2, alongside the Tier 1 architectures.