Weekly Status Report: 2019-06-02

Hello all!

This week saw the release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA3! We have spent the past weekend working on closing issues that the community has found, and we’re excited to have already made progress on many of them. Because of this, we are planning to release an official 1.0-BETA3 Update 1 later this month. We are also very excited to have been mentioned in last week’s issue of DistroWatch!

Web site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 1816: DistroWatch
  • 108: without-systemd.org
  • 101: Google
  • 33: Ungleich
  • 29: This very blog

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 3579: /
  • 1149: /about.html
  • 204: /about-qa.html
  • 153: /announcements/
  • 147: /team.html
  • 98: /contribute.html

APK Tools

We reported and wrote a patch for Alpine bug #10532, which causes some Adélie Linux computers to fail to upgrade from one version to another. We hope a version of APK Tools with this patch will be released soon.

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Fixed an issue with libwacom causing certain tablets to be incorrectly identified.
  • Fixed multiple issue with xfce4-session that caused XFCE to not start or shut down correctly.
  • Fixed Clang on 64-bit PowerPC and 32-bit Intel (PMMX).
  • Updated Valgrind to 3.15.0, courtesy of a patch from Daniel Kolsea.
  • Updated kernel configurations for all architectures for better hardware support and reliability.
  • Updated java-common to ensure JAVA_HOME is always set when a JRE is installed.
  • Fixed the default permissions of /var/tmp on new installs.

Samuel Holland (smaeul@):

  • Fixed issues in libffi for 64-bit PowerPC.
  • Updated Rust to 1.35.0.

Max Rees (sroracle@):

  • Updated WINE to version 4.0.1.
  • Identified an issue with S-records generated by binutils on 64-bit PowerPC.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@) added OpenRC support to SDDM.

Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA3 Released

TULSA, OKLAHOMA (31 May 2019) — The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA3 for all supported platforms. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

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.

Release Notes

All architectures

  • GCC has been updated to 8.3.0, and the entire distribution has been rebuilt using it.
  • gcompat has been updated to support more glibc software. libucontext has been updated to support all Tier 1 architectures.
  • The Go programming language is now available on all Tier 1 architectures via gcc-go.
  • Ghostscript is now available, which allows most printers to function using CUPS and Gutenprint.
  • Java is now available on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • LLVM and Clang have been updated to 8.0.0. Additionally, our LLVM package now supports the SPARC and WebAssembly targets.
  • The MATE desktop environment is now available on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) support, used by many digital cameras, has been added.
  • NetworkManager and ModemManager are now available on all Tier 1 architectures, and have been tested and are known to work.
  • Qt 5 Speech is now packaged, allowing some applications to deliver text-to-speech functionality.
  • XScreenSaver is now available.
  • Development: Sphinx and Subversion are now available on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • Fonts: Nearly 50 new fonts have been added.
  • KDE: Applications has been updated to 19.04.1, Frameworks have been updated to 5.54.0.
  • Networking: iw, netqmail, Netsurf, NFS, NMap, Postfix, RDesktop, and WireGuard are now available on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • Productivity: AbiWord, Evince, Gnumeric, and LibreOffice are now available on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • …and over a thousand other enhancements, upgrades, and fixes!

ARMv7

Support for ARMv7 is offered on a limited testing basis only, and ARMv7 remains a Tier 2 architecture. The system repository is available for ARMv7 in Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA3. The user repository is not available.

64-bit ARM (AArch64)

Full support for the Raspberry Pi 3 has been added to easy-kernel.

PowerPC (32-bit)

An issue with USB booting on 32-bit PowerPC has been fixed.

PowerPC (64-bit)

Many issues involving booting our live and full-install media have been fixed on 64-bit PowerPC. Our 1.0-BETA3 media has been tested on Power Mac G5, IBM POWER6, Raptor Talos II, QEMU KVM, and Raptor Blackbird.

Intel x86 (all)

Media support for EFI has been fixed.

Statistics

Adélie Packages

There were 1683 commits to packages.git between 1.0-BETA2 and 1.0-BETA3, by twelve developers:

  • A. Wilcox (933)
  • Kiyoshi Aman (547)
  • zlg (75)
  • Luis Ressel (53)
  • Max Rees (35)
  • Laurent Bercot (15)
  • Dan Theisen (12)
  • multiplexd (6)
  • Bobby Bingham (2)
  • Gavin Howard (2)
  • Samuel Holland (2)
  • Brandon Bergren (1)

Team

We welcomed Luis Ressel (aranea@) and sysvinit@ as a committer during this release cycle.

Weekly Status Report: 2019-05-26

Hello all.

There has been no activity in the Adélie Linux Git repositories over the past week, because of severe weather. Our utmost priority is the safety and security of our team, and seven of our 12 regular contributors – over half – have been under tornado warnings in this past week.

Our sympathies are with those who have lost their homes, their property, or worse, their loved ones throughout this severe weather.

We can report that while no actual commits have been made to our Git repositories, our community has still been working on things during this event. Max Rees (sroracle@) has a merge request for updating WINE to 4.0, bringing support for many more applications and games to x86 Adélie; Gavin Howard (gdh) has a merge request for version 2.0 of his bc calculator; and Laurent Bercot (skarnet@) is hard at work on s6-linux-init.

We would like to thank all of our related communities for their support during this event. We look forward to returning to form and delivering great code and a great Linux distribution very soon.

On behalf of the Adélie Linux team, all of our best,

–arw

Weekly Status Report: 2019-05-19

Hello all!

There is much to discuss about the impending release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA3. As this is being written, the area where many of us live and work is under the threat for a multi-day tornado outbreak. This may cause some additional delays in the release process, but rest assured — 1.0-BETA3 will be the best release of Adélie Linux yet, and worth a little wait!

Web site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 84: Google searches
  • 60: without-systemd.org
  • 36: Repology
  • 31: DuckDuckGo searches
  • 28: Reddit

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 1056: /
  • 269: /about.html
  • 53: /announcements/
  • 53: /announcements/1.0-BETA2.html
  • 48: /team.html
  • 47: /about-qa.html
  • 34: /contribute.html

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@) updated KDE Applications to 19.04.1, and updated XFS to 5.0.0.

General discussion / image

Our PowerPC bootable images have been tested on many different hardware and firmware combinations, and now successfully boot on IBM pSeries systems and on QEMU/KVM. They have also been verified to boot via USB on iBook G3, PowerBook G4, Power Mac G5, and Talos II.

Our x86 images now have tested working EFI support, including Apple EFI and Intel UEFI.

The ARM64 root filesystem tarballs (rootfs) now have their respective kernel DTB files.

iw and dosfstools have been added to all Adélie Linux images. OpenRC has been removed from the mini-rootfs.