Weekly Status Report: 2020-02-23

Hello all!

A large amount of goodies have been added to Adélie this week, mostly in our installer, Horizon.


Partitioning for the Runtime Environment has been added to the Qt frontend, and more partition features are now available. An initial implementation of automatic partitioning is available. Additionally, partition tables can now be dynamically reloaded.

HFS+ file system support has been added.

Detection of PowerPC platforms has been added.

Improvements to accessibility have been made, including more keyboard accelerators for those unable to use a mouse. More help files and “What’s This” have also been specified.

Issues found by static analysis have been fixed. A few minor memory leaks have been fixed.


A. Wilcox (awilfox@) updated KDE Plasma to its latest long-term stable release, 5.18. They also fixed an issue with abuild.

Adélie Linux 1.0-RC1 Released

TULSA, OKLAHOMA (11 February 2020) — The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Adélie Linux 1.0-RC1 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.

We are happy to announce that this release of Adélie Linux is the first release of any Linux distribution that uses 64-bit integers for representing time on 32-bit computers. This means that all 32-bit computers running Adélie Linux 1.0-RC1 or newer can process dates after January 2038. For more information on 64-bit time, see the blog post from Linaro and our Project: Time64 page.

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. You can find out how to contribute on our Contribution page. Thank you!

Release Notes

All architectures

  • GRUB now automatically updates its configuration when kernels are installed or deinstalled.
  • KDE Applications have been updated to 19.12, Frameworks to 5.67, and Plasma to 5.18 LTS.
  • The Linux kernel used for easy-kernel has been updated to the 5.4 LTS branch.
  • The musl libc has been updated to version 1.2.
  • OpenSSL has been updated from 1.0.2 to 1.1.1.
  • Qt has been updated to its latest LTS branch, 5.12.
  • Qt WebKit has been updated to 5.212.0 from 5.9, bringing hundreds of security improvements and bug fixes.
  • The Rust programming language has been updated to version 1.38.0.
  • An issue with SDDM has been fixed.

64-bit ARM (aarch64)

No architecture-specific notes for this release.

32-bit PowerPC (ppc)

64-bit PowerPC (ppc64)

No architecture-specific notes for this release.

32-bit x86 (pmmx)

No architecture-specific notes for this release.

64-bit x86 (x86_64)

No architecture-specific notes for this release.


Adélie Packages

There were 1,009 commits to packages.git between 1.0-BETA4 and 1.0-RC1, by eleven developers:

  • A. Wilcox (624)
  • Kiyoshi Aman (207)
  • Max Rees (98)
  • Laurent Bercot (19)
  • Dan Theisen (18)
  • Luis Ressel (16)
  • Samuel Holland (14)
  • Molly Miller (9)
  • Gavin Howard (2)
  • Lee Starnes (1)
  • Jason A. Donenfeld (1)

Weekly Status Report: 2019-11-03

Hello all!

Horizon 0.1.0 has been released to the wild! We are truly grateful to everyone who has helped us reach this significant milestone.


The specifications have been modified to add a few requirements that were left out of the original specification release. These should not impact development as they were noticed and fixed during implementation.

Warnings have been enabled and converted to errors in our CI pipeline, ensuring that we commit clean and correct code every time.

The Executor has been written. It is possible to execute most keys, including most of the disk partitioning keys. Full LVM support is pending.

Total completion of the Runner components is 93.51%; 90% of the Locator, 99.13% of the Validator, and 83.33% of the Executor.