Weekly Status Report: 2020-03-01

Hello all!

This has been a significant and historical week for the Adélie project: we are now officially incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation in the State of Oklahoma! This gives us the ability to expand our efforts, and we are excited to begin the next chapter of our story.


The Script class was refactored to have better introspection. The Key classes were refactored to take advantage of the introspection features of the Script class.


A. Wilcox (awilfox@) updated BlueZ to the latest version, and enabled tooling to make it work with most desktops. They also worked on packaging bits of the Plasma Desktop experience that were not yet available. This includes BlueZ-Qt/BlueDevil, KQuickCharts, Qt ImageFormats, Dr Konqi, Plasma Browser Integration support, and NetworkManager support.

They also updated many packages, including CMake, Erlang, FFmpeg, Git, MAWK, OpenLDAP, PostgreSQL, PPP, strace, Thunderbird, and XFS tools. They updated KDE Plasma to 5.18.2. They also enabled uinput support in easy-kernel.

Dan Theisen (djt@) updated packages, including the BIND DNS server, LVM, and MariaDB.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@) added a package for HexChat, a graphical IRC client.

Luis Ressel (aranea@) updated WireGuard.

Max Rees (sroracle@) updated the Intel GPU driver for X.Org, and fixed an issue that could cause some systems to erroneously use an older OpenGL driver.

Randy McCaskill added packages for autoconf-archive and metalog.

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.

Weekly Status Report: 2020-02-16

Hello all!

The news of the week is definitely our release of Adélie Linux 1.0-RC1. It doesn’t stop there, though. We’ve made a lot of exciting progress since then.


The DiskMan component has been written, and with it, the majority of the Qt 5-based partitioning user interface.

Calvin Buckley has rewritten the Horizon CLI tools to use Boost::program_options instead of clipp.


The majority of our project servers have been upgraded to RC1 and easy-kernel 5.4.


A. Wilcox (awilfox@) has integrated graphical fixes to Firefox while updating it for the latest security patches. This should resolve most rendering issues on big-endian systems. They also enabled IPv6 support in the default Chrony configuration.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@) overhauled Perl packages and updated MATE to its latest version.

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)