Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA1: We still exist!

Over the past few months, some inquiries have been made as to whether Adélie is still being actively developed. A quick perusal will show Git being very active, but Git isn’t a release. The short answer is that yes, Adélie is still extant and we are very excited for the progress that has been made.

Most of our blockers for the 1.0-ALPHA1 release have been solved. What remains is the last bit of on-hardware and virtualisation testing. A few version bumps have also occurred, including KDE Plasma 5.8. We have already changed our upstream to the more fast-moving Galapagos Linux, which is a fork of Gentoo Linux.

We have also successfully tested wireless networking as working fully on supported chipsets on the Linux 4.4 kernel. I have personally done testing on some more “extravagant” setups, including a Pentium III with an ath9k-based 802.11n card (pictured), and all have been quite performant and worked without any issues.

Keep an eye on this space. ISOs for i686-class machines and x86_64 should be released this weekend, and with any luck, PowerPC builds may also be available in the very near future.

Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA1: Release progress

Due to the unpredictable nature of testing a software distribution on a wide variety of hardware, the Adélie Linux team has felt it necessary to delay the public release of 1.0-ALPHA1 for a few more days. This was not an easy decision, but it is the correct decision to ensure you have a solid platform for testing.

Showstopper bugs currently preventing release include:

  • Bug #16: apk-tools cannot connect to HTTPS mirrors when booted from the Live CD
  • Bug #14: No initramfs generation is possible rendering LVM root non-bootable
  • Bug #17: Shell profile issues

Once these bugs are fixed, a final version of the ALPHA1 ISO will be released for x86_64 and x86_32.

Bugs already fixed include: modules missing on the live CD; lvmetad not being included on the live CD; and improper dependencies for Qt libraries.

Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA1 release progress

Due to a few unforeseen kernel configuration issues, the release of 1.0-ALPHA1 for x86_64 and x86_32 has been delayed one day. We are continuing to do integration testing on a wide variety of hardware to ensure that there are no other boot-time issues.

GCC 5.4.0 compiling on a PowerPC

Additionally, the PowerPC port is beginning to progress towards a working toolchain; once this is complete, a base system image can be generated. A small teaser of current progress may be seen on the right (if you are using a graphical browser).

We hope to have a release of 1.0-ALPHA1 for x86_64 and x86_32 out to the public today, pending further kernel testing. Stay tuned.

1.0-ALPHA1: Impending release

The Adélie Linux team is proud to announce that the 1.0-ALPHA1 release will be coming very shortly. Most of the x86_64 port is ready for testing, and the x86-525 (Pentium III/Pentium-M) port is progressing nicely. The PowerPC port has unfortunately been delayed again, as our build server is having issues with display hardware preventing it from booting.

On the desktop front, XFCE 4 has been added to the repository and may be tested. We are excited to offer multiple choices for desktop environments, and if you have your own request, please let us know in the comments.

We are also proud to announce that we are drawing close to self-hosting a distfiles mirror – that is, running a mirror using Adélie itself! This means that Apache 2.4 is also newly available.

ISO images for x86_64 should be available by Sunday evening UTC. ISO images for x86-525 may be delayed.

Significant packages updated

  • jpeg -> has been replaced with libjpeg-turbo on x86_64 for performance
  • KDE Frameworks 5.21 -> 5.23
  • KDE Plasma 5.5.1 -> 5.6.5
  • Python 3.4.3 -> 3.5.2
  • Qt 5.5.1 -> 5.6.1

Significant packages added

  • Apache 2.4
  • Python 3.5
  • XFCE 4

Significant packages removed

  • Python 3.4