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)

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.

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.

Statistics

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: 2019-10-06

Hello all!

Project Horizon’s implementation has officially been started! We’ve also had some more exciting movement in our packaging, including fast-improving support for ARMv7.

Horizon

The specifications for Project Horizon were finalised and the implementation has started. It is still early going, but progress is moving rapidly; additionally, a test suite has already been started to ensure correctness.

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@) added the stdman package, providing manual pages for the C++ standard library. They also fixed an issue with SDDM, updated Phonon, updated KDE to 19.08.1, updated Erlang to OTP 22, and updated GRUB to 2.04, among many other updates. They also worked with sroracle@, smaeul@, and others to fix building most of the System repository on 32-bit ARMv7 systems.

Dan Theisen (djt@) added dynamic MPM module support to Apache, and updated various packages including MariaDB, Protobuf, and RSpec. He also fixed an issue in GNU Screen.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@) updated various Perl modules and other software. He also added the cloc package.

Laurent Bercot (skarnet@) has updated the Skaware suite, including S6, utmps, and execline. He also added packaging for s6-portable-utils and mdevd. He additionaly made the early getty in s6-linux-init configurable, allowing easier debugging of early boot issues by advanced users and administrators.

Luis Ressel (aranea@) added insult support to sudo.

Max Rees (sroracle@) fixed an issue with the Evince document viewer.

Samuel Holland (smaeul@) added sntpd, which allows syncing clocks over a network, and updated cbindgen.