Significant progress has been made towards 1.0: 64-bit time support has landed, and Horizon can join wireless networks, in addition to many more fixes!
It is now possible to join Wi-Fi networks using the Horizon Wizard UI.
All labels in the Horizon Wizard UI now utilise automatic word wrapping, so that large font sizes and longer translations are not cut off.
arch key has been specified and implemented, allowing you to choose the architecture of the target computer. This allows you to write a HorizonScript on one type of computer (e.g. ppc64) and use it to install Adélie on a different type of computer (e.g. armv7).
Our time64 conversion has been completed for the System repository on all 32-bit architectures we support. This includes bumping Easy Kernel to 5.4.5 (smaeul@), and fixing issues in the musl libc (awilfox@, dalias) and various packages including CVS, GCC Go, and strace.
Molly Miller (sysvinit@) updated Git for security fixes.
Have a Happy Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa… Whatever you celebrate, have a Happy Holiday and a joyous and prosperous New Year in 2020 and beyond. Be well, everyone.
In addition to our usual work on Horizon, this week also saw developments with our Web site.
Wi-Fi network association using the Horizon Wizard UI is under heavy development and it is likely to land very soon.
Package choices are now possible in the Custom installation. You can choose to from each category whether to install all packages, individual packages, or no packages. This is similar to other operating system installers.
A new design and layout for our Web site is in development. The site is based on the flexible Bulma CSS template. We are hoping to release this new site design in time for the Adélie Linux 1.0 release.
We have had some time to work on package issues this week, in addition to our fervent work on Horizon.
It is now possible to save HorizonScripts from the Horizon Wizard UI to disk. This completes the writeout flow for the Runtime Environment, and allows the Installation Environment work to continue. The Installation Environment Commit flow was completed, including tickmarks for each phase of the Executor.
The SHA-512 crypt(3) code from the musl libc has been added to Horizon; the Wizard UI uses this to encrypt passphrases for the root account and any user accounts added.
Khem Raj (khem) submitted a patch to ensure proper building of libucontext in OpenEmbedded.
A. Wilcox (awilfox@) updated the musl libc to 1.2.0 alpha1, and is working closely with Rich Felker (dalias) to gain true 64-bit time support on 32-bit systems. This will allow 32-bit computers to use dates after the year 2038.
Gavin Howard (gdh) updated his bc calculator to version 2.4.0.
Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@) added the Gleam programming language, added the Perl Net::DBus pod, and updated various packages including XFCE. He also added the Bitlbee instant messaging software.
Laurent Bercot (skarnet@) fixed a few issues in the Skaware software set.
Luis Ressel (aranea@) updated WireGuard VPN to its latest version, and deprecated the notmuch package.
Samuel Holland (smaeul@) updated Rust to 1.38.0. Additionally, this release now allows us to use our previous Rust packages to build the next newer version.
This week has been dedicated to implementing and polishing the UI components of Horizon.
Manipulation of user accounts is now possible from the Horizon Wizard. It is now possible to configure networking from the Runtime Environment.