Weekly Status Report: 2020-02-09

Hello all!

This week was spent ensuring that Adélie Linux 1.0 RC1 is the most stable, secure, and solid release yet.


The work to ensure abuild works properly with the dash shell has concluded! This means that the abuild package no longer requires Bash.

Additionally, the work to make automatic ‘dev’ and ‘symbols’ metapackages has been pushed to our abuild.git repository.

These two items comprise the update to Adélie abuild 3.4.1.


An issue with configuring network interfaces automatically via DHCP has been fixed.

Manual network interface configuration is now supported. Code for handling IPv4 subnet prefixes was contributed by Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@).

Image Creation

The adelie-build-txz script was overhauled with the same improvements that the adelie-build-cd script received last week.


A. Wilcox (awilfox@) fixed an issue that caused Krita to fail to start properly on some computers. They removed all remaining bash-specific shell constructs from package recipes. They also updated digiKam to its latest version, and updated KDE Applications to 19.12.2 and KDE Frameworks to 5.67.0.

Max Rees (sroracle@) updated LibreOffice to its latest stable version.

Weekly Status Report: 2020-02-02

Hello all!

After many tireless hours of hard work, we’ve reached one of our most important milestones yet — we have tagged Release Candidate 1! Images of Adélie Linux 1.0-RC1 will be available within a few days, along with the official release announcement.

This week has seen significant activity related to final preparations for Release Candidate 1.


A. Wilcox (awilfox@) fixed an issue with the newapkbuild utility.

Max Rees (sroracle@) corrected the last of the bashisms in the abuild utility, fixed issues with the test suite, and added support for new generation tar archives to abuild-gzsplit.

Image Creation

The boot scripts used for Adélie CDs and USB images have been reworked to be faster and more correct.

The directory structure of the image creation suite has been rearchitected. Package lists now live in the packages/ directory, and post-creation scripts live in the post/ directory.

“Kind” support has been added to the adelie-build-cd script. This allows anyone to easily create different spins of Adélie media with custom package lists and services started on boot.

Bashisms have been removed, and the adelie-build-cd script has been tested on dash, mksh, and Zsh.

The CD file system layout has been slightly changed: kernels, initial RAM disks, and SquashFS roots all have an architecture name appended. This will allow us to support multiple architectures with a single CD in the future.


KDE Plasma has been updated to the 5.18 Beta. This brings a great deal of improvements and features to the KDE experience.

An issue with xf86-video-ati that caused a crash during startup on some Radeon cards has been fixed.

Zsh now reads its global profile file on login, enabling the use of our command-not-found hook.

A. Wilcox (awilfox@) updated packages, including libarchive, Mesa, and OpenSSH.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@) updated packages including MATE, Vim, and XFCE. He also added packages for Rofi, an application launcher, and Samurai, a build tool.

A new contributor, Randy McCaskill, added packaging for the ufw firewall.


Berkeley DB, e2fsprogs, and OpenSSH were fixed for 64-bit time support.

Weekly Status Report: 2019-05-19

Hello all!

There is much to discuss about the impending release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA3. As this is being written, the area where many of us live and work is under the threat for a multi-day tornado outbreak. This may cause some additional delays in the release process, but rest assured — 1.0-BETA3 will be the best release of Adélie Linux yet, and worth a little wait!

Web site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 84: Google searches
  • 60: without-systemd.org
  • 36: Repology
  • 31: DuckDuckGo searches
  • 28: Reddit

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 1056: /
  • 269: /about.html
  • 53: /announcements/
  • 53: /announcements/1.0-BETA2.html
  • 48: /team.html
  • 47: /about-qa.html
  • 34: /contribute.html


A. Wilcox (awilfox@) updated KDE Applications to 19.04.1, and updated XFS to 5.0.0.

General discussion / image

Our PowerPC bootable images have been tested on many different hardware and firmware combinations, and now successfully boot on IBM pSeries systems and on QEMU/KVM. They have also been verified to boot via USB on iBook G3, PowerBook G4, Power Mac G5, and Talos II.

Our x86 images now have tested working EFI support, including Apple EFI and Intel UEFI.

The ARM64 root filesystem tarballs (rootfs) now have their respective kernel DTB files.

iw and dosfstools have been added to all Adélie Linux images. OpenRC has been removed from the mini-rootfs.

Weekly Status Report: 2019-03-24

Hello all!

In addition to packaging improvements, we are pleased to announce that we have launched a new blog at adelie.blog! This blog is proudly run with the libre WordPress and should respect your privacy much better than our old blog.

Web site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 47: without-systemd.org
  • 44: Google searches
  • 32: Reddit
  • 16: Repology
  • 15: DuckDuckGo searches

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 900: /
  • 219: /about.html
  • 148: /announcements/
  • 43: /about-qa.html
  • 42: /announcements/1.0-BETA2.html
  • 33: /contribute.html

CD images

The device-mapper package (including the dmsetup command) and the lzop package have been added to the live environment and full installation media.


A. Wilcox (awilfox@) added a patch to fix an issue in Konsole that could cause display issues. They also ported GTKSpell to Enchant 2.

Luis Ressel (aranea) fixed chrony to use libedit, with help from Samuel Holland (smaeul). He also updated unbound to 1.9.1.

zlg bumped many Python 3 packages.

Laurent Bercot (skarnet@) added a package for the netqmail MTA.

Max Rees (sroracle@) updated PHP to 7.2.16.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@) bumped many desktop packages, including Featherpad, GTK+ 3.0, ImageMagick, Qt5ct, and XFCE.

General discussion

A security issue in cURL was fixed. Boost was overhauled and updated to its latest version. digiKam was removed, as it no longer builds on the Adélie Linux system. An issue in APK Tools that caused the ‘list’ applet to malfunction in certain scenarios was fixed. Java 8, via OpenJDK, has been added. A long-standing bug in FreeType was fixed. The latest version of GDB is once again available on 64-bit ARM systems.