Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA5 is now available

The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA5 for the 32-bit and 64-bit x86 and PowerPC platforms. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

An important milestone for this release is that all architectures have the same package set. You can now run Firefox, KDE Plasma 5, LXQt, Fluxbox, NFS, and more on any computer that Adélie supports.

Please note: This is an early 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.

Release notes

All architectures

  • Easy Kernel has been updated to 4.14.19-mc4.
  • Firefox has been updated to 52.6.0.
  • KDE Applications Suite has been updated to 17.12.2, including the latest enhancements and fixes.
  • KDE Plasma has been updated to 5.12 LTS. This release includes many exciting features and improvements, including reduced memory consumption, KDE Connect phone integration, and Vaults to keep your data private and secure.
  • Qt has been updated to 5.9.3.
  • SDDM is fully supported, allowing the use a graphical login screen where desired.
  • XSANE is once again available, providing an easy-to-use, performant scanning solution for all users of Adélie.

Intel x86 (32-bit)

  • Firefox and Otter are now officially supported on the 32-bit x86 architecture.
  • KDE and LXQt are now available on the 32-bit x86 architecture.
  • The ISO images can now be written to USB media, for use on computers without functional optical drives.

Intel x86_64

  • Easy Kernel 4.14.19-mc4 includes the latest KPTI security patches for Meltdown on Intel CPUs.

PowerPC (32-bit)

  • The full set of PowerPC-supported software is now available for 32-bit computers.
  • Experimental support for Old World Apple Power Macintosh G3 (Beige, AIO) systems, using the NetBSD ofwboot to chain-load GRUB.

PowerPC (64-bit)

  • Firefox is now available.

Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA3: Now available for the 64-bit PowerPC

The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the release of Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA3 for the 64-bit PowerPC platform. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

This release is our first release to fully support the 64-bit PowerPC, and we are honoured to be the first distribution to ship native 64-bit PowerPC support with the musl libc.

Important notice: We have noted that on certain releases of IBM pSeries PAPR (qemu pseries-2.5), SLOF returns an error when attempting to boot the ISO. We are still investigating this issue.

There are a lot of packages still being built for the 64-bit PowerPC platform. At the time of this writing, only the basic userland utilities (enough to install and boot the system) are available. X, KDE, LXQt, LLVM, and others are not yet available, but should be built in the coming days. Please also note that due to an upstream bug, GRUB packages installed from the mirror may not be reliable; you may need to use the 32-bit PowerPC GRUB package until this bug is fixed. Further information will be released on our wiki, and this article will be updated with a link when available.

Please note: This is an early 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 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.

Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA3: Now available for x86_64, PowerPC

The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the release of Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA3 for the x86_64 and 32-bit PowerPC platforms. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

This release is our first release based on the Alpine Linux build system, abuild. It features full Gtk+ 3 support and is built by the latest technology, binutils 2.29, GCC 6.4.0, and LLVM 4. This release brings improvements to the musl libc that allow X.Org to autoconfigure itself; it is no longer required to write an xorg.conf file to start X11. This release also removes all remaining vestiges of Portage and eselect. The current virtual system supported by APK is not yet feature-complete and there may be some issues surrounding it. Please file an issue if you run in to any problems with this alpha release.

The most important milestone for this release is that with abuild check integration, all packages that contain test suites have been fully tested, and all tests pass. This allows us to have a reasonable expectation of quality that sets us apart from most other Linux distributions.

x86 users will note that there is no ISO currently available for the 32-bit x86 platform. Unfortunately, there have been numerous issues creating even a simple bootstrap system for x86. For more information, or if you would like to help, please feel free to reach out to us on IRC, Twitter, or our new Mastodon / ActivityPub account.

64-bit PowerPC users will likewise note that there is no ISO available yet either. This is due to multiple ABI issues with the libffi package. 64-bit PowerPC users can temporarily run the 32-bit PowerPC software; it is fully compatible, though it may not allow you to use the entirety of your system’s memory.

Important notice for PowerPC users: Some models of iMac G4 have disk controllers that are not detected by cdinit, causing them to fail to boot to the installer. This will be fixed either in a later update of 1.0-alpha3, or in 1.0-alpha4 at the latest.

Please note: This is an early 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 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.

Adélie Linux 1.0-ALPHA2: Now available for x86, x86_64, PowerPC

It is our great honour to announce the availability of the 1.0-ALPHA2 release of Adélie Linux. The 32-bit PowerPC platform is now fully supported, and 64-bit PowerPC support is expected for ALPHA3.

This release updates SYSLINUX to 6.03, bringing UEFI compatibility to x86_64; updates Plasma to 5.8.5 and Qt to 5.7.1 on most platforms (x86_32 will be updated within the week); and adds ELILO and GRUB 2 as bootloaders on the x86 platforms. GRUB 2 is the only supported bootloader on PowerPC. Yaboot is not supported due to multiple known issues. This does, however, mean that booting with LVM, LUKS, and modern filesystems like ext4, XFS, and btrfs are available to the PowerPC platform. Additionally, this release adds iproute2 (the `ip` command), s6-dns (a fast, easy-to-use replacement for `dig`), and a multitude of supported filesystems to the installed system and the live CD!

You can download the 1.0-ALPHA2 release at your nearest Adélie Linux mirror. Happy hacking!