Monthly Archives: December 2011

Finaly final: New Sid on the Blog

We done it. Even on time.

Last night we pushed the final iso.images of siduction-2011.1 to the mirrors. After ~ 6 months of work we released a piece of work to you, where every part was decided on by the team. Tiresome in the process, but with satisfying results. Only happy coders are good coders.

We had a week or 3 in the middle of the process where things came to a grinding halt. This was when the infrastructure was set up and before we started the actual fork-process. I knew before we started, that 6 months, mostly without results that you can carry home, would become strenuous, so i was not really worried, had the team proven before that we can act as one.

So we picked up again just in time to make it in the remaining days of 2011 without rushing anything. We took 9 days to let everybody give the RC-release a thorough beating. The installer, as a freshly written piece of software needed, as expected, the most fixes, be it bugs or usability. If anyone is interested, they may follow our work in the commits on GIT or look at our bugtracker.

So now, for a few holydays we are happy and content, before we remember that after release is before release and start tearing things apart to put them together again in a better way. But for now its your turn. Test it, use it, tell us about it, criticize us, click us on DistroWatch, throw money at us, whatever….

And now, for everyone, peace and a successfull year 2012!

Release Notes for the final Release of siduction 2011.1 – One Step Beyond

Where it comes from

We are excited to present to you, after last week’s release candidate, the first final release of siduction, a new distribution based on our great mother Debian’s Unstable branch and forked from aptosid. As the logo suggests, this is a community approach. Filled with life, that means for the community as well as with and from the community. We would like to thank all the testers that enabled us to fix the bugs that were left in the release candidate.
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Here is a release candidate for your kind preview

Last night, finaly the baby was born. It was an easy birth, after we had to delay it for 2 days due to mirror quirks. Please download your favourite flavour and give it a thorough beating, so we can have a perfect final release.

Images with KDE SC, XFCE and LXDE in 32- and 64-bit are available from our mirrors. The release-note with more info can be found in the news. Distrowatch listed us also a few minutes ago. Hit the link to help us make our product visible. Spread the word wherever sou find it appropriate.

Release Notes for a first preview of siduction 2011.1 — One Step Beyond

Where it comes from

We are excited to present to you the first release candidate of siduction, a new distribution based on our great mother Debian’s Unstable branch and forked from aptosid. As the logo suggests, this is a community approach. Filled with life, that means for the community as well as with and from the community.
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Release Candidate delayed

We were going to release a preview of siduction tonight. For several reasons, one even positive, we delayed that release for 2 days to Wed. 21st of Dec.

We decided on the delay for these reasons:

  • We had to find a new server to host the images last minute yesterday. The rsync-scripts for that are not quite done yet.
  • Some small things, like release note integration and manual are not done all the way.
  • and the positive thing about this: a LXDE testbuild might be RC-ready until Wed.

So besides KDE SC and XFCE we might be able to also ship LXDE right from the start. Lets see if that works out for us.

Squashing Bugs

We had another Core-Meeting tonight, they happen weekly now as we approach a first Release Candidate and the final first release. The log of the meeting is online at the usual spot 

A first set of test-isos was unofficialy released on last Monday, an updated set last night. We got quite a bit of feedback there. Most of the resulting bugs/wishlist-bugs are resolved. Some bugs in the installer are being worked on. Within the next few days i will upload a test-set with KDE 4.7.2 or 4.7.4. From there on we will try for a RC and the final release within the time left in 2011. May SID be with us :)

We are on solid grounds

Two weeks can make a difference. We had our fortnightly core-meeting tonight. Most of the topics were over-fulfilled, so that, after 20 minutes, we set off to open discussion on releasse-flavours and related topics. The log from the meeting is, as always online.

After the meeting, another interesting discussion started, as someone brought up the issue of non-free firmware. Reason for the discussion was the fact, that users of ATI graphic-cards will only see a scrambled desktop that is utterly unusable. They would idealy need the package firmware-linux-nonfree shipped on the image. As the name suggests, it is in the non-free section and can’t be shipped if you want to follow the dfsg. Two members of the core-team said, they would ship it because users range before politics. Two others, including me, spoke up against this. I made my position on the matter clear as driven snow on 2011-07-26, long before we even decided to start this adventure. Unfortunately its in german, but google-trans should be able to get it across. Anyways, after some time we agreed, there must be a way to satisfy both groups. So, be sure we will find an acceptable solution for this.

On another topic: All those waiting for an image to test, can start holding their breath:  Within the next 2 or 3 days we will provide kde/xfce images for download that i would call on the verge from alpha to beta. Mostly fully functional, but visuals as well as package-sets are up for changes still. We will contact all users in the test-team to get feedback on behaviour on different sets of hardware.