Monthly Archives: October 2012

XFCE 4.10 for siduction


As Debian will not ship XFCE 4.10 in unstable until after Wheezy was released and this is very unlikely to happen before spring 2013, (460 RC-Bugs to fix) we decided that we want XFCE 4.10 now for our users. Parts of it are suffering bitrot in experimental, others needed to be packaged still.

We are happy to let our XFCE users update their installations now (thanks to agaida and towo). All you need to do is, as root:

echo deb http://ftp.spline.de/pub/siduction/xfcenext unstable main \
     > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xfcenext.list

That will put a file called xfcenext.list into your sources.list.d folder and write the appropriate line to it. Then you can install or update an existing XFCE with:

apt-get update && apt-get install xfce4

The repository itself can be  found on our repository listing for amd64 or i386

Have fun with your shiny new XFCE.

Best practice with mirrors and torrents

With a new release coming up and our userbase growing, let me drop some words on best practices for downloading our images and keeping your installation uptodate by dist-upgrade.

When it comes to downloading our images, we have, along with our latest release yesterday, established the offer to download our iso-images per torrent from the minute they hit the mirrors.  On the server you see, among the other files, a torrent file for each architecture.  With the next release the torrent files will be in a separate directory, so they are easier to find. Team members will be seeding right from the beginning to try and help with giving you a fast download for the iso-files.

We recommend you to use this method, specially if you do not have one of our mirrors close to you.  But to reach broad distribution, we need you to also seed the files. So, even if you want your image straight away and decide to pull it per ftp/http from the mirrors, please consider to help us seeding the files during their lifetime.

Torrents make it not only easier for you to download our images in areas with no mirror close up, but also help us keeping our servers operating at decent speed. We have 10 TByte Traffic for free per month. If we exceed that limit, our speed will be capped drasticaly from 250 MBit/s to 10 MBit/s.

This is also important when it comes to what servers you use in your sources.list. We recommend you use one of the repositories mentioned on the mirror-webpage instead of pulling directly from siduction.org.

We are constantly trying to find new mirrors to host our images and repositories. Should you know, who would be willing and able to host siduction (either images or repositories, preferrably both) in your country, please let us know.

Yay, Razor-qt 0.5 released

Razor-qt 0.5Last night the developers of the Razor-qt desktop environment released version 0.5. Since the release of 0.4 almost 10 month passed by, in which, besides beautitication and bugfixing, a handful of new components were crafted. These are:

  • razor-lightdm-greeter for lightdm greeter on razorqt/qt4 based desktop
  • razor-notificationd. A tool to handle notifications over razor desktop
  • razor-openssh-askpass helper (deactivated by default)
  • razor-confupdate to update older config files
  • razor-appeareance gui to support config theming
  • razor-globalkeyshortcuts for keyboard shortcut configuration

Also a bunch of new panel plugins were crafted:

  • cpu monitor applet
  • lm sensor applet
  • volume control applet that supports alsa or pulseaudio
  • color picker
  • network monitor

Most of the big distributions have packages for Razor-qt ready for their users. As Debian is not on the list yet, we at siduction put out a developenment release in the summer, based on Razor-qt 0.4. We will add Razor-qt to our regular release schedule and hopefully see a release at the end of October or early in November. Some other distros also have Live-CDs based on 0.4 for evaluation.

Siduction users will not have to wait that long for updated packages in our repositories. Expect those sometime during the next few days.

Call for community

Last night we had one of our fortnightly Core-Team meetings. Topics and log are, as usual, online. Basicaly, the topics were noX, new webserver and state of new web portal.

NoX seems to be good to go as a developement release, given that tests this coming week run smooth. We will try to add some graphics to the tty, but I doubt this will happen for the upcoming release.

Our new webserver is about good to go, most everything is migrated (thanks to agaida for that). Nginx is serving instead of Apache2. Work on new website has been picked up again, using SMF and TinyPortal. We are getting along good so far, multi-language capability has been implemented already, which is always a bit of a tedious job.

Our wiki had a hard time in the past on the host it was on, because effective spam-fighting was hard to do. Now we are setup and good to go on the new server and spammers will have a hard time. Now the database needs to be cleaned out from more than 2000 spammers, then checked for depricated content. This is a community job and everyone can participate and give back. So please, anyone interested in a helpful and uptodate wiki, come and help. As soon as the german version is cleaned out, we would like to translate the content to english. Good job for long winter nights.

Facing 3-4 release dates until the end of the year, we are moving to weekly Core-Team meetings again from now on. For anyone interested, they take place every sunday night at 21:00 UTC -2.

And on a complete different subject, this news item from Kenya made my day. M$ starts bullying Africa by spreading the usual FUD. This guy takes it so far as to allege that open source software is not copyrighted.  🙂