SolydXK 9 released!

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SolydXK 9 released!

Postby Schoelje » 16 Jul 2017 21:11

In the past three weeks we have been testing, improving, developing and exercising parts of our vocabulary that our mothers didn't even know we had but finally we are satisfied with the result. It is time to release the new SolydX and SolydK version 9.

Changes
  • New themes for SolydX and SolydK. You can choose a light or dark theme.
  • Solydxk Systems has a GUI now where you can encrypt partitions (and your USB flash drive), localize your system, select the fastest repositories, hold back packages and cleanup your system. The encryption part of this application is functioning but still in beta. Use at your own risk!
  • The backport repository was removed by default but can be enabled in the new SolydXK System application.
  • The solydx/k-info packages were integrated in the solydx/k-system-adjustments packages and are now obsolete.
Discontinued applications
  • Updatemanager is replaced by applications from Debian's repository with similar functionalities and the new SolydXK System GUI.
  • SolydXK Softwaremanager has been replaced with an application from Debian's repository.
  • Lightdm Manager was replaced with lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings
  • Device Driver Manager (DDM)
  • SolydXK Conky
  • (SolydK) XKSudo
  • (SolydK) kcm-ufw
  • (SolydX) User Manager was replaced with gnome-system-tools
  • (SolydX) Sambashare was replaced with gadmin-samba
Upgrading existing systems
There are two ways to upgrade your SolydXK-8 system to SolydXK-9: a fresh install or upgrading your existing system. It is preferred to download the ISO and do a fresh install (backup your data first!) but if you prefer to upgrade your system we have prepared a script to aid you in the process:
After download, unpack, make the script executable and run the script.
Important: check the output of the apt commands. All systems are configured differently and you might remove packages that you really don't want to be removed!

If you do not want to upgrade just yet, don't worry! After the release of SolydXK-9 I will keep the solydxk-8 repository available for another year. Firefox and Thunderbird will be updated in the solydxk-8 repository but they are not tested with SolydXK-8. Again, use them at your own risk!

SolydX RPI
Unfortunately, I have to stop developing SolydX RPI. It was fun doing it but it simply took too much time and effort and I still couldn't get it to function to the standards I want for SolydXK.

Localized versions
The Dutch version is ready for download. The rest will follow and I will let you know when they come available.

Community Editions
Frank is working hard on the 32-bit and Enthusiast's Editions. When they are ready I will let you know.

Downloads
You can find more information, and download the ISOs on our product pages:
Please post your questions or issues on this forum ;)


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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby joschtl » 17 Jul 2017 05:15

I started testing the RC2.2 yesterday - been cut short a bit :-)
Is there anything I need to do to upgrade from RC to the release?

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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby Schoelje » 17 Jul 2017 05:33

No, you just have to upgrade.


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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby mar2417 » 17 Jul 2017 10:05

Not so good though.
Experienced some major issues, after initial successful installation.
Something bad happens even with the access to the partition with SolydX, tried twice, will try to install it third time to register what's possible.

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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby mhwelsh » 17 Jul 2017 13:51

Solydxk 9 become Stable and the future Solydxk 10 be the new testing?


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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby grizzler » 17 Jul 2017 14:38

SolydXK EE, still based on Debian Testing, is moving from 9 to 10, if that's what you mean.

The main scripts cannot be used to upgrade to SolydXK EE 10, but the upgrade function of my solydfixes script should be able to handle it. I'm hoping to release the new version (4.0.0) later today, after a few final tests. However, there is very little 'upgrading' involved. All you really need to do is replace the system-adjustment-9 package with -10. You will need to upgrade to the latest -9 first, though, because earlier versions had issues with several diverted backdrop files (at least I know the SolydX EE did...).
Of course, the solydfixes upgrade will also remove packages like updatemanager and softwaremanager (see the first posting), as they are no longer supported.
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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby wildman » 17 Jul 2017 20:16

I am a DMO user so I was wondering about the status of that. Is it better to remove DMO first? I know a definitive answer is not possible but what are the odds for a manual upgrade with DMO compared to using the upgrade script with DMO removed?

@grizzler: What is the status of the DMO removal script? Please don't consider the question as an indication that you are being rushed. Since SolydX 9 will be supported for another year, I'm in no hurry to upgrade.
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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby grizzler » 17 Jul 2017 21:41

The solydfixes script supports everything, I just haven't had the time to create a VM or set up a hardware install for every possible combination. I tested:
- SolydK 8 64 with DMO => SolydK 9 64 without DMO
- SolydX 8 64 with DMO => SolydX 9 64 with DMO
- SolydX 8 64 without DMO with VirtualBox (Debian repository) => SolydX 9 64 with VirtualBox (own repository)
- SolydX 9 EE 64 without DMO or VirtualBox => SolydX 10 EE 64 without DMO or VirtualBox

The last one was a real pain, unexpectedly, because old backdrop diversions from the system-adjustments-8 package showed up and created a mess (no idea why they weren't removed when -9 came up). I think I've got that sorted in the final version of the script.

Right now, I don't have time for more tests. From tomorrow, I'll be away from my computer for at least five days, probably (a lot) longer.

The solydfixes script can be downloaded here: https://duinsoft.nl/solydfixes.php
I haven't had time to get that page fully up-to-date, but the README it links to (https://duinsoft.nl/solydfixes-readme.txt - also part of the script tarball) should give people an idea how to use it (I hope). Sorry if this is all a bit disorderly.
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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby wildman » 18 Jul 2017 00:54

Thanks grizzler.

I am not very proficient with Bash so I am not certain what to do with sources.list and DMO. If I am understanding your script correctly, the DMO entry will be changed to stretch automatically and will be upgraded along with everything else. Is this correct or do I need to manually edit it before the upgrade?

Also, am I correct in assuming that if I use your script I don't use Schoelje's script?
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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby Schoelje » 18 Jul 2017 04:49

That is correct. You either use Grizzler's script or mine.


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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby grizzler » 18 Jul 2017 05:37

wildman wrote:I am not very proficient with Bash so I am not certain what to do with sources.list and DMO. If I am understanding your script correctly, the DMO entry will be changed to stretch automatically and will be upgraded along with everything else. Is this correct or do I need to manually edit it before the upgrade?

No, you shouldn't have to edit anything. The script will pick up the current state from the info file (/usr/share/solydxk/info) and handle the upgrade according to your input on the command line. A few examples:

upgrade a release 8 to 9: solydfixes upgrade
ditto, with dmo removal: solydfixes upgrade dmo
ditto, with VBox switch: solydfixes upgrade dmo vbox

move EE 9 to EE 10: solydfixes upgrade testing
ditto, removing dmo: solydfixes upgrade testing dmo
etc.

Add -y to the command line if you want the whole process to run without asking questions.
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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby freedom » 18 Jul 2017 09:53

Hi!
I'm still at SolydX 8 but started to getting some errors when doing plain apt-get upgrade
with solydx-system-adjustments-8

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sudo apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]
Setting up solydx-system-adjustments-8 (2.7.5) ...
find: „/usr/share/wallpapers“: No such file or directory
dpkg: error processing package solydx-system-adjustments-8 (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
 solydx-system-adjustments-8
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)


which cannot be removed nor reinstalled

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sudo apt-get install --reinstall solydx-system-adjustments-8
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
E: Internal Error, No file name for solydx-system-adjustments-8:amd64

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sudo apt-get remove --purge solydx-system-adjustments-8
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  solydx-system-adjustments-8*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 8159 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]
(Reading database ... 320590 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing solydx-system-adjustments-8 (2.7.5) ...
find: „/usr/share/wallpapers“: No such file or directory
dpkg: error processing package solydx-system-adjustments-8 (--purge):
 subprocess installed pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
 solydx-system-adjustments-8
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)


Will some of these upgrade scripts help resolving this situation?
Thanks

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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby Schoelje » 18 Jul 2017 12:38

No, it seems you have purged desktop-base. I don't understand why, though.
perhaps you can fool apt by creating the missing directory first:

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sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/wallpapers
sudo apt install solydx-system-adjustments-8


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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby sdibaja » 18 Jul 2017 15:52

On one of my fresh installs I get this:
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same message with sudo apt-get update
Package Updater does not complain

did I break something or is it a bug?
user errors are common for me, I can reinstall easily, but maybe I did not cause this one.
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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby ilu » 18 Jul 2017 20:21

san-claudio linked the bug fix by grizzler, just in case you didn't understand.

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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby sdibaja » 18 Jul 2017 20:42

Understood, thanks
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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby solchris » 23 Jul 2017 04:53

Concerning the announcement of SolydXK 9 and SolydX RPI
SolydX RPI
Unfortunately, I have to stop developing SolydX RPI. It was fun doing it but it simply took too much time and effort and I still couldn't get it to function to the standards I want for SolydXK.

I like SolydX RPI very much and therefore I'm a little bit sad that the development of SolydX PRI has to be stopped.
So I have two questions:
How long will SolydX RPI (based on SolydXK 8) get updates especially security updates ?
Is there any chance that the development of SoldyX RPI will be continued and what would have to be done for it?

I would like to help, but I think I haven't the necessary skills for it.
Are there any other users who would like to continue using SolydX RPI and can support?

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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby ilu » 23 Jul 2017 15:09

Most important are the debian updates, which will continue for about a year. Alternatively you can manually update to stretch which should work. I don't know whether the script would work (haven't tried) but I don't think XFCE will present many problems on the manual route.

Let's keep track of SolydXRPi in this thread: https://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6203. Report any problems you encounter. And of course it would be great if somebody with packaging experience would pick this up as a community edition ...

Schoelje: I just noticed that the website announces a RPi 201707 version which obviously isn't there.

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Re: SolydXK 9 released!

Postby wildman » 24 Jul 2017 18:16

I just did the upgrade to SolydX9 keeping DMO and vbox using grizzler's script. No errors.

Just one question. Will the Package Updater appear in the notification area when an update is available?

Also, software-properties-gtk is giving the same errors as before.
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