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Testing ISOs 201901

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 02 Jan 2019 12:56

I've prepared the new ISOs for January 2019.

Changes:
  • Due to a discussion with one of the developers of Firefox I've changed the firefox-solydxk-adjustments and thunderbird-solydxk-adjustments packages. I expect that I'll have to make more changes to those packages after Mozilla comes back to me with more details.
  • The Evolvere icon theme for Thunderbird is now provided by thunderbird-solydxk-adjustments. It is not installed by default. If the user wishes to change to the Evolvere icon theme he can do so by clicking Start menu > Internet > SolydXK Thunderbird Evolvere Theme.
  • The Live Installer now supports nilfs2 and f2fs file systems for flash drives and encryption now works with openssl 1.1.1+ (Debian Buster).
  • Waterfox (and waterfox-solydxk-adjustments) are now built together with Firefox and provided by the SolydXK repository.
The Dutch and German ISOs are also ready for testing. I'll test them all but everything you find on one version will probably be the same on the others.

I hope to update the SolydX RPi image as well but until now I've ended up with an unbootable system after each update. So, I cannot promise if I can get that one ready in time.

You can download the ISOs here: https://downloads.solydxk.com/nightly/

Please use the test cases document to report back your findings: SolydXK ISO test cases.ods

I'm planning to release the ISOs in the last week of January.


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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby palimmo » 02 Jan 2019 13:28

great.
I'll test it in the next hours!
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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby ilu » 03 Jan 2019 20:44

I really hate the Mozilla default configuration. Solydxk had a nice setup to start with. I don't think that removing these settings from the adjustments packages is a good idea. The good thing about SolydXK was that you had almost no post-installation work.

A better solution would be to move the adjustments Mozilla doesn't like into an optional package you can install via the welcome screen. Put it on the first page. Or even make Waterfox standard and move the whole Firefox to the welcome screen.

Please don't just drop the customization - install and ready to go - that was one of the big selling points of SolydXK, at least for me.

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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby palimmo » 04 Jan 2019 17:34

here my quick test
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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby grizzler » 11 Jan 2019 17:13

Tried the SolydK ISO in a VM just now. Live system OK, installer total failure. In the konsole:

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solydxk@solydxk:~$ live-installer
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/live-installer-3/main.py", line 8, in <module>
    from gtk_interface import InstallerWindow
  File "/usr/lib/live-installer-3/gtk_interface.py", line 13, in <module>
    import installer
  File "/usr/lib/live-installer-3/installer.py", line 18, in <module>
    import partitioning
  File "/usr/lib/live-installer-3/partitioning.py", line 9, in <module>
    import psutil
ImportError: No module named 'psutil'
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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby grizzler » 11 Jan 2019 18:02

Test SolydX ISO: OK.
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Postby Arjen Balfoort » 13 Jan 2019 19:14

For some reason the SolydK ISOs were missing python3-psutil.
I made that package a dependency for the live installer (which it should have been in the first place).

The new ISOs were uploaded here: https://downloads.solydxk.com/nightly/


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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby ilu » 16 Jan 2019 16:01

General: The testcases file makes things unnecessarily hard for testers. Comparing expected results in 8 pt. mouseovers with the output on a monitor sitting behind you is impossible. This leads to unreliable results - and demotivation, honestly.

SolydX install on metal (AMD APU) with encryption and alongside Win 10 worked well, only a minor problem with the desktop and login background since this was on a 4:3 monitor (splash screen was ok for 4:3).

Unused space on the disk shows up in a way unexperienced users will probably not understand (just an empty line) and there's no hint that you need to open gparted to create partitions (no tooltip on rightclick).

Grizzler also noticed a difference in sources list which I did not notice due to the described mouseover problem.
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Postby grizzler » 16 Jan 2019 18:59

Test SolydK (VM): OK.
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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby ilu » 17 Jan 2019 01:20

I've tried to bring the test document into a more easily readable form. Not particularly beautiful but does the job. Maybe you could consider to replace it @Arjen.
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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 17 Jan 2019 14:31

ilu wrote:
17 Jan 2019 01:20
I've tried to bring the test document into a more easily readable form. Not particularly beautiful but does the job. Maybe you could consider to replace it @Arjen.
Done: https://downloads.solydxk.com/dev/Solyd ... 0cases.ods


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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby ilu » 22 Jan 2019 15:48

This iso was missing openjfx. I'm not sure whether earlier iso had openjfx or whether I installed it, but Java apps err out with rather obscure messages if openjfx is not installed. So include it, maybe?

Also the first update ran into strange problems, packagekit got stuck on an error message like "request could not be processed". I had to kill it. The update seems to have worked. I could not replicate it, maybe this issue viewtopic.php?f=79&t=7449 or maybe something else ... I'll have to wait for the next update to test.

Also numlock problem: viewtopic.php?f=79&t=7448

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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 24 Jan 2019 21:00

New ISOs uploaded with these changes: You can download the ISOs here: https://downloads.solydxk.com/nightly/


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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby ilu » 27 Jan 2019 16:59

On the newly installed SolydX system I'm getting "mount: mount point swap does not exist" when issuing "sudo mount -a". Mounting works for the important stuff though and also swap seems to be there (free shows it) so I don't know ...

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# <file system>	<mount point>	<type>	<options>	<dump>	<pass>
UUID=14ddb336-3dc1-4a21-b100-59b4e8c97771	/	ext4	rw,errors=remount-ro	0	1
UUID=f123734a-ecf7-4805-be93-ed5147280904	/boot	ext4	rw,errors=remount-ro	0	2
UUID=b6c0be81-683a-4485-b51e-ef802105c72a	swap	ext4	rw,errors=remount-ro	0	2

# RAM disks
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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby xendistar » 27 Jan 2019 21:28

Hi Ilu

I am no expert but I thought the type for the swap file would be swap and not ext4?

Sorry if I am wrong

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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby ilu » 28 Jan 2019 15:24

Right, thank you.

But the installer did this, I don't remember doing anything about the swap. I did use gparted though because the installer would not create any partitions on an empty disk (which is a problem grizzler already mentioned).

I might have misclicked. I must have misclicked on the boot partition too because that was originally created as fat32 and it took a lot of work to correct that afterwards. Maybe I was in misclick mood? I don't remember ever having these misclick problems on earlier ISOs.

But anyway, if I manage to misclick, something's not right. The installer should refuse to mount a partition with ext4 as swap. Also it should refuse to mount a partition with fat32 as boot. There should be a sanity check and a warning. I vaguely remember there was a warning on something last year ...? (Checked the code, the warning was probably about partition size.)

Mabe something like:

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if  installer.setup.boot_partition is not None and partition.format_type.boot_partition != ext4:
    msg = _("Cannot assign a boot partition: the partition needs to be formatted as ext4." ...
Same for swap. Arjen, you see, I'm trying my best here :geek:

Edit: Forgot to mention that the latest round of updates went correctly. So the first one probably just had a glitch.

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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 29 Jan 2019 13:04

Checking the /boot and /boot/efi on file type and size is in the live installer since version 2018.12.29.

However, there was no check for swap. I've implemented a file type check and a size check. Considering hibernation the swap size should at least be the total memory size.

I've updated the live installer and uploaded it to the repository. You can test it by running a live session and run these commands in a terminal:

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apt update
apt install live-installer-3
live-installer


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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 05 Feb 2019 20:55

I've updated and uploaded new ISOs.

With the changes made and if nobody objects I think these are the release candidates.
I plan to release them this weekend unless a major bug is found, of course.

You can download the ISOs here: https://downloads.solydxk.com/nightly/


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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby ilu » 05 Feb 2019 21:08

I'm doing 2 new installs tomorrow but it's going to be EE to make sure those laptops are fit for another 4 years.

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Re: Testing ISOs 201901

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 06 Feb 2019 16:58

ilu wrote:
05 Feb 2019 21:08
I'm doing 2 new installs tomorrow but it's going to be EE to make sure those laptops are fit for another 4 years.
Yes, I've tested that with my SolydXK 10 ISOs.


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