Monday, April 16. 2012
This second Archimedes release brings some good news, and for some, bad news.
Good news, after a year of hard work by the Calligra team, we are really pleased to present the DVD ISO with the first ever stable release of the Calligra Office Suite.
Bad news for some, there is no longer a GUI for package-management shipped. Appset-qt, and any other pacman GUI frontend, were not able to handle more complex updates as should, and the team felt it was not correct toward the users to ship such a package, that needed constant warnings.
The ongoing poll for favorite apps did not result in changes for apps shipped in this release.
For all other changes, please read the Release Notes.
And with this, the Chakra-Project team is really excited to present this latest release!
The Chakra Development Team is proud to announce the second Archimedes release, this codename follows the KDE SC 4.8 series.
From this release on, Chakra is no longer shipping a GUI for package management. Appset-qt was the GUI for pacman, but was not handling complex updates as should, so it is dropped from this ISO. In the initial phase of using a build from scratch package manager, there will be no GUI for package management either, so this is a good time to let any user get accustomed to this situation. Pacman is the cli frontend for package management, the online package viewer is there for additional info and searches. With this release KDE is updated to 4.8.2, kernel to Linux 3.2.8, Qt to 4.8.1, updated sound stack, krb5, phonon packages, to name a few of the newer base packages included. A switch from modulue-init-tools to kmod has taken place too.
Chakra is offering a DVD and CD version. The CD version gets you to a minimal working KDE desktop, with only a text-editor, file-manager, web-browser and a simple media player installed, no further apps, no language packs. The DVD version includes all the language packs, most of standard KDE apps, the all new calligra 2.4.0 has replaced libre-office, amarok, kde-telepathy, spideroak , printer support, minitube, k3b to name a few.
With this release we offer:
- KDE 4.8.2
- Linux 3.2.8 (3.0.22 optional)
- Qt 4.8.1
- DVD image, including all locales and a nice selections of apps
- minimal CD image you can build your desktop on
- tomoyo-tools 2.5 added to a default install, for more security options
- wqy-microhei became the new default font for Chinese/Japanese/Korean
- QtWebkit 2.2.1
- updated initscripts with the option to test systemd
- Switch to kmod
You can install additional packages from our repositories.
A good start is to read our Wiki or visit our Forums. To create reliable installation media, please follow the instructions in the wiki. Chakra's ISO's do not support unetbootin, and CD/DVD's need a burn speed no higher then 4x.
Download: Images at SourceForge
Wiki: bootable USB-FlashDrive creation
Wiki: Alternate bootable USB-FlashDrive creation
Chakra Beginners Guide
Monday, April 9. 2012
Today KDE SC 4.8.2 became available in our Stable repositories, since no issues were found during the time it spent in Testing. This release brings many bugfixes and translation updates on top of the latest edition in the 4.8 series, and it should be a smooth update for everyone.
As usually, please perform this update using "sudo pacman -Syu" and read any instructions by pacman carefully.
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