Apr
22

Foresight Linux Newsletter – Issue 02 2011

Editor’s Note

Foresight Linux – SE got a facelift, alot easier to find information for our swedish users. Thanks for all feedback.

Last newsletter was mostly to get information about developmet information. This newsletter is little more about system model and updated packages.

Development

System Model

A new update mechanism called “system model” is added. In this model, a file called /etc/conary/system-model describes what should be installed on the system. This file is modified by certain conary update commands, and can also be edited with a text editor. The system model allows a system to be updated relative to a search path that includes groups as well as labels, leading to more coherent sets of updated packages. It also allows re-starting updates with transient failures; the filename /etc/conary/system-model.next is reserved for storing the system target state during an update operation.

The system model mode is intended to become the normal update mode  for Conary-based  systems  in  the  future.   It works by creating a set oftroves that define the system, and then moving the system to that defi‐nition.   It is conceptually similar to building a group into a reposi‐tory  and  then  migrating  to  that  group.   Significant  differencesinclude:
–      In  a  group, all trove references are absolute, but in a model,you can choose whether references are absolute.  Migrating to  aspecific  version  of a group will always move the system to theexact set of packages referenced, but re-applying a system modelwill  update  troves that are not pinned down to a specific ver‐sion.
–      There is no group name for the set of troves.
–      There is no version for the set of troves.  (The version  opera‐tion in a system model does not provide conary versioning.)
–      Path  and  version conflicts are not checked when assembling theset of troves.  (No group policy is run  at  all.)   This  meansthat  path  and  version  conflicts  will  be  found  only whileinstalling the packages.

A system model that installs only a single group will functionsimilar to migrate mode.  The most obvious difference is  that  migratemode  honors  variations  in  byDefault settings in the system database(that is, an optional component of the trove(s) migrated  to  that  hasbeen  installed on the system will still be installed after the migrateoperation finishes), whereas a system model update honors those changesonly if they are represented in the model itself.

Next Foresight Linux iso will have system model enabled as default.
If you want to run it today in Foresight, open Terminal and write this command:

sudo /usr/share/conary/genmodel

PackageKit

PackageKit is soon available as default in Foresight again. read more at: Og Maciel blog

To install it today, open terminal and write: sudo conary update PackageKit gnome-packagekit

GTK3 is now in Foresight Linux, first step against FL3 and Gnome 3.

Upcoming versions

Next release versions will be 2.5.1, 2.6 and 3.0

Updated Packages

Picked out a few random packages that been updated during April month.

Audacious – 2.5.0
Banshee – 2.0.0
Chromium – 10.0.648.205
Emesene – 2.0 (built from git)
Firefox – 4.0
Flash-Player – 10.2.159.1
Hotot – 21-04-2011
Kupfer – v206
Nvidia - 270.41.06
Skype – 2.2.0.25
Transmission – 2.30b3
VLC – 1.1.9
Warsow – 0.61
Wine – 1.1.8

Foresighters

Og Maciel wrote about few applications for Foresight Linux that’s worth looking at.
Fayek wrote also a blog post about few applications that’s worth looking into.
TForsman wrote about SparkleShare.

Worldwide Foresight

Latest review for Foresight Linux:

http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/Foresight-Linux-25-and-rPath-X6/

 

Council Meetings

Last meeting: Concil meeting agenda 20-04-2011

Join the Foresight Community

Foresight users and developers are active on a number of different social networking sites.

Contribute to the Foresight Linux Newsletter

Have a package or piece of software you want to share in the newsletter? Send it in! We are always looking for more writers or contributors.

We are also looking for volunteers to interview people in the Foresight and GNOME communities, links to news articles on the web or in print regarding Foresight Linux, and all the other content that makes up the newsletter.

Have thoughts or comments on the newsletter? Email tforsman at foresightlinux.org and your letter may be published in the next issue!

Homepage: http://www.foresightlinux.org
Swe Homepage: http://www.foresightlinux.se
Distrowatch: Foresight Linux

Apr
07

Foresight Linux Newsletter – Issue 01 2011

Editor’s Note

Time to get Foresight Linux newsletter rolling again. Been a long time since we wrote a newsletter, so we grab some news that’s been announced earlier too. I also hope the newsletter is readable, as im not used to write newsletter and my main language isn’t English.

Development

I wanted to inform anyone who’s currently running Foresight Linux what to expect as far as when GNOME 3.0 will be available via an update. Basically, in order to bring this new release to our Foresight users, the following tasks (in ascending degree of complexity and potential risk to stability and usability) must be tackled:

  1. Update Glib and create a separate Gtk3 package that can co-exist with Gtk2
  2. Update all packages that have a dependency on gobject-introspection
  3. Update packages to use new Gtk3 package, considering that some packages may have duo-binding to Gtk2 and Gtk3
  4. Re-build all GNOME packages as well as anything that has a dependency on Gtk2/Gtk3

The biggest concern right now is breaking our existing KDE and Xfce packages, so will do our best to throughly test the update and migration processes before making GNOME 3.0 available.

Work has also started to bring PackageKit back to Foresight to provide a graphical interface for all your package management needs. The future promises!

Wiki

General documentation

We will try to get more information in here next time.

Foresighters

Frogatto and xbmc is available and easy to install, read more at More bling bling for your new Foresight install

Worldwide Foresight

Latest review for Foresight Linux:

http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2011/04/05/foresight-linux-2-5-review/

Earlier review with video: http://vimeo.com/19858871

Too bad there haven’t been a deep review with conary, and what it actually can do and how great it can be.

 

Council Meetings

Last meeting were 6th April 2011

http://wiki.foresightlinux.org/wiki/display/community/Council+Meeting+2011-04-06

Next meeting isn’t planned yet. (suggested 20, 22 or 25 April)

Community News

Announcing Foresight Linux 2.5.0

A number of new members have officially joined the Foresight community due to their outstanding contributions to Foresight.
For more information on becoming a Foresight member, see this page on the Foresight Wiki.

Join the Foresight Community

Foresight users and developers are active on a number of different social networking sites.

  • Share your musical tastes and favorite artists with other Foresight users in the Foresight group on Last.fm. Banshee, Foresight’s default music manager, has built in support for Last.fm.
  • Follow a few Foresight developers every waking moment via Twitter or via identi.ca.
  • Share pictures of your Foresight Linux desktop at the Foresight Linux Flickr group.
  • Join the Foresight Linux group on Facebook.
  • Add Planet Foresight Linux to your bookmarks or favorite feed reader, such as Liferea, to read blog updates from Foresight Developers.
  • Join us at internet relay chat (irc). The Foresight Linux channels are hosted by the Freenode IRC network. #foresight

Contribute to the Foresight Linux Newsletter

Have a package or piece of software you want to share in the newsletter? Send it in! We are always looking for more writers or contributors.

We are also looking for volunteers to interview people in the Foresight and GNOME communities, links to news articles on the web or in print regarding Foresight Linux, and all the other content that makes up the newsletter.

Have thoughts or comments on the newsletter? Email tforsman@foresightlinux.se and your letter may be published in the next issue!

Homepage: http://www.foresightlinux.org

Apr
05

Scheduled Systems Downtime Over

Our scheduled systems downtime for this past weekend is now over and all affected systems are back online! Thank you all who worked so hard to get us up and running, namely:

Mar
31

Scheduled Systems Downtime: April 1st – 3rd, 2011

Hi folks!

Just wanted to let you all know that we will have to shutdown some systems in our infrastructure over the weekend in order to allow them to be moved to a new location. During the weekend of April 1st – 3rd, 2011 the following systems will be down and unaccessible:

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and I thank you all for your cooperation and understanding.

Og Maciel on behalf of Foresight Linux

Mar
27

Announcing Foresight Linux 2.5.0

Foresight is a Linux distribution for your desktop that features a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; the latest GNOME, KDE and Xfce desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up to date software applications.

We hope you enjoy using Foresight as much as we do. Because your distro should be cool!

Foresight Linux 2.5.0 Release Notes

  1. What’s new
    1. GNOME 2.32.1, KDE 4.6.1 and Xfce 4.8
    2. Kernel 2.6.35.11
    3. Tons of new applications and improvements
  2. Downloading and Installing
  3. Filing Issues and Bugs
  4. Getting Help
  5. Contribute to Foresight Linux
  6. More information
  7. Credits

What’s new

Foresight 2.5.0 , released March 27th, features the latest stable GNOME, KDE and Xfce desktops, a shiny new kernel, and tons of improvements! This release is for new users as well as for returning users and early adopters! Existing users of our previous 2.1.1. release will be able to update their systems in the following 2 weeks!

GNOME, KDE and Xfce

Foresight features the latest stable versions of GNOME, KDE and Xfce!

  • GNOME is a popular, multi-platform desktop environment for your computer. GNOME’s focus is ease of use, stability and first-class internationalisation and accessibility support.
  • KDE is dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon.
  • Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly.

Kernel 2.6.35.11

Foresight also includes the polished and refined Long Term Support 2.6.35.11 Linux kernel. If new and shiny is more your thing, you will be pleased to learn that the newly minted Linux kernel 2.6.38 is currently undergoing shakedown tests by Foresight’s bravest and is slated to become available as a drop-in upgrade in the coming weeks for the adventurous kind!

Tons of new applications and improvements

Foresight brings to you a vast and cool selection of awesome applications to give you and your desktop that little something extra that will make your friends sit up and take notice! We’re proud to ship the very latest and greatest Chromium and Firefox web browsers, Banshee, F-Spot, Openshot, Hotot, Pidgin, Gimp, and many more great applications for your delight!

Downloading and Installing

Downloads are available at our downloads page, where you’ll be able to choose from our GNOME, KDE and Xfce images for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

Filing Issues and Bugs

Please report any issues or bugs you encounter while using Foresight 2.5.0. Foresight’s issue tracker, JIRA, is available at https://issues.foresightlinux.org.

Getting Help

Help is available in many forms, and you can choose what you’re most comfortable with.

  • IRC: Visit the Foresight IRC channel, #foresight on Freenode, and ask questions. We have one of the most friendly IRC channels you’ll come across with everyone from users to developers reaching out to help answer questions.
  • Forums: Our forums continue to grow, and are a good source of information to check if a specific problem or question has come up before.
  • Wiki: Documentation on the wiki is growing on a daily basis, with updates often to the Frequently Asked Questions and other how-to’s to get you going with Foresight Linux.
  • Mailing Lists:
    • General List: Subscribe or view archives at http://lists.rpath.org/mailman/listinfo/foresight-distro

Contribute to Foresight Linux

Foresight Linux has a vibrant and friendly community, ready to assist any level of user. Participation is also welcome and encouraged! There are several different ways to engage with the Foresight community:

  1. You can find us in #foresight on chat.freenode.net. Foresight users can click the X-Chat GNOME icon in Applications -> Internet menu to access IRC
  2. Contribute to the Foresight Wiki
  3. Package and maintain software. Visit the Developer Wiki at http://wiki.foresightlinux.com/confluence/display/DEV/Foresight+Linux+Development for more information

More Information

You can find more information about Foresight on our website at http://www.foresightlinux.org.

If you’re new to using Foresight, please check out the Getting Started with Foresight User Guide. Click on System -> User Guide. The User Guide contains information on installing software, adding MP3 and DVD support, and an overview of commonly used applications.

Ask live questions in IRC on the Freenode network in the #foresight channel.

Credits

Thanks to the entire Foresight Linux crew all the developers and users who contributed to and helped test this release.

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your distro should be cool!

Mar
23

Splash Screen Winner

The winner of our Splash Screen design “contest” is Fred Vinícius, designer and illustrator for FredDesign! His winning design can be seen during the boot process for the upcoming Foresight Linux 2.5.0 Release.

Winning Design

Winning Design

On behalf of the entire Foresight Linux crew I would like to congratulate Fred Vinícius and thank everyone who submitted their art work!

Mar
08

Foresight Linux 2.5.0 Release Candidate Galore

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Foresight 2.5.0 RC! This time, we have updated images for GNOME, Xfce and KDE! Things are shaping up quite nicely and thanks to all the feedback we’ve received from our users, we should be releasing our GA images pretty soon!

Well known for being a desktop operating system featuring an intuitive user interface and a showcase of the latest desktop software, this new release brings you the latest GNOME 2.32, KDE 4.6.0, Xfce 4.8, a newer Linux kernel 2.6.35.11, Xorg-Server 1.8, Conary 2.2.13 and a ton of updated applications!

The following images are available for download right now:

Foresight GNOME:

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86-dvd1.iso Size: 1.72 GB
SHA1: e3f2ff5ae3fc455e6bf2fc9cbcb2a8719ae66c30

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86_64-dvd1.iso Size: 1.88 GB
SHA1: 346d053e8cd8476e08967603d7e0d29000440c7c

Foresight KDE:

  • Foresight Linux KDE Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86-dvd1.iso Size: 1.89 GB
SHA1: bf4bcb99d8ce3c1389b99eae968ebf86e34270e6

  • Foresight Linux KDE Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86_64-dvd1.iso Size: 2.11 GB
SHA1: c435607e40d9f3e4aa83eb5f6072a5816004ad12

Foresight Xfce:

  • Foresight Linux Xfce Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86-dvd1.isoSize: 1.27 GB
SHA1: 931be41b19a4ef1d5b96b66c341b32b0fa3b63ad

  • Foresight Linux Xfce Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86_64-dvd1.iso Size: 1.48 GB
SHA1: fbd5e1899e54a5ad76249c74ba3be6856f3ca5e2

For Developers (Devel Label):

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86-dvd1.iso Size: 2.23 GB
SHA1: 9f5b548c8c31b3fddfc7d4a9e19fb9eeffdc6701

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: foresight-2.4.99+rc1+2011.03.07-x86_64-dvd1.iso Size: 2.42 GB
SHA1: f93a9fc18acde88ae299e40cf0a013d0010e8010

Obviously, if you’re already running Foresight Linux 2.5.0 ALPHA2, simply update your system from the command line: sudo conary updateall

The following issues were resolved since our previous release:

  • FL-2699 GEDA electronic design automation tool suite
  • FL-2695 Epson Artisan printers no longer supported
  • FL-2722 man can’t display quotes
  • FL-2723 cURL doesn’t work with HTTPS unless you use –insecure
  • FL-2268 Build giostreamsink plugin into gst-plugins-base
  • FL-2114 Fuppes (upnp and transcoding for xbox/ps3/…)
  • FL-1303 zim
  • FL-1762 emesene-extra-themes:source
  • FL-2702 Synapsy crash
  • FL-1766 zsnes:source
  • FL-2166 Update Spring engine
  • FL-2596 ath9k_htc: Firmware – ar9271.fw not found, TL-WN722N usb wireless stick
  • FL-2710 Update virtualbox-ose to latest available (from 3.2.8 to 4.0.4)
  • FL-2452 logwatch (conary.rpath.com) and dmraid(fl:2-devel) conflict on ISO install
  • FL-2668 X won’t start in some install
  • FL-2709 gdb segfaults immediately upon starting a debugged program
  • FL-2703 gnome-mount options no longer honored
  • FL-2692 openshot complete broken!!!
  • FL-2697 add rtorrent and deps to group-os/world
  • FL-1901 jdownloader

Please report any issues or bugs you encounter while using Foresight 2.5.0 RC. Foresight’s issue tracker, FITS, is available at https://issues.foresightlinux.org.

Thanks to all the developers and users who contributed to and helped test this release.

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your distro should be cool.

Feb
02

Foresight Linux 2.5.0 ALPHA 2 GNOME Edition Release Notes

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Foresight 2.5.0 ALPHA 2 GNOME Edition!

Once again, this alpha release is from our QA branch, and is intended mostly to receive feedback on brand new installs from end-users, specially in relation to the overall behavior of X.org on first boot!

Well known for being a desktop operating system featuring an intuitive user interface and a showcase of the latest desktop software, this new release brings you the latest GNOME 2.32 release, a newer Linux kernel 2.6.35.10, Xorg-Server 1.8, Conary 2.2 and a ton of updated applications!

The following images are available for download right now:

For End Users (QA Label):

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42837&urlType=0
Size: 1.68 GB
SHA1: 9068e94a0c6552409ae46893e2d32bbfedc0b442

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42834&urlType=0
Size: 1.86 GB
SHA1: f8fe9c020f97b114d9f543f427caa498c0f407ac

Obviously, if you’re already running Foresight Linux 2.5.0 ALPHA1, simply update your system from the command line: sudo conary updateall

The following issues were resolved since our previous release:

  • FL-2693  Turn off DRM from faad2
  • FL-2690  git send-email has missing dependencies
  • FL-2689  telepathy-butterfly gime segmentfault to login to msn
  • FL-2684  sendmail-cf doesn’t appear to be in groups
  • FL-2679  the url http://foresightlinux.org is not working
  • FL-2666  get wiki up
  • FL-2667  update the userguide (not closed yet)
  • FL-2668  X won’t start in some install (not closed yet)
  • FL-2670  Choose a new Splash Screen (not closed yet)

Please report any issues or bugs you encounter while using Foresight 2.5.0 ALPHA 2. Foresight’s issue tracker, FITS, is available at https://issues.foresightlinux.org.

Thanks to all the developers and users who contributed to and helped test this release.

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your distro should be cool.

Jan
19

Splash Screen Submissions

A while back I had asked people to submit their art work for a new splash screen to be included in the upcoming Foresight 2.5.0 release. So far we have received submissions from 2 very talented artists and we’re now in the process of choosing one.

Fred Vinícius from FredDesign sent us the following sample:

From Screenshots

Mike Heitzke from Isotope 11 sent us the following samples:

From Screenshots
From Screenshots

So, what do you guys think? Please send us your positive comments and feedback and help us choose the art that will make into the 2.5 release!

Jan
16

Foresight Linux 2.5.0 ALPHA 1 GNOME Edition Release Notes

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Foresight 2.5.0 ALPHA 1 GNOME Edition!

This alpha release, is from our QA branch, and is intended mostly to receive feedback on brand new installs from end-users!

Well known for being a desktop operating system featuring an intuitive user interface and a showcase of the latest desktop software, this new release brings you the latest GNOME 2.32 release, a newer Linux kernel 2.6.35.10, Xorg-Server 1.8, Conary 2.2 and a ton of updated applications!

Localized screenshot of Foresight Linux

Localized screenshot of Foresight Linux

The following images are available for download right now:

For End Users (QA Label):

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42755&urlType=0
Size: 1.68 GB
SHA1: 27cdeb87b82fb653f36725ddcca0c1ef292f20b9

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42767&urlType=0
Size: 1.86 GB
SHA1: b845276b35f5fd8f68ef017f3c348f3ef9d9dd89

For Power Users (Development Label):

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42770&urlType=0
Size: 1.68 GB
SHA1: 53f96867199bdf081e87462aaf4a3d1fb11101eb

  • Foresight Linux GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42758&urlType=0
Size: 1.86 GB
SHA1: 2d4832cb599d08cd5680c5b0a9f7e9b0a85e15d0

For Developer Users (Development Label):

  • Foresight Linux DEVELOPER GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42764&urlType=0
Size: 2.19 GB
SHA1: 27cdeb87b82fb653f36725ddcca0c1ef292f20b9

  • Foresight Linux DEVELOPER GNOME Edition 2.5.0 x86_64:

URL: https://www.rpath.org/downloadImage?fileId=42761&urlType=0
Size: 2.40 GB
SHA1: 78487b46a26704d8076370cd83d4560a55ef27c1

Please report any issues or bugs you encounter while using Foresight 2.5.0 ALPHA 1. Foresight’s issue tracker, FITS, is available at https://issues.foresightlinux.org.

Thanks to all the developers and users who contributed to and helped test this release.

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your distro should be cool.