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    Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 10/01/2014 by admin
    October 01, 2014, 05:46:28 PM

    Re: Bash (again) by admin
    September 29, 2014, 03:15:00 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 09/28/2014 by admin
    September 28, 2014, 05:32:29 PM

    Re: Bash by admin
    September 27, 2014, 05:35:41 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 09/26/2014 by admin
    September 26, 2014, 07:58:21 PM

    Bluestar Linux - Developer Edition - Re-Release by admin
    September 24, 2014, 02:32:29 PM

    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    September 24, 2014, 02:10:04 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - E19 Edition - 09/22/2014 by admin
    September 23, 2014, 12:01:41 AM

    Errata - 09/22/2014 by admin
    September 22, 2014, 02:11:03 AM

    Bluestar Linux E19 by admin
    September 22, 2014, 02:04:12 AM

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 10/01/2014
    October 01, 2014, 05:46:28 PM by admin
    The new 2014.09.28 Bluestar Linux DeskPro Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.16.3
    - latest KDE-4.14.1 + KF-5.2.0-3
    - latest firefox-32.0.3, chromium-37.0.2062.120-2, thunderbird-31.1.2
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.406, chromium-pepper-flash-15.0.0.152
    - latest xorg-xinit-1.3.4, xorg-server-1.16.1
    - latest libreoffice-4.3.2, dropbox-2.10.30, bluez-5.23, wayland-1.5.0
    - latest mariadb-10.0.14, vlc-2.1.5-3, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.2.8, python-3.4.1, smbclient-4.1.12
    - latest gparted-0.19.1, gtk3-3.12.2, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-4, systemd-216-3, mono-3.8.0
    - latest jdk8-openjdk-8.u20-3, openssl-1.0.1.i
    - latest gcc-4.9.1-2, glibc-2.20-2, gnupg-2.0.26
    - latest paccache-0.1.10, kup-0.4.2
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 09/28

    Complete listings of package updates are available for the i686 and x86_64 versions.

    This is a combined generic/gma3600 releases. An ISO image file is available for both the i686 and x86_64 platforms. Selecting which version to boot is done using the installation media's syslinux boot menu.



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    xx Re: Bash (again)
    September 29, 2014, 03:15:00 PM by admin
    Another update to bash was released today - v4.3.027. This is the official sync with upstream changes. the changelog can be found here:

    https://projects.archlinux.org/svntogit/packages.git/commit/trunk?h=packages/bash&id=6b7338eb3993d77f2a3eb332ca9783b36ca7f096

    These changes should address the "shellshock" or "bashbug" security issues.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 09/28/2014
    September 28, 2014, 05:32:29 PM by admin
    The new 2014.09.27 Bluestar Linux Desktop Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.16.3
    - latest KDE-4.14.1
    - latest firefox-32.0.3, chromium-37.0.2062.120, thunderbird-31.1.2
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-15.0.0.152
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.406, xorg-server-1.16.1
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.3.2, dropbox-2.10.30, bluez-5.23
    - latest mariadb-10.0.13, vlc-2.1.5-3, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.2.8, python-3.4.1, smbclient-4.1.12
    - latest gparted-0.19.1, gtk3-3.12.2, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-4, systemd-216-3
    - latest jre8-openjdk-8.u20-3, openssl-1.0.1.i
    - latest gcc-libs-4.9.1-2, glibc-2.20-2, gnupg-2.0.26
    - latest kup-0.4.2, paccache-0.1.10, bash-4.3.026
    - see links below for detailed list of changed packages
    - all software up to date as of 09/27

    Complete listings of package updates are available for the i686 and x86_64 versions.

    This is a combined generic/gma3600 releases. An ISO image file is available for both the i686 and x86_64 platforms. Selecting which version to boot is done using the installation media's syslinux boot menu.



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    xx Re: Bash
    September 27, 2014, 05:35:41 PM by admin
    The new version of the Desktop Edition, currently being uploaded, will include the latest version of bash (v4.3.026) which has the following security patches applied:

    - removed funcdef-import.patch as it has been included upstream as bash43-025 patch
    - add bash43-026 patch to address CVE-2014-7169 (from http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2014/09/26/1)
    - add variables-affix.patch (from http://pkgs.fedoraproject.org/cgit/bash.git/tree/bash-4.2-cve-2014-7169-1.patch?id=6319f7c362cfe9062d7bbfec48650caa366da480)
    - add parser-oob-4.2.patch (from http://seclists.org/oss-sec/2014/q3/712)

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 09/26/2014
    September 26, 2014, 07:58:21 PM by admin
    The new 2014.09.23 Bluestar Linux Developer Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.16.3
    - latest KDE-4.14.0 + KF5.2 (kde framework v5.2.0)
    - latest firefox-32.0.1, chromium-37.0.2062.120, thunderbird-31.1.1
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-15.0.0.152
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.406, bluez-5.23, wayland-1.5.0
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.3.1, dropbox-2.10.29, wuala-1-20131007
    - latest mariadb-10.0.13, vlc-2.1.5-3, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.2.8, python-3.4.1, smbclient-4.1.12
    - latest gparted-0.19.1, gtk3-3.12.2, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-4, systemd-216-3, mono-3.4.0
    - latest eclipse-4.4.0-2, jdk8-openjdk-8.u20-3
    - latest gcc-4.9.1-2, glibc-2.20-2, openssl-1.0.1.i
    - latest mysql-connector-java-5.1.31
    - removed efl components, goffice, kmymoney
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 09/23

    Complete listings of package updates are available for the i686 and x86_64 versions.

    This is a combined generic/gma3600 releases. An ISO image file is available for both the i686 and x86_64 platforms. Selecting which version to boot is done using the installation media's syslinux boot menu.

    The size of this re-release is less than 4700000000 bytes and will fit comfortably on a dvd.

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    xx Bluestar Linux - Developer Edition - Re-Release
    September 24, 2014, 02:32:29 PM by admin
    I was able to get the size of the 64-bit version down well under the 4700000000 byte threshold by removing several efl components that weren't needed, as well as goffice (calligra and libreoffice are already included) and kmymoney (gnucash is already included).

    I've also upgraded java to java8 for this release.

    Due to my focus on getting the size down, and the time it takes to rebuild this release, I forgot to add the new repository to /etc/pacman.conf. After installation, simply add the following to the [bluestar] entry:

    Code: [Select]
    Server = http://bluestarlinux.net/downloads/repo/$arch

    Uploading the re-release will take approximately 48 hours.

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    xx Bluestar Repository Update
    September 24, 2014, 02:10:04 PM by admin
    The following packages are now available for download from the bluestar repsoitory:

    sddm-bluestar-theme-0.1-1

    Based on the elarun theme, sddm-bluestar-theme simply replaces the background with the usual black you've all come to know from the boot splash, with the Bluestar Linux logo placed in the lower right corner. It offers all of the elarun functionality.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - E19 Edition - 09/22/2014
    September 23, 2014, 12:01:41 AM by admin
    The new 2014.09.21 Bluestar Linux E19 Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.16.3
    - latest enlightenment-0.19.0
    - latest firefox-32.0.1, thunderbird-31.1.1, libreoffice-4.3.1
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.406, bluez-5.23
    - latest vlc-2.1.5-2, gimp-2.8.14, yaourt-1.5
    - latest mesa-10.2.8, python-3.4.1, smbclient-4.1.12
    - latest dbus-1.8.8, gtk3-3.12.2, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-4, systemd-216-3
    - latest openssl-1.0.1.i, jdk7-openjdk-7.u65_2.5.2-2
    - latest dropbox-2.10.29, skype-4.3.0.37-3, spotify-0.9.11.26
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 09/21

    Complete listings of package updates are available for the i686 and x86_64 versions.

    This is a combined generic/gma3600 release. An ISO image file is available for both the i686 and x86_64 platforms. Selecting which version to boot is done using the installation media's syslinux boot menu.



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    xx Errata - 09/22/2014
    September 22, 2014, 02:11:03 AM by admin
    Next into the breach will be a re-release of the developer edition. I need to get the size of the 64-bit version down so that it fits on a dvd, so I'll have to find a few things to remove. I'll be working on that during this week - if anyone has a any suggestions for things to remove, please feel welcome to offer them up.

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    xx Bluestar Linux E19
    September 22, 2014, 02:04:12 AM by admin
    A Bluestar Linux E19 edition is currently being uploaded to the sourceforge site - eta is approximately 20 hours (rural internet) and the size is less than 2G. The software mix is a little bigger than that of the Desktop edition and smaller than that of the DeskPro edition. I never was able to get connman/econnman working with the more recent Enlightenment releases and have replaced it with NetworkManager. I've also reworked the desktop design so that it's more aligned with the KDE editions.

    The Slim display manager is no longer fully systemd-compliant, so it has been replaced as well. I chose sddm as the replacement. At the moment the sddm theme and the default Bluestar E19 wallpaper clash a bit, but I'll be reworking these for the next release. Sddm comes with 4 themes whose names can be found in /usr/share/sddm/themes (circles, elarun, maldives, maui). The config file is /etc/sddm.conf - feel free to try out different themes. The AUR has a couple of Arch Linux sddm themes - you can install these using yaourt.

    E19 is not as stable as the Enlightenment site would like you to believe - it does have a few glitches which I'm certain will fade away quickly with future updates - none of them are show-stoppers. E19 wasn't in alpha-release for long before they rolled it out - I'm not even certain that they did a beta release.

    E19 is reportedly fully Wayland-compliant.

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