We are very happy to present to you the final release of siduction 2012.2 - Riders on the Storm. Siduction is a full live-distribution with an integrated installer, based on Debian's unstable branch, and we try to release snapshots quarterly.
Siduction 2012.2 is shipped with 4 Desktop-Environments: KDE SC, XFCE, LXDE and Razor-qt, all in 32- and 64-bit variants. Razor-Qt is the latest flavour that joins our regular release cycle after seeing a dev-release in the summer.
The released images are a snapshot of Debian unstable, that also goes by the name of sid, from 2012-12-09. They are enhanced with some useful packages and scripts, our own installer and a custom patched version of the linux-kernel 3.6-9, accompanied by XServer 1.12.4-4.
As the freeze for Debian 7 aka Wheezy will still last some months, we take the opportunity to update and consolidate our package-base with this new release. What is new
Other than updated packages and fresh artwork we ship some more novelties, some in the open, others hidden.
We have fixed a number of bugs that turned up in RC1 and RC2. Thank you for submitting them
Bugs from RC1 The bluewater manual is now available in romanian language, closes #998 fw-detect works again as expected for installing non-free firmware Creation of sources.list during building the images got an overhaul, closes #997 new upstream for wbar, wbar-config added, closes #978 added correct firmware-link for AR7010+AR9287 devices to fw-detect switched to kickoff menu for KDE fixed VG default size of 4 GB for LVM, closes #974 added ntfs-config for easier configuration of ntfs file system
Bugs from RC2 added romanian language-support and translation in the appropriate places like grub/gfxboot, installer and language switcher (qxkb) removing a lock from Chromium after install fixed some regressions introduced with fixes from RC1
Razor-qt, first released in a dev-release in the summer, will now move as a new flavour to our regular release cycle. The Razor-qt team has recently released Razor-qt 0.5.1, which we integrate in our release. Razor-qt Desktop-Environment is not finished yet, but the 0.5 release was a big step to more completion.
XFCE in Debian unstable, due to the freeze for the wheezy release, still is on version 4.8. We have, for this release, packaged and shipped XFCE 4.10 for our users.
LXDE has 2 new packages: lxpolkit, which is LXDE's own polkit package, and lxappearance-obconf, which is a openbox configuration plugin for lxappearance.
The debian-qt-kde team has backported the changes in versions 4.8.4 to 4.8.5 into 4.8.4-5. So the shipped version 4.8.4-5 is basicaly 4.8.5.
A lot of time consuming changes again went into adapting the codebase we forked to our needs. We found the way how artwork was integrated into the different flavours for each release very cumbersome and have reshaped the process. The same thing is happening to the bluewater manual at the moment. The process of adding new pages needs an overhaul to simplify the process. All in all we closed 118 bugs since the last final release, most of them being code rewrites.
Besides that we have received a much needed webserver from a member of the core-team as a donation and have set it up accordingly. Many thanks for that.
The installer still offers btrfs as an experimental filesystem. Please be careful if you use it and always backup your data.