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Bluestar is a GNU/Linux operating system, built to provide the following features:

 

  • Up-to-date Kernel version - 3.15.x / 3.16.x
  • Fast (optimized for performance)
  • Wide Variety of Applications - Always Current Versions
  • Full Development / Desktop / Multimedia Environment
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    Bslx 64-bit Developer Release File Size Issue by admin
    September 18, 2014, 01:19:53 PM

    Errata - 09/17/2014 by admin
    September 17, 2014, 02:55:49 PM

    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    September 17, 2014, 02:46:16 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 09/15/2014 by admin
    September 17, 2014, 02:35:12 PM

    Website Issue Should Be Resolved by admin
    September 17, 2014, 12:41:06 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 09/11/2014 by admin
    September 12, 2014, 08:07:07 PM

    Bluestar Linux - E18 Edition - Caveat Emptor by admin
    September 12, 2014, 07:28:32 PM

    New Bluestar Repository Mirror by admin
    September 11, 2014, 12:35:34 PM

    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    September 11, 2014, 12:21:06 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 09/02/2014 by admin
    September 02, 2014, 04:57:49 PM

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    xx Bslx 64-bit Developer Release File Size Issue
    September 18, 2014, 01:19:53 PM by admin
    With all the turmoil surrounding my inaccessible website last weekend, I failed to notice that the 64-bit developer release image file had grown to a size that exceeds the max DVD size. My apologies for this - I know that will impact a number of you out there.

    For the next 2 or 3 days I'll be busy working to push out an e19 release, but after that's done I'll circle back and work out a new developer release whose size comes in under that 4700000000 byte size limit.

    Unfortunately, the only workaround in the interim is to use a suitably sized thumb drive - 8G or larger. Just dd the iso image file to the thumb drive or use the windows tool I provide via the sourceforge site (http://sourceforge.net/projects/bluestarlinux/files/tools/win32diskimager-binary.zip/download).

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    xx Errata - 09/17/2014
    September 17, 2014, 02:55:49 PM by admin
    Enlightenment v0.19 has been released. I'll be testing a new build today and hope that this fixes the connman/econnman issue.

    I'll post my results.

    [Edit: Well, I had mixed results. Connman/econnman is still broken so I'm working on replacing it with NetworkManager. The old basic release had started booting up to a black screen and this hasn;t changed. I had been working on an e18plus edition that added a few extra mainstream apps and included some desktop changes that brought it more in line, in terms of L&F, with the KDE releases, and this one boots correctly - but without a working network manager. This one will become the new e19 release once I work out the network management issue. I'll leave the last stable e18 release on the sourceforge site. It should be no issue to install using that image file and perform a full system update - I may even try that myself and see if that leaves me with a working version.]

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    xx Bluestar Repository Update
    September 17, 2014, 02:46:16 PM by admin
    The following packages are now available for download from the bluestar repsoitory:

    python2-efl-1.11.0-1 (update)
    python-efl-1.11.0-1 (update)

    This update does not appear to fix the connman/econnman issue where Enlightenment is concerned - any attempt to configure your network connection crashes the desktop. This appears to be a known issue and I'm keeping an eye on it.

    I may attempt to change the network manager for the e18 release. My first attempt went nowhere, but I'll give it another try.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 09/15/2014
    September 17, 2014, 02:35:12 PM by admin
    The new 2014.09.13 Bluestar Linux Developer Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.16.2
    - 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, gimp-2.8.10
    - latest mesa-10.2.7-3, 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, jdk7-openjdk-7.u65_2.5.2
    - latest gcc-4.9.1, glibc-2.19-5, openssl-1.0.1.i
    - latest mysql-connector-java-5.1.31
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 09/13

    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 Website Issue Should Be Resolved
    September 17, 2014, 12:41:06 PM by admin
    Starting last Thursday night, the website started having problems. After submitting several tickets to support without any satisfactory answers and definitely no resolutions, other youhosting providers started posting a warning about a DDoS attack on server25 - I was on server25. It took until Monday before my hosting provider started posting the same warning. I still received no information from my open support ticket.

    Yesterday I decided to delete this account and create a new one which would result in moving the site to a different server. That required backing everything up and re-uploading everything.

    We're now on a different server, and everything seems to be working thus far. Please let me know if any of you discover something that no longer works properly.

    Thank you for your patience.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 09/11/2014
    September 12, 2014, 08:07:07 PM by admin
    The new 2014.00.09 Bluestar Linux DeskPro Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.16.2
    - latest KDE-4.14.0-2 + KF5.1
    - latest firefox-32.0, chromium-37.0.2062.94, thunderbird-31.1.0
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.400, chromium-pepper-flash-14.0.0.177 (update now available)
    - latest xorg-xinit-1.3.3-4, xorg-server-1.16.0-6
    - latest libreoffice-4.3.1, dropbox-2.10.29, bluez-5.23, wayland-1.5.0
    - latest mariadb-10.0.13, vlc-2.1.5, gimp-2.8.10
    - latest mesa-10.2.7-2, 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 jdk7-openjdk-7.u65_2.5.2, openssl-1.0.1.i
    - latest gcc-4.9.1, glibc-2.19-5, gnupg-2.0.26
    - added paccache-0.1.6
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 09/09

    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 Bluestar Linux - E18 Edition - Caveat Emptor
    September 12, 2014, 07:28:32 PM by admin
    I've been working on trying to get an e18 release ready, but am continuing to run into issues with stability. The problem appears to come down to a mismatch in versions between elf and python-elf. There are a number of core components that depend on python-elf, including econnman used for network configuration, but python-elf is stuck at version 1.10.x while elf has been promoted to version 1.11.x. The 1.11.x version of elf implements a good number of API changes from version 1.10.x, so the mismatch is a big problem. Econnman actually crashes the enlightenment environment.

    In addition to this issue, Enlightenment is also transitioning to full Wayland support, even though at this time there is no stable compositor, only weston which is a reference implementation. Version 0.19 of enlightenment is already in alpha release and is being touted as fully wayland compliant. This is adding another facet to what appears to be a considerate amount of instability.

    So, for now, I'm staying in a holding pattern where the enlightenment release is concerned. I've tried every possible combination of available packages, including a direct git-pull of the python-efl source code, and cannot produce a stable build.

    To those using the e18 edition, I recommend that you perform updates very carefully. Stay away from any enlightenment updates, including anything to do with efl, enlightenment or elementary. If it's too late and you've already destroyed your installation, the current version available from bluestar is stable if you want to perform a re-instalaltion.

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    xx New Bluestar Repository Mirror
    September 11, 2014, 12:35:34 PM by admin
    I've added a new bluestar repository "mirror" (you might call it a pseudo-mirror). To use it, modify your /etc/pacman.conf file so that the bluestar entry looks like this:

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

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    xx Bluestar Repository Update
    September 11, 2014, 12:21:06 PM by admin
    The following packages are now available for download from the bluestar repsoitory:

    gutenmark-2009.05.10-1 (new)
    dropbox-2.10.29-1 (update)
    python-efl-1.10.1-1 (update)
    wuala-daemon-20140719-1 (update)
    moka-icons-git-376.bb0f670-1 (new)
    libreoffice-extension-languagetool-2.6-1 (update)
    chromium-pepper-flash-15.0.0.152-1 (update)
    linguassist-1.3-3 (update)

    italc-2.0.3-1 (new)

    This version of iTalc was built using the latest source code from its git repository. The service does not appear to work with Arch Linux, although I did find an obscure comment in a thread that mentioned an ACL issue, but as we've all experienced, the commenter wasn't kind enough to actually describe the fix - one of those "I fixed it" comments with no explanation. Instead, I've been able to successfully start the italc client daemon using xinit, by adding a 50-italc script to /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d that contains nothing more than "/usr/bin/ica &". It's a poor workaround since the process belongs to the user logged in to the GUI environment, and thus that user can kill that process.

    I'm currently working through the details of setting up an iTalc environment and am about 90% there. I have an environment working, but not a secure environment. When I have vetted the entire setup process, I'll document it and post it here on this website. Unfortunately, the documentation is lousy and it requires much research to find all the pieces required to put the whole thing together.

    A vncserver is required to run iTalc - I'm using tigervnc, which seems to work well so far.

    fet-5.23.2-1 (new)
    fet-extra-5.23.2-1 (new)

    There are 28 language packs for fet. These can be installed manually, using pacman or any of the package tools, or using LinguAssist:

    fet-ar-5.23.2-1
    fet-de-5.23.2-1
    fet-da-5.23.2-1
    fet-ca-5.23.2-1
    fet-es-5.23.2-1
    fet-el-5.23.2-1
    fet-fr-5.23.2-1
    fet-fa-5.23.2-1
    fet-id-5.23.2-1
    fet-hu-5.23.2-1
    fet-he-5.23.2-1
    fet-gl-5.23.2-1
    fet-pt-br-5.23.2-1
    fet-pl-5.23.2-1
    fet-nl-5.23.2-1
    fet-ms-5.23.2-1
    fet-mk-5.23.2-1
    fet-lt-5.23.2-1
    fet-it-5.23.2-1
    fet-sk-5.23.2-1
    fet-si-5.23.2-1
    fet-ru-5.23.2-1
    fet-ro-5.23.2-1
    fet-uk-5.23.2-1
    fet-tr-5.23.2-1
    fet-sr-5.23.2-1
    fet-vi-5.23.2-1
    fet-uz-5.23.2-1

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 09/02/2014
    September 02, 2014, 04:57:49 PM by admin
    The new 2014.09.01 Bluestar Linux Desktop Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.16.1
    - latest KDE-4.14.0
    - latest firefox-31.0, chromium-37.0.2062.94, thunderbird-31.0
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-14.0.0.177
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.400, xorg-server-1.16.0-6
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.3.1, dropbox-2.10.27, bluez-5.22-2
    - latest mariadb-10.0.13, vlc-2.1.5, gimp-2.8.10
    - latest mesa-10.2.6, python-3.4.1, smbclient-4.1.11
    - latest gparted-0.19.1, gtk3-3.12.2, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-4, systemd-216-1
    - latest jre7-openjdk-7.u65_2.5.2-1, openssl-1.0.1.i
    - latest gcc-libs-4.9.1, glibc-2.19-5, gnupg-2.0.26
    - add kup-0.4.2 and paccache-0.1.6
    - see links below for detailed list of changed packages
    - all software up to date as of 09/01

    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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