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    Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 03/23/2015 by admin
    March 23, 2015, 11:42:38 PM

    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    March 22, 2015, 12:58:40 AM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 03/16/2015 by admin
    March 17, 2015, 01:32:05 PM

    Xorg Vesa Issue - Fixed by admin
    March 14, 2015, 10:31:42 PM

    Xorg Vesa Issue - Last Word (hopefully) by admin
    March 14, 2015, 03:03:44 PM

    Xorg Vesa Issue - Continued by admin
    March 01, 2015, 11:37:31 AM

    Xorg Vesa Issue by admin
    February 28, 2015, 02:12:54 PM

    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    February 28, 2015, 01:51:04 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Nvidia Developer Editions - 02/23/2015 by admin
    February 28, 2015, 01:28:43 PM

    LXQT Desktop Added to Bluestar Repository by admin
    February 14, 2015, 03:52:54 PM

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 03/23/2015
    March 23, 2015, 11:42:38 PM by admin
    The new 2015.03.21 Bluestar Linux DeskPro Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.19.2
    - latest kde-4.14.3-3 + kf-5.8.0
    - latest firefox-36.0.3, chromium-41.0.2272.101, thunderbird-31.5.0
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.451, chromium-pepper-flash-17.0.0.134-2
    - latest xorg-xinit-1.3.4-2, xorg-server-1.17.1-4, wayland-1.7.0
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.4.1-2, dropbox-3.0.5, bluez-5.29
    - latest mariadb-10.0.17-2, vlc-2.2.0-2, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.5.1-2, python-3.4.3, smbclient-4.2.0
    - latest gparted-0.21.0-2, gtk3-3.14.9, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-218-2, mono-3.12.1
    - latest jdk8-openjdk-8.u40, openssl-1.0.2.a
    - latest gcc-4.9.2-4, glibc-2.21-2, gnupg-2.1.2
    - latest paccache-0.1.12-2, kup-0.5.0
    - added copy-agent-1.48.0456-2
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 03/21

    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 Repository Update
    March 22, 2015, 12:58:40 AM by admin
    The following package has been added to the bluestar repository:

    popcorntime-bin-0.3.7.2-1

    For more information about this package, you can visit the Popcorn-Time website at https://popcorntime.io/.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 03/16/2015
    March 17, 2015, 01:32:05 PM by admin
    The new 2015.03.15 Bluestar Linux Desktop Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.18.6
    - latest kde-4.14.3-3 + kf5-5.7.0 + kf5-aids-5.7.0
    - latest firefox-36.0.1, chromium-41.0.2272.89, thunderbird-31.5.0
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-17.0.0.134-2
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.451, xorg-server-1.17.1-4
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.4.1-2, dropbox-3.0.5, bluez-5.29
    - latest mariadb-10.0.17-2, vlc-2.2.0-2, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.4.6, python-3.4.3, smbclient-4.2.0
    - latest gparted-0.21.0-2, gtk3-3.14.9, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-218-2
    - latest jre8-openjdk-8.u40, openssl-1.0.2
    - latest gcc-libs-4.9.2-4, glibc-2.21-2, gnupg-2.1.2
    - latest kup-0.5.0, paccache-0.1.12-2, bash-4.3.033
    - see links below for detailed list of changed packages
    - all software up to date as of 03/15

    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 Xorg Vesa Issue - Fixed
    March 14, 2015, 10:31:42 PM by admin
    Arch has released xorg-server-1.17.1-4 which includes the int10-legacy patch. I've confirmed that it does in fact fix the int10 error associated with the vesa module.

    If you've downgraded your version of X because of this bug, you can now remove (or comment out) the IgnorePkg line in /etc/pacman.conf and run a full system upgrade.

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    xx Xorg Vesa Issue - Last Word (hopefully)
    March 14, 2015, 03:03:44 PM by admin
    It turns out that this is an xorg-server bug in the int10 module:

    https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=89353

    The Arch team is now moving on resolving this issue for xorg-server-1.17.1-4:

    https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/43924

    Hopefully we'll see the new xorg-server release soon.

    Cheers
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    xx Xorg Vesa Issue - Continued
    March 01, 2015, 11:37:31 AM by admin
    I've uploaded 2 files to the sourceforge site for downgrading your version of Xorg:

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/bluestarlinux/files/extra/xorg-downgrade/xorg-downgrade.i686.tar.gz/download
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/bluestarlinux/files/extra/xorg-downgrade/xorg-downgrade.x86_64.tar.gz/download

    The former is for i686 platforms, the latter is for x86_64 platforms.

    Both files contain the necessary package files and a simple script for performing the downgrade.

    If your system cannot be accessed via ssh, you will have to perform the downgrade using the live media installation system. It's not difficult, but it does require taking the correct steps in the correct order.

    1) boot up your live system media, become root and mount your system's root partition:

    Code: [Select]
    $ su
    # mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

    2) change directory to /mnt and create a temporary directory somewhere - do whatever you need to do to transfer the downgrade tarball file to this directory.

    3) change directory to somewhere other than /mnt (just "cd" to go home is good enough).

    4) call arch-chroot and change-root to /mnt

    Code: [Select]
    # arch-chroot /mnt
    5) you will now find yourself in the new root directory

    6) change directory to the temporary directory you created - it will now be located relative to the new root directory.

    7) untar the tarball

    Code: [Select]
    # tar xzpf xorg-downgrade.i686.tar.gz
    ...or xorg-downgrade.x86_64.tar.gz, depending on your platform

    8.) run the downgrade script

    Code: [Select]
    # ./xorg-downgrade.sh
    9) exit the chroot - ctrl-D

    10) reboot.

    If you have any questions, let me know.

    Cheers
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    xx Xorg Vesa Issue
    February 28, 2015, 02:12:54 PM by admin
    There is a bug in the latest release of xf86-video-vesa that will prevent bluestar gma3600 users from starting up X-windows. Unfortunately, the only solution for the time-being is to downgrade your version of xorg-server which will require a downgrade of virtualbox and all xf86-video driver packages.

    References:

    https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/43924
    http://lists.x.org/archives/xorg/2015-February/057183.html

    The basic list of package versions to which you must downgrade is as follows:

    For i686 platforms:

    Code: [Select]
    xf86-video-ark-0.7.5-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-ast-0.97.0-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-ati-1:7.5.0-1-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-cirrus-1.5.2-4-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-dummy-0.3.7-3-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-fbdev-0.4.4-3-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-geode-2.11.16-1-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-glint-1.2.8-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-i128-1.3.6-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-intel-2.99.917-1-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-mach64-6.9.4-4-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-mga-1.6.3-3-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-modesetting-0.9.0-2-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-neomagic-1.2.8-3-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-nouveau-1.0.11-2-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-nv-2.1.20-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-openchrome-0.3.3-4-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-r128-6.9.2-3-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-savage-2.3.7-3-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-siliconmotion-1.7.7-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-sis-0.10.7-6-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-tdfx-1.4.5-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-trident-1.3.6-6-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-v4l-0.2.0-14-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-vesa-2.3.2-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-vmware-13.1.0-1-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-voodoo-1.2.5-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    virtualbox-4.3.20-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    virtualbox-guest-modules-4.3.20-8-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    virtualbox-guest-utils-4.3.20-5-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    virtualbox-host-modules-4.3.20-8-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xorg-server-1.16.4-1-i686.pkg.tar.xz
    xorg-server-common-1.16.4-1-i686.pkg.tar.xz

    For x86_64 platforms:

    Code: [Select]
    xf86-video-ark-0.7.5-5-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-ast-0.97.0-5-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-ati-1:7.5.0-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-cirrus-1.5.2-4-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-dummy-0.3.7-3-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-fbdev-0.4.4-3-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-glint-1.2.8-5-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-i128-1.3.6-5-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-intel-2.99.917-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-mach64-6.9.4-4-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-mga-1.6.3-3-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-modesetting-0.9.0-2-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-neomagic-1.2.8-3-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-nouveau-1.0.11-2-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-nv-2.1.20-5-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-openchrome-0.3.3-4-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-r128-6.9.2-3-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-savage-2.3.7-3-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-siliconmotion-1.7.7-5-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-sis-0.10.7-6-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-tdfx-1.4.5-5-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-trident-1.3.6-6-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-v4l-0.2.0-14-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-vesa-2.3.2-5-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-vmware-13.1.0-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xf86-video-voodoo-1.2.5-5-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    virtualbox-4.3.20-4-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    virtualbox-guest-modules-4.3.20-8-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    virtualbox-guest-utils-4.3.20-4-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    virtualbox-host-modules-4.3.20-8-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xorg-server-1.16.4-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    xorg-server-common-1.16.4-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz

    You will also have to add the following line to your /etc/pacman.conf file:

    Code: [Select]
    IgnorePkg   = xf86-video-ark xf86-video-ast xf86-video-ati xf86-video-cirrus xf86-video-dummy xf86-video-fbdev xf86-video-geode xf86-video-glint xf86-video-i
    128 xf86-video-intel xf86-video-mach64 xf86-video-mga xf86-video-modesetting xf86-video-neomagic xf86-video-nouveau xf86-video-nv xf86-video-openchrome xf86-
    video-r128 xf86-video-savage xf86-video-siliconmotion xf86-video-sis xf86-video-tdfx xf86-video-trident xf86-video-v4l xf86-video-vesa xf86-video-vmware xf86
    -video-voodoo virtualbox virtualbox-guest-modules virtualbox-guest-utils virtualbox-host-modules xorg-server xorg-server-common

    I do have all of these package files set aside and I will package them up with a simple script for doing the downgrade. However, it will be a little later today before I can get to it. When I've prepared and uploaded the downgrade packages, I will also provide instructions on how to perform the downgrade on systems that have become inaccessible.

    Needless to say, I will not be preparing a new Bluestar Linux release until this issue is fixed.

    Cheers
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    xx Bluestar Repository Update
    February 28, 2015, 01:51:04 PM by admin
    The following packages are now available for installation from the bluestar repository:

    pipelight-0.2.8-2
    ttf-ms-fonts-2.0-10
    wine-silverlight-1.7.37

    Cheers
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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Nvidia Developer Editions - 02/23/2015
    February 28, 2015, 01:28:43 PM by admin
    The new 2015.02.18 and 2015.02.19 Bluestar Linux Nvidia Developer Editions have been released and are available for download. These releases provide the following features:

    - linux-3.18.6
    - latest kde platform-4.14.3-3 + applications-14.12.2 + framework-5.6.0
    - latest firefox-35.0.1, chromium-40.0.2214.111, thunderbird-31.4.0
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-16.0.0.305, weston-1.7.0
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.442, bluez-5.28, wayland-1.7.0
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.4.0-2, dropbox-3.0.5
    - latest mariadb-10.0.16, vlc-2.1.5-5, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.4.4, python-3.4.2-2, smbclient-4.1.16
    - latest gparted-0.21.0-2, gtk3-3.14.8, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-218-2, mono-3.12.0
    - latest netbeans-8.0.2, jdk8-openjdk-8.u31
    - latest gcc-4.9.2-3, glibc-2.21-2, openssl-1.0.2
    - latest mysql-connector-java-5.1.34
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 02/18 & 02/19

    Complete listings of package updates are available for the nv304xx, nv340xx and nvidia versions. All versions are for x86_64 platforms.

    Cheers

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    xx LXQT Desktop Added to Bluestar Repository
    February 14, 2015, 03:52:54 PM by admin
    LXQT-0.9.0 has been added to the bluestar repository. Feel free to install it and try it out:

    Code: [Select]
    pacman -S lxqt
    After installation, you can select it as your DE from kdm's session drop-down menu.

    Cheers

    [Edit: Arch has now added lxqt-0.9.0 to its official repositories. I'll be removing lxqt from the bluestar repository in the next couple of days so that it won;t interfere with future updates.]
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