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    Bluestar Linux Release - E18 Edition - 07/23/2014 by admin
    July 23, 2014, 06:06:52 PM

    E18 Installation Progress Indicator Issue Resolved - part 2 by admin
    July 23, 2014, 01:55:44 PM

    E18 Installation Progress Indicator Issue Resolved by admin
    July 23, 2014, 02:48:33 AM

    Yet another issue - E18 Edition by admin
    July 22, 2014, 02:08:25 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - E18 Edition -07/22/2014 by admin
    July 22, 2014, 12:25:46 PM

    Re-releasing E18 Edition by admin
    July 21, 2014, 10:27:03 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - E18 Edition - 07/21/2014 by admin
    July 21, 2014, 12:47:40 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 07/20/2014 by admin
    July 20, 2014, 03:12:40 PM

    Installer - Fix for Broken Progress Indicator by admin
    July 19, 2014, 07:55:33 PM

    Bluestar Repository Update - 07/19/2014 by admin
    July 19, 2014, 02:34:26 AM

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - E18 Edition - 07/23/2014
    July 23, 2014, 06:06:52 PM by admin
    The new 2014.07.23 Bluestar Linux E18 Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - FIXED INSTALLER (disk preparation and installation progress indicator)

    - linux-3.15.5-2
    - latest enlightenment-0.18.8
    - latest seamonkey-2.26.1, libreoffice-4.2.5
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.394, bluez-5.21-2
    - latest vlc-2.1.5, gimp-2.8.10, yaourt-1.5
    - latest mesa-10.2.4, python-3.4.1, smbclient-4.1.9
    - latest dbus-1.8.6, gtk3-3.12.2, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-4, systemd-215-4
    - latest openssl-1.0.1.h, jre7-openjdk-7.u65_2.5.1-3
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 07/23

    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 E18 Installation Progress Indicator Issue Resolved - part 2
    July 23, 2014, 01:55:44 PM by admin
    It ends up it was a good idea to test the builds for both platforms. I had used a size_t type for the total accumulator in the new dkusage utility which, although good enough for a 64-bit platform, was not big enough for the 32-bit platform - it's now changed to an unsigned long long type.

    The dkusage utility is now available as a an arch package and has been installed in the bluestar repository. The PKGBUILD and source tarball are available from the following location, for those who would prefer to build it from scratch:

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/bluestarlinux/files/extra/dkusage/

    To install from the bluestar repository:

    Code: [Select]
    pacman -S dkusage
    Since I hard-installed dkusage into the upcoming release of the E18 edition, those using this release will need to force the installation of the package to overwrite the existing /usr/bin/dkusage:

    Code: [Select]
    pacman --force -S dkusage
    I intend to expand the available options for this utility, but for now it takes only a single parameter - the name of the directory whose tree for which you want the size:

    e.g.
    Code: [Select]
    dkusage /usr/bin
    The dkusage utility provides an accurate snapshot of the current disk usage of any directory tree. It accumulates the sizes of all files, links and sub-directories (and top-level directory) from the lower-level file stat structure associated with the file object. One caveat to note is that dkusage will become less accurate when used against older directory trees - specifically ones that have had a good deal of deletion activity. When a directory is created, its "file" size is 4096 bytes. As you add files to it, this size increases in 4k increments. However, this extra space is not recovered when you delete files. Instead, the space is left open to be used again when you add new files. For example, if you create a directory and copy in 10,000 files the directory file size will grow to accommodate the 10,000 entries. If you then deleted 9,999 files from the directory, the directory file size will remain the same. If you were to tar up that directory, the directory created when that single file is restored will be sized to accommodate the single file - this represents a difference in size between the source and the destination. In the current case, where it's being used to get an accurate amount of disk usage for the installation, we're working with a brand new directory structure, so the sizes of the source and destination will match exactly. That said, dkusage will almost always still be more accurate than du which uses an estimate based on "apparent size".

    The new release of the E18 edition will be available within the next 4 hours. The x86_64 version is available now for download.

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    xx E18 Installation Progress Indicator Issue Resolved
    July 23, 2014, 02:48:33 AM by admin
    So far, my testing is successful. The x86_64 version appears to be working as expected. To achieve this I had to write a small utility that gathers an accurate byte-count of a directory tree. I'll provide the source code for it - it's very quick and much more accurate than du; it's a C program that grabs the low-level dirent size data for all files, links and directories.

    The problem was that there just isn't an accurate enough Linux utility for calculating the exact size of the data being transferred between 2 tar processes. The du utility only provides an estimate, as do all others that perform a similar function. The pipe-viewer utility I'm using to monitor the data being piped between the 2 tar processes uses an externally calculated size to provide an accurate percentage-done. If the size provided is too small, the pipe-viewer gets to 100%, then starts decrementing (to 99%, 98%, 97%, etc.). There is a "stopper" option that will stop the pipe-viewer at 100% of the size value provided, but if that number is too small (so the amount of data is greater than the size provided), the untar will be truncated and you will lose files from the source file system. If the number provided is too large, the percentage-done will stop short of 100%.

    With the new more accurate utility, I can now provide the exact number of bytes expected. If you ever see the percentage-done go to 100% then 99%, it's no need to worry - it won't be an error, but let's hope you don't see that happen.

    I still have to test the i686 version just to make sure everything is working correctly. I'll be starting the new upload later today. I'll provide the source for dkusage when I post the release. I'll probably package it at some point in time, as well as adding command-line access to the small handful of options it offers internally.

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    xx Yet another issue - E18 Edition
    July 22, 2014, 02:08:25 PM by admin
    Despite extensive testing of the new e18 edition, I'm now seeing an issue with the installation copy. For some reason, I'm getting inconsistent results from the calculation of the transfer size. Sometimes it's correct, sometimes it's not. When it's not, I'm seeing that /usr/bin/bash isn't being copied over which, again, impacts chroot.

    I've renamed the iso file so that it can't be downloaded via my website. Please don't use it. I'm working on figuring out where the inconsistency is coming in, and will fix it as soon as I can.

    My apologies for the inconvenience. Believe me, this is getting old for me too.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - E18 Edition -07/22/2014
    July 22, 2014, 12:25:46 PM by admin
    The new 2014.07.21 Bluestar Linux E18 Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - FIXED INSTALLER (disk preparation and installation progress indicator)

    - linux-3.15.5-2
    - latest enlightenment-0.18.8
    - latest seamonkey-2.26.1, libreoffice-4.2.5
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.394, bluez-5.21-2
    - latest vlc-2.1.5, gimp-2.8.10, yaourt-1.5
    - latest mesa-10.2.4, python-3.4.1, smbclient-4.1.9
    - latest dbus-1.8.6, gtk3-3.12.2, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-4, systemd-215-4
    - latest openssl-1.0.1.h, jre7-openjdk-7.u65_2.5.1-3
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 07/21

    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.

    Again, I apologise for having to re-release this edition after missing an error in my fix to the progress indicator code. I know a good number of people downloaded the 07/20 release and this situation is a great inconvenience. I did do a full end-to-end test of this installer on both platforms, and can assure you that the issues are now fixed.



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    xx Re-releasing E18 Edition
    July 21, 2014, 10:27:03 PM by admin
    There is a problem with the x86_64 installer fix for the installation progress indicator - I did the testing with the i686 version and didn't notice that I'd made a typo that affected the x86_64 version. The /lib64 symlink isn't being copied over to the new filesystem which messes with the remainder of the installation whenever a chroot is required.

    A new build of the e18 edition is almost complete. I'll start the upload when it's done. It should be available some time tomorrow.

    My apologies for the miss.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - E18 Edition - 07/21/2014
    July 21, 2014, 12:47:40 PM by admin
    The new 2014.07.20 Bluestar Linux E18 Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - FIXED INSTALLER (disk preparation and installation progress indicator)

    - linux-3.15.5-2
    - latest enlightenment-0.18.8
    - latest seamonkey-2.26.1, libreoffice-4.2.5
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.394, bluez-5.21-2
    - latest vlc-2.1.5, gimp-2.8.10, yaourt-1.5
    - latest mesa-10.2.4, python-3.4.1, smbclient-4.1.9
    - latest dbus-1.8.6, gtk3-3.12.2, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-4, systemd-215-4
    - latest openssl-1.0.1.h, jre7-openjdk-7.u65_2.5.1-3
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 07/20

    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 Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 07/20/2014
    July 20, 2014, 03:12:40 PM by admin
    The new 2014.07.17 Bluestar Linux Developer Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - FIXED INSTALLER

    - linux-3.15.5
    - latest KDE-4.13.2 + KF5 (kde framework v5.0.0)
    - latest firefox-30.0, chromium-36.0.1985.125, thunderbird-24.6.0
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-14.0.0.145, chromium-libpdf-36.0.1985.125
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.394, bluez-5.21, wayland-1.5.0
    - latest libreoffice-4.2.5, dropbox-2.8.3, wuala-1-20131007
    - latest mariadb-10.0.12, vlc-2.1.5, gimp-2.8.10
    - latest mesa-10.2.3, python-3.4.1, smbclient-4.1.9
    - latest gparted-0.19.0, gtk3-3.12.2, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-4, systemd-215-4, mono-3.4.0
    - latest eclipse-4.4.0, jdk7-openjdk-7.u65_2.5.1-3
    - latest gcc-4.9.0-5, glibc-2.19-5, openssl-1.0.1.h
    - latest mysql-connector-java-5.1.31
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 07/17

    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 Installer - Fix for Broken Progress Indicator
    July 19, 2014, 07:55:33 PM by admin
    Anyone who has installed Bluestar Linux knows that the installation progress indicator provides feedback that is inconsistent with the actual progress. The reason for this was that the filesystem contents were being recursively copied iteratively from the top level directory. Since not all directories are equal - /usr is much much larger than any other directory - the progress reflected by the indicator wasn't of much use (except for 0 and 100%).

    I've fixed the progress indicator and changed the method by which the filesystem contents are copied, bringing the installation time down to about a third of what it used to be.

    This code fix will be introduced in the next release of the e18 edition. The developer edition is already being uploaded, so it will not be possible to apply the fix to this edition.

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    xx Bluestar Repository Update - 07/19/2014
    July 19, 2014, 02:34:26 AM by admin
    The following package update is now available via the bluestar repository:

    spotify-0.9.11.26-1 (64-bit only)

    The 32-bit version is still stalled at v0.9.4.183-4.

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