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

 

  • Up-to-date Kernel version: 3.13.x
  • Fast (optimized for performance)
  • Wide Variety of Applications - Always Current Versions
  • Full Development / Desktop / Multimedia Environment
  • Arch Linux Based Distribution
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    Repository Update - 04/22/2014 by admin
    April 22, 2014, 01:55:01 AM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 04/16/2014 by admin
    April 16, 2014, 11:02:44 PM

    Repository Update - 04/15/2014 by admin
    April 15, 2014, 11:21:57 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - E18 Edition - 04/13/2014 by admin
    April 13, 2014, 03:47:49 PM

    Repository Update - 04/13/2014 by admin
    April 13, 2014, 01:46:09 AM

    Xorg issue follow-up - 04/12/2014 by admin
    April 12, 2014, 01:24:40 AM

    Errata - 04/11/2014 by admin
    April 11, 2014, 02:30:09 AM

    Update issue with freeimage package by admin
    April 09, 2014, 12:17:55 AM

    Errata - 04/02/2014 by admin
    April 02, 2014, 04:16:02 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 03/29/2014 by admin
    March 29, 2014, 03:32:14 PM

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    xx Repository Update - 04/22/2014
    April 22, 2014, 01:55:01 AM by admin
    The following packages have been added to the bluestar repository:

    dropbox-2.6.29-1
    dolphin-dropbox-plugin-hg-27-1

    The dropbox package is an update to dropbox-2.6.25.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 04/16/2014
    April 16, 2014, 11:02:44 PM by admin
    The new 2014.04.15 Bluestar Linux Desktop Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.14.1
    - latest KDE-4.12.4
    - latest firefox-28.0.1, chromium-34, thunderbird-24.4.0.1
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.350, bluez-5.17
    - latest libreoffice-4.2.3, dropbox-2.6.25
    - latest mariadb-5.5.36, vlc-2.1.4, gimp-2.8.10
    - latest mesa-10.1.0, python-3.4.0, smbclient-4.1.6
    - latest gparted-0.18.0, gtk3-3.12.1, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2, systemd-212
    - latest procps-ng-3.3.9-2 (replaces sysvinit)
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 04/15

    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.

    Discontinued versions of Bluestar Linux can now be found either here via the main web site, or here via the sourceforge site.

    This release also includes the new Spring splash screen and wallpaper.



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    xx Repository Update - 04/15/2014
    April 15, 2014, 11:21:57 PM by admin
    The following packages have been added to the bluestar repository:

    wuala
    wuala-daemon

    Wuala is a cloud storage provider; its website can be found at http://www.wuala.com/. Wuala provides 5 GB of free storage, encrypted transfers and locally hosted passwords. The java client appears to be quite solid and is easy to use.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - E18 Edition - 04/13/2014
    April 13, 2014, 03:47:49 PM by admin
    The new 2014.04.12 Bluestar Linux E18 Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.14.0
    - latest enlightenment-0.18.6
    - latest seamonkey-2.25, libreoffice-4.2.3
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.350, bluez-5.17
    - latest vlc-2.1.4, gimp-2.8.10
    - latest mesa-10.1.0, python-3.4.0, smbclient-4.1.6
    - latest gparted-0.18.0, gtk3-3.10.7, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2, systemd-212
    - latest procps-ng-3.3.9-2 (replaces sysvinit)
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 04/12

    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.

    Discontinued versions of Bluestar Linux can now be found either here via the main web site, or here via the sourceforge site.



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    xx Repository Update - 04/13/2014
    April 13, 2014, 01:46:09 AM by admin
    I have added 2 new packages to the bluestar repository - nouveau-fw and dropbox. The following were added for both the i686 and x86_64 platforms:

    nouveau-fw-325.15-1
    dropbox-2.6.25-1

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    xx Xorg issue follow-up - 04/12/2014
    April 12, 2014, 01:24:40 AM by admin
    Ok. After a day of working on this xorg.conf.d/20-gpudriver.conf issue, and discovering that it's needed for the gma3600 but not for anything else, I've had to get creative to come up with a solution. The issue doesn't impact installations since I check for the gma500_gfx module before copying the .conf file to the new file system, but it has created a huge problem for the combined generic/gma3600 releases.

    Anyway, my solution was to create a new initcpio hook, named gma3600, which mounts a file-based file system onto /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d containing the files normally installed to this directory plus the 20-gpudriver.conf file. The generic kernel command line will disable this hook (so the mount won't occur). I just tested it successfully, but still have a couple of minor modifications to complete before building final releases of the e18 edition. I should have it uploaded by late Sunday / early Monday.

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    xx Errata - 04/11/2014
    April 11, 2014, 02:30:09 AM by admin
    There are a couple pieces of important information to pass on to everyone.

    First, regarding the nouveau graphics driver issues, the problem appears to show up only if you use an opengl screensaver. Otherwise, it seems to be solid and in fact, I'm sensing a performance improvement since the 3.14 kernel update. A pretty decent screensaver alternative is sonar for those of you who would like something less dull than most of the other non-opengl screensavers.

    The next important topic also has to do with graphics issues. Please remove the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-gpudriver.conf. If you are not running with a gma3600 graphics adapter, the contents of this file will mess with your graphics - this is a recent development and it's going to be related to some recent graphics library update, possibly an xorg component. This file will be removed from all future releases.

    [Edit: Do not remove the 20-gpudriver.conf file if you are using gma3600 graphics hardware. The real solution to this issue appears to be that, if you have this file, regardless of your graphics hardware, you need to move it to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-gma500_gfx.conf:

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    mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-gpudriver.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-gma500_gfx.conf
    Sorry for the mixup - trying to finalize the new setup.]

    Of interest to a few of you, linux-3.14 seems to fix the mousedev issue - at least I haven't seen it come up at all since the kernel update. I was seeing it constantly in the e18 builds, but the error has now disappeared.

    I am currently preparing a new release of bluestar-linux-e18. If all tests are successful, it should be available by this weekend.

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    xx Update issue with freeimage package
    April 09, 2014, 12:17:55 AM by admin
    For those who may be frustrated by the file conflict error that occurs when updating the freeimage package, run the following at the command prompt:

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    pacman --force -S freeimage
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    xx Errata - 04/02/2014
    April 02, 2014, 04:16:02 PM by admin
    I noticed yesterday that linux-3.14 has been released, although it could be a couple of weeks before we see it appear as an Arch update. One of the more visible broken things that seems to have been fixed is the "mousedev" issue - apparently some change in 3.13 caused the open function to be called before the device had been instantiated causing a massive error dump and, in many cases, leaving users without a touchpad or keyboard. Looking forward to seeing that error disappear. Was seeing that myself on my hp dv2500 whenever I tried to boot up linux 3.13 - I also had an issue with a total collapse of the graphics subsystem after a random period of time which I can't help wondering wasn;t due to the mousedev issue and a case of broken xinput. I guess we'll see.

    I'm not planning any new releases until Arch pushes linux-3.14. I don;t see much point. The latest 3.13.8 release seems minor and nothing significant jumps out at me from the changelog. I should begin the cycle with a new, combined e18 release.

    Meanwhile, I'm still monitoring the nouveau and gma3600 graphics drivers - nothing significant to report recently. It looks like the gma3600 developer has backgrounded the xf86-video-gma500 work for now. The last code change for that project was a month ago.

    I've also downloaded the old code for GLI, which is/was the Gentoo Linux Installer - it was deprecated in early 2009 when Gentoo did away with their live system. Although written in Python, the installer looks well written and worth a look. I'm hoping it may serve as a good foundation for a real graphical Bluestar installer.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 03/29/2014
    March 29, 2014, 03:32:14 PM by admin
    The new 2014.03.28 Bluestar Linux Desktop Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.13.7
    - latest KDE-4.12.3
    - latest firefox-28.0.1, chromium-33, thunderbird-24.4.0.1
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.346, bluez-5.16
    - latest libreoffice-4.2.2, ubuntuone-13.10
    - latest mariadb-5.5.36, vlc-2.1.4, gimp-2.8.10
    - latest mesa-10.1.0, python-3.4.0, smbclient-4.1.6
    - latest gparted-0.18.0, gtk3-3.10.7, libldap-2.4.39
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2, systemd-212
    - latest procps-ng-3.3.9-2 (replaces sysvinit)
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 03/28

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

    This is the second of the 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.

    Discontinued versions of Bluestar Linux can now be found either here via the main web site, or here via the sourceforge site.

    This release also includes the new Spring splash screen and wallpaper.



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