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

 

  • Up-to-date Kernel version - 3.17.x
  • Fast (optimized for performance)
  • Wide Variety of Applications - Always Current Versions
  • Full Development / Desktop / Multimedia Environment
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    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    January 22, 2015, 10:42:11 AM

    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    January 20, 2015, 08:02:18 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 01/17/2015 by admin
    January 17, 2015, 12:09:52 PM

    Package Management Update by admin
    January 09, 2015, 01:17:24 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 01/09/2015 by admin
    January 09, 2015, 12:40:23 PM

    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    January 06, 2015, 07:17:23 PM

    Pacman and Apper Revisited by admin
    January 03, 2015, 03:31:17 PM

    Preventing Update of Pacman Package by admin
    December 31, 2014, 03:45:22 PM

    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    December 31, 2014, 03:29:31 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - E19 Edition - 12/31/2014 by admin
    December 31, 2014, 03:12:28 PM

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    xx Bluestar Repository Update
    January 22, 2015, 10:42:11 AM by admin
    The following packages are now available for download from the bluestar repository:

    tor-browser-en-4.0.3-2
    tor-browser-es-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-fr-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-pl-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-pt-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-ru-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-tr-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-it-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-de-4.0.3-1

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    xx Bluestar Repository Update
    January 20, 2015, 08:02:18 PM by admin
    The following package updates are now available for download from the bluestar repository:

    blockify-1.7.2-2
    bluebox-git-20140829-1
    copy-agent-1.48.0451-1
    cower-12-2
    dee-1.2.7-4
    dropbox-3.0.5-1
    dropbox-cli-2.10.0-1
    flashplayer-standalone-11.2.202.425-1
    gimp-plugin-resynthesizer-git-2.0.9.gd3730b7-1
    google-chrome-39.0.2171.99-1
    ssx-2.2-2
    kdeplasma-applets-yawp-0.4.5-2
    librecad-2.0.7-2
    kdeplasma-applets-homerun-1.2.5-1
    libgcrypt15-1.5.4-3
    pacaur-4.2.18-1
    package-query-1.5-2
    python2-pyicu-1.8-1
    python-pydot-1.0.29-2
    python-pyicu-1.8-1
    smestorage-4.1.3-1
    openerp-7.0_20140804_231303-1

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 01/17/2015
    January 17, 2015, 12:09:52 PM by admin
    The new 2015.01.15 Bluestar Linux Desktop Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.18.2-2
    - latest kde-4.14.3 + kf5-5.6.0 + kf5-aids-5.6.0
    - latest firefox-35.0.1, chromium-39.0.2171.99, thunderbird-31.4.0
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-16.0.0.257
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.429, xorg-server-1.16.3-2
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.3.5, dropbox-3.0.4, bluez-5.27
    - latest mariadb-10.0.15, vlc-2.1.5-5, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.4.2, python-3.4.2-2, smbclient-4.1.15
    - latest gparted-0.20.0, gtk3-3.14.7, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-218
    - latest jre8-openjdk-8.u25-2, openssl-1.0.1.k
    - latest gcc-libs-4.9.2-2, glibc-2.20-6, gnupg-2.1.1
    - latest kup-0.5.0, paccache-0.1.12-2, bash-4.3.033
    - removed apper, packagekit
    - added kalu-kde, statusnotifier
    - see links below for detailed list of changed packages
    - all software up to date as of 01/15

    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 Package Management Update
    January 09, 2015, 01:17:24 PM by admin
    I've decided to drop apper from future Bluestar Linux releases. There doesn't seem to be any movement on any of the key packages and I can't put the pacman update on hold forever while waiting.

    I've identified a decent replacement for apper called kalu-kde that is compatible with pacman-4.2. It's not quite as elegant but it does provide the same basic functionality, plus a few extras (AUR).

    I'll be updating the bluestar repository later today with the new packages:

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    package-query-1.5
    statusnotifier-0.1.0
    kalu-kde-3.0.0
    kalu-3.0.0

    There's an update order you must use to perform this installation:

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    pacman -S package-query
    pacman -R packagekit packagekit-qt2 python-packagekit apper
    pacman -S pacman
    pacman-db-upgrade
    pacman -S kalu-kde kalu

    You may not have python-packagekit installed - if not, you don't need to remove it.

    The kalu package is a command-line package. If you don't want or need it, don't bother installing it. You will need kalu-kde.

    You will also need to add kalu(-kde) to your autostarts. Go to System Settings->Startup and Shutdown and simply add Utilites->Kalu to the autostarts.

    You may also want to limit kalu's notifications - it can get quite noisy. Open kalu's preferences and check off only "Package upgrades". If you want to also perform AUR updates, you will have to also check off "AUR package upgrades" and provide the command for performing the update via the AUR tab in kalu's preferences. I recommend the following:

    Code: [Select]
    yaourt -Sau
    There are also options for package "watching" and getting Arch Linux News.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 01/09/2015
    January 09, 2015, 12:40:23 PM by admin
    The new 2014.01.05 Bluestar Linux Developer Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.17.6
    - latest kde-4.14.3 + kf-5.5.0
    - latest firefox-34.0.5, chromium-39.0.2171.95, thunderbird-31.3.0
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-16.0.0.235-2, weston-1.6.0
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.425, bluez-5.27, wayland-1.6.0
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.3.5, dropbox-3.0.3
    - latest mariadb-10.0.15, vlc-2.1.5-5, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.4.1, python-3.4.2, smbclient-4.1.14-2
    - latest gparted-0.20.0, gtk3-3.14.6, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-218, mono-3.10.0
    - latest netbeans-8.0.2, jdk8-openjdk-8.u25-2
    - latest gcc-4.9.2-2, glibc-2.20-6, openssl-1.0.1.j
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 01/05

    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.

    Cheers

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    xx Bluestar Repository Update
    January 06, 2015, 07:17:23 PM by admin
    The following package updates are now available for installation:

    pacmanxg4-bin-4.16.2-2
    efx-git-1.11.99.150.2ffc023-1
    dropbox-3.0.4-1
    libreoffice-extension-languagetool-2.8-1
    paccache-0.1.12-2
    e-modules-extra-git-20150105-1

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    xx Pacman and Apper Revisited
    January 03, 2015, 03:31:17 PM by admin
    I've been able to produce a working version of apper that uses pacman-4.2. The trick was to create a new packagekit-qt4 package that does not exist otherwise - ironically the latest Packagekit-Qt source code can be compiled for either qt5 or qt4 depending on a build switch. Currently the AUR only provides packagekit-qt5, built from the same source base.

    I have to do some testing of the package mix, but I intend to upload new versions of package-query, packagekit, packagekit-qt4 and apper to the bluestar repository later today. To install these, you will have to remove pacman from the IgnorePkg component of /etc/pacman.conf. After installing pacman-4.2, you will likely have to run pacman-db-update (fyi).

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    [Edit: well, the new package mix doesn;t work. it all builds, and apper runs, but updates aren't working properly - it seems to go through the motions, and even succeeds at downloading the package updates, but none of the graphical components work properly, not even the update printouts to the main window, and nothing is updated. i suspect we may have to wait until we get a version of apper that's compatible with qt5.]
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    xx Preventing Update of Pacman Package
    December 31, 2014, 03:45:22 PM by admin
    To prevent pacman from attempting to update the pacman package, edit /etc/pacman.conf and set IgnorePkg to "pacman":

    Code: [Select]
    IgnorePkg = pacman
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    xx Bluestar Repository Update
    December 31, 2014, 03:29:31 PM by admin
    The following packages have been added to the bluestar repository:

    smestorage-4.0.9-1
    deb2targz-0.1-7

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - E19 Edition - 12/31/2014
    December 31, 2014, 03:12:28 PM by admin
    The new 2014.12.30 Bluestar Linux E19 Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.17.6
    - latest enlightenment-0.19.2, efl-1.12.2, elementary-1.12.2
    - latest firefox-34.0.5, thunderbird-31.3.0, libreoffice-4.3.5
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.425, bluez-5.26
    - latest vlc-2.1.5-5, gimp-2.8.14, yaourt-1.5
    - latest mesa-10.4.0, python-3.4.2, smbclient-4.1.14-2
    - latest dbus-1.8.12, gtk3-3.14.6, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-218
    - latest openssl-1.0.1.j, jdk7-openjdk-7.u71_2.5.3-3
    - latest dropbox-3.0.3, skype-4.3.0.37-3, spotify-0.9.11.26
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 12/30

    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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