Sunday, January 6. 2013
The Chakra Project Team is proud to announce the fifth "Claire" release, (a codename that followed the KDE SC 4.9 series, and dedicated to the memory of Claire Lotion).
The day the 2012.12 release was announced as the final ISO in the "Claire" series, KDE announced there was going to be a KDE 4.9.5, that fact combined with KDE 4.10 release being pushed back 2-3 weeks and many base packages updated, the team decided to have one more "Claire" release.
Among updates on this release, KDE 4.9.5, Openssl and Krb5 stack, sound group, KDE-telepathy 0.5.2 to name a few. ISOlinux (the start-up of the live session) received a face-lift, plus booting into existing OS and memtest options added. Tribe has fixes for partitioning, username options, much clearer log output, avatar corrections and checks for laptop running on battery, to name some of the parts that were worked on since the last ISO.
As with the previous release, Chakra is no longer shipping a GUI for package management. Appset-qt was the GUI for pacman, but was not handling complex updates as should, so it is dropped from this ISO. In the initial phase of using a built from scratch package manager, there will be no GUI for package management either, so this is a good time to let any user get accustomed to this situation. Pacman is the cli frontend for package management, the online package viewer is there for additional info and searches.
It was decided to no longer provide an i686 ISO. You can read more on this decision in this news article.
Chakra is offering an ISO version that includes all the language packs, many standard KDE apps, the new calligra 2.5.4, amarok, kde-telepathy, spideroak, printer support, minitube, k3b to name a few.
With this release we offer:
Linux 3.6.6 (3.0.43 optional)
DVD image, including all locales and a nice selections of apps
Kapudan, Chakra's desktop greeter, and all around first setup tool
Artwork theme called "Dharma"
Latest openssl 1.0.1c, krb5 1.10.3, curl-7.28.1, libssh2-1.4.3
Enhancements to Chakra tools Tribe and Kapudan
Updated sound stack including Pulseaudio 3.0, and inclusion of gstreamer 1.0.3 packages
* A first showcase of the all new Qt5 and five apps/widgets included in this new version
You can install additional packages from our repositories.
A good start is to read our Wiki or visit our Forums. To create reliable installation media, please follow the instructions in the wiki. Chakra's ISO's do not support unetbootin, and DVDs need a burn speed no higher than 4x.
Download: Images at SourceForge
Wiki: bootable USB-FlashDrive creation
Wiki: Alternate bootable USB-FlashDrive creation
Chakra Beginners Guide
Posted by Manuel Tortosa
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