|Posted by raymerjacque on April 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM||comments (28)|
MakuluLinux Mate 1.8 Imperium Edition
The first release in our new 6 series dubbed "Imperium" ( Latin for "power to command" ), also our first Dual Mode Solo Mate Build. This release allows users to customize their settings and software upon installation, Now users can setup their desktop the way they want it with the software they want while still experiencing an "out of the box" Experience, those that don't want an out of the "box experience" will now have an option to turn the system into a "bare-bone" system with a few clicks. MakuluLinux Mate brings users the best of both worlds.
MakuluLinux Mate Edition features the following :
Upon First boot after Installation, the user will be presented by the post install utility which will guide him through various settings easily, This will assist new comers to Linux to skip difficulty doing the basic necessities that are required after installation as well as allow them to easily customize the system, Advanced users will also appreciate the ease of being able to simply select an option and skip a series of tiring steps, the Utility is very automated requiring only user interaction when needed.
The utility tends to the following tasks :
New Apps in MakuluLinux Mate :
MakuluLinux Mate Edition provides the same familiarity users had with the 5 series, but with far more control. It allows users to instantly turn the system into a bare-bone system with minimal software installed, allowing them to install all their own software while keeping the standard makulu look and feel. The user can now install, remove software without even touching the terminal, he can set his closest repository sources and even do a repository repair without touching the terminal. Running on an old system and don't have much ram, user can turn animation on/off, turn wallpaper on/off with a single click.. the power is now in your hands to easily customize your system.
MakuluLinux Installer :
The installer has gone through its fourth upgrade, in the latest version user now has an easy install mode which will allow for a much smoother installation with far less user input required. Additionally the terminal window which mainly shows the files being copied to hard drive will now also show information on installation progress. The installer has also been split into 2 sections, after initial install upon first reboot user will be guide through a post setup utility which will guide him through setting up his desktop.
News Streaming :
We have upgraded the news streaming feature, instead of putting a document on the user's desktop ( something we saw in the survey allot of users did not like ), we have now linked the news to system start up. Meaning if their is a new news it will download it via standard updates, On the next reboot of the system, the user will be asked if he wants to read the news doc or not, so user now has a choice to read or ignore latest news. The same system is implemented for Important Info.
A lot of optimizations done throughout the distro, With animation, wallpaper changer and dock bar switched off Makulu Mate uses only around 200mb of ram, with all animation on, the ram usage sits at around 260mb of ram on idle, that is extremely low for a Mate edition considering everything implemented into this edition.
The drive/goal behind the 6 series is based on the user survey we conducted, it was clear that users wanted more control over the system, wanted easier navigation, a much simpler installer as well as the ability to have a trimmed down bare-bone version of makulu with the freedom to install their own software. This whole series is based on user wants and needs, As for this specific release of Makulu Mate, this was a personal battle i had to fight, I started work on this release over a year ago, initially this was going to be the first release of the 4 series, but with much work, many setbacks and frustration I had to put it on hold, This is not simply just a slap it together and put it out there... This release is probably responsible for half of the grey hair i started noticing over the last year, It is a personal score i had to settle, a project i refused to give up on and I hope the result will reflect the amount of work that went into this build.
I would like to thank everyone that took part in the survey, I have tried to balance all the requests while still maintaining a solid out of the box experience. Expect another survey in very near future...
I also want to thank all the testers, You guys were simply Awesome ! your feedback assisted me greatly, and even critical judgement s at times has guided me to make changes I probably would not have done other wise.
And Lastly i want to thank Les for letting us host a mirror of the ISO on the Australis server box.
[IMPORTANT] Please remember to enable PAE AND 3D Acceleration if you will be running this release in virtual-box.
I am extremely happy and proud of this release, it is the first time MakuluLinux has imprinted its own unique stamp on a build that was built based on feedback from its user base, it is also the first time we are actually doing our own thing and adding value to a distrobution in terms of originality. It is certainly a massive leap forward in the right direction, the end result is a very beautiful, yet powerful and very stable version of Debian Mate 1.8 which is unmatched anywhere on this planet !
Current Known bugs or issues :
We hope you all enjoy this release, its been a lot of hard work in the making. You can grab your copy of MakuluLinux Mate Edition from bottom of this page :
|Posted by raymerjacque on March 22, 2014 at 9:10 AM||comments (7)|
Iv'e made a Third revision to the installer for the new and upcoming Imperium series. From the information of the survey it was clear that some users struggled in certain areas of installation, so I have added a dual Install mode. Easy install and Expert install, the expert install is pretty much the same as it has always been, however the easy install mode now simplifies the install process quite a bit.
The user in easy install mode now has 5 simple choices, the rest is automated, the choices are as follows :
|Posted by raymerjacque on March 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM||comments (15)|
I have been keeping this Version a secret until now, Mostly because it has been a difficult version to build on, Mate is currently considered miles behind the the more popular of the desktop environments available out there, it doesnt even support GTK3 yet... However, Mate being my most favorite desktop environment, I saw this as a challenge that I just had to bite the bullet and make it work....
So now I present to you a preview video Clip on MakuluMate Test Build 1 of the Imperium series of releases. This video clip will show off some of the features we are also implementing into the upcoming Xfce Impreium release, However, this clip is about mate, not XFCE so I will keep the topic limited to Mate chat only.
Please take care to notice how smooth it runs, how fast it runs and how bloody awesome it looks for a GTK2 desktop
Here is the Video Clip Preview of MakuluMate :
Please feel free to comment below, All user input is important to us.
|Posted by raymerjacque on February 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM||comments (21)|
MakuluLinux XFCE 5.0, built on a strong debian base, offers users not only stability and speed, but now also provides a much more effective modern "eye candy" animated desktop environment.
Pre-compiled with hundreds of themes and wallpapers, users can really take full advantage of configuring their desktop to their liking. Dual Menu's now allow users to either click bottom left of the desktop to make use of the familiar whisker menu or click bottom right and make use of the fancy mouse driven slingshot launcher. New features enable users to receive wallpapers, themes and icon packs and news without the need for any user interaction. MakuluLinux Xfce 5.0 is also the first release to show off the newly revamped Makulu Installer.
Based on Debian Testing and Kernel : 3.12.x PAE enabled.
Major Software changes :
New software :
ALL software have been updated to latest versions, more than 500mb worth of updates and bug fixes applied throughout the distro.
The following folders have been moved and a symlink has been added to their original
New Installer :
As per user requests I have tried to incorporate easier navigation menu's, I have also included a configure Timezone, Locales and Keyboard. The new installer included with Makululinux now has a much easier to use step by step interface, users should no longer get lost in all the menu's and options, each menu now has a much more specific description to guide installation. However if new users do struggle, there is a easy to follow video guide on the desktop of live mode.
Create New User :
Creation of additional user has been fixed, now when users create an additional user via the "user and groups" in the menu it will now change the new users desktop to the default Makulu settings from live mode and not default back to standard XFCE settings.
Fixed a issue where the user would set the panel to auto hide or move panel to top and the windows would show a gap in the bottom of the screen, this was a margin setting in workspaces which has been corrected.
User Guide Icon :
I have replaced the install guide with a user guide icon on desktop, this icon will not be removed after installation, simply because it points to the FAQ ( frequently asked questions ) part of the site and in the long run as the section fills up will be useful for new users to find their feet in linux. If you get stuck with anything, be it installation, changing user password, installing drivers or whatever the problem, check the user guide to see if there is a guide to your issue, if not post on the forum and i will make a guide to add to the section.
Dual Menu's :
Dual Menu's now allow users to either click bottom left of the desktop panel to make use of the familiar whisker menu or click bottom right on the panel and make use of the fancy mouse driven slingshot launcher. Slingshot launcher is easy to navigate, is mouse driven and looks great. It runs very smooth with mouse scrolling and even sports a search function.
Compiz Animation :
There is plenty animation offered in MakuluLinux Xfce 5.0, We have integrated both Compiz and Emerald into Makululinux XFCE edition. Compiz providing the pre-enabled animation ( Wobbly Windows, 3D Cube, Window Previews, Animated effects ) and emerald providing the beautiful window borders. Please note that setting your theme in XFCE theme manager will change the theme, but not the window borders, these are now controlled via Emerald theme manager. to use the cube simply hold CTRL+ALT and drag your screen left or right with your mouse pointer. Please bare in mind that now that compiz is pre installed the default window Manager and window Manager tweaks in control center will no longer work since the window manager is set to "Marco" by default now. This is not a bug !
Wallpapers, themes and icon packs :
MakuluLinux XFCE edition now sports a total of 79 beautiful wallpapers at the users disposal, these range from abstract, architecture, nature, animated, wildlife, environment, cartoons and so forth, we have tried to cater for a wide variety of taste. Wallpapers are managed by "Variety Wallpaper changer" and are automatically changed every 1 hour. In addition users have more than 100 theme combinations and 10 Icon packs at their finger tips. Many themes have been updated, fixed and options have been much more refined. Unlike the previous version of Xfce, User must now use "Apearance" to change the default theme and not "Xfce Theme Manager".
Wallpaper and theme streaming :
We have added a new feature to MakuluLinux XFCE that will allow us to send through new wallpaper and themes to user without the need for user interaction, New wallpapers and Themes will come through via the update manager and simply just show up in theme manager and background properties. These also include emerald themes.
Emerald themes :
Default path changed from /home/user/.emerald to /usr/share/.emerald, if you install custom emerald themes please make sure to install them to correct directory. Please do not edit directory structure or you will not receive theme updates automatically. there is a nice variety of themes included by default in emerald, More will be streamed through to user from time to time.
MakuluLinux repository now hosts a abundance of software found on no other debian repo, We specifically host software that is not available anywhere else or is extremely outdated on other repo's ( at the time of this article ). The repository will send through updates for software, any patches as well as stream through extra eye candy and even news to user desktops. I want to be clear, since i can hear some users already screaming "security risks ?", let me assure you, we use a secured signed repository, there is no security risks involved, anything that gets streamed to the users desktop is carefully selected or approved by me and since it comes through via the update manager the user has the ability to deselect the package.
sources list has been modified, MakuluLinux repo has been added. In addition the Debian repo's are now pointing to a re-director online script to search for the fastest mirror nearest your location to ensure top speed and availability. I have also added a “sources list editor” entry in the menu under the system tab that will allow you to open and edit your sourceslist with a single click.
News Streaming :
Tickr will no longer stream news, News and important notes will now be sent via the update manager to the users desktop in notepad format, meaning after you do an update you might just find a file on the desktop labeled "Makulu News" or "important please read", this file you can read and then delete. Whenever there is news, or any important information we would like to send to the user, this is the method we will use, the updates may even be in the form of links, for example if there is a new teaser video, we may send you a html shortcut to your desktop. Please take note that if multiple users are created on a system, only the first initial user created apon installation will receive the news stream.
As of the 5 series, all wallpapers and themes will be backported to previous releases, what this means is when future version 6 and on-wards get released, wallpapers and themes will be automatically backported to previous versions without the need for user interaction. For version 4.4 users that wish to receive version 5 wallpapers and themes, you can find these in the synaptic package manager under "makuluwallpapersxfce" and "makuluthemesxfce" ( provided you have added makulu repository to your sources list ). XFCE 4.4 Users that want Compiz and emerald can grab it from the MakuluLinux repository.
Known Issues :
Compiz settings manager, the text on some darker themes does not display. <-- This has been fixed, just run update manager on makulu and the fix will be applied.
There seems to be a bug with latest version of chromium that randomly freezes in virtualbox if 3D acceleration is enabled, this seems to affect certain virtual machines only and is only limited to virtualbox. If you are one of the effected just use "Chromium 4 vbox" in the internet catagory in your menu to run chromium.
I consider every release of XFCE before this one a "Beta" release really, because for the first time since ive started this project I actually feel good about a release, I have alot more control with our own Repo, and I am finally in a place where my skills as a developer can show in my work in the way i want it to. that does not mean it is perfect, there is always room for improvement, It simply means that I deem this release ready for daily use and not simply a "testing" distro anymore.
The goal/drive behind MakuluLinux XFCE 5.0 was to enhance the user desktop experience, not simply just offer more themes and wallpapers but to enhance features as well, modernize the desktop, bring it more up to par with other environments and make the user feel good and proud of his XFCE desktop environment. One of Xfce's biggest flaws is that altho it is stable and fast, it doesn't offer much eye candy out the box and users that like eye candy are easily put off with its dullness and difficulty setting up the eye candy. We also wanted to get more involved with the users desktop experience in the 5 series of MakuluLinux, thus was born the idea to stream through content to users, with this new feature we can stream through via the update manager new themes, wallpapers, icons and even important sticky notes that we can place right on the users desktop. I have been chatting to some devlopers from other distro's and there has been talk of us possibly starting a monthly podcast and even these podcasts we can stream straight to the users desktop, the possibilities are endless. It is also the first time in history that something like this is even being done on a linux distribution to my knowledge, that alone makes all the work on this new distro worthwhile. To put it simply, I think we have now entered the Arena of the big leagues. On that note, I am Always open to ideas or suggestions on things users would like streamed to their desktops, as long as it is legal, if you have any suggestions on certain themes or found a awesome wallpaper you want to add to our collection please post it in the forums and if approved, I will do the rest. from here on out i would consider our distro's a true rolling release with us having full control of content, Users can expect allot of updates and interaction from developers.
I would like to end with a very big thank you to everyone involved in assisting me with this project.
To the guys at OLC, you guys are awesome, This build would not have been possible without your guidance and assistance, I very much appreciate everything you guys have done, you have made me feel welcome from the moment I entered your community and helped me so much when you didn’t have to. I highly recommend that makulu users pop into the OLC group via mumble and say hello to this awesome crowd.
To the refracta team, thank you for assisting me with the rewrite of the installer, very much appreciate your patience with me.
Finally to the users, You guys have given me valuable feedback and criticism that has allowed me to evolve and mature the project at a steady pace to what it is today, I thank you guys all for your support and patience, and remember to keep giving me your input, Makulu is built on the input of its user base and will continue to follow on that principle.
I apologize for the lengthy release notes, I really hope users enjoy this release, MANY hours of labor went into making this, and most of these features will be ported to the other builds which will be due soon ...
|Posted by raymerjacque on February 7, 2014 at 4:40 AM||comments (0)|
I have taken all user feedback and requests and written it into the Installer script. The final build is done and has been incorporated into the new XFCE build.
here is a video clip showing off the final version of the Installer :
Any feedback is welcomed.
|Posted by raymerjacque on February 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM||comments (5)|
Iv'e been working hard on the new version of XFCE, and altho there is quite a few changes, I am not quite ready to show off everything that is under the hood just yet, I will however show off just some of the new eye candy and the sheer SPEED of the new version to leave your mouth waterring just a bit
Keep in mind i am running this in a virtualbox with 1Gb ram assigned and see how it moves ...
So here is a little teaser video i made, click the link below to view :
If you think this video is cool, your'e in for a big surprise, weve been working on some cool new features for the new series
Release date : To be announced....
|Posted by raymerjacque on February 2, 2014 at 4:55 AM||comments (5)|
The new MakuluLinux Installer has been completed and will be implemented in the new 5 series of releases due soon.
Changes in the installer :
In a nutshell, the installer is now much easier to use, has less junk options and presents the user with usefull descriptions of what needs to be done.
I have uploaded a youtube clip of the new installer that will be linked to the new guide, you can see it all in action at the link below :
New Installer video click this link : http://youtu.be/Key7r8NIQiQ
Please feel free to leave any comments below.
|Posted by raymerjacque on February 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM||comments (1)|
The MakuluLinux repository is finally up and ready to be used. We are still busy sorting out through loads and loads of software to add to the repo, there is already quite a few interesting apps in the repo and more being added all the time, the following updateswill be available to current users once the repo is added : Kingsoft Office, Flareget and Sunflower.
For the experts the repo details are :
deb http://makululinux.strangled.net/packages/makulu testing main
GPG Key :
wget -O - http://makululinux.strangled.net/makululinux.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
For the novice users please follow these steps carefully to add the Repo :
That is it, makululinux repo is now active in your distro, you can now recieve updates and access to all the software we have and will add in the future.
I will automaticly add the repo into the 5 series releases ( which is currently in the works and more news on that will be available soon).
|Posted by raymerjacque on January 17, 2014 at 5:50 AM||comments (8)|
I did not think this day would come so soon, but things have really been in a fast forward mode since this project started, so i guess this shouldnt come as a surprise.
MakuluLinux over the course of the next few days / week have its own repository This is really great news and a big leap forward for the project. Up until this point i have been very carefull of software selection in the distro's to make sure that users can always recieve updates from available repositories. From this point onwards however that limitation will no longer apply and not only can we offer our own software selection but we will be able to send through any patches or updates specific to our distro to users.
Once repository is live i will post the new repo details in the forums for existing users to add, i will also update all the builds with the repo details.
If there is ANY specific software that any user would like to see in the repository ( specialy software that is uncommon and not in most other repo's ) please leave your suggestions below and i will see what i can do...
|Posted by raymerjacque on January 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM||comments (23)|
MakuluLinux is Proud to Announce the first release of our E17 Build, Run Enlightenment like never seen before. Based on Debian Testing and Kernel 3.12.x, its fast, its stable and offers plenty eye candy. Sporting a Traditional Layout, Lots of preloaded themes, Wallpapers and Applications. Users will find this build much easier to navigate than most Enlightenment builds out there ...
This started out as one of my least favorite builds, Enlightenment on the surface is very pretty, fast and lightweight, but it suffers from a lot of vicious bugs, specially with compatibility to integration of other DE's, the lack of root commands, a flawed d-bus system, a basic file manager, terminal and no descent menu management system and an extremely chaotic and awkward settings panel. I put a lot of hard work into this build, there were many nights i simply wanted to throw this build into recycle bin and move on to greener pastures. I certainly understand fully why not many developers make E17 environments, it is a LOT of hard work and frustration with very little documentation available to assist, For heaven sake, i even had to rewrite half the installer script just for this build... I'm glad i stuck it out, I managed to take this flawed Desktop and turn it into something usable while adding some features that were seriously lacking.
To bring any kind of order to the menu system i had to integrate the Gnome/XFCE menus system into Enlightenment, not quite as easy as you might think...
I integrated the XFCE file manager into E17 to bring stability to the file managing side of things as well as keep the speed factor a priority and adding the ability to use custom commands and root options offered by the Thunar File manager.
For eye candy I blended a mixture of E17 themes and GTK themes to give that all round smoothness effect.
E17- Enlightenment Edition Release Notes :
This is the First E17 Build produced by Makulu, however it is part of the version 4 release series and as such is marked version 4.0. I hope this build pleases all the E17 lovers out there ...
Grab your Copy from our Download Section.