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MakuluLinux Mate Imperium Edition Released !

Posted by raymerjacque on April 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

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 :

 

  • Based on Debian Testing
  • Mate 1.8
  • 3.13.x PAE Kernel
  • MakuluLinux Mate now has FULL Systemd support

MakuluLinux Mate sports all of the functionality that the 5 series offered, the major difference is that we have placed control into the users hands. The user can now switch animations, wallpaper changer, dock-bar on and off at will, install common everyday software with a few clicks... Manage repositories with a few clicks... Much of the use of the terminal has been removed in this release. 

 

 

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 : 

  • Set repository location.
  • Update repositories.
  • System Updater with Gui Options
  • Full/Bare-bone System switcher
  • Turning animation on/off
  • Turning Wallpaper Changer on/off
  • Turning Dock-bar on/off
  • Updating drivers

 

New Apps in MakuluLinux Mate : 

  • Animation on/off utility has been added to the system menu
  • Makulu setup Utility has been added to the system menu
  • System Updater Utility with Gui Options
  • Wallpaper Settings utility
  • Repository repair utility has been added to system menu
  • Repository source generator has been added to system menu
  • Easy Password changers ( root and user )
  • Easy Application installer ( no more user interaction in terminal needed )
  • Easy Application remover ( no more user interaction in terminal needed )
  • Easy repository software search ( no more user interaction in terminal needed )

These new Utilities all written by me, are all Based in the favorites / System tools and other sections of the Menu, So make a point to look for them :)
 

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 : 

  • The latest Mozo Package in Debian Testing is broken, as a result the default Mate Menu editors are affected, this will hopefully be fixed with next mozo update from developer, However, We have added a Menu Editor in system tools that will allow you to edit your menu.
  • There are some themes that may conflict with repository or network applet, This i assume is due to limited GTK3 support, however this seems to only be affected with a handful of themes out of the vast majority available, therefore it is advised to tread carefully when installing or switching themes in mate.
  • Sometimes in Expert install mode it does not always change host name, this bug crept in in the final build of the image and since it only affects expert install ( meaning advanced users ) i would expect those users to not have any trouble changing host name after install. It is a bug i will fix, the fix simply wont be done in time for release. Easy mode install saves host name just fine.

 

Desktop

Launcher Left

Launcher Right

File Browser


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  :


http://www.makululinux.com/mate.htm


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28 Comments

Reply Ali
10:23 PM on April 13, 2014 
What a bummer! How do I recover my Linux Mint Cinnamon 64bits? Why Can't I dual boot with this?
Reply mojo
10:32 PM on April 13, 2014 
Ali says...
What a bummer! How do I recover my Linux Mint Cinnamon 64bits? Why Can't I dual boot with this?

I am dual booting with it. Both Makulu XFCE version and the Mate release with no problems. How did you set it up?

I am sure we can help.

Mojo
Reply Ali
10:35 PM on April 13, 2014 
Boot repair , of course. Phew! No need to worry. Mint and Makulu now side by side! So far so good, Makulu looks very interesting. Lots of work seems to have been done here, congrats. Lots of people might not like the looks of it (read some nasty reviews about the colour scheme etc) but keep up the good work and I intend to enjoy this, rest assured!
Reply mojo
10:52 PM on April 13, 2014 
Ali says...
Boot repair , of course. Phew! No need to worry. Mint and Makulu now side by side! So far so good, Makulu looks very interesting. Lots of work seems to have been done here, congrats. Lots of people might not like the looks of it (read some nasty reviews about the colour scheme etc) but keep up the good work and I intend to enjoy this, rest
assured!

Awesome, Nice save!
Makulu does have a lot of repair tools at our fingertips. I have played with the way it looks with those tools to. Can't get as much modification ability like Jacque has allowed with Makulu on to many other distributions of Linux. Think that is why I like it so much.
Reply raymerjacque
1:26 AM on April 14, 2014 
Ali says...
Boot repair , of course. Phew! No need to worry. Mint and Makulu now side by side! So far so good, Makulu looks very interesting. Lots of work seems to have been done here, congrats. Lots of people might not like the looks of it (read some nasty reviews about the colour scheme etc) but keep up the good work and I intend to enjoy this, rest assured!


We have always used this theme, and there are other themes included if you don't fancy the darker ones, its easy to change the theme. hope you enjoy Makululinux Mate :)
Reply Pat
10:43 AM on April 14, 2014 
The default wallpaper is shameful, disgusting and an affront to humanity. I will not install this crap.
Reply Hot Chili
10:51 AM on April 14, 2014 
I cannot reposition (move) the Slingscold Launcher button on the taskbar near to the Mint Menu button (it can be moved just to the right side of the shortcuts). If I want to move it in the right side, it is limited just to the left side of te clock. It is a bug or something related to the Virtual Box?'
Reply raymerjacque
11:20 AM on April 14, 2014 
Pat says...
The default wallpaper is shameful, disgusting and an affront to humanity. I will not install this crap.


What is it about the wallpaper you find shameful ? It is grass, mountains, open sky and a tree, did not know that nature could offend someone that much ...

We obviously cannot please everyone, that is why we add a variety of wallpapers, you are always welcome to add your own.
Reply raymerjacque
11:21 AM on April 14, 2014 
Hot Chili says...
I cannot reposition (move) the Slingscold Launcher button on the taskbar near to the Mint Menu button (it can be moved just to the right side of the shortcuts). If I want to move it in the right side, it is limited just to the left side of te clock. It is a bug or something related to the Virtual Box?'


You must right click and unlock the items on panel to move them around, also remember you cannot move an unlocked item past a locked item. best is to unlock all items on panel, move them as you want, then relock them all.
Reply Hot Chili
11:27 AM on April 14, 2014 
raymerjacque says...
You must right click and unlock the items on panel to move them around, also remember you cannot move an unlocked item past a locked item. best is to unlock all items on panel, move them as you want, then relock them all.


All right. I'll try. Thanks.
Reply raymerjacque
11:30 AM on April 14, 2014 
Hot Chili says...
All right. I'll try. Thanks.


we are always around to assist if you get stuck. any further issues i recommend you post it on the forums where you are sure to get quick replies from staff or other users.

Hope you enjoy the release :)
Reply Hot Chili
11:40 AM on April 14, 2014 
raymerjacque says...
You must right click and unlock the items on panel to move them around, also remember you cannot move an unlocked item past a locked item. best is to unlock all items on panel, move them as you want, then relock them all.

You were right. It works as you mentioned. I will continue the testing by booting from a DVD. BTW, great wallpapers. All of them !
Reply raymerjacque
6:06 PM on April 14, 2014 
mojo says...
If this crap person is posting to further a personal agenda and has not loaded or does not have any intention to run Makulu then it is spam and has no use on this site.


Agreed, however i did give him/her a chance to reply, but instead see they created an account, made one stupid comment and then deactivated the account again, so guess that answers that ...
Reply elness1974
2:09 PM on April 15, 2014 
Trying out the distro before installing. Administrative password is NOT working. I try to change anything at all and it goes back to default settings after a few seconds. What am I doing wrong? I've tried three different programs for creating the bootable usb. When I boot, it shows a bunch of "not found" files in the terminal.
Reply Ali
11:15 PM on April 15, 2014 
You can right click on any .jpg on your machine or Google images and set as desktop wallpaper. Hundreds of wallpaper websites allow one to do the same!

raymerjacque says...
What is it about the wallpaper you find shameful ? It is grass, mountains, open sky and a tree, did not know that nature could offend someone that much ...

We obviously cannot please everyone, that is why we add a variety of wallpapers, you are always welcome to add your own.
Reply jeffreyC
11:28 PM on April 15, 2014 
Why is there no 64 bit version ?
PAE does not allow any process to use more than 3.2 (3.5 ?) gigabytes of RAM regardless of how much is available.
64 bit has been available for ten years, so even "old" computers are now 64 bit.
Reply raymerjacque
2:17 AM on April 16, 2014 
jeffreyC says...
Why is there no 64 bit version ?
PAE does not allow any process to use more than 3.2 (3.5 ?) gigabytes of RAM regardless of how much is available.
64 bit has been available for ten years, so even "old" computers are now 64 bit.


Steam and Wine have compatibility problems with 64bit, both which play big role of the distro, And pray tell, what aingle app that you need to run uses more than 4GB ram at a time ?
Reply Hot Chili
2:40 AM on April 16, 2014 
raymerjacque says...
Steam and Wine have compatibility problems with 64bit, both which play big role of the distro, And pray tell, what aingle app that you need to run uses more than 4GB ram at a time ?


Good point !
Reply raymerjacque
3:12 AM on April 16, 2014 
PAE ( Physical Address Extensions ) Kernel allows 32bit machines to see all of your Ram, so if you have 8GB or 16GB of ram it will detect it all and allow you to use the full amount of ram, the only limitation is that you can only use 4GB per application. But i have yet to find a application that an everyday user uses that makes use of 4GB ram or more ...

When Steam and Wine get onboard with 64bit, I will gladly make a 64bit version.
Reply Ruyuu
7:01 AM on April 16, 2014 
Nicely done. I'm pretty impressed with the whole thing. With where Ubuntu is heading lately I would be very much happy to recommend this to anyone who wants to stay on Debian base. Just one little thing, is there default ISO mounter included? If not, please include something like Furius ISO mount. Also, some download accelerator like Flareget (Doesn't have to be the same). It makes life easier when installing it on someone else computer with no Linux experience.

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