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MakuluLinux Xfce 6.0 Released !

Posted by raymerjacque on May 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

MakuluLinux Xfce 6.0

 

Is part of the series dubbed "Imperium" ( Latin for "power to command" ). Once again we focus not only on bug fixing, new features, but also putting the power into the user's hands, the main goal here was choice. To feature pack this edition and give the user Many choices that he can navigate with a simple few clicks. This is just one more step in enhancing the total out of box experience for the End user. MakuluLinux Xfce 6 continues to push boundaries in the linux world.

 

Installer : 

After Much consideration and input from users and suggestion from the tester team, I decided to try out a new Installer, I used the LMDE Template as a base and made a new installer for MakuluLinux. One that is much more user friendly and is more automated in some of the steps. However, due to auto detection and language packs it does take longer to install compared to the old one. The result is a beautiful Installer that is simple to navigate, offers both normal and Safe modes and will do most of the work for you. 

Please be AWARE : The Root Password gets changed on first bootup After installation, not during install process ! The installer only changes the user login password. The startup script that runs on first bootup still uses the password : makulu 


Animation : 

MakuluLinux Xfce now supports the Xfce, Compiz and Kwin Manager, ALL ready to use out of the box ! You can switch between the Window Managers easily with a few clicks by running the Animation shortcut in the Menu Launcher. Not only will the Window Manager change, but all the relevant settings shortcuts will be created with it in the menu, Meaning if you choose Kwin, then all the Kwin shortcuts will be created in the menu launcher that will allow you to configure Kwin, the same with Compiz / Emerald. Now you can enjoy your favorite Window Manager with a simple few clicks... I am sure Many are wondering why ? Why add both Compiz and Kwin when one works perfectly on its own ? Why add Kwin when it uses more resources ? The answer is quite simple, Why not ? We love to give the end user variety and options, when he gets tired of Compiz he can switch to Kwin with a click of a button... on older hardware ? simply click another button and all animation is off ... Choice is what it is all about, we want to cater for any hardware from old to new...

 

Randomized Theming : 

We have introduced Random theming in MakuluLinux Xfce 6, This feature changes the theme randomly everytime you reboot your computer, Much like the wallpaper changer does, it will align itself with your preferences of either "light or Dark" themes. This feature is easy to toggle on/off with a click of a button.

 

Startup Utility Ported and Modified : 

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 Root Password
  • 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
  •  

The following were also ported over from MakuluLinux Mate Edition : 

  • Animation on/off utility has been added to the system menu
  • Application Installer 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 )
  •  

Hardware and Driver Support Added : 

ACPI Support Able To : 

  • Detect loss and gain of AC power, lid closure, and the press of a
  • number of specific buttons (on Asus, IBM, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony
  • and Toshiba laptops).
  • Suspend, hibernate and resume the computer, with workarounds for
  • hardware that needs it.
  • On some laptops, set screen brightness.
  • Support to the special features of Asus Eee PC series of
  • laptops. These include sleep (suspend) and hotkeys such as wireless,
  • brightness, mute, volume, video output toggle and the 'soft' keys available in
  • some models.
  • Enabled owners of Toshiba laptops to change the LCD brightness,
  • control, the internal fan and use the special keys on their keyboard
  • (Fn-x combinations, hot-keys). The internal functions will give the
  • possibility to map the Fn-Keys to functions like volume up/down, mute,
  • suspend to disk, suspend to ram and switch LCD/CRT/TV-out. These
  • functions heavily depend on the system and/or kernel configuration.
  • You will need at least a kernel (v2.4.x, v2.5.x, v2.6.x) with ACPI and
  • Toshiba support (CONFIG_ACPI and CONFIG_ACPI_TOSHIBA).
  • Dell laptops fan controll, turn the fan on and off, to read fan
  • status, CPU temperature, BIOS version and to handle the volume buttons
  • and Fn-keys.
  • Utility to change the laptop LCDs backlight from
  • a command line. The brightness can be adjusted in steps
  • for Compaq Armada family of laptops (E300, M500, M700). 

 

Popcorn-Time : 

Popcorn-Time is a Live Video streaming alternative to Netflix, it streams Torrents live in video Format, so you can watch virtually any video anytime for Free ! However, this may be illegal in some countries and Banned/Blocked by some ISP's, therefore the usage of this program is at the user's discretion, we will not be held responsible for any wrong doing on your part. 

 

Choice : 

We have ported all the custom tools over from MakuluLinux Mate Edition to Xfce, this means the user now has all the awesome choices and customizations in Xfce that they had in Mate, We have also added new features to Xfce, there is now plenty variety and choice at the users finger tips, without even installing a single app or editing a single config, this distro will already offer more than any other operating system in the world.

 

This is it folks, this is what you guys have been waiting for the last few months, I hope it lives up to the hype and sets a new standard for all distributions. A lot of hard work has gone into this Edition, MANY MANY sleepless nights, and every minute was well worth it !

 

Just want to Thank all the testers that assisted in making sure that the bugs always stayed to a minimum.

 

[IMPORTANT] Please remember to enable PAE AND 3D Acceleration if you will be running this release in Virtualbox.


Known Issues :

 

  • Sometimes the network does not connect to Wifi the first time you link it, if this happens simply right click network icon, choose edit connections, go to Wifi security tab and enter Wifi password. save and close, now you can select the connection and it will auto connect after reboots.
  • The animation script can sometimes be picky after first bootup, if your animation does not display properly, simply run the "animation on/off" shortcut in favorites menu again, that should fix it.

 


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16 Comments

Reply cleiton4891
2:33 PM on May 26, 2014 
Thank you for your hard work, i love Makulu and it is my favorite distro. Keep up your excelent work.
Reply raymerjacque
1:34 AM on May 27, 2014 
Hope it doesn't disappoint :)
Reply Hot Chili
2:29 AM on May 27, 2014 
At a first glance, it looks very nice and it is well structured. Still, I observed an issue : Slingscold does not work, in Virtual Box, at least (I tried on two virtual machines, under Windows and under Linux). I click on it and nothin' happens. Maybe is VB, I dont know (but with the previous Makulu XFCE it worked). Please, check this. Oh, and another thing: Window Manager does not start, in the same conditions, no matter where from I tried to launch. That's it, for now.
Reply raymerjacque
2:53 AM on May 27, 2014 
Hot Chili says...
At a first glance, it looks very nice and it is well structured. Still, I observed an issue : Slingscold does not work, in Virtual Box, at least (I tried on two virtual machines, under Windows and under Linux). I click on it and nothin' happens. Maybe is VB, I dont know (but with the previous Makulu XFCE it worked). Please, check this. Oh, and another thing: Window Manager does not start, in the same conditions, no matter where from I tried to launch. That's it, for now.


I have tested on both Hardware and Virtualbox, both MANY times over, slingscold works, but i did notice that after initial startup of pc you sometimes need to click it twice before it launches, after which it works fine, no idea why ( i dont maintain the dev work on it ). But it does work.

As for window manager, there is three, which one are you referring to ? if you have compiz enabled then xfwm4 wont start because it is replaced by compiz, same with Kwin, if you have that enabled then KDE window manager is used.
Reply Hot Chili
4:13 AM on May 27, 2014 
raymerjacque says...
Well, I tried once again to launch Slingscold in Virtual Box (new start of Makulu), but it still doesn't work. I think I'll burn a DVD and boot a live session.. This way I can make an evaluation in much better conditions. It is not the first time I have difficulties with VB (slow, some parts not working and so on). Thank you.

I have tested on both Hardware and Virtualbox, both MANY times over, slingscold works, but i did notice that after initial startup of pc you sometimes need to click it twice before it launches, after which it works fine, no idea why ( i dont maintain the dev work on it ). But it does work.

As for window manager, there is three, which one are you referring to ? if you have compiz enabled then xfwm4 wont start because it is replaced by compiz, same with Kwin, if you have that enabled then KDE window manager is used.
Reply Charnita Fance
4:29 AM on May 27, 2014 
I'm having pretty much these SAME EXACT issues! I have installed it on my desktop. Slingscold does not work at all for me (no matter how many times I click it). Window manager does not work. Also, I cannot find the Compiz GUI manager - or is it not supposed to be installed? I am coming over from Makulu MATE because I prefer XFCE, and the Compiz manager was there, so I was expecting it here too. Clicking Window Manager and Window Manager Tweaks does nothing. Maybe I'll try using the other window manager instead.....

Hot Chili says...
At a first glance, it looks very nice and it is well structured. Still, I observed an issue : Slingscold does not work, in Virtual Box, at least (I tried on two virtual machines, under Windows and under Linux). I click on it and nothin' happens. Maybe is VB, I dont know (but with the previous Makulu XFCE it worked). Please, check this. Oh, and another thing: Window Manager does not start, in the same conditions, no matter where from I tried to launch. That's it, for now.
Reply raymerjacque
4:37 AM on May 27, 2014 
Charnita Fance says...
I'm having pretty much these SAME EXACT issues! I have installed it on my desktop. Slingscold does not work at all for me (no matter how many times I click it). Window manager does not work. Also, I cannot find the Compiz GUI manager - or is it not supposed to be installed? I am coming over from Makulu MATE because I prefer XFCE, and the Compiz manager was there, so I was expecting it here too. Clicking Window Manager and Window Manager Tweaks does nothing. Maybe I'll try using the other window manager instead.....


ok, two people having issue with slingscold i will have to take a look at whats wrong, because i am using this exact same version daily and my slingscold works fine. but i will go and check everything again, can you please open terminal and type slingscold in terminal and post any error messages you get ?

As for window manager, I tried to explain it. unlike previous versions, there is now 3 Window managers, Only ONE can run at a time, XFWM4 ( the default xfce window manager ), Compiz Window Manager and Kwin ( KDE window manager ). You CANNOT have compiz or Kwin enabled and then expect the settings for Xfce window manager to open, they WONT because that window manager is not running. If you have compiz enabled then use compiz manager in your system menu under launcher, if you have KWin enabled then use Kwin under system menu, if you have XFWM4 enabled, then and ONLY then will normal window manager settings work.

Click on favorites "animation on/off" and choose a window manager there, then open the settings for the one you chose. it really is not rocket science.
Reply Hot Chili
6:52 AM on May 27, 2014 
raymerjacque says...
ok, two people having issue with slingscold i will have to take a look at whats wrong, because i am using this exact same version daily and my slingscold works fine. but i will go and check everything again, can you please open terminal and type slingscold in terminal and post any error messages you get ?

As for window manager, I tried to explain it. unlike previous versions, there is now 3 Window managers, Only ONE can run at a time, XFWM4 ( the default xfce window manager ), Compiz Window Manager and Kwin ( KDE window manager ). You CANNOT have compiz or Kwin enabled and then expect the settings for Xfce window manager to open, they WONT because that window manager is not running. If you have compiz enabled then use compiz manager in your system menu under launcher, if you have KWin enabled then use Kwin under system menu, if you have XFWM4 enabled, then and ONLY then will normal window manager settings work.

Click on favorites "animation on/off" and choose a window manager there, then open the settings for the one you chose. it really is not rocket science.

Of course it is not rocket science. The windows manager works fine, just in the sequence you described. It remains the Slingscold problem. It is a nice launcher, and would be a shame to give up on him for a reason that may be minor. Waiting for a conclusion after you do a check.
Reply Stemsee
7:01 AM on May 27, 2014 
This is a truly full featured and beautiful distro. Personally I was looking forward to this as I am not a fan of mint, being a bit of a developer my self. i really appreciate your hard work that went into this.
Reply joyboy
4:33 AM on May 28, 2014 
Aw Shucks; I was hopingI'd be able to install it like a rolling release upgrade kind of thing where I wouldn't lose all my configurations, but thank you anyway for all the hard work and I hope this is a big success! I look forward to hearing what alll the other users have to say about it!
Reply Hot Chili
11:55 AM on May 28, 2014 
Hi, Jacque. Any idea about what's causing the problem with Slingscold ?
Reply Hot Chili
12:40 PM on May 28, 2014 
THIS IS WHAT I GET IN TERMINAL:
Segmentation fault

I HOPE IT HELPS.
Reply raymerjacque
12:40 PM on May 28, 2014 
I am busy with investigating that issue :)

And i have said this before, this is a release blog, not a fault report thread, please use forums for that, if i had not come to look for comments i would not even be aware of this issue.... Post any problems in the bug section of the forums so it gets maximum attention. what if someone else gets the same problem and they post in the correct section, then i have 2 places i need to reply to.
Reply Hot Chili
1:02 PM on May 28, 2014 
All right. I just tried to help. You may delete my comments from the blog, if you want to.

Anyway, great release. I hope this bug will be solved soon.
Reply Tom
3:46 PM on May 30, 2014 
Makulu is my distro now and I love it. Thanks for your verry hard work!

Can you tell me how to boot straight pipe in my session without login and password?

Thanks again!
Reply raymerjacque
9:19 AM on June 1, 2014 
PLEASE Grab the latest ISO of Xfce, version 6.1, it is available for download in the Xfce Section.

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