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MakuluLinux Xfce 6.1 Released.

Posted by raymerjacque on June 1, 2014 at 5:40 AM

MakuluLinux Xfce 6.1 Released !


New Post Install Wizard

post install

post install 2

Compiz Window Manager

Compiz

KWin ( Kde Window Manager )

Kwin

Xfwm4 ( Xfce Window Manager

Xfce

Click on Images to Enlarge !


I would like to start off by apologizing to everyone, starting with the release of version 6.0 of Xfce, we used a new experimental installer that was not very well tested and caused issues with some key areas in the installation process, as i understand a lot of users had problems with this build. I also want to apologize for my absense on the forums the last few days, but that is a good thing, not a bad thing.

 

My absense was due to me working around the clock this last week to repair the installer, rewrite the post install script, recode some elements which needed to be adapted to the new changes and fix bugs. I don't think i have ever worked so hard in my life or slept so little, I was determined to get version 6.1 out to the public within 7 days and have everything running smoothly, i think i did more than a months work in just little over 6 days. My lack of sleep was evident when a friend visited yesterday and asked if i was feeling well because i looked like a zombie and not in a good way ...

 

Version 6.0 brought about some crazy ideas of cool new features, but somehow things just went horribly wrong (which i dont want to go into great details about), it actualy ran ok on hardware but not so well in a virtual environment. Apon investigating i found that a lot of custom utilities i had written needed adapting. In many ways the disaster that was version 6 is probly one of the best things to happen to the project, because without failure, chaos and disaster there is no need for major change, and major change is exactly what inspired version 6.1

 

In version 6.1 I went back to the drawing board and have completely rewritten many parts of the installer, almost all of the post install wizard, as well as most of the custom Makulu Utilities. MANY, MANY lines of code later I was left with a far simpler interface for post install wizard which now does not navigate the user through 40 questions to setup their desktop anymore, but instead nicely and neatly presents the options in a single interface, all of which are optional to the user. The integration of 3 Window Managers into Xfce now also works faster, smoother and correctly initializes the Window Managers when the operating system boots up. I have also fixed quite a few nasty bugs that creeped into the OS in the last few testbuilds. The user should now experience a much smoother all round install and post install environment.

 

So I am choosing to look back at version 6.0 as a "Testbuild", because the quality was below what i would set for a public release build. Unfortunetly most of the scripts and bugs are part of the installer and the live boot mode of version 6.0, so there is really no way to patch it through to the user since a new user does not patch till after installation, so upgrading from 6.0 to 6.1 wont make much difference. Anybody that installed 6.0 will have to install 6.1 from scratch. I am sorry if anyone suffers any unpleasantness due to my failure, but i am only human afterall and i just spent a week in HELL trying to correct my mistakes. I don't want to give anyone the impression that I do not live up to commitments, If i screw up atleast you can have piece of mind that i will work twice as hard to recitfy any mistakes.

 

Known Issues :

While switching between 3 Window Managers is smooth and works like a charm most of the time, it is not yet 100% flawless, sometimes when switching window managers the system will fail to load window borders correctly, if this occurs Dont panic, not need to even reboot, simply log out and back in and everything should work as intended. This mostly seems to occur when switching to Kwin first time from Default Compiz. Everytime after this the system should display everything correctly.

 

So without further delay, I present to you version 6.1 of MakuluLinux Xfce, a True Master Piece created under a lot of pressure and caffiene ... and Hope this will redeem me in the eyes of any critics. Any reviewers out there, please avoid version 6.0 and focus any reviews on 6.1 instead. I hope you guys have a much smoother ride this time around. Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go sleep for about 3 days ....

 

Grab Your Copy of MakuluLinux Xfce 6.1 here. 


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10 Comments

Reply Carlos Mario
4:09 PM on June 1, 2014 
thanks
Reply raymerjacque
4:33 PM on June 1, 2014 
Carlos Mario says...
thanks


You are welcome :) How is she running ?
Reply UncleBaldie
8:21 PM on June 1, 2014 
Hey, Jacque,
OK, so XFCE6 had problems. Please don't beat yourself up about it. No redemption necessary ! We all love Makulu regardless.
The effort that you have put into correcting the problems has been exemplary, no-one has worked as hard as you (and no doubt the rest of the team). The community is grateful for such dedication, as a result of which we have one of the slickest, good-looking, full-featured distros going.
Many, many thanks.
Phil
Reply stennie
12:20 AM on June 2, 2014 
Jacque you seem to be a little to keen to get final versions out.
RC1....2...3 is also Ok!
Allow a lot more time for testing...... Makulu is a rolling release so there should be no hurry to get the next release out..

Thanks for your efforts.
Reply pgradone
2:14 AM on June 2, 2014 
Seriously! Take it easy now! No reason to apologize for your hardest work, which we are all soooo grateful - I can only infinitely thank you about. This new installer is AWESOME and I am sure this will set Makulu within beginner's reach and rank among the highest Linux distros!
After a few hustles, I could manage to install 6.0 this week-end, spent a lot of time tweaking it to my needs and now works perfectly. I noticed there were some rough edges @ install and my suspicions confirmed only afterwards when I saw the new 6.1!
Now my question is: were there problems only for the install and post-install process, or are there more serious (non graphics) bugs worth a complete re-install?
Reply raymerjacque
7:36 AM on June 2, 2014 
pgradone says...
Seriously! Take it easy now! No reason to apologize for your hardest work, which we are all soooo grateful - I can only infinitely thank you about. This new installer is AWESOME and I am sure this will set Makulu within beginner's reach and rank among the highest Linux distros!
After a few hustles, I could manage to install 6.0 this week-end, spent a lot of time tweaking it to my needs and now works perfectly. I noticed there were some rough edges @ install and my suspicions confirmed only afterwards when I saw the new 6.1!
Now my question is: were there problems only for the install and post-install process, or are there more serious (non graphics) bugs worth a complete re-install?


the bug fixes get sent through updates, so if you have 6.0 installed and everything running fine then you would get those fixes.

The Installer and the post install wizard however would only be in 6.1, so if you have issues installing 6.0, then i would recommend downloading 6.1

Also keep in mind that a lot of the custom utilities were rewritten as well, so if you want the new ones you will have to reinstall as well. if it doesnt bother you, then no need.
Reply cactusneedle
2:48 PM on June 3, 2014 
Monsirue Jacque has become a victim of the haste makes waste error. I'll look but I won't bite. Too many wasted hours trying to figure out what's wrong. Even my old Makulu Ubuntu based finally went bad and I had to replace it with another Linux.
Reply raymerjacque
3:04 PM on June 3, 2014 
cactusneedle says...
Monsirue Jacque has become a victim of the haste makes waste error. I'll look but I won't bite. Too many wasted hours trying to figure out what's wrong. Even my old Makulu Ubuntu based finally went bad and I had to replace it with another Linux.


Ubuntu based Makulu which was released almost a year ago was not a rolling release and thus won't update forever, not to mention it was one of our very first releases. Debian is and will receive updates forever.
Reply killbubble
4:00 PM on June 12, 2014 
WOW dude you rock!!! Too much for just one dev to fix a distro in so little time!!
Seriously, i am very happy with this distro, and its dev even more!
I just hope i can get my hands on 6.1 as soon as i finish final year school exams, i really want to try the cake!!!
Reply Peter Kariuki
3:51 AM on July 3, 2014 
Waah i loove Makulu Linux

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