|Posted by raymerjacque on June 1, 2014 at 5:40 AM|
MakuluLinux Xfce 6.1 Released !
New Post Install Wizard
Compiz Window Manager
KWin ( Kde Window Manager )
Xfwm4 ( Xfce Window Manager
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 ....