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Bluestar is a GNU/Linux operating system, built to provide the following features:

 

  • Up-to-date Kernel version - 3.19.x / 4.0.x
  • Fast (optimized for performance)
  • Wide Variety of Applications - Always Current Versions
  • Full Development / Desktop / Multimedia Environment
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    Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Plasma5 Testing - 05/22/2015 by admin
    May 23, 2015, 01:45:49 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 05/10/2015 by admin
    May 13, 2015, 05:15:14 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 05/04/2015 by admin
    May 10, 2015, 07:34:13 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 04/21/2015 by admin
    May 10, 2015, 06:19:12 PM

    Site Update by admin
    May 10, 2015, 01:18:55 AM

    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    January 22, 2015, 10:42:11 AM

    Bluestar Repository Update by admin
    January 20, 2015, 08:02:18 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 01/17/2015 by admin
    January 17, 2015, 12:09:52 PM

    Package Management Update by admin
    January 09, 2015, 01:17:24 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 01/09/2015 by admin
    January 09, 2015, 12:40:23 PM

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Plasma5 Testing - 05/22/2015
    May 23, 2015, 01:45:49 PM by admin
    I've released a kde5/plasma5 version of the Desktop Edition, which can be found here:

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/bluestarlinux/files/distro/bluestar-linux-testing/bluestar-linux-desktop-plasma5/

    I still consider this release to be unstable, so please understand that you may have some work to do to get everything working properly. I would appreciate any feedback you can offer.

    Things I know are, or may be, broken:

    cairo-dock system settings
    - please edit this widget, changing the exec field to read "/usr/bin/systemsettings5" (remove all parameters)

    bluestar installer
    - I've only made some cursory changes to the installer - some things may not be working as expected.

    kde configuration
    - many of kde's configuration files are now installed to ~/.config vs. ~/.kde4/share/config - I'm still not sure to what degree the .kde4 directory is still relevant and just what files might still be in play. Please be aware of this change.

    kde splash screens
    - the installation location and the format of kde splash screens has changed - I have not yet had the time to create a new artwork package and am not sure when I will have the time.

    The new environment is still a little unstable. For instance, system settings has crashed on me a few times and some things just aren;t working as expected. The application decoration theme, cupertino-glow-glass, is supposed to be transparent, for example, but it is not in the new environment.

    To those brave enough to muck around in this release, I would appreciate any feedback you might feel inclined to provide.

    Enjoy.

    Cheers
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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 05/10/2015
    May 13, 2015, 05:15:14 PM by admin
    The new 2015.05.08 Bluestar Linux Desktop Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-4.0.1
    - latest kde platform-4.14.7-2 + applications-15.04.0-3 + framework-5.9.0
    - latest firefox-37.0.2, chromium-42.0.2311.135, thunderbird-31.6.0-2
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-17.0.0.169-2
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.457, xorg-server-1.17.1-5
    - latest pacmanxg4-bin-4.16.3-3, systemdx-0.17.1
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.4.2, dropbox-3.4.3, bluez-5.30
    - latest mariadb-10.0.17-2, vlc-2.2.1, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.5.4, python-3.4.3-2, smbclient-4.2.1
    - latest gparted-0.22.0, gtk3-3.16.2, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest jre8-openjdk-8.u45, openssl-1.0.2a
    - latest kup-0.5.1, paccache-0.1.12-2, bash-4.3.033
    - fixed outstanding issues with gnome-menus and layout
    - see links below for detailed list of changed packages
    - all software up to date as of 05/08

    This release supports the modified archiso hook, providing live persistence via any filesystem labeled as BSLX_PERSIST.

    Complete listings of package updates are available for the i686 and x86_64 versions.

    This is a combined generic/gma3600 releases. An ISO image file is available for both the i686 and x86_64 platforms. Selecting which version to boot is done using the installation media's syslinux boot menu.



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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 05/04/2015
    May 10, 2015, 07:34:13 PM by admin
    The new 2015.04.30 Bluestar Linux Developer Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-4.0.1
    - latest kde platform-4.14.7 + applications-15.04.0 + framework-5.9.0
    - latest firefox-37.0.2, chromium-42.0.2311.135, thunderbird-31.6.0-2
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-17.0.0.169-2, weston-1.7.0-2
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.457, bluez-5.30, wayland-1.7.0-2
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.4.2, dropbox-3.4.3
    - latest mariadb-10.0.17-2, vlc-2.2.1-2, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.5.4, python-3.4.3-2, smbclient-4.2.1
    - latest gparted-0.22.0, gtk3-3.16.2, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-219-6, mono-3.12.1
    - latest netbeans-8.0.2, jdk8-openjdk-8.u45
    - latest gcc-4.9.2-4, cairo-dock-3.4.1, openssl-1.0.2.a
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 04/30

    This release supports the modified archiso hook, providing live persistence via any filesystem labeled as BSLX_PERSIST.

    Complete listings of package updates are available for the i686 and x86_64 versions.

    This is a combined generic/gma3600 releases. An ISO image file is available for both the i686 and x86_64 platforms. Selecting which version to boot is done using the installation media's syslinux boot menu.

    Cheers

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 04/21/2015
    May 10, 2015, 06:19:12 PM by admin
    The new 2015.04.18 Bluestar Linux DeskPro Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.19.3-3
    - latest kde-4.14.3-4 + kf-5.9.0
    - latest firefox-37.0.1-2, chromium-42.0.2311.90, thunderbird-31.6.0
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.457, chromium-pepper-flash-17.0.0.134-2
    - latest xorg-xinit-1.3.4-2, xorg-server-1.17.1-5, wayland-1.7.0
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.4.2, dropbox-3.4.3, bluez-5.30
    - latest mariadb-10.0.17-2, vlc-2.2.0-2, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.5.3, python-3.4.3-2, smbclient-4.2.0
    - latest gparted-0.22.0, gtk3-3.16.2, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-218-2, mono-3.12.1
    - latest jdk8-openjdk-8.u40, openssl-1.0.2.a
    - latest gcc-4.9.2-4, cairo-dock-3.4.1, kup-0.5.1
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 04/18

    Complete listings of package updates are available for the i686 and x86_64 versions.

    This is a combined generic/gma3600 releases. An ISO image file is available for both the i686 and x86_64 platforms. Selecting which version to boot is done using the installation media's syslinux boot menu.

    This release includes a new live persistence option. I've added a small hack to the archiso initcpio hook that attempts to identify any filesystem labeled as BSLX_PERSIST - if it finds it, it sets the cow_device, if it's not found, it reverts to the usual non-persistent behaviour. To use this option, simply create a filesystem that can be discovered by the live OS image (so, perhaps on the flash drive you're using for your live image, or if you're using a dvd, perhaps on a separate flash drive or external disk), and label it as BSLX_PERSIST. You will need to understand how to use fdisk, mkfs and e2label. I'll be adding an article as a tutorial later today.

    There is a bug in the installer where you select the desktop language. Kde recently changed the location to which the language pack entries are installed and I didn;t notice the change. It has been fixed now across all bluestar kde editions, but I didn't find it until after this build was on its way. The workaround is simply to select your desktop language after installation from the Locale system setting (LinguAssist is now working properly for installing language packs).



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    xx Site Update
    May 10, 2015, 01:18:55 AM by admin
    Unfortunately, I've had to move the website, and was not able to retrieve the current database. This means that all user registrations and posts since Jan. 30 are now gone.

    This also means I'm now on a more stable server.

    I'll be re-adding the article on setting up live persistent storage and whatever it makes sense to retrieve from the bluestarlinux facebook page.

    If you're here wondering why you can no longer logon to the forum, please re-register. I apologise for the inconvenience.

    Cheers
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    xx Bluestar Repository Update
    January 22, 2015, 10:42:11 AM by admin
    The following packages are now available for download from the bluestar repository:

    tor-browser-en-4.0.3-2
    tor-browser-es-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-fr-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-pl-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-pt-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-ru-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-tr-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-it-4.0.3-1
    tor-browser-de-4.0.3-1

    Cheers
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    xx Bluestar Repository Update
    January 20, 2015, 08:02:18 PM by admin
    The following package updates are now available for download from the bluestar repository:

    blockify-1.7.2-2
    bluebox-git-20140829-1
    copy-agent-1.48.0451-1
    cower-12-2
    dee-1.2.7-4
    dropbox-3.0.5-1
    dropbox-cli-2.10.0-1
    flashplayer-standalone-11.2.202.425-1
    gimp-plugin-resynthesizer-git-2.0.9.gd3730b7-1
    google-chrome-39.0.2171.99-1
    ssx-2.2-2
    kdeplasma-applets-yawp-0.4.5-2
    librecad-2.0.7-2
    kdeplasma-applets-homerun-1.2.5-1
    libgcrypt15-1.5.4-3
    pacaur-4.2.18-1
    package-query-1.5-2
    python2-pyicu-1.8-1
    python-pydot-1.0.29-2
    python-pyicu-1.8-1
    smestorage-4.1.3-1
    openerp-7.0_20140804_231303-1

    Cheers
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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 01/17/2015
    January 17, 2015, 12:09:52 PM by admin
    The new 2015.01.15 Bluestar Linux Desktop Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.18.2-2
    - latest kde-4.14.3 + kf5-5.6.0 + kf5-aids-5.6.0
    - latest firefox-35.0.1, chromium-39.0.2171.99, thunderbird-31.4.0
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-16.0.0.257
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.429, xorg-server-1.16.3-2
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.3.5, dropbox-3.0.4, bluez-5.27
    - latest mariadb-10.0.15, vlc-2.1.5-5, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.4.2, python-3.4.2-2, smbclient-4.1.15
    - latest gparted-0.20.0, gtk3-3.14.7, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-218
    - latest jre8-openjdk-8.u25-2, openssl-1.0.1.k
    - latest gcc-libs-4.9.2-2, glibc-2.20-6, gnupg-2.1.1
    - latest kup-0.5.0, paccache-0.1.12-2, bash-4.3.033
    - removed apper, packagekit
    - added kalu-kde, statusnotifier
    - see links below for detailed list of changed packages
    - all software up to date as of 01/15

    Complete listings of package updates are available for the i686 and x86_64 versions.

    This is a combined generic/gma3600 releases. An ISO image file is available for both the i686 and x86_64 platforms. Selecting which version to boot is done using the installation media's syslinux boot menu.



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    xx Package Management Update
    January 09, 2015, 01:17:24 PM by admin
    I've decided to drop apper from future Bluestar Linux releases. There doesn't seem to be any movement on any of the key packages and I can't put the pacman update on hold forever while waiting.

    I've identified a decent replacement for apper called kalu-kde that is compatible with pacman-4.2. It's not quite as elegant but it does provide the same basic functionality, plus a few extras (AUR).

    I'll be updating the bluestar repository later today with the new packages:

    Code: [Select]
    package-query-1.5
    statusnotifier-0.1.0
    kalu-kde-3.0.0
    kalu-3.0.0

    There's an update order you must use to perform this installation:

    Code: [Select]
    pacman -S package-query
    pacman -R packagekit packagekit-qt2 python-packagekit apper
    pacman -S pacman
    pacman-db-upgrade
    pacman -S kalu-kde kalu

    You may not have python-packagekit installed - if not, you don't need to remove it.

    The kalu package is a command-line package. If you don't want or need it, don't bother installing it. You will need kalu-kde.

    You will also need to add kalu(-kde) to your autostarts. Go to System Settings->Startup and Shutdown and simply add Utilites->Kalu to the autostarts.

    You may also want to limit kalu's notifications - it can get quite noisy. Open kalu's preferences and check off only "Package upgrades". If you want to also perform AUR updates, you will have to also check off "AUR package upgrades" and provide the command for performing the update via the AUR tab in kalu's preferences. I recommend the following:

    Code: [Select]
    yaourt -Sau
    There are also options for package "watching" and getting Arch Linux News.

    Cheers
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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 01/09/2015
    January 09, 2015, 12:40:23 PM by admin
    The new 2014.01.05 Bluestar Linux Developer Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-3.17.6
    - latest kde-4.14.3 + kf-5.5.0
    - latest firefox-34.0.5, chromium-39.0.2171.95, thunderbird-31.3.0
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-16.0.0.235-2, weston-1.6.0
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.425, bluez-5.27, wayland-1.6.0
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.3.5, dropbox-3.0.3
    - latest mariadb-10.0.15, vlc-2.1.5-5, gimp-2.8.14
    - latest mesa-10.4.1, python-3.4.2, smbclient-4.1.14-2
    - latest gparted-0.20.0, gtk3-3.14.6, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-218, mono-3.10.0
    - latest netbeans-8.0.2, jdk8-openjdk-8.u25-2
    - latest gcc-4.9.2-2, glibc-2.20-6, openssl-1.0.1.j
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 01/05

    Complete listings of package updates are available for the i686 and x86_64 versions.

    This is a combined generic/gma3600 releases. An ISO image file is available for both the i686 and x86_64 platforms. Selecting which version to boot is done using the installation media's syslinux boot menu.

    Cheers

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