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

 

  • Up-to-date Kernel version - 4.0.x
  • Fast (optimized for performance)
  • Wide Variety of Applications - Always Current Versions
  • Full Development / Desktop / Multimedia Environment
  • Arch Linux Based Distribution
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    Ibus Icon Missing from System Tray by admin
    June 18, 2015, 03:23:22 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 06/12/2015 by admin
    June 12, 2015, 04:35:24 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 06/09/2015 by admin
    June 10, 2015, 01:29:03 AM

    Bluestar Linux Release - Desktop Edition - 06/07/2015 by admin
    June 08, 2015, 01:21:39 AM

    New Graphical Installer - 06/06/2015 by admin
    June 06, 2015, 02:32:48 PM

    Skype Issue - Update by admin
    June 06, 2015, 12:30:46 PM

    Skype Issue - Workaround by admin
    June 05, 2015, 11:35:30 PM

    Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 05/28/2015 by admin
    May 29, 2015, 04:45:18 PM

    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

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    xx Ibus Icon Missing from System Tray
    June 18, 2015, 03:23:22 PM by admin
    For those of you who are using non-US keyboards, there appears to be an issue with ibus when the kdeplasma-addons-applets-kimpanel package is installed. If this widget is installed, even if it's not used, it prevents ibus from showing its icon in the system tray.

    Ibus is a collection of packages that allows users to change their keyboard input. It provides a wide variety of non-US keyboards from which to choose.

    Here's the thread that discusses the problem:

    https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=190442

    If you remove the kdeplasma-addons-applets-kimpanel package and reboot, the ibus icon will reappear in your system tray.

    To remove the package:

    Code: [Select]
    pacman -R kdeplasma-addons-applets-kimpanel
    Or use pacmanXG to remove it.

    You always have the option of using the kimpanel widget if that's your preference. To do that, unlock widgets, then add a widget - kimpanel will be in the widget collection, double-click on it to add it to your desktop or to a panel.

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - Developer Edition - 06/12/2015
    June 12, 2015, 04:35:24 PM by admin
    The new 2015.06.08 Bluestar Linux Developer Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-4.0.5
    - latest kde platform-4.14.9 + applications-15.04.2 + framework-5.10.0
    - latest firefox-38.0.5, chromium-43.0.2357.81, thunderbird-31.7.0
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-17.0.0.188, weston-1.8.0
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.460, bluez-5.30, wayland-1.8.0
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.4.3-2, dropbox-3.4.3
    - latest mariadb-10.0.19, vlc-2.2.1-5, gimp-2.8.14-2
    - latest mesa-10.5.7, python-3.4.3-2, smbclient-4.2.1
    - latest gparted-0.22.0, gtk3-3.16.3-2, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-219-6, mono-4.0.1.28
    - latest netbeans-8.0.2, jdk8-openjdk-8.u45, gambas3-3.7.1-2
    - latest monodevelop-5.9.0.431, codeblocks-13.12-2, eric-6.0.6
    - latest gcc-5.1.0-4, cairo-dock-3.4.1-2, openssl-1.0.2.a
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 06/08

    This release supports the modified archiso hook, providing live persistence via any filesystem labeled as BSLX_PERSIST. The new graphical installer is also included with this release.

    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 - DeskPro Edition - 06/09/2015
    June 10, 2015, 01:29:03 AM by admin
    The new 2015.06.07 Bluestar Linux DeskPro Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-4.0.5
    - latest kde platform-4.14.9 + applications-15.04.2 + framework-5.10.0
    - latest firefox-38.0.5, chromium-43.0.2357.81, thunderbird-31.7.0
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.460, chromium-pepper-flash-17.0.0.188
    - latest xorg-xinit-1.3.4-2, xorg-server-1.17.1-5, wayland-1.8.0
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.4.3-2, dropbox-3.4.3, bluez-5.30
    - latest mariadb-10.0.19, vlc-2.2.1-5, gimp-2.8.14-2
    - latest mesa-10.5.7, python-3.4.3-2, smbclient-4.2.1
    - latest gparted-0.22.0, gtk3-3.16.3-2, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-219-6, mono-3.12.1
    - latest jdk8-openjdk-8.u45, openssl-1.0.2.a
    - latest gcc-5.1.0-4, cairo-dock-3.4.1-2, kup-0.5.1
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 06/07

    This release supports the modified archiso hook, providing live persistence via any filesystem labeled as BSLX_PERSIST. The new graphical installer is also included with this release.

    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 - Desktop Edition - 06/07/2015
    June 08, 2015, 01:21:39 AM by admin
    The new 2015.06.06 Bluestar Linux Desktop Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-4.0.4-2
    - latest kde platform-4.14.9 + applications-15.04.2 + framework-5.10.0
    - latest firefox-38.0.5, chromium-43.0.2357.81, thunderbird-31.7.0
    - latest chromium-pepper-flash-17.0.0.188
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.460, xorg-server-1.17.1-5
    - latest pacmanxg4-bin-4.16.3-3, systemdx-0.17.1
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.4.3-2, dropbox-3.4.3, bluez-5.30
    - latest mariadb-10.0.18-2, vlc-2.2.1-4, gimp-2.8.14-2
    - latest mesa-10.5.6, python-3.4.3-2, smbclient-4.2.1
    - latest gparted-0.22.0, gtk3-3.16.3-2, 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-4.3.039
    - see links below for detailed list of changed packages
    - all software up to date as of 06/06

    This release supports the modified archiso hook, providing live persistence via any filesystem labeled as BSLX_PERSIST. The new graphical installer is also included with this release.

    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 New Graphical Installer - 06/06/2015
    June 06, 2015, 02:32:48 PM by admin
    I've rolled out a new graphical installer for Bluestar Linux, based on the calamares software initiative. The new package is called calamares-bluestar and is available via the bluestar repository. The source code has also been made available on the project's sourceforge site under the (aptly-named) calamares-bluestar folder.

    I've posted screenshots of the new installer in the gallery, which can be accessed via the above menu bar.

    A new release of the Desktop edition, including the new installer, will be available tomorrow.

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    xx Skype Issue - Update
    June 06, 2015, 12:30:46 PM by admin
    The lib32-qt4 package has been fixed and is now available as version 4.8.7-2.

    Don't forget to remove lib32-qt4 from your IgnorePkg list in /etc/pacman.conf.

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    xx Skype Issue - Workaround
    June 05, 2015, 11:35:30 PM by admin
    I'm sure some of you have discovered that your skype installation suddenly no longer works. There is a known issue related to the recent upgrade of the lib32-qt4 package to version 4.8.7-1.

    https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/45204

    The workaround is to downgrade lib32-qt4 to version 4.8.6-4. Also, you should add lib32-qt4 to your /etc/pacman.conf file's IgnorePkg tag:

    Code: [Select]
    IgnorePkg   = lib32-qt4
    For those who no longer have a copy of the older version of lib32-qt4, I've made a copy available at the folloiwng URL:

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/bluestarlinux/extra/miscellaneous/lib32-qt4-4.8.6-4-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz

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    xx Bluestar Linux Release - DeskPro Edition - 05/28/2015
    May 29, 2015, 04:45:18 PM by admin
    The new 2015.05.25 Bluestar Linux DeskPro Edition has been released and is available for download. This release provides the following features:

    - linux-4.0.4-2
    - latest kde platform-4.14.8 + applications-15.04.1 + framework-5.10.0
    - latest firefox-38.0.1, chromium-43.0.2357.81, thunderbird-31.7.0
    - latest flashplugin-11.2.202.460, chromium-pepper-flash-17.0.0.188
    - latest xorg-xinit-1.3.4-2, xorg-server-1.17.1-5, wayland-1.7.0
    - latest libreoffice-fresh-4.4.3, dropbox-3.4.3, bluez-5.30
    - latest mariadb-10.0.18-2, vlc-2.2.1-4, gimp-2.8.14-2
    - latest mesa-10.5.6, python-3.4.3-2, smbclient-4.2.1
    - latest gparted-0.22.0, gtk3-3.16.3-2, libldap-2.4.40-2
    - latest grub-1:2.02.beta2-5, systemd-219-6, mono-3.12.1
    - latest jdk8-openjdk-8.u45, openssl-1.0.2.a
    - latest gcc-5.1.0-4, cairo-dock-3.4.1-2, kup-0.5.1
    - many more updates - see links below for details
    - all software up to date as of 05/25

    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 - 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.

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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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