Bluestar Linux – full-2013.07.11 – Release

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The new 2013.07.11 Bluestar Full edition has been released and is available for download from the Bluestar Linux downloads area. This release introduces a number of new and useful  features, including new icons for shutdown/reboot/logout/screenlock, and extended language installation options.

The following is a list of the changes made for full-2013.07.11:

  • new kernel v3.9.9
  • bluestar linux bootsplash for installations
  • modified oxygen theme for kdm
  • added gutenprint, kdeutils-print-manager
  • added lib32-gcc-libs, smtube, wine-mono, xsp
  • syslogging enabled by default
  • syslinux splash
  • rf device fix
  • fixed double kmix instance in non-root desktop
  • new language/locale/desktop-language selection installer options
  • removed openbox, catfish, deadbeef, kadu, lilo
  • removed juk, kscd, spacefm, batti, sound-juicer
  • new ksplash theme (BslxLinux_Green)
  • first screen of installer removed
  • new shutdown/logout/reboot/power icons
  • fixed linguassist exception when selecting second language
  • all software up to date as of 07/11

This edition release also delivers a recently repaired version of linguassist that fixes an exception that was being thrown if a user selected a second language (only in the most recent releases). This repaired version has been made available to users via the repository for several days now. This has been integrated into the installation process, and, if possible, users should select and install as many language packs as they need during installation if space is available. They can be used as-needed any time. For desktop languages, please make sure to install the “kde”-labeled language packs – these are used to define the desktop language. The installer now allows the user to choose their desktop language based upon what kde language packs are installed. en-US is the default.

The new language and locale installer options have been improved and augmented for full-2013.07.11. LinguAssist is now integrated into the installation for installing language packs in advance. This is important because the new desktop language installer option will allow users to set the language for their KDE environment, as long as the proper KDE language pack has been installed.

This release also integrates the new mini icon set announced several days ago at bluestarlinux.org. The new icons are defined as an extension of the usual KFaenza icon set giving users a choice between the standard or the extended set. The new icons are for the following:

  • shutdown
  • restart
  • reboot
  • suspend
  • hibernate
  • switch user
  • screen lock
  • logout

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I hope the latest changes provide users with a more enjoyable Linux experience. As usual, users are encouraged to contact me with any issues or comments either via the bluestar forums, the Bluestar Linux Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/BluestarLinux), or by messaging me via the bluestar website.