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m23 rock 11.4 is ready!

Twitter article 2014-04-03 22:45

We've done it! m23 rock 11.4 is ready - and now Debian Squeeze is available as an additional client distribution and TDE (which can be seen as a continuation of KDE3) was added to the list of desktop interfaces to choose from.

Everybody who used KDE3 before and missed it painfully in the new distributions can now use an alternative: TDE (Trinity Desktop Environment) can now be installed with m23 on Debian Squeeze clients. The differences to the KDE3 you are used to are so irrelevant - except for some small details - that KDE3 users will find their way around the new desktop easily. Of course, there is not only the Trinity desktop available, but also the corresponding program packages.

There have been made improvements on the installation of KDE4, too. By default, gstreamer is now used as backend for the multimedia API Phonon, which is quite useful - as multimedia content (for example audio streams in amarok) can now be played right away.

We had to make some adjustments for m23 to be able to install Debian Squeeze. For example, the m23-xorg.conf generator, which is necessary to set up the graphic mode and the VirtualBox guest additions automatically, was made more robust and now supports newer VirtualBox versions. In this context, the m23 installation routine for the VirtualBox server was adapted for the automatic setup on Debian Squeeze (and other Linux distributions using the same VirtualBox version). Because of their new LSB conformity, the m23 initscripts are now executed smoothly and on time.

To make it possible that software packages can be installed using non-default settings, we added configuration pages for the packages from Debian Squeeze and Ubuntu Lucid that give you the same adjustment options as in manual installation and package configuration.

The m23 user interface now offers more information about clients both installed with m23 and integrated into m23. So now the client properties of both show the first and last name of the main user, the system language, user and group numbers for LDAP and extensive DMI information. Moreover, the readability of the m23 interface was improved by showing table rows in alternating colours in many dialogues. The client status in the client task overview is now shown in the language of the m23 interface.

And of course, there have also been some corrections and bug fixes. Making and deployment of disk and partition images is working again. The m23 server installation program will now find the drive with the installation CD in every case (thanks to the two hardworking administrators Stephan and Bernd) and will adjust the keybord language for the local terminal correctly. The client boot media for amd64 now also contain the file libresolv.so.2, which is necessary for lspci, so more hardware information can be sent to the m23 server. Further minor changes, which cover several configuration 'special cases', which occur in practice, were added to the m23 packages so m23 can work smoothly. More about those minor changes can be found in the Changelog.

The new version is available as an update from the m23 interface, via APT, as ISO file for burning the m23 server installation CD or as preinstalled virtual machine (the two last to be found in the Download section).

Have fun!



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Development blog
2014-10-04
new:
CFFiskBasic::getPartitionAmountOfTy
pe: Count all partitions of a
selected type on a disk.
new:
CFFiskBasic::isDiskNotLockedByRaidA
gainstCreationOfNewPartition:
Checks if a new partition can be
created or if the complete disk is
used for RAID.
new:
CFFiskBasic::isDiskPartLockedByRaid
: Checks, if a partition or disk is
used as RAID.
new:
CFFiskBasic::isNewPartitionOfTypeCr
eatable: Checks if a new partition
from a certain type can be created.
new:
CFFiskBasic::getPartitionStart:
Returns the start position (in MB)
of a partition.
new: CFFiskBasic::getPartitionEnd:
Returns the end position (in MB) of
a partition.
new: CFFiskBasic::getPartitionType:
Returns the type of a partition.
new:
CFFiskBasic::getPartitionFileSystem
: Returns the file system of a
partition.
new:
CFFiskBasic::getAfterPartition:
Gets the free space after the
selected partition.
+++++
2014-10-03
new: CFFiskBasic::getDiskDevs:
Returns an array with all disk
devices (/dev/sdX) as key and
value.
new: CFFiskBasic::getDiskAmount:
Returns amount of disks.
new: CFFiskBasic::getPartAmount:
Returns the of partitions of a
given disk.
new:
CFFiskBasic::dev2diskDevPartNr:
Returns an array with all disk
devices (/dev/sdX) as key and
value.
+++++
2014-10-01
new: CFFiskBasic::__construct:
Constructor for new CFFiskBasic
objects. The object holds all
information about the partitioning
(of a client and loads the values
from the DB).
new: CFFiskBasic::setClientName:
Sets the client name, if given via
constructor.
new: CFFiskBasic::getClientName:
Gets the client name, if set via
constructor.
new: CFFiskBasic::getProperty:
Returns the given variable, if it
is set or dies with an error
message.
new:
CDFiskBasic::getCurrentPartitioning
: Returns the current (physical)
partitioning (of a client).
new:
CFFiskBasic::setCurrentPartitioning
: Sets the current (physical)
partitioning (of a client).
new: CFFiskBasic::loadFromDB: Loads
the current (physical) partitioning
of a client and CFDiskTemp values.
new:
CFFiskBasic::resetWantedPartitionin
g: Resets the wantedPartitioning
array by replacing it with the
contents of the clien's current
partitioning.
new:
CFFiskBasic::addWantedPartitioningU
ndo: Adds an undo step to the
wantedPartitioningUndoArray array.
new:
CFFiskBasic::getWantedPartitioningM
d5: Gets the md5 sum of the
wantedPartitioning array.
new:
CFFiskBasic::updateWantedPartitioni
ngMd5: Updates the md5 sum of the
wantedPartitioning array in
$this->wantedPartitioningMd5.
+++++
2014-09-16
cha: update_packages.php: Now start
the update progress on the client
via SSH etc.
+++++
2014-08-09
patch 100751: Mirror change for the
m23 server installation packages.
cha:
Raspbian-RemoveUnneededPackages.sh:
Updated mirror.
release 14.2
patch 100749: Contains all changes
for m23 rock 14.2.
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m23 was updated with the m23 update manager 6554 times. All m23 files were downloaded from Sourceforge 27135 times with a total size of 7266.11 GB.
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