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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, 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).

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new: PKG_getClientsByPackages: Gets
all clients that have the specific
packages (not) installed (or with
another given status).
new: PKG_getClientsWithWaitingJobs:
Gets all clients that have waiting
new: m23cli /
hp: Lists all clients that have a
NOT package installed.
new: m23cli /
Lists all clients that have waiting
new: CClient::wol: Wakes a client
over the network.
new: m23cli / wol.php: Wakes a
client over the network.
new: CClient::isPingable: Checks,
if the client can be pinged over
the network.
cha: CLIENT_sshFetchJob: Now has an
extra (optional) parameter for the
client's IP.
new: CClient::sshFetchJob: Connects
to the client via SSH and lets the
next job fetch and execute it in a
screen (named "m23install").
new: m23cli / sshFetchJob.php:
Connects to the client via SSH and
lets the next job fetch and execute
it in a screen (named
ilter: Checks, if only clients that
can (not) be pinged should be shown
and if the given client matches the
filter rule.
Filter: Sets the pingable filter
rule (show only clients that can
(not) be pinged or all clients).
cha: CClientLister::showClientList:
Now filters out the client, if it
is not matching the rule of the
pingable filter
new: CClientLister::getClientNames:
Gets an array with all clients
matching the filter rules.
new: m23cli /
listOnlineClients.php: Shows the
clients that can be pinged.
new: m23cli /
listOfflineClients.php: Shows the
clients that can NOT be pinged.
new: CClient::executeBySSH: Runs a
script under a plain BASH with root
rights on the client.
new: m23cli / executeBySSH.php:
Runs a commands under a plain BASH
with root rights on the client.
Returns an random RAID level.
new: CFDiskTest::getRandomUnusedMD:
Returns an random unused MD.
Adds a job to update the package
information of the client to the
installation queue.
new: installSpecialPackage.php:
Installs a special package on a
Fetches current RAID information
from the current client.
new: CFDiskBasic::raidJob:
Generates a RAID creation job and
adds it to the list of partition
Generates the jobs to create all
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m23 was updated with the m23 update manager 6561 times. All m23 files were downloaded from Sourceforge 27248 times with a total size of 7325.12 GB.
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