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2018-01-16 NEW • Distribution Release: SolydXK 201801 SolydXK is a Debian-based, desktop distribution which offers two main flavours, with one edition featuring the KDE Plasma desktop and the other featuring the Xfce desktop. The SolydXK project has released a new snapshot which features fixes for the Meltdown CPU flaw and a number of new configuration tools. “All SolydXK ISOs are fully updated, including the latest kernel release with the Meltodown vulnarability patch. The ISOs come with a system configuration tool called SolydXK System Settings. Following is a list of features added since the 201707 releases: Device Driver Manager (DDM) has been integrated. Debian Plymouth Manager has been integrated. Add new partitions to fstab. Safely remove old kernel packages. After installation you can choose additional packages from the Welcome Screen but unfortunately, I had to remove the business application LetoDMS (document management system) as installable from the Welcome Screen. It installs just fine but I haven’t been able to get it to work. I’ve removed the package from our own repository but if you need an Open Source DMS, I recommend to take a look at SeedDMS.” Further information can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download (pkglist): solydx_9_64_201801.iso (1,566MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), solydk_9_64_201801.iso (1,928MB, SHA256, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
About SolydXK SolydX and SolydK are Debian-based distributions with the Xfce and KDE desktops respectively. SolydXK aims to be simple to use, providing an environment that is both stable and secure. SolydXK is an open-source alternative for small businesses, non-profit organisations and home users. The project started as an unofficial variant of Linux Mint’s “Debian” edition with KDE as the default desktop, but it was later given its own identity as SolydK. SolydX was added after Linux Mint dropped its Debian-based flavour that used the Xfce desktop.
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2017-07-16 Distribution Release: SolydXK 9 The SolydXK project has announced the availability SolydXK 9, which is based on packages from the recently released Debian 9. Apart from the new base, SolydXK has removed the Backports repository by default (though it can be re-enabled), added a tool to assist in encrypting partitions and introduced new desktop themes. “In the past three weeks we have been testing, improving, developing and exercising parts of our vocabulary that our mothers didn’t even know we had but finally we are satisfied with the result. It is time to release the new SolydX and SolydK version 9. Changes: New themes for SolydX and SolydK. You can choose a light or dark theme. SolydXK Systems has a GUI now where you can encrypt partitions (and your USB flash drive), localize your system, select the fastest repositories, hold back packages and cleanup your system. The encryption part of this application is functioning but still in beta. Use at your own risk! The backport repository was removed by default but can be enabled in the new SolydXK System application. The solydx/k-info packages were integrated in the solydx/k-system-adjustments packages and are now obsolete.” More details on SolydXK 9 can be found in the project’s release announcement. The project’s two editions can be acquired from their respective download pages (SolydX, SolydK). Download (pkglist): solydx_9_64_201707.iso (1,564MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), solydk_9_64_201707.iso (1,950MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).
2017-06-26 Development Release: SolydXK 9 Beta Arjen Balfoort has announced the availability of a beta release of SolydXK 9, a desktop-oriented Linux distribution (now based on Debian 9) with a choice of Xfce 4.12 and KDE Plasma 5.8 user environments: “Debian Stretch has been released and it’s time for us to do the same for SolydXK. Before we release our ISO images there is still a lot to do. Our repository needs changing, we must describe the steps to upgrade a SolydXK 8 system to SolydXK 9. The ISO images need testing and the applications need testing as well. I could use some help with describing the upgrade steps or even creating a script to aid users in process of upgrading their systems. So, if you have some spare time, install SolydX 8 and SolydK 8 (201701 version) in a virtual machine and describe/script the best way to upgrade the system. System changes: new themes for SolydX and SolydK, you can choose a light or dark theme; SolydXK systems has a GUI now where you can encrypt partitions, localize your system, select the fastest repositories, hold back packages and cleanup your system.” See the release announcement for further information. Download (pkglist): solydx_9_64_201706.iso (1,555MB, SHA256, torrent), solydk_9_64_201706.iso (1,946MB, SHA256, torrent).
2016-06-27 Distribution Release: SolydXK 201606 Arjen Balfoort has announced the release of SolydXK 201606, a new stable release of the Debian-based desktop Linux distribution offering separate editions with Xfce 4.10 or KDE 4.14 desktops, as well as an Xfce variant for the Raspberry Pi single-board computer: “It is time again for the new SolydXK ISO images. These are some of the changes: Firefox ESR is now used from the Debian repository instead of custom built and installed from the SolydXK repository; you can now use custom mount points in the live installer, double click on a partition to select a pre-defined mount point or write your custom mount point; improved command handling of SolydXK applications for the Enthusiast’s editions; SolydX RPi has been built from scratch and is based on Raspbian….” Read the rest of the release announcement for further details. Download (pkglist): solydx_8_64_201606.iso (1,437MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), solydk_8_64_201606.iso (1,523MB, SHA256, signature, torrent). A variant of SolydX for Raspberry Pi is also available: solydxrpi_201606.img.tar.gz (1,142MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).
2015-12-25 Distribution Release: SolydXK 201512 Arjen Balfoort has announced the release of SolydXK 201512, the latest stable release of project’s distribution that offers a choice of Xfce 4.10 or KDE 4.11 desktops, all based on the stable Debian GNU/Linux 8: “It’s time for new releases again! The new ISO images come packed with changes. I’m not going to mention them all but here are a few: the live installer can now encrypt your partitions; the USB creator has been rebuilt and it does create bootable USB pen drives for several distributions; the update manager has new icons to indicate its status; you can right-click to show the legend for the meaning of the icons; left-click has been removed, So you will need to right-click to activate the update manager window. I hope you are going to enjoy these new releases!” Read the rest of the release announcement for further details. Download (pkglist): solydx_8_64_201512.iso (1,421MB, MD5, torrent), solydk_8_64_201512.iso (1,509MB, MD5, torrent). Besides the official releases, the project’s developers have also updated their “Community” editions, including the 32-bit flavours of SolydX and SolydK, as well as the “Enthusiasts” variant (based on Debian’s “Testing” branch) and a special edition for the Raspberry Pi mini-computer.
2015-06-09 Distribution Release: SolydXK 201506 Arjen Balfoort has announced the release of SolydXK 201506, an updated set of the project’s Debian-based Linux distributions with a choice of Xfce (SolydX) or KDE (SolydK) desktops, plus several community-built editions: “It is time for a new release. The new ISO images are based on Debian Jessie’s first point release. Several bugs have been patched since then and this release promise to be absolutely rock solid. Frank has built the 32-bit community editions. These community editions are built and supported by the community. You can download these ISOs from the Community editions page. From the same page you can also download a SolydX edition for the Raspberry Pi 2. I was looking for a cheap system for my son to learn Linux and some programming but perhaps there are people out there that could use it. You can find installation instructions on the download page.” Here is the full release announcement. Download (pkglist): solydx64_201506.iso (1,477MB, MD5, torrent), solydk64_201506.iso (1,577MB, MD5, torrent).
2015-01-31 Distribution Release: SolydXK 201501 Arjen Balfoort has announced the release of SolydXK 201501, an updated set of the project’s Debian-based Linux distributions offering a choice of Xfce (SolydX) or KDE (SolydK) desktops: “The team has been toiling night and day to make the transition to Debian ‘Jessie’ and Debian ‘Wheezy’ as smooth as possible for you. Everything is ready and you should now be able to upgrade. With this transition come new ISOs and what better way to celebrate this new start than with a nice ‘nip ‘n tuck’? For both SolydX and SolydK the themes have changed. SolydK comes with the QtCurve theme, SolydX with Greybird and both use the fabulous Evolvere icon theme. After the installation you will be presented with a complete new welcome screen and most SolydXK tools were updated as well. We hope you’re going to like this new version.” See the release announcement for further information and links to upgrade instructions. Download (pkglist): solydx64_201501.iso (1,522MB, MD5, torrent), solydk64_201501.iso (1,618MB, MD5, torrent).
2014-07-31 Distribution Release: SolydXK 201407 Arjen Balfoort has announced the release of SolydXK 201407, an updated build of the project’s Linux distributions with a choice of Xfce (SolydX) or KDE (SolydK) desktops, based on Debian’s “Testing” branch: “The Home editions were upgraded to the latest upgrade pack and the Business editions were upgraded with the latest security updates. This time I will not list the version changes of the major applications, but limit myself to the most important changes. Debian has started to move ‘Testing’ to systemd. The Home editions use systemd while the Business editions continue to use sysvinit. For the Home editions, you will notice the difference during boot, but especially during shutdown which now takes a lot less time. We may still need your help to improve boot time, though. As from the last update, ‘kdenext’ was removed from SolydK. We are now tracking Debian KDE.” Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download (pkglist): solydx64_201407.iso (1,343MB, MD5, torrent), solydk64_201407.iso (1,708MB, MD5, torrent).
2014-05-03 Distribution Release: SolydXK 201405 Arjen Balfoort has announced the release of SolydXK 201405, an updated version of the project’s set of Debian-based Linux distributions with a choice of Xfce (SolydX) or KDE (SolydK) desktops: “You no longer need to enable legacy BIOS on your laptop – the new ISO images now support EFI. You still need to disable Secure Boot, though. As a result, the multi DVD will no longer be available. Currently, we’re working on an easy way to create a multi-boot pen drive yourself. These are some of the changes: the home editions include the latest Update Pack (201404); KDE has been updated to 4.12.4; Linux kernel updated to 3.13; Firefox has been updated to 29.0 and Thunderbird to 24.5; LibreOffice has been updated to 4.1.5; the SolydXK Plymouth theme has been changed, and the Plymouth Manager has been adapted accordingly.” Read the full release announcement for additional details. Download: solydx64_201405.iso (1,271MB, MD5, torrent), solydk64_201405.iso (1,619MB, MD5, torrent).