Frugalware Linux Changelog

New in version 1.9

November 6th, 2013
  • Updated packages: Linux kernel 3.10.17, XOrg server 1.14.2, GNOME 3.8, KDE 4.11, LibreOffice 4.1.2.3, Mozilla Firefox 22.0 to name a few major components.
  • netconfig has been replaced by NetworkManager
  • frugalwareutils has been replaced by the new fvbeutils
  • vi binary symlinks are now configurable, used to be hardcoded to their packages
  • old display-manager-legacy.service has been dropped for the new systemd method of individual service files
  • console keymaps and x11 keymaps are now managed by the systemd method

New in version 1.9 RC2 (September 17th, 2013)

  • This release fixes a number of minor issues with the installer.
  • A case where TAB would cycle through the wrong order with the widgets in the partition formatting window is now fixed.
  • Installer no longer relies on HOSTNAME for determining if it is within the live environment.
  • It is now possible to skip IPv6 configuration and adding a new user.
  • A case where a crash happened when the swap filesystem mount path is empty is now fixed.
  • A missing locale file is now symlinked on new grub installs. It was a harmless bug, but still needed fixing.
  • Installer now automatically starts after booting and the other TTYs have login information if you need shell access.

New in version 1.9 RC1 (September 3rd, 2013)

  • Starting with this release, our old display-manager-legacy.service and /etc/sysconfig/desktop system has been replaced by a system where each display manager provides their own service file. You can switch to this new system by using the new dmconfig utility or through use of systemctl.
  • Also, we have removed the vi symlinks that we used to provide. These were hardcoded to a specific editor (VIM) before. The new system is to manage these symlinks with the new viconfig utility or by manually creating the symlinks to your preferred editor.
  • At least one bug has been fixed since last release. The system for mounting local packages to use as an install source has been redesigned to work more consistently. Some users were reporting installation failures because of how the package source was mounted before. This should now be fixed.
  • Now for the installer instructions. You will need to login as root after the ISO boots using the password fvbe. To run the installer, use the command fwsetup.
  • One final note is that we are looking for someone to design a new 16 color palette for the new installer. Currently it uses the color palette from Mandriva's NEWT patches. If you are interested, then contact us on IRC or the forums.

New in version 1.9 Pre1 (April 9th, 2013)

  • This is the first preview release of Frugalware 1.9. It also marks the first public testing for our new live CD environment, FVBE, and our new installer called fwsetup.
  • This has been in development for 8 months already, and is a compilation of 4 older projects. They are fwlive, setup, fwife, and frugalwareutils. In this new project, they are integrated so they will share a common codebase. This should help avoid the fragmentation like we had with setup and fwife.
  • The new installer should be feature complete in terms of replacing the old installer. However, some parts were removed because of disuse or just plain uselessness. And some features are entirely new, such as the keyboard layout selection that also configures your X11 XKB layout.
  • The main feature that is not yet implemented is a replacement for netconfig. It should be finishd by pre2. There are no other major features planned for the new installer during this release cycle, as the existing stuff needs to be tested more.
  • There has also been changes to what kinds of ISOs we will build from now on. Starting with this release, we will only provide ISOs with packages from the main package groups. Anything from -extra will only be available via net install or after install is complete. By pre2, net install ISOs should also be available.
  • Also of interest is that our new ISOs are now using GRUB2 to boot and no longer using isolinux to boot. GRUB2 natively supports BIOS hybrid ISOs for our i686 branch and BIOS/UEFI hybrid ISOs for our x86_64 branch. UEFI mode is only supported for booting at this time, and not for installation.
  • One other thing is that the new installer has been primarily tested on x86_64 using the ISO mode of the hybrid ISO. So, we need the most testing on i686 and USB mode. Any feedback will be examined, to help improve the new installer.
  • Current known issues include network not working after initial install. For now, run netconfig after logging in as root. This should work as a temporary fix until we can implement the netconfig replacement.
  • To use the new installer, you will need to login as root after the ISO boots using the password fvbe. To run the installer, use the command fwsetup.
  • One final note is that we are looking for someone to design a new 16 color palette for the new installer. Currently it uses the color palette from Mandriva's NEWT patches. If you are interested, then contact us on IRC or the forums.

New in version 1.8 (February 7th, 2013)

  • Updated packages: Linux kernel 3.7.5, XOrg server 1.13.2, GNOME 3.6, KDE 4.9, LibreOffice 3.6.3.2, Mozilla Firefox 18.0.1 to name a few major components.
  • video decoding acceleration is now enabled in most multimedia applications
  • cpu scaling should now work out of the box on i686 and x86_64
  • cpupower is now only needed to modify the default cpu scaling settings
  • mesa 7.11 drivers revived to support hardware that mesa upstream dropped support for
  • utf8 is now the default locale encoding for new installs and upgrades

New in version 1.8 RC2 (January 21st, 2013)

  • Linux kernel 3.7.3

New in version 1.8 Pre2 (December 10th, 2012)

  • Linux kernel was updated to version 3.6.6;
  • KDE SC was updated to version 4.9.3;
  • GNOME was updated to version 3.6;
  • XOrg Server was updated to version 1.13.0;
  • cpu scaling on i686 and x86_64 now works out of the box for most hardware
  • cpupower is now only needed if you want to change the default behavior
  • video decoding acceleration libraries have been enabled in most multimedia programs

New in version 1.7 (August 20th, 2012)

  • Updated packages: Linux kernel 3.4.8, XOrg server 1.12.3, GNOME 3.4, KDE SC 4.9, LibreOffice 3.5.4.2, Mozilla Firefox 14.0.1 to name a few major components.
  • slocate was removed and replaced by mlocate
  • catalyst has dropped support for all ATI Radeon HD hardware before the 5000 series
  • cpupower package has replaced all CPU scaling daemons
  • all packages that still used sysvinit have been converted to use systemd
  • grub1 has been replaced by grub2
  • localtime should now work again

New in version 1.6 RC2 (January 30th, 2012)

  • Package updates:
  • Linux kernel 3.1.10
  • LibreOffice 3.4.5
  • ~100 updated packages
  • 27 new packages
  • New features:
  • New cpupower (LWN article) and perf packages
  • kmod replaced module-init-tools
  • Fixes:
  • The installer now handles network timeout errors
  • Documentation updates