MakuluLinux Xfce Changelog

New in version 6.0

May 27th, 2014
  • Is part of the series dubbed "Imperium" ( Latin for "power to command" ). Once again we focus not only on bug fixing, new features, but also putting the power into the user's hands, the main goal here was choice. To feature pack this edition and give the user Many choices that he can navigate with a simple few clicks. This is just one more step in enhancing the total out of box experience for the End user. MakuluLinux Xfce 6 continues to push boundaries in the linux world.
  • Installer :
  • After Much consideration and input from users and suggestion from the tester team, I decided to try out a new Installer, I used the LMDE Template as a base and made a new installer for MakuluLinux. One that is much more user friendly and is more automated in some of the steps. However, due to auto detection and language packs it does take longer to install compared to the old one. The result is a beautiful Installer that is simple to navigate, offers both normal and Safe modes and will do most of the work for you.
  • Please be AWARE : The Root Password gets changed on first bootup After installation, not during install process ! The installer only changes the user login password. The startup script that runs on first bootup still uses the password : makulu
  • Animation :
  • MakuluLinux Xfce now supports the Xfce, Compiz and Kwin Manager, ALL ready to use out of the box ! You can switch between the Window Managers easily with a few clicks by running the Animation shortcut in the Menu Launcher. Not only will the Window Manager change, but all the relevant settings shortcuts will be created with it in the menu, Meaning if you choose Kwin, then all the Kwin shortcuts will be created in the menu launcher that will allow you to configure Kwin, the same with Compiz / Emerald. Now you can enjoy your favorite Window Manager with a simple few clicks... I am sure Many are wondering why ? Why add both Compiz and Kwin when one works perfectly on its own ? Why add Kwin when it uses more resources ? The answer is quite simple, Why not ? We love to give the end user variety and options, when he gets tired of Compiz he can switch to Kwin with a click of a button... on older hardware ? simply click another button and all animation is off ... Choice is what it is all about, we want to cater for any hardware from old to new...
  • Randomized Theming :
  • We have introduced Random theming in MakuluLinux Xfce 6, This feature changes the theme randomly everytime you reboot your computer, Much like the wallpaper changer does, it will align itself with your preferences of either "light or Dark" themes. This feature is easy to toggle on/off with a click of a button.
  • Startup Utility Ported and Modified :
  • Upon First boot after Installation, the user will be presented by the post install utility which will guide him through various settings easily, This will assist new comers to linux to skip difficulty doing the basic necessities that are required after installation as well as allow them to easily customize the system, Advanced users will also appreciate the ease of being able to simply select an option and skip a series of tiring steps, the Utility is very automated requiring only user interaction when needed. The utility tends to the following tasks :
  • Set Root Password
  • Set repository location.
  • Update repositories.
  • System Updater with Gui Options
  • Full/Bare-bone System switcher
  • Turning animation on/off
  • Turning Wallpaper Changer on/off
  • Turning Dock-bar on/off
  • Updating drivers
  • The following were also ported over from MakuluLinux Mate Edition :
  • Animation on/off utility has been added to the system menu
  • Application Installer utility has been added to the system menu
  • Makulu setup Utility has been added to the system menu
  • System Updater Utility with Gui Options
  • Wallpaper Settings utility
  • Repository repair utility has been added to system menu
  • Repository source generator has been added to system menu
  • Easy Password changers ( root and user )
  • Easy Application installer (no more user interaction in terminal needed )
  • Easy Application remover (no more user interaction in terminal needed)
  • Easy repository software search ( no more user interaction in terminal needed )
  • Hardware and Driver Support Added :
  • Detect loss and gain of AC power, lid closure, and the press of a
  • number of specific buttons (on Asus, IBM, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony
  • and Toshiba laptops).
  • Suspend, hibernate and resume the computer, with workarounds for
  • hardware that needs it.
  • On some laptops, set screen brightness.
  • Support to the special features of Asus Eee PC series of
  • laptops. These include sleep (suspend) and hotkeys such as wireless,
  • brightness, mute, volume, video output toggle and the 'soft' keys available in
  • some models.
  • Enabled owners of Toshiba laptops to change the LCD brightness,
  • control, the internal fan and use the special keys on their keyboard
  • (Fn-x combinations, hot-keys). The internal functions will give the
  • possibility to map the Fn-Keys to functions like volume up/down, mute,
  • suspend to disk, suspend to ram and switch LCD/CRT/TV-out. These
  • functions heavily depend on the system and/or kernel configuration.
  • You will need at least a kernel (v2.4.x, v2.5.x, v2.6.x) with ACPI and
  • Toshiba support (CONFIG_ACPI and CONFIG_ACPI_TOSHIBA).
  • Dell laptops fan controll, turn the fan on and off, to read fan
  • status, CPU temperature, BIOS version and to handle the volume buttons
  • and Fn-keys.
  • Utility to change the laptop LCDs backlight from
  • a command line. The brightness can be adjusted in steps
  • for Compaq Armada family of laptops (E300, M500, M700).
  • Popcorn-Time :
  • Popcorn-Time is a Live Video streaming alternative to Netflix, it streams Torrents live in video Format, so you can watch virtually any video anytime for Free ! However, this may be illegal in some countries and Banned/Blocked by some ISP's, therefore the usage of this program is at the user's discretion, we will not be held responsible for any wrong doing on your part.
  • Choice :
  • We have ported all the custom tools over from MakuluLinux Mate Edition to Xfce, this means the user now has all the awesome choices and customizations in Xfce that they had in Mate, We have also added new features to Xfce, there is now plenty variety and choice at the users finger tips, without even installing a single app or editing a single config, this distro will already offer more than any other operating system in the world.

New in version 5.0 (February 13th, 2014)

  • Major Software changes :
  • Gimp replaced by the latest version of mypaint 1.1
  • Wine 1.4.1 replaced by Wine 1.6.x
  • Tickr has been removed
  • Mintstick has been removed
  • XfceThemeManager has been removed
  • New software :
  • Alienblaster
  • Compiz
  • Emerald
  • Screenlets
  • Iceweasel
  • Lots of Makalu Specific Packages

New in version 4.3 (November 28th, 2013)

  • Complete new installer used for 4.3, now with novice and advanced modes for users to go wild with.
  • New installer supports encryption
  • Added option to make Live image on USB drive directly from live desktop.
  • Fixed Scripts gui, apps like winetricks should work properly now.
  • Replaced Libre Office with Kingsoft Office ( requested by many users ).
  • Fixed user reported issues with theme, menu, icons and dependancies.
  • Added support for laptop Touchpad buttons to be "enabled" by default even at login screen.
  • Added better audio volume controls.
  • Added Screenshot app.
  • Added Backup Utlitiy.
  • Root re-enabled in Live mode
  • Fixed various misc problems throughout the distro.
  • Lots of Optimisations throughout the distro.
  • Reduced size of Distribution by almost 300mb.
  • New Wallpaper selection available to users.
  • Updated latest Updates on the distro.
  • New Themes, Controls, Icons and Mouse cursors added
  • Switched to Original default theme for release.
  • Increased bootup speed and login speed.
  • Added Disk Management utlity app
  • Added E book reader
  • Added system info App ( hardware/software )
  • Added Help Menu's to Grub Live-bootup.
  • Added localisation support.
  • Added Change Language option in menu
  • Added XFCE Theme Manager
  • Added XFCE Compisite Manager
  • Updated Kernel to 3.11.2
  • updated sphere icons set to 1.3
  • Added Boot-Repair option to distro.
  • Added playonlinux
  • Added Flobopuyo
  • Added Frets on fire
  • Added Gbrainy
  • Added Neverputt
  • Added Teeworlds
  • Added Imagemagik
  • Added DesktopNova
  • Added Google Gadgets

New in version 4.0 (October 28th, 2013)

  • Moved to Debian Testing.
  • Rolling Release.
  • Upgraded kernel to 3.10.3
  • EXTREMELY stable and fast.
  • Single Desktop Environment ( XFCE upgraded to 4.10 ).
  • Easy to use Traditional Style Environment.
  • Complete new look ( Themes, Icons, Decorations, Wallpaper, lots of customisations throughout Environment ).
  • Focus on alot of transparency.
  • Featuring Complete out of the box pre installed software, codecs, flash player and games.
  • Switched from Opera to Chromium with plenty customisations added.
  • All software updated to latest versions
  • Switched to NeroLinux & NeroLinux Express as default Cd/DVD Burner ( XFburn is included as well )
  • Steam Debian preinstalled and working with fixes applied.
  • Wine pre installed and working.
  • Nitroshare replaces Samba.
  • Fully working Device Driver manager.
  • Conky Manager featuring 80+ pre installed conky's
  • USB Stick formatter.
  • Android Device USB Auto Sync (can now auto sync Makulu with Android mobile phone in USB mode)
  • Number of new custom thunar actions including mounting ISO files.
  • Lots of features throughout the distro...

New in version 3.0 Beta 2 (September 17th, 2013)

  • This is a Beta Build of our Debian Release
  • Based on Debian Testing Rolling Release
  • Logging details for Live CD: User-name: live / Password: live