Today we are proud to release siduction 2018.1.0 with the flavours KDE, LXQt, GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE, LXDE, Xorg and noX. The released images are a snapshot of Debian unstable, that also goes by the name of Sid, from 2017-29-12. They are enhanced with some useful packages and scripts, a brand new installer and a custom patched version of the linux-kernel 4.14.9, accompanied by X-Server 1.19.5 and systemd 236.
KDE Plasma stands at version 5.10.5, while GNOME comes in at 3.26 with some packages still at 3.24. LXQt ships at 0.12.0 and Xfce at 4.12.4, while Cinnamon comes in at 3.4.6 and MATE at 1.18.3. Sadly, right now, GNOME, MATE and LXDE are largely unmaintained. If noone steps up to keep them in a releaseable state, we might have to drop these flavours with our next release. The corresponding packages will stay in the archives.
This release comes with the name "patience 2018.1.0". How we deal with this in the future is unclear. The next release, which might be there in March, in advance of CLT 2018, will ship whatever we come up with. Maybe it'll be just numbers…
Years ago we decided to not install recommends anymore for our releases or when the user installs a package. The handling of that feature in Debian was not as we thought it should be. A lot of cruft was installed to the system and we wanted to prevent that. Times have changed and so has the handling of recommends. So now the recommends that the maintainer sets for a package are installed in siduction. If you would like recommends not installed, you can override our decision in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/80-siduction in the line APT::Install-Recommends "1";.
To prevent the journal from growing too large we have implemented a journal-rotation and a maximum size to the journal. You can overrule this setting by editing the files in /etc/journal.conf.d/. There will be a blog post on this topic within the next days.
We built two small scripts to turn SSH on and off in the live and in the installed system. They are aptly named SSH Activate and SSH Deactivate and you can find them in your menu.
This is the 2nd release with the new installer built from the Calamares Installer Framework and we are quite happy with it. It is under steady developement and will in the near future improve quite a bit on LVM and LUKS2.
The partitioning is done by the brand new
kpmcore 3.3.0, which
is also at the heart of the KDE Partition Manager (KPM). The corresponding package
for that is called
With Calamares we can proclaim full implementation of UEFI-Installs since 2017.1.0.
For now we still have encryption with LUKS and LVM turned off, which Calamares offers
as an option. We want to be on top of that feature before we offer it to you. Offering
it means we need to be able to support this critical functionality. We do not feel we
can do this adequatly at the moment, as it is an ongoing developement, that should be
more mature with
The installer does not offer the option to opt-out software that does not
comply with DFSG, the Debian Free Software Guidelines. That means that non-free
packages would be installed by default on the system. The command
apt purge $(vrms -s) will list these packages. One can
remove not wanted packages manually or remove them all by issuing
apt purge $(vrms) before or after installation
As already mentioned in the news section, with the 2017.1.0 release we retired the 32-bit architecture. The work that it took to build and maintain that architecture is in our humble opinion better invested in other places. Users that still need 32-bit can come talk to us on IRC or send a PM and we will try to find a solution for these particular cases.