Archives Jan. 1, 2013

Version 1.4 released!

Last update on Feb. 28, 2014.

Version 1.4 released!

Version 1.4 is now available from the download page.

This release is mostly a bunch of minor fixes and improvements to the out-the-box experience.

Changes in version 1.4:

  • Fix for entering accents in LibreOffice (disable iBus by default).
  • Firefox and Thunderbird 24 ESR are now default.
  • Cdrtools (original and best) replaces wodim and genisoimage as default Burning/ISO tools.
  • Kopete and Linphone replace Jitsi as default XMPP chat and video calling.
  • Kwheezy Autostart Chooser has additional choices, including iBus.
  • Make KGet and Kopete "Always Visible" in system tray by default.
  • Allow kwheezy-livecd package to be uninstalled without removing ...

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Cdrtools added to repository

Last update on Feb. 10, 2015.

Cdrtools added to repository

Cdrtools has been added to the Kwheezy repository.

Cdrtools is a collection of command line tools for CD, DVD and Blueray support. The most notable being cdrecord, a burning tool. It also includes tools for ripping music, making ISO images and working with them. K3B, the graphical utility uses cdrecord (AKA wodim) in the background.

The package is available from Apper or apt-get and is named "cdrtools".

The package contains the folowing tools:

  • cdrecord  -  A CD/DVD/BD recording program
  • readcd  -  A program to read CD/DVD/BD media with CD-clone features
  • cdda2wav  -  The most evolved CD-audio extraction program with ...

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Firefox & Thunderbird 24!

Last update on Nov. 14, 2013.

Firefox & Thunderbird 24!

Firefox 24 ESR and Thunderbird 24 packages have been added to the Kwheezy repository.

The default Firefox and Thunderbird are still at version 17 and have been updated to the latest security fix (17.0.10). These packages are in addition to firefox-esr and thunderbird-esr and will replace them if you choose to install them.

The packages are available from Apper or apt-get and are named:

  • firefox-24-esr   +   optional firefox-24-esr-languages (for non-English languages)
  • thunderbird-24   +   optional thunderbird-24-languages (for non-English languages)

Note: Thunderbird 24 and above will no longer have seperate Stable & ESR releases. Therefore Thunderbird 24.0.1 is considered an ESR ...

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Version 1.3 released!

Last update on Nov. 20, 2013.

Version 1.3 released!

Version 1.3 is now available from the download page.

This release focuses on improving the installation and post-install process. Also there is quite a bit of tidying up and polishing.

Changes in version 1.3:

  • Updated to Debian 7.2
  • Added GPT partitioning support to the installer (requires BIOS/Legacy boot).
  • A new post-installation wizard adds polish. Hopefully the need to add a regular user account will be clearer.
  • A few redundant (duplicate functionality) applications have been removed.
  • The administrator account has UID/GID changed to 999, so the first real user will be 1000. Thus, more compatable with ...

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How to fully update to Kwheezy 1.2

Last update on Jan. 3, 2014.

How to fully update to Kwheezy 1.2

This guide will show you how to fully update your Kwheezy 1.1 (or below) installation to version 1.2.

The apt upgrade (via Apper or apt-get update/upgrade) will take care of most stuff, and it is sufficiant if you don't mind using dmo packages (deb-multimedia.org). However, if you want to get all the changes of v1.2, follow the instructions below. You may selectively follow these instructions, if  you don't need all the changes.

The first thing to do is an apt upgrade. Just update as usual using (i) Apper, or (ii) "#apt-get update; apt-get ...

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Version 1.2 released!

Last update on Nov. 27, 2013.

Version 1.2 released!

Version 1.2 is now available from the download page.

This release has three main focuses. Stabilizing the installer, Linux Gaming and Removing the third party repo deb-multimedia.org.

Changes in version 1.2:

  • Incorporates a couple of remaining installer bug fixes.
  • Kwheezy Profiler, a new GUI tool to backup and restore user profiles.
  • Rekonq browser updated to 2.3.2.
  • Steam client installed by default.
  • PlayOnLinux installed by default.
  • Some open source games (kdegames, dreamchess) included.
  • deb-multimedia.org packages replaced by official Debian packages. The necessary codecs / decoders included from Kwheezy repo instead.
  • Some minor tweaking here and there ...

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New App: Kwheezy Profiler

Last update on Sept. 20, 2013.

New App: Kwheezy Profiler

Kwheezy Profiler 1.0 has been released.

Kwheezy Profiler is a user friendly GUI tool for backing up and restoring multiple profiles. Primarily used for backup and restore, you could also use it to change your mood or use as presets. That is if KDE Activities is not relevant to your needs.

Also, it can be used to restore the Kwheezy Desktop defaults.

It's in the Settings menu. It's very straight forward. A wiki is just not needed.

Kwheezy Profiler

Enjoy!

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Remastering with kwheezy-livecd

Last update on April 6, 2014.

Remastering with kwheezy-livecd

kwheezy-livecd is a powerful yet incredibly simple command line tool that will remaster your system.

This guide is recommended for intermediate to advanced users.
Although anyone can do it, as it is very easy. 

It can be used for several reasons:

  • To make a backup of your system for later restoration.
  • To create a customized Debian 7 installer of your own. Your own distro if you like. Whether it's just for yourself to clone your machines or to give to friends / relatives.
  • You can strip it down, install other DE's and yet still use the easy peasy Kwheezy ...

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How to use Kwheezy Toggle Screens

Last update on Oct. 6, 2013.

How to use Kwheezy Toggle Screens

Kwheezy Toggle Screens is a tool for helping you switch (toggle) the graphical output (screen) between display devices. This could be a projector, an external monitor or a TV. It assumes you have a primary screen, usually an internal monitor on a laptop. It is more useful for laptops that need to quickly setup on a projector or other screen device.

When you first login after installation. Kwheezy Toggle Screens will try to get some information from your Primary display. If this fails, then the first time you run it, it will ask you to remove the secondary device (screen ...

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How to install and update software

Last update on Oct. 6, 2013.

How to install and update software

This guide will briefly show you how to install and update software in Kwheezy.

Both these tasks are done using a program called Apper. It is a software manager that connects to the Debian and Kwheezy repositories over the internet. It's a bit like the Apple AppStore, or the Google Play Store. Infact the Linux/BSD distributions invented this way of installing software. Those proprietary stores were inspired by the open source way of distributing software.

The first thing to do is open Apper. Go to the launcher menu (botom left) and then select System -> Apper.

Now you will ...

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