Version 1.2 released!

Last update on Sept. 22, 2013.

Version 1.2 released!

Version 1.2 is now avaialbable 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.

Version 1.1 installations can be upgraded to 1.2 via Apper or apt-get. However some extra tasks must be performed to get all the changes.

Please follow this wiki on how to fully migrate to 1.2.

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  1. Vince on 09/21/2013 3:39 a.m. #

    Is Secure UEFI supported?

  2. euan on 09/21/2013 5:02 a.m. #

    @Vince: good question. AFAIK it does not. Debian wheezy supports UEFI but not secure boot. I'm not sure if anyone has created an unofficial way to do it though. I'll do some reading up and report back.

    However, I haven't encountered any motherboard that I haven't been able to turn secure boot off... yet!

  3. Nyxi on 09/22/2013 1:37 a.m. #

    What version of KDE is in this release?

  4. Vince on 09/22/2013 4:43 a.m. #

    OK, thanks for the info. I can turn secure boot off on the motherboard. But was just wondering, because with Ubuntu, Lubuntu and Ubuntu Gnome it works out of the box with out me having to turn off any motherboard settings like Secure Boot. All new laptops that I've tried so far, ASUS (my current), Toshiba Satellite, and Dell Inspiron all use UEFI. The Linux distros, not just yours, but all of them should be addressing this. Because I'd just as soon not use Unity. Hence the other flavors I've listed above that I use.

    Thanks for your reply and help.

  5. euan on 09/22/2013 8:07 a.m. #

    @Vince: Yes you're correct. Debian decided there was not any clear and proper solution to the secure boot problem yet. Microsoft is to blame for this total mess. They seem to keep getting away with these mal-practises. Maybe by Debian 8 there will be a good clear and wholesome solution that they can endorse. Until then we just have to suffer a little. As linux users we should buy hardware made for linux, like System76.

  6. euan on 09/22/2013 8:11 a.m. #

    @Nyxi: it's same as Debian, 4.8.4. May sound old, but its the most rock solid KDE I've used so far.

  7. Andy on 09/23/2013 8:16 p.m. #

    Tried to install kwheezy version 1.2
    The install stopped with a login prompt
    I had to enter administrator for the user name not
    Administrator as shown in the 1.2 install instructions. I used kwheezy for the password as per the instructions. Once logged in I got a $ prompt and nothing more. I entered startx and it began to istall the live desktop. The desktop began to appear but then it crashed in Kwin - The KDE CRash Handler. I installed the 32bit iso file on a usb stick and booted the system from CD using plopKexec version 0.3

    These instructions need to be modified to tell users to log in as administrator not Administrator.

    https://www.kwheezy.com/en/weblog/2013/07/23/installation-guide/

  8. euan on 09/23/2013 10:14 p.m. #

    @Andy: Firstly, it's strange that you should have to login on the live session. It should autologin to the desktop. I can only guess that your video (graphics) card is not well supported by Debian Wheezy. What graphics card do you have? Please follow wiki "Diagnose and repair video driver issues". Could you please email the outputs to me, I'll PM you via email.

    I don't know anything about plopKexec. Are you trying to use Kwheezy as a Live pendrive installation. Persistence?

    You are correct about the installation guide instructions. Please forgive me, I guess I forgot Linux is case sensitive, even for usernames. I've changed it. Thing is, you shouldn't need to login to Live session.

  9. vuk on 09/24/2013 8:21 p.m. #

    Why you choose to switch debian multimedia repository? It worked well so far.

  10. euan on 09/24/2013 8:48 p.m. #

    @vuk: Perhaps you were lucky that it worked well for you.

    I got some emails from some Debian IRC members.They were very annoyed that Kwheezy user were contacting them with problems related to phonon (VLC in particular). It turns out the DMO packages are buggy, they cause problems with phonon. I noticed myself, that once I wenr back to Debian packages, my VLC runs without errors. The volume on VLC would change the master volume, when it shouldn't. Somebody else posted that the DMO caused flickering that Debian packages didn't.

    Also, I didn't want to reply on 3rd party repo too much. What if DMO goes away etc.

    Ultimately, I want Kwheezy to be as pure Debian Stable as possible. I only used DMO for libdvdcss2 and faac, and maybe acouple other codecs. All of which are now in Kwheezy repo instead.

    Is there anything you are missing from DMO? Do the Debian packages work less well.

    If you want to, you could always add it back. The keyring is still installed, s it would be minimal effort.

    I'm sorry if it dissapointed you. But I'm going to stick my guns on this one.

  11. vuk on 09/25/2013 3:46 p.m. #

    @euan. No, it's ok. I was just curious, I didnt know that there was so much problems. I am runing Kwheezy on asus k55vj and asus netbook 1015pn and everything is perfect. Playing all kind of media and it is ok. Kwheezy is really good, there is not so many distros based on debian stable.

  12. jordan on 09/26/2013 12:36 a.m. #

    Is Kwheezy 1.2 32-bit using a PAE kernel? Thanks.

  13. jordan on 09/26/2013 12:48 a.m. #

    To answer my own question, it looks like it does support PAE and my computer can indeed run it.

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