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Version 1.5 released!

Last update on June 6, 2014.

Version 1.5 released!

Version 1.5 is now available from the download page.

This release improves the installer, ships Debian updates, changes and adds some new software.

Changes in version 1.5:

  • Impoved installer: add boot flag to root partition, try to fix progress bar not updating.
  • New App! "Kwheezy Connector" will easily setup mounted WebDAV and SFTP connections. Auto-mount available.
  • Updated to Debian 7.4
  • Default font changed to Deja Vu Sans.
  • Google Earth updated to version 7, now supporting proper Qt4, stable...ish.
  • PDF-Shuffler replaces PDFmod. Same functionality, but pygtk instead of mono.
  • Quick USB Formatter is installed by default.
  • KDE ...

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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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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

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Steam client package added

Last update on Sept. 15, 2013.

The Steam client by Valve software is now in the Kwheezy repository.

The Steam for Linux client gives you access to games in the Steam Store.

To install, open Apper and apply updates. Then type "steam" in the search field. The package is called "steam-debian".

The steam-debian package is courtesy of Keith Henderson AKA GhostSquad57. It was he and possibly the work of others that ported the steam client from Ubuntu to Debian Wheezy.

I've tested it with Nvidia proprietary drivers that come with Kwheezy (the Debain Wheezy version) and it seems to work great so far. Even on ...

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Updated rekonq (KDE Browser) to v2.3.2

Last update on Oct. 6, 2013.

rekonq, a KDE browser, has been updated to version 2.3.2 in the Kwheezy repository.

The Debian wheezy version is very dated (v0.9.2). I find that it crashes on a few sites, and although it is my favourite browser, I ended up using Firefox almost exclusively. Maybe I'll be able to live in rekonq now that we have an up-to-date version.

Rekonq is native to KDE, therefore it integrates nicely into KDE and the other KDE apps. For example, it supports KIO slaves, so that you can save to network folders setup in Dolphin.

It is ...

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New package: plasma-widget-daisy

Last update on Oct. 6, 2013.

plasma-widget-daisy has been added to the Kwheezy repository.

Daisy Plasma Widget is "An icon launcher for Plasma, inspired by Nature". Visit the project website here.

This one is for lemorte, who was struggling to get it installed. It is not in the wheezy repository, probably just because there is no maintainer. Hopefully others may find it useful also.

It's a shame it doesn't have support for Clementine. I would like it myself on my desktop for controlling Clementine.

To install, just use Apper or apt-get. You may need to refresh the repository indexes first (if unsure, check for ...

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