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<title>Release Notes C-Blues 2021.1.0</title>
<title>Release Notes for C-Blues 2021.1.0</title>
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<header><h2>Release Notes C-Blues 2021.1.0</h2></header>
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<p>The siduction team is proud to present to you siduction 2021.1. After a long hiatus of almost 3 years we are happy to be back with an official release. This one is dubbed »C-Blues«, and it should be easy to guess what the »C« stands for in these troubled times. </p>
<p>The siduction team is proud to present to you siduction 2021.1.0 After a long hiatus of almost 3 years we are happy to be back with an official release. This one is dubbed »C-Blues«, and it should be easy to guess what the »C« stands for in these troubled times. </p>

<h3>What have we got here?</h3>

<p>The flavors we offer for siduction 2021.1.0 are KDE Plasma 5.20.5, LXQt 0.16.0-1, Cinnamon 4.8.6, Xfce 4.16, Lxde 10+nmu1, Xorg and noX. GNOME and MATE did not make it this time. They might be back at some point or not. Of course, they are still installable from the repository.</p>
<p>The flavors we offer for siduction 2021.1.0 are KDE Plasma 5.20.5, LXQt 0.16.0-1, Cinnamon 4.8.6, Xfce 4.16, Lxde 10, Xorg and noX. GNOME and MATE did not make it this time. They might be back at some point or not. Of course, they are still installable from the repository.</p>

<p>The released images are a snapshot of Debian unstable, that also goes by the name of Sid, from 2021-02-07. They are enhanced with some useful packages and scripts, an installer based on Calamares and a custom patched version of the Linux kernel 5.10.15, Systemd is at 247.3.</p>
<p>The released images are a snapshot of Debian unstable, that also goes by the name of Sid, from 2021-02-14. They are enhanced with some useful packages and scripts, an installer based on Calamares and a custom patched version of the Linux kernel 5.10.16, Systemd is at 247.3.</p>

<p>Plasma is still our main offering, and it has made amazing progress over the past years. We have it staffed with the latest additions that will hit with Plasma 5.21 in a couple of weeks, like the new <em>system monitor</em> that will be the successor to <em>ksysguard</em> and the Conference Companion <em>Kongress</em>. Also, years in the making, finally there is <em>kio-fuse</em>. </p>
<p>Plasma is still our main offering, and it has made amazing progress over the past year. We have it staffed with the latest additions that will hit with Plasma 5.21 in a couple of days, like the new <em>system monitor</em> that will be the successor to <em>ksysguard</em> and the Conference Companion <em>Kongress</em>. Also, years in the making, finally there is <em>kio-fuse</em>. </p>

<p>The latter allows you to mount remote directories into the root hierarchy of your local file system, thereby exposing KDE's access capabilities like SSH, SAMBA/Windows, FTP, TAR/GZip/BZip2, WebDav and others to POSIX-compliant applications such as Firefox, LibreOffice, GNOME apps, shell utilities and more. Quite the handy tool.</p>

<p>The Xorg and noX flavors come with a new tool to connect your wireless devices. Intels <em><a href="https://wiki.debian.org/NetworkManager/iwd">iNet wireless daemon</a></em> (<em>iwd</em>) sends WPA-Supplicant into well-earned retirement. Ten times smaller and a lot faster, <em>iwd</em> will be the successor.</p>
<p>The Xorg and noX flavors come with a new tool to connect your wireless devices. Intels <em><a href="https://wiki.debian.org/NetworkManager/iwd">iNet wireless daemon</a></em> (<em>iwd</em>) sends WPA-Supplicant into well-earned retirement. Ten times smaller and a lot faster, <em>iwd</em> will be the successor. Further information can be found in the <em><a href="https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Iwd">Arch Linux wiki</a></em>.</p>

<p>If you want to use <em>wpa_supplicant</em> instead of <em>iwd</em> follow the steps below.</p>
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<p>Now you should be able to start an interactive shell by starting <code>iwctl</code> from a terminal. Entering 'help' in the shell gives you all the options to list, scan and connect to your device or simply use <code>nmtui</code> or <code>nmcli</code> on the command line or the graphical-interface of Network-Manager</p>
<p>Now you should be able to start an interactive shell by running <code>iwctl</code> from a terminal. Entering 'help' in the shell gives you all the options to list, scan and connect to your device or simply use <code>nmtui</code> or <code>nmcli</code> on the command line or the graphical-interface of Network-Manager</p>

<h3>Why has there been no release since 2018?</h3>

<p>When the pandemic hit, we were in early preparations for a new release. Changes were mostly worked on for the infrastructure. Shortly thereafter, around April 2020, Alf (agaida), our lead developer vanished from the face of the earth and has not been heard of ever since. We have no idea what happened to him, as all our inquiries into his whereabouts came up empty. So, Alf, if you are reading this, come by and say peep. We miss you.</p>

<p>That being said, after agaida being in the wind for the better part of a year, we thought it was about time to do a new release without him, but based on his former work before he disappeared. So we shook off our own corona blues and - tada - here it is brand new, shiny and still hot off the servers.</p>
<p>That being said, after agaida being in the wind for the better part of a year, we thought it was about time to do a new release without him, but based on his former work before he disappeared. So we shook off our own corona blues and - tada - here it is, brand new, shiny and still hot off the servers.</p>

<h3>Official Releases and Isobuilds</h3>

<p>During our hiatus we built new images ever once in a while to keep the demand for fresh software for new installs covered. These images on <a href="https://isobuilds.siduction.org/">isobuilds</a> are unofficial, were and will continue to be tested by booting and installing them, but that's the extent of testing for that platform. So far, there was no trouble with that.</p>
<p>During our hiatus we built new images ever once in a while to keep the demand for fresh software for new installs covered. These images on <a href="https://isobuilds.siduction.org/">isobuilds</a> are unofficial, were and will continue to be tested by booting and installing them, but that's the extent of testing for that platform. So far, there was no trouble with that scheme. You will still be able to find fresh releases of GNOME and MATE along with the others there about once per month.</p>

<h3>The following non-free and contrib packages are installed by default:</h3>

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<p>Right now the installer does not offer an opt-out for packages that does not comply with DFSG, the Debian Free Software Guidelines. That means that non-free packages like unfree firmware will be installed by default on the system. The command<code> vrms</code> will list these packages for you. You can remove not wanted packages manually or remove them all by issuing<code> apt purge $(vrms -s)</code> before or after installation. Else our script <code>remove-nonfree</code> can do that for you.</p>
<h3>Installation hints and pitfalls</h3>
<h3>Installation hints and known issues</h3>

<p>If you want to reuse your existing home (or any other data) partition, it would be wise to do so after installation and not in the Calamares Installer.</p>
<ul><li>If you want to reuse your existing home (or any other data) partition, it would be wise to do so after installation and not in the Calamares Installer.</li>

<p>Encyption setups like LUKS and others are not yet supported by the Installer Framework, you should prepare your partition setup beforehand and might better use the <code>cli-installer</code> in a terminal.</p>
<li>Encyption setups like LUKS and others are not yet supported by the Installer Framework, you should prepare your partition setup beforehand and might better use the <code>cli-installer</code> in a terminal.</li>
<li>With some Intel GPUs on some devices, you might encounter a frozen system on Live shortly after boot. To fix this you need to set the kernel parameter <code>intel_iommu=igfx_off</code> before booting again.</li></ul>

<h3>Credits for siduction 2021.1.0</h3>

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akli (for his work on getting the manual back in shape)</p>
<h3>Thank you!</h3>

<p>We want to thank all testers and all the people giving us support in any possible way. This is also your achievement. We also want to thank Debian, as we are standing on the shoulders of giants.<br>And now enjoy!</p>
<p>We want to thank all testers and all the people giving us support over the years. This is also your achievement. We also want to thank Debian, as we are standing on the shoulders of giants.<br>And now enjoy!</p>

<p>On behalf of the siduction team:</p>
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