Wednesday, November 23, 2011

KIARA 2.5 released.

Highlights: Upgraded browsers, WICD Network Manager, Flashplayer support for Opera

Upgrades include Firefox 8.01 and Seamonkey 2.5.

Added Packages:


WICD is added as another blind stab toward enabling wireless. Once again, I don't do wireless so please test it with wireless if you can, and let me know if there's anything else I could add.

The other packages have been added to finally allow flashplayer to run with Opera, something I have personally tried to get working on KIARA for a while now, and I can honestly say I've been delighted with the results.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

HARD AND LIVE! Running KIARA from a FAT32 partition

I've decided to commit to a hard drive install of KIARA, but not an ordinary hard drive install.   By copying KIARA to a partition preformatted with the DOS FAT32 filesystem (the same as most flash drives) and using the script (instead of  to make the system bootable, I've replicated a live CD or flash drive install on my hard drive.    This combines the security of a live CD with the speed and performance of a hard drive install.

I keep my data and my settings by mounting an ext3 partition as /home, and recreating the same normal user account with each new reboot.  There's a simple shell script in  /root  (the home directory when you're in root) that I use to facilitate the setup process.  The script is named normal, and it looks like this:

mount /dev/sda3 /home
adduser qwerty
passwd root

/dev/sda/ is the partition that's mounted as /home
qwerty is the name of the regular user.

Running the script saves me a little work, but mostly it guides me through some basic commands, so I don't have to think too hard about what to do, and I don't forget anything.    Anyone who uses this script may have to edit it to mount the correct partition, and to choose a different user name.

I'm going to break down this whole process (partitioning, installing, configuring)  into horrible horrible detail elsewhere.  The real point of this post is to simply announce that I'm now running KIARA full time, and that has repercussions for the future of my obscure little distro.  If the trend continues, there will be additional software ported from Slackware 12.2 and available for download and install, and that may lead to a live DVD. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

KIARA 2.4 contains Firefox 8.0, Flashplayer 11, packages for wireless internet.

Kiara GNU/Linux 2.4 is now available for download.   Software upgrades include Firefox 8.0, Thunderbird 8.0,  flashplayer 11, and Opera 11.52.

By request, some packages have been added to enable wireless internet.




I've only used wired internet, so I'm completely dependent on wireless users to tell me what's needed to make Kiara wireless-enabled, and to test it for me. Thanks to Mark for getting me started with this important initiative.