Tuesday, January 3, 2022

Solus 2017.01.01.0 Released, is available in two editions (Budgie and MATE)


Joshua Strobl has announced the release of a new Solus snapshot. Solus is an independent Linux distribution which uses the eopkg package manager (a fork of the PiSi package manager). The new snapshot, Solus 2017.01.01.0, is available in two editions (Budgie and MATE) and features support for mounting more devices over MTP, the VLC multimedia player can now play files over Samba and SFTP connections, and the distribution ships with version 4.8.15 of the Linux kernel.

Improvements To The Out-Of-The-Box Experience

The out-of-the-box experience for shipped applications in Solus has improved, as we’ve worked towards enabling a larger set of features for them.

A larger set of devices are now supported for MTP mounting, thanks to an upgraded libmtp.
Evince can now handle PS and XPS files.
Our package manager, eopkg, has received performance improvements as well as a fix to statelessness that’d cause the Software Center to hang.
Instances where a corrupted cursor would appear while using Firefox have been resolved.
VLC can now play content from SMB shares and SFTP locations. We’ve also done work on enabling subtitles for certain content played via MKV files.
Alongside those targeted improvements, Solus ships with Firefox 50.1.0 and Thunderbird 45.6.0. Firefox 50.1.0 brings security fixes on top of the various improvements to the Firefox 50 series, such as built-in emojis (those are all the rage these days, right? ?) and Thunderbird 45.6.0 delivers various bug and security fixes.

Graphics and Kernel

Solus 2017.01.01.0 ships with the latest stable branch of the Linux Kernel, 4.8.15, as well as 13.0.2 of the OpenGL compatible 3D graphics library, Mesa. Via DoFlicky, our Hardware Drivers utility, we provide the latest of the NVIDIA proprietary drivers:

  • nvidia-glx-driver – 375.26
  • nvidia-340-glx-driver (340.xx series) – 340.101
  • nvidia-304-glx-driver (304.xx series) – 304.134

Solus 2017.01.01.0 MATE Edition is a continuation of the goal we established with Solus 1.2.1, to deliver a Solus edition that has more traditional desktop experience and optimized for older hardware.

This release ships with the MATE 1.16 series and is the first operating system to ship with the Brisk Menu, our distribution agnostic implementation of a clean, efficient, and modern menu for the MATE Desktop. Brisk Menu enables quick access to installed applications, the Control Center, Software Center, as well as session controls for logging out, locking your system, etc.

Further information and a detailed list of changes can be found in the project’s release announcement.

System Requirements

  • An available DVD drive or USB port
  • Minimum USB drive size of 2GB.
  • Minimum of 10GB of disk space available.
  • 2GB of RAM for an optimal experience.
  • Utilizes a 64-bit (x86_64) processor.

Download (pkglist): 
Solus-2017.01.01.0-Budgie.iso (976MB, SHA256signature,torrent)
Solus-2017.01.01.0-MATE.iso (961MB, SHA256signaturetorrent).

Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon & MATE is Avalable For Download


Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable to use.

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components. It also adds a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools, and a web-based package installation interface. Linux Mint is compatible with Ubuntu software repositories.

System requirements:

  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).


  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommend for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).’

Improved hardware support
Cinnamon 3.2 features support of iio-sensor-proxy. On computers equipped with compatible accelerometers, Cinnamon is able to auto-rotate to respond to orientation changes.

In addition to “synaptics”, the new “libinput” touchpad and input driver is now also supported.

Other new features
Here are more new features which were introduced in Cinnamon 3.2:

  • You can peek at the desktop by hovering the show-desktop applet
  • The sound applet can now control multiple players and switch between them.
  • The application menu now features full keyboard navigation (and performance improvements)
  • Bumblebee users can right-click any program in the application menu and launch it with optirun by selecting ‘Run with NVIDIA GPU’
  • When seeking help, you can upload your system information on the Internet, from the “System Settings” -> “Info” screen.
  • In the Nemo preferences, you can enable an option which goes to the parent folder when you double-click an empty area
Further information and key package versions can be found in the project’s release announcement.

Choose your favorite edition below. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, “Cinnamon 64-bit edition” is the most popular.

Download links

How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.1

Upgrade for a reason

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

You might want to upgrade to 18.1 because some bug that annoys you is fixed or because you want to get some of the new features. In any case, you should know why you’re upgrading.

As excited as we are about 18.1, upgrading blindly for the sake of running the latest version does not make much sense, especially if you’re already happy and everything is working perfectly.

Make sure to read the release notes and to known the new features so you have all the information you need before deciding whether to upgrade.

Package updates

Upgrading to 18.1 will apply all level 1 updates for you.

You do not need to apply level 2, 3, 4 or 5 updates to upgrade to the new version of Linux Mint, and doing so won’t apply these for you.


Upgrading to 18.1 is relatively easy.

In the Update Manager, click on the Refresh button to check for any new version of mintupdate and mint-upgrade-info. If there are updates for these packages, apply them.

Launch the System Upgrade by clicking on “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.1 Serena”.

Follow the instructions on the screen.

Once the upgrade is finished, reboot your computer.

Additional info

The same upgrade path will be available for the Xfce and KDE editions, after they are released as stable 18.1.
Although Linux Mint 18.1 features a newer kernel, this upgrade does not change the kernel on your behalf. This is a decision only you should take.
It is recommended to disable the screensaver before upgrading. If the screensaver activates during the upgrade and you’re unable to log back in, switch to console with CTRL+ALT+F1, log in, and type “killall cinnamon-screensaver” (or “killall mate-screensaver” in MATE). Use CTRL+ALT+F7 or 
CTRL+ALT+F8 to get back to your session.
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Monday, January 2, 2022

Kodachi Linux 3.6 is Available, based on Debian 8.6 Xfce


Kodachi Linux is an open source and free distribution of Linux based on the award winning Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the modern GNOME desktop environment. It is an anonymous, secure and anti forensic OS.

Distributed as a 64-bit Live DVD

This custom Debian-based operating system can be downloaded from its official homepage or via Softpedia (see download link above) as a single Live DVD ISO image that has been engineered to support only 64-bit (x86_64) hardware platforms.

In order to use it, users must burn the ISO image onto a blank DVD disc using any CD/DVD burning software, or write it on a USB flash drive of 4G or higher capacity in order to boot it from the BIOS of a computer.

Version 3.6:
Based on Debian 8.6 XFCE

  • Changed default editor from Komodo(slow) to Geany(fast).
  • Improved own VPN script.
  • Improved VPN start stop reconnect now VPN connectivity process is mush faster.
  • Fixed bug in Tor connectivity.

Based on Debian 8.6 Xfce. Added Refracta installer, now you can install Kodachi permanently on your PC; added new tool – Mat Meta data anonymization tool; improved destroy Kodachi script; improved display script with new CPU and network monitor on taskbar; detect screen resolution changes and display accordingly; introduced banned message if someone misuses the bandwidth or hosts illegal torrent files using our VPN network; added Gibru engine to search bookmarks; added new version notification; added own VPN tool so now you can use your own VPN – all you need is to paste your configuration into the correct directory located on the Kodachi desktop; fixed a few bugs; updated system, Firefox, Firefox plugins, Tor, VeraCrypt, Komodo edit, Electrum Bitcoin wallet.

Read changelog

To Login as normal user:
Username: kodachi
Password: r@@t00

To Login as super user:
Username: root