The unofficial LMDE KDE UP5 SR2
16/10/2012: I've uploaded a service release with (almost) all known bugs resolved
- The 32-bit version includes both the 486 and the PAE (most modern CPUs) kernel. On PAE machines both kernels are installed where PAE is the default kernel and the 486 kernel can be used as a fallback.
- Live Installer had to support multi-kernel live DVDs and some graphical changes were made.
- DDM had some bugs resolved.
If you are running UP4 and you haven't upgraded yet, you can download a bash script that I've been using to create the isos: http://www.schoelje.nl/lmdekde/packages/lmdekde-up5-upgrade (right click and save link as...)
If you have Nvidia drivers installed, don't forget to reinstall them after reboot.
LMDE KDE 64-bit (1.4 GB)
LMDE KDE 32-bit (1.4 GB) (includes 486 and pae kernel)
Don't forget to choose a repository mirror when you're done installing:
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sudo apt-get update
Reboot or close live environment
A new "feature" was introduced in the live-boot package: you need to hit ENTER twice before you can actually reboot or close...but not always.
It was democratically decided that Digikam and kipi-plugins are going to be part of the unofficial LMDE KDE.
There were more votes for Wine and Playonlinux but unfortunately there were too many technical difficulties for the 64-bit version. Of course, with UP5 comes the long expected KDE 4.8.
Device Driver Manager (DDM)
The purpose of the application is to facilitate easy driver install for inexperienced users.
Supported hardware: Nvidia, ATI and Braodcom.
It can also check whether you can upgrade your kernel to pae if you are running 32-bit on a multi-core system.
DDM has its own thread on this forum: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=113559
This new welcome screen includes third-party hardware detection.
The actual driver installation is done by DDM.
Debian Plymouth Manager
Front-end for plymouth: my first Python/Glade project.
Several other packages to ensure that future upgrades will have no influence on the way LMDE KDE functions.
Live Installer, Device Driver Manager, Debian Plymouth Screen and Welcome Screen are works in progress they might not deliver as expected in some cases.
A lot of work is still to be done:
- Localizing the applications (translations needed!)
- Adding more supported hardware to DDM while improving the existing code.
If you feel like pitching in: https://github.com/linuxmint/device-driver-manager
- Re-designing the live installer: try to make it look more professional.
Handling the desktop, traditionally was done by overriding the Debian scripts with custom scripts. This approach did not work anymore with the new version of KDE so I had to recode the scripts that handled the desktop creation for new users. Instead of overriding I choose to Mintify the default Debian desktop. Even when all fails you'll have a perfectly good desktop although it won't look Minty.