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Before you ask - yes, we know, only one release this year. We promised ourself to prepare more releases during the year, we even created an infrastructure for a CI ISO build (continuous integration) to build an ISO by pressing a single button, but that was not enough. Can we change it in the future? I hope so.
This time the name chosen is “Hawking”, in honour of Stephen Hawking who passed away in March this year.
We closed a lot of bugs from our latest release, the latest tagged for Hawking are here. The overall boot process is the same, calamares is used as installer and the latest version is available in the ISO. Plasma and apps are up to date with the latest version available.
For this release we introduced a new wallpaper (
chakra-wallpapers-giau) and a new desktop layout.
Since latte dock is a mature project and is now under the KDE umbrella, we believed it was right moment to showcase the beauty of Plasma with a different layout than the one proposed as default by upstream.
Heritage also got some updates - the lock screen is now cleaner and include a special effect to fade/blur the background. When the screen is locked the clock overlay is applied…
…and then, when the mouse is moved or any key is pressed, the password field is shown automatically with a nice transition effect, like so:
Download & Test
The testing version does not contain the final release name, but is tagged by the commit tag and date.
Here is the link to download it:
See How to create a live media for instructions on how to create a bootable flash drive. The sha512sum is
Please report any issue you might discover, either here in this topic or in the issue tracker.
- slow startup in Live mode
- slow start of calamares (around 1min the first run, caused by
Depending on the feedback, we may need to rebuild and release another ISO. If everything goes well, we hope to release it before Christmas.