View of Kyonggma Kharka (5326 meters above sea level) mountain, Nepal.
Our @team would like to wish our community a happy new year!
Once again, we take this opportunity to thank all of you for reporting issues, triaging bugs, providing feedback, translating our software, giving #help to each other here as well as in our IRC channel and Matrix room, donating, and - last but not least - spreading the word about us and our distribution!
In February, @FranzMari, @Ram-Z, and @tetris4 attended this year’s FOSDEM held in Brussels, Belgium. A few days later, the massive rebuild of packages for the GCC ABI changes was made available for testing, and then announced again when deemed stable and made available to all our users.
In July, we received a sponsorship by GitLab Inc, giving us access to all the features of the enterprise edition of their software.
In December, Linux 4.19 patched with the ck patchset by Con Kolivas was made available for testing by @AlmAck. In addition, a Freenode group for Chakra was finally registered after over eight years of our community being present on their network. Amongst other things, this means that our @team members can now show their affiliation with Chakra by donning project cloaks of the form
@chakra/$nick. Our two IRC bots got cloaks of the form
- How to use pacman to search for, install, upgrade, and uninstall packages
- How to use akabei (beta) to search for, install, upgrade and uninstall packages
- How to sort mirrors by speed
- How to install rEFInd
- How to start a simple systemd-nspawn container (for system rescue)
- How to enable OpenGL compositing in Firefox for a smoother browsing experience with less CPU usage
Last, but not least, the continuous work done by our packagers deserves recognition - here in a table, to provide an overview of what was made available when.
In 2019, we would like to focus on the following:
- Holding the 2nd in-person Chakra meeting, with a key signing party
- Improving our ISO creation and release process
- Introducing signing of our ISO, repository databases, and packages
- Introducing the net-install feature in our installer, Calamares
- Organizing the updates of non-rolling package groups
- Finding a logging and monitoring solution for our infrastructure
- Adding to, and improving our documentation
- Improving our website
As you may already know, we are enthusiasts who enjoy working on Chakra in our free time. Our goals are to improve all of that which makes Chakra great, and fix any issues that hold it back. We can’t make any guarantees, but we will try our best! We hope that you enjoy using Chakra and being part of our community!