September 20, 2020

SolydXK 10.4 released: based on Debian Buster

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SolydX and SolydK are Debian-based distributions that use Xfce and KDE desktops, respectively. SolydXK’s goal is easy to use and provide a stable and safe environment. SolydXK is based on the Debian distribution. Debian’s and SolydXK’s entire process of development, testing and production was set up to create a stable working environment. Software packages that undermine this stability are not allowed in the repository. This way you can be sure that all software available in the repository can safely be installed.

Feature

Stability

SolydXK is based on the Debian distribution. Debian’s and SolydXK’s entire process of development, testing and production was set up to create a stable working environment. Software packages that undermine this stability are not allowed in the repository. This way you can be sure that all software available in the repository can safely be installed.

Each stable release has a period of about two years until the next stable release is released and every release is being supported for five years. In this stable period the updates are limited to security updates. Stability and reliability are the priority and not the latest features.

Safety

All Linux distributions are inherently safe. Only those with administrator privileges can install software, change system configuration and create users. Every user has his own, protected part of the system in which work is done. SolydXK is no exception.

As long as you install software from the provided repositories, you do not have to worry about unauthorized matters happening to your system. All software was tested by a worldwide team of developers before it was added to the repositories.

If you want to protect your data, you can do that with the tools provided by SolydXK. During the installation you can choose to encrypt your home partition and you can even encrypt a USB flash drive for your sensitive data.

Privacy

Privacy is very important to SolydXK and the community and we pay a great deal of attention to it. How can we improve on-line privacy without having to compromise user-friendliness? This line is not always clear and thus privacy and how to implement it remains a dynamic discussion.

SolydXK has configured the default browser, Firefox, to make it harder for sites to take your data. All these measures do not exclude common sense but they help you to use the internet responsibly.

Freedom

Using SolydXK brings freedom. SolydXK is licensed under an open source license. This means that you are free to use the operating system for whatever you want, that you have free access to the source code and can adjust it to your liking and are free to copy this source code with or without changes.

SolydXK

SolydXK 10.4 has been officially released, it is based on the recently released Debian Buster.

Changelog

Highlights

  • Based on Debian Buster 10.4 release with the latest kernel version 4.19.
  • usr directories have been merged where the /{bin,sbin,lib}/ directories become symbolic links to /usr/{bin,sbin,lib}/.
    More info on the subject: http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/TheCaseForTheUsrMerge
  • Many bugs were resolved and we changed the SolydXK Firefox settings even further to improve user privacy. This is done in the firefox-solydxk-adjustments package which can be purged if you don’t need it.

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