SolusOS 2 Alpha 9 Released!

I am pleased to announce the release of SolusOS 2 Alpha 9. Please note that this is intended for developers and testers, to give us early feedback on the distribution. Consequently this should not be used in production environments.

Alpha 9 comes with the 3.11 kernel using LZ4 compression, Xfce 4.10, Thunar 1.6.3, Firefox 24.0b9,  glibc 2.17, GLib 2.37.3, and many other goodies. We’ve completely changed the artwork to be more in tune with the SolusOS look. 155 commits have been made to the source repository since the release of Alpha 8. Of those commits, 25 were new packages. The root account has now also been disabled by default, as the installer adds a sudo user to the system.

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SolusOS 2 Alpha 9 is a hybrid ISO, enabling you to boot it from a CD (burn as one) or from a USB HDD/Flash drive (using dd). Note that EFI support was not possible, given that EFI systems should be 64-bit. If you are still installing to a UEFI system, you must disable UEFI mode and use CSM (traditional BIOS). On some systems you’ll need to disable Fast Boot/BIOS, as well as ensuring you disable Secure Boot itself and retain a GPT disk. Newer UEFI firmware will not allow you to boot from an MBR disk, however if you use traditional partitions while using GParted on a GPT disk (after essentially disabling UEFI) and allowing it to install GRUB, you will be able to boot SolusOS 2. With that said, I in no way recommend this procedure as we’re in such an early alpha stage.

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