Ulteo Sirius - Release notes
Ulteo Sirius - Alpha1
This is the first public version of Ulteo
Please use with care! This version is an experimental Ulteo system, it comes without any warranty and should not be used in a production environment.
New! a community-released version of this alpha release is now available as a vmx image that can run with vmware player. Download from the main FTP page. Note: sound is likely to be broken, and keyboard is configured in qwerty.
Minimal requirements: this version has been compiled for x86-32 processors. Minimal system RAM requirements are 256MB.
- Burn the liveCD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive and then boot the system.
- At this stage, select your language by pressing "F2".
- When you get the system booted to the desktop you can then use the system (it's a liveCD).
- Click the "install" icon and follow the on-screen installation steps. Install the system on *one* partition + one partition for swap, or it will certainly fail at reboot
- Reboot the PC and your system is ready to use.
Technical notes: Yuch, liveHD, UGD...
This installable liveCD is based on Debian and Ubuntu packages. It's installed on the hard-drive using "Yuch", which is a way to mount the whole system as a loop from a read-only squashfs image and other layers.
Read-only layers and the Read-write system layer are put together using UnionFS. The installed Ulteo system is called a "liveHD" system, by comparison with the liveCD concept.
A deamon, called UGD (Ulteo General Daemon), is always connecting to Ulteo servers to see if a newer, more up to date system is available. It can then upgrade to this new system. UGD activity can be found in /boot/yuch/ugd.log
Detailed technical documentation will be added to the Ulteo website in the near future.
- The liveCD installer (patched version of ubiquity) is memory-hungry for some reason.
- If you install on more than one partition for Ulteo and one partition for the swap, it won't work
- Look and feel consistency is somewhat broken between various applications.
- When tested, amarok had a weird behaviour when playing MP3 files.
- Ubiquity installer is installed, even though it shouldn't be.
- /dev/fuse ownership is not set correctly.
- konsole may crash during KDE logout
- Localization/language support is not yet available. This issue will be addressed in the next Alpha version.
- You may notice that /etc/apt/sources.list is not available. If you want to install new applications in Ulteo, for now you'll have to setup your own source files. Using Dapper mirrors sources will provide you a list of installable applications. We do not recommend doing this for a couple of reasons: Ulteo systems are not designed to benefit from software package management from a user perpective. We will provide a way to do it, because experts love that, but beware that for now it could break your system consistency and/or lead to an unstable system. For users who are not experts, we will provide alternative ways to run other applications on Ulteo.
- Ulteo is KDE-only for now (even if it comes with non-KDE apps). E17 and GNOME versions of Ulteo are planned.
- x86-64 version is not available yet
How to report bugs
The Ulteo's bugtracker is not ready yet, so please use the email@example.com mailing-list to report bugs and hopefully a corresponding fix.
Main Software versions
- Linux kernel 2.6.15
- UGD 0.01
- Xorg 7.0.0
- KDE 3.5.2
- Firefox & Thunderbird 126.96.36.199, Enigmail 0.94
- Openoffice.org 2.0.2
- Gimp 2.2.11
- Vlc 0.8.4
- amarok 1.3.9
- k3b 0.12.14
- kmymoney2 0.8.2
- inkscape 0.43
- scribus 188.8.131.52
And many others...
Download from our download page.