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AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« on: December 31, 2013, 01:02:10 AM »
Happy New Year from my Desktop to yours!!  :howdy:



This new 6.0.2 version contains VERY significant changes including a complete new customized XFCE4 4.10 Desktop Environment, the 'pipelight' browser plugin giving access to DRM Silverlight content (ie Netflix) through your web browser, embarrassingly copious amounts of great LV2 Audio plugins, updated FFADO drivers, additional handy Nautilus scripts, exfat-fuse support, MTP smartphone and tablet support, updated and improved documentation, LibreOffice 4.1, and the very best Multimedia Content Creation applications all updated, tested and provided ready to use! Enjoy the latest Ardour, Mixbus (demo), linuxDSP (demos), Qtractor, Carla, DISTRHO Plugins, X42 Plugins and MUCH more...

More? Like What!?


The AV Linux website now has a new 'sounds' ftp to provide Hydrogen Drumkits, SFZ Sound libraries, Soundfonts and Samples. This is a work in progress but already contains a large collection of SFZ's by various authors and will see further uploads in the near future!
http://www.bandshed.net/sounds/

But Wait, There Is Even More...

If you are already using AV Linux 6.0.1b and don't want to install a new ISO you can get most of the vital improvements included in AV Linux 6.0.2 into your AV Linux 6.0.1b install with an optional 'hotfixupdatepak'. This will provide updates and hotfixes in a zipped package bundle which contains it's specific packaging and installation instructions in an enclosed 'README' PDF.
**READ THIS FIRST**: http://www.bandshed.net/pdf/README.pdf
Get the 6.0.1b - 6.0.2 hotfixupdatepak here: http://www.bandshed.net/hotfixupdatepak/AVL-602-HotfixUpdatePak-20131227.zip


**BEFORE DOWNLOADING 6.0.2 PLEASE BE AWARE**

The XFCE4 4.10 Desktop Environment+ Panel Plugins included in AV Linux 6.0.2 is a free-standing customized version, it is NOT compatible with ANY of the old XFCE4 4.6 or 'xfce4-goodies' packages found in the default Debian Squeeze repos!

The latest 32bit Debian ATI/AMD Proprietary Video drivers are broken by AMD. DO NOT use the usual GRUB2 method to install proprietary AMD/ATi Video drivers! Until AMD fixes this you can install the previous working drivers using 'sgfxi -o 13-4'. PLEASE READ the information on 'Method 2' in the 'Proprietary Video Drivers' section of the AV Linux User Manual to ensure a proper install.


Sincere and Grateful Thanks for Contributing to this Release!:
Robin Gareus, falkTX of KXStudio, fragadelic, slackner and fds-team.de, varpa and rockhopper ISO testing, piklik Supported Hardware docs, Allen Tate for torrents, bossesand for torrents, Ben Loftis of Harrison Mixbus

Read 'Em and Reap, AV Linux 6.0.2 Documentation:
USER MANUAL: http://www.bandshed.net/pdf/AV602Manual.pdf
RELEASE NOTES: http://www.bandshed.net/pdf/ReleaseNotes.pdf
EULI: http://www.bandshed.net/pdf/EULI.pdf
SUPPORTED HARDWARE: http://www.bandshed.net/pdf/SupportedHardware.pdf

Download and Donate!
This release represents a tremendous amount of time and effort by myself and all of the contributing application developers. To anyone in circumstances that make it impossible to provide donations and support for various reasons it is my pleasure continue to provide AV Linux as a free product, however to those out there who have some means I think even a few dollars for something as complete and fully-realized as AV Linux is not an unreasonable expectation considering what you are getting, extras like the 'sounds FTP' and the 'hotfixupdatepaks' also take a large commitment of time and server space for your convenience. I'm not begging, I'm merely asking people who download AV Linux to take a moment and seriously consider the 'big picture' and freely decide what you think it is worth in monetary terms to have a Workstation OS like this available. Of course to those of you who have shown both in the past and present the thoughtful generosity to support and in some cases repeatedly support AV Linux you have my sincerest heartfelt gratitude for your kindness!

Get it here, before it gets you!!
*NOTE* Thanks to Allen, Torrents are now up! Please help seed if you can.
http://www.bandshed.net/AVLinux.html



ISSUES/SOLUTIONS
There's always a few flies in the ointment...

1. Computer hangs for a long time on 'populating /dev' when booting:

This is caused by a bug in the HPLIP Printer Drivers included in AV Linux 6.0.2 if your printer is connected to your PC with USB, it doesn't affect Printers connected on a Network.

Solution 1 is to use the network instead of USB.
Solution 2 is to download the previous HPLIP package: http://bandshed.net/avlinux6-debs/hplip/hplip_3.11.10avlinux-1_i386.deb

Since you are downgrading it you will need to install it with dpkg, so navigate to the folder you downloaded the previous HPLIP package to, open a terminal by right-clicking and using the 'Scripts' menu. In the terminal 'su' to Root and install the older HPLIP package with this command:

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dpkg -i hplip_3.11.10avlinux-1_i386.deb
The package will install with some harmless warnings and on the next boot you should be able to use the HP Printer plugged in with USB

2. I have a multi-boot system and I can't see my other OS's in the GRUB splash after installing this wretched AV Linux!


AV Linux uses the default Debian GRUB2 version, perhaps due to it's age or a bug it occasionally will not detect other OS's present.

Solution 1 is to just use AV Linux, do you really need those other OS's clogging up your HDD ?
Solution 2 is to use the included 'Start-Up Manager' program in the 'System' menu to customize GRUB2 and fix the missing Entries
Solution 3 is to try a newer GRUB2 Configuration app (only recommended if Start-Up Manager doesn't work): http://bandshed.net/avlinux6-debs/grub-customizer/grub-customizer_4.0.3avlinux6-2_i386.deb

3. What is the deal with that danged Wbar !?

To Wbar or not to WBar that is the question...

This is an area I should have documented better... sorry everyone.  :blush:

If you don't like it at all and wish it gone I suggest this:

Use Synaptic or dpkg -r and simply remove the 'wbar' and 'wbar-launch-delay' packages from your system and also remove the 'dot.wbar' text file from your home folder. On the next login the danged thing should be gone.... and good riddance too!

If you DO like it and want to change the position in AV Linux 6.0.2 (ie on a Netbook) it now is auto launched with a combination of an autostart launcher and a little script, to have it launch on login in a different position open a Root terminal and modify the 'wbarlaunch.sh' script:

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gedit /usr/bin/wbarlaunch.sh
Which will open the script which by default looks like this:

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#!/bin/bash
killall wbar
sleep 10s
/usr/bin/wbar -vbar -pos right -bpress -above-desk -isize 40 -zoomf 1.3 -balfa 50

For example if you would prefer the Wbar to be placed at the bottom modify the last line of the script like this:

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/usr/bin/wbar -pos bottom -bpress -above-desk -isize 40 -zoomf 1.3 -balfa 50

Save the file in gedit and on the next login the Wbar will appear at the bottom of your screen.

Changing the Wbar position when launching Wbar manually from the Menu


In a Root terminal:

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gedit /usr/share/applications/wbar.desktop
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[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Wbar Dock
GenericName=Wbar Dock
Comment=Fast, Light Application Dock
Exec=/usr/bin/wbar -vbar -pos right -bpress -above-desk -isize 40 -zoomf 1.3 -balfa 50
Icon=/usr/share/icons/wbar.png
Terminal=false
MultipleArgs=false
Type=Application
Categories=Applications;Settings
GenericName[en_US]=Wbar Dock

Change the 'Exec=' line like in the example above and save your changes in gedit.

4. dispcalGUI fails to launch.

Apparently I was drunk or very tired setting this up because there are some wrong python-wx dependencies which cause dispcalGUI not to open...

To fix this grab the package bundle here: http://bandshed.net/avlinux6-debs/AV602-dispcalGUI-fix.zip

Unzip the bundle and follow the README Instructions, when you have installed the dependencies on the first run of dispcalGUI it will be seeking the executables of argyll-CMS. Those executables are found at /opt/Argyll_V1.4.0/bin



« Last Edit: January 05, 2014, 05:43:37 PM by GMaq »
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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2013, 08:10:44 PM »
Thank you and happy new year!
I've been using XFCE elsewhere recently so this is really nice to have!

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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2014, 07:32:28 AM »
Gmaq Thank you so much!! I was looking forward very much for this release!!!! :)

People: Please donate when downloading to this fantastic Project!!!

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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2014, 11:04:43 AM »
People: Please donate when downloading to this fantastic Project!!!

I have done!

Just burning a DVD now...

I can also put up a mirror if it would be useful, or (maybe more sensible) leave my web server helping out with a torrent, if I can work out how to do that. (the server is a VM to which I have shell access so it can be done if only I figure out how)

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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2014, 11:12:11 AM »
People: Please donate when downloading to this fantastic Project!!!

I have done!

Just burning a DVD now...

I can also put up a mirror if it would be useful, or (maybe more sensible) leave my web server helping out with a torrent, if I can work out how to do that. (the server is a VM to which I have shell access so it can be done if only I figure out how)

Hi, thanks guys!

anahata, thanks very much for your kind support and recommendations over the years, it is appreciated!  :howdy:

I would probably suggest seeding the torrent if that doesn't turn out to be too convoluted with your existing VM configuration. While it is true the demand for the ISO will be very high for the next couple of weeks after that our existing FTP and torrent are more than adequate for a niche project like AV Linux. Your kind offer is very much appreciated though, thanks!
« Last Edit: January 01, 2014, 11:17:19 AM by GMaq »
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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2014, 01:10:07 AM »
Please note I have moved discussion of some issues with 6.0.2 to here: http://www.remastersys.com/forums/index.php?topic=3266.0
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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2014, 07:16:04 AM »
Thank you!

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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2014, 04:44:35 AM »
First to all: Happy new year to everyone, may you be an AVLer or not.

Hi Glen, you're quite a genius and generous guy. 6.0.2 looks just wonderful and running the live-DVD with a modest notebook for 2 days and only 1 xrun at 256 samples in JACK is really great.

So I'm going to install it to disk. Last version I tried/worked with was 5.something.
Donation has been sent your way already.  :howdy:

Thank you very much for your ongoing effort to provide such a fine Multimedia OS.

Cheers,

Raphael ;)
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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2014, 11:05:44 AM »
Hi!

Great to have you back again! Thanks very much!
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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014, 03:16:30 PM »
AV Linux with XFCE!!!  :yahoo: Marry me GMaq!
Looks like it may finally become my everyday laptop distro.

Thanks for your work and patience, donation is on the way!

Cheerz,
Lars

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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2014, 06:13:35 PM »
Spent my few hours in AVL 6.0.2. Not installed in HD yet, just a live flashdrive install exploring the features, checking settings and testing things, and all I can say is....

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

Xfce 4.10 is just amazing. Compiz (with only a few Fx enabled, let's keep resources under control) is a joy. The same for all the terrific work you have done here. Hats off! I always liked AVL for audio, but for the first time I might consider using it as my main desktop distro. Time will tell. Need more testing and an HD install. Honestly, this is amazing.

Cheers!

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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2014, 12:36:15 PM »
Hi,

@Bajista

I'm already married, but thanks for the proposal... ;) :blush: :lol:

@Snap

Glad you like it so far, hopefully the installed version doesn't disappoint...
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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2014, 06:37:28 PM »
Best discovery in this version so far has been KDEnlive.
For some reason I had been doing my video editing on AVIdemux, but as that's not even packaged with AV Linux (was it ever?) I tried KDEnlive and it's really nice to use and powerful - obviously a different sort of editor anyway, with capability for multiple tracks and non linear editing but fine for even quite simple top+tailing, converting and splicing separately recorded audio and video.

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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2014, 07:02:02 PM »
Best discovery in this version so far has been KDEnlive.
For some reason I had been doing my video editing on AVIdemux, but as that's not even packaged with AV Linux (was it ever?) I tried KDEnlive and it's really nice to use and powerful - obviously a different sort of editor anyway, with capability for multiple tracks and non linear editing but fine for even quite simple top+tailing, converting and splicing separately recorded audio and video.

Hi,

Actually previous versions did have Avidemux but I found as you have that now that Linux has a few decent Non Linear Video Editors (like Kdenlive) the use case for Avidemux was not sufficient to keep it, also for straight conversions other included tools like WinFF and Handbrake are easier to use and somewhat negated the need for Avidemux as well.   

For anyone who wants or misses Avidemux in 6.0.2 the version in the default Squeeze repos was what was included before.
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Re: AV Linux 6.0.2 Unleashed!
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2014, 12:39:32 AM »
Thank you, Glen. Really looking forward to trying this out and the 'sounds' FTP is a really tremendous resource. Well done and a Happy New Year!