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#1 2018-04-30 19:19:27

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[STABLE RELEASE] BunsenLabs Helium Official ISOs

After a year where life interfered with development, the BunsenLabs Team is proud to announce the official release of BunsenLabs Helium, an OpenBox desktop environment based on Debian stable (stretch).

https://www.bunsenlabs.org/installation.html

Please note that the first time the new system boots takes longer than normal as drivers and configurations initialize, subsequent boots should be quite zippy.

The BunsenLabs Welcome Script will display in a terminal window the first time you login to a session. You need a working internet connection to run the script. If you do not have one, you can run the script again at a later time by opening a terminal and running (without sudo)...

bl-welcome

The script offers an easy way to install some commonly used extras, but takes a while to complete if all options are installed. If you are eager to use your system immediately, run the script through updating sources and packages and exit (close your terminal) after you receive the message "INSTALL BUNSEN IMAGES", then run bl-welcome at your convenience.

What's New in BunsenLabs Helium?

The visual appearance has been worked over with new GTK themes (including hdpi, thanks to forum member vinzv!), new wallpaper images based on "Beam" by Rashad Mohammed, and the Paper icon theme has replaced the old Faenza icon theme.

We also have new default conky and Geany themes.

There are some preset graphic theming collections accessible via the BLOB accessory.

The menu has been worked over and improved in some places.

Under the hood, many small improvements have been made:

  • Calls to gksu, which is insecure, are replaced with pkexec.

  • The default package list has been adjusted and some useful system tools added.

  • The former CrunchBang audio mixer, pnmixer, has returned (replacing volti).

  • Pulseaudio configuration tweaks previously needed have been removed.

  • QT5 GTK2 theme support has been added.

  • The boot menu now has a "boot in cli" and a "Rescue" option.

  • Nearly all BunsenLabs executables (scripts etc) now have simple man pages.

  • Compton configuration has been improved and reorganized.

  • A file /etc/bunsen/bunsen_install holds information about the system install method, version and date, to help diagnostics.

  • Numerous other small changes and tweaks.

The new "Helium" version also incorporates the changes made for the upstream Debian 9 ("stretch") release:

https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/

All binaries are now compiled as fully position independent executables and it is possible to run the X server as a normal user (if the "boot in cli" option is selected), both of which significantly increase the security of the BunsenLabs desktop.

Pro tip: Besides the shortcuts shown by the default conky, there are also shortcuts in BL for managing Openbox windows. If a window is open, ALT-F4 will close it, Alt-F5 will iconify it (minimize it to the tint2 panel) and Alt-F6 will maximize/unmaximize it. Alt-Space will bring up the window's menu, press 'm' to Move the window via your arrow keys, then Enter to leave it there. Same for resizing a window... Alt-Space, then press 'z' to Resize, then use your arrow keys. Example: Alt-space, down-arrow to select the bottom edge, then up or down to resize, then Enter to set it.

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I offer great praise to our users, forum members and donators, you are the best.

Great praise also to @johnraff, he did a LOT of work here.

Sincerely, The Team...

twoion
Head_on_a_Stick
tknomanzr
johnraff
hhh

And thanks to our former developers, our friends. Still lurking, Sector11 and Unia, we love you.

MIA and greatly missed...

damo
Xaos52
pvsage

Screenshot showing the theme Bunsen-Blackish-Remix...

Screenshot_2018-04-30_15-42-42.th.png

If you have a problem with installing or using BL Helium, please post your issue in one of these forums...

https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewforum.php?id=14

https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewforum.php?id=2

Last edited by hhh (2018-04-30 19:47:56)

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#2 2018-04-30 23:39:56

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Re: [STABLE RELEASE] BunsenLabs Helium Official ISOs

Most excellent good sirs! I am glad we were able to make the push. Sorry I've been so quiet lately. I have been up to my ears in learning new things. Don't think I have forgotten the new bunsen-exit though. I wanted to see Helium released before I slowed development with the need to test a new code-base. I will get busy finishing up the last details now, as time permits.

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#3 2018-05-01 02:16:43

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Re: [STABLE RELEASE] BunsenLabs Helium Official ISOs

Many thanks to Jessie @ distrowatch.com, he's already updated our page there...

https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distr … bunsenlabs

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#4 2018-05-01 03:16:52

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Re: [STABLE RELEASE] BunsenLabs Helium Official ISOs

If you would like the tint2 panel on the left side of your screen...

https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?id=4701

If you would like to install Plymouth (boot splash animation)...

https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?id=4704

Please also see our Getting Started forum...

https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewforum.php?id=21

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#6 2018-05-11 21:59:19

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Re: [STABLE RELEASE] BunsenLabs Helium Official ISOs

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https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo … age-tools/

Right-click a form field and make sure it's enabled ("Check Spelling" and "Languages").

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To enable spellchecking in LibreOffice, find the name of the appropriate hunspell package from here...

https://packages.debian.org/stretch/hunspell-dictionary

Then install it and restart Libreoffice...

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