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___________________________________________________________________ UberStudent 4.0 (LTS) 64-bit and 32-bit Xfce Enduser Edition - Release Notes ___________________________________________________________________ ABOUT UberStudent is a Linux distribution for learning, doing, and teaching academic success at the higher education and advanced secondary levels. It is designed for Linux beginners while being equally satifying to advanced users. More than just an operating system, UberStudent aims to be a complete, ready-to-go, and "out-of-the-box" Learning Platform for education that facilitates not only immediate user-friendly productivity but long-term cross-platform computer fluency among its users. Researchers, other knowledge workers, lifelong learners, and anyone who just wants a highly-polished computing platform will equally benefit from UberStudent. Version 4.0 of UberStudent is a Long Term Stable (LTS) release. It will be supported for nearly five years, until April 2019, by both UberStudent and Ubuntu developers. Visit http://uberstudent.com for more information. CONTACT Stephen Ewen, M.Ed. ewens@uberstudent.com stephen.ewen@gmail.com RELEASE DATE * 21 July 2014 - UberStudent 4.0 (LTS) 64-bit Xfce Enduser Edition ISO: uberstudent-4.0-xfce-amd64.iso HASH: a04aa3b93112cf5fe4a6953b4331a08f * 21 July 2014 - UberStudent 4.0 (LTS) 32-bit Xfce Enduser Edition ISO: uberstudent-4.0-xfce-i386.iso HASH: d6f860d2101803e71ca28eb996d3f3d1 * 21 July 2014 - UberStudent 4.0 (LTS) 64-bit Xfce Enduser Edition Virtual Box Appliance OVA: uberstudent-4.0-xfce-amd64.ova HASH: 7c8a4708097a1ca5cc0c23de42528afa * 21 July 2014 - UberStudent 4.0 (LTS) 32-bit Xfce Enduser Edition Virtual Box Appliance OVA: uberstudent-4.0-xfce-i386.ova HASH: 82f3e1fc4ebe2cae0436d2ad6a55b3f4 LICENSE (c) Copyright 2014 by UberStudent EdTech (uberstudent.com) and Stephen Ewen (stephen.ewen@gmail.com) * All licenses under which UberStudent is released are available to read within the distribution. * Most of UberStudent is released under the GNU Free Documentation License, which can be read at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html. * Some parts are under a variety of other open content licenses. * A few components are proprietary and under the licenses of their respective authors. View the documentation of the respective software for details. * The UberStudent name and logo is trademarked and may not be used without express written permission, except as described in the UberStudent Edtech UberStudent Trademark Policy, which may be downloaded along with official artwork from http://uberstudent.com/uberstudent-logo-pack.zip SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS * 64-bit or 32-bit PC or Intel-based Mac with at least 1 GB of memory. 2 GB of memory or more is strongly recommended. 4GB of memory is optimal, and more is always better. * DVD drive for installation or a USB port with a 3 GB drive into which the UberStudent ISO has been placed with a program such as UNetBootIn, available at http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net. * The Live System may be run entirely from a DVD or USB drive. UberStudent may long-term be run entirely from a USB drive in which "persistence" has been set up. Again see UNetBootin for a how-to. Please don't expect UberStudent to work with any speed from a DVD drive. * The UberStudent ISOs may be run in a virtual machine, such as VirtualBox, available at https://www.virtualbox.org. When configuring the UberStudent ISO in VirtualBox, select Ubuntu as the base machine. For your convenience, VirtualBox appliances (OVA files) of UberStudent with guest additions pre-installed are available for download. Simply import the appliance (OVA file) by following the directions at http://tiny.cc/r1zfyw. See the accompanying README at the download page for the OVA files for additional important information. SYSTEM * Ubuntu 14.04 LTS base * Linux Kernel version 3.13.0-24-generic * Xfce 4.10 * Dedicated UberStudent repository (http://uberstudent.net) INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS * For instructions on installing UberStudent to your computer's harddrive, see, http://uberstudent.com/wiki/index.php?title=Beginners'_Guide * For instructions on importing the VirtualBox appliance version of UberStudent in to VirtualBox, see http://tinyurl.com/ngka7r3 DOCUMENTATION and HELP * http://uberstudent.com/wiki/ COMMUNITY * Forums - http://uberstudent.com/phpBB * Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/uberstudent * Twitter - https://twitter.com/UberStudent_OS DONATE * http://uberstudent.com/donate BUG REPORTS * https://bugs.launchpad.net/uberstudent DEVELOPMENT * https://github.com/uberstudent KNOWN ISSUES * UberStudent-specific: * One of the first things you should do after installing UberStudent is run the Update Manger, so post-release issues are fixed right away. The known issues are: * Laptop users may initially notice a few redundant appindicators in the top-right Xfce panel. Just run the Update Manager, also located in the top-right Xfce panel. Answer "yes" during the user-interactive update and the fix will be applied. * A race condition between apt and synaptic may occassionaly result in an error stating that "socrates" is not the default distribution. Just run the Update Manager, located in the top-right Xfce panel, and the fix will be applied. * MenuLibre, the menu editor initially installed in UberStudent, will break your Applications Menu after you use it. Just run the Update Manager, located in the top-right Xfce panel, and the fix will be applied, both for the broken MenuLibre menu editor and for any menus broken by menulibre. * The "Linux Command Line" ebook listed in the menu at System > Administration > Resources will initially fail to open. Just run the Update Manager, located in the top-right Xfce panel, and the fix will be applied. * In some GTK3 applications, the progress bar using the default "A+" theme series is a bit disproportionate. Although the issue is trivial, it will be fixed in the near future via an update to the default UberStudent theme set. * All of the following are upstream Xfce issues: * The Applications Menu may upon boot take a few seconds to display after you first click it. Afterward, it will display without lag until you reboot again. This has been a long- standing issue in Xfce. UberStudent developers are looking in to possible pre-fetching fixes. * Template sub-menus do not show when right-clicking on the desktop. Open the Thunar file manager and right- click to view them all. * Template icons display at 16 rather than 22 pixels. * In the Applications menu, the application category will not display if all applications are categorized in to sub-menus. At least one application must be in the application category that is not in a sub-category. The UberStudent Appinstaller works around the issue, unless you try to remove it; if you do and don't replace it with something else, the Application category will fail to display. * Upstream xdg-open: * The first time you run a web-app opened by xdg-open, it will ask you each time for your default browser selection. Once you've run each web-app once, it will stop asking and your default selection will keep. _________________________________________________________ CHANGES FROM VERSION 3.0 * Menus have been translated in to: * French * German * Italian * Portuguese * Spanish If you set any of those as the default system language, they will display instead of English. If you'd like to help expand the available languages, please do visit the UberStudent forums and let us know. * UberStudent AppInstaller The UberStudent AppInstaller is a small program that displays a list of hand-selected, additional applications that you can install in to sub-categories of the UberStudent Applications Menu. They will be perfectly placed once installed. An instance of the AppInstaller appears in most of the menu categories and one sub-category (Education > Subjects). * UberStudent Repositories Version 3.0 introduced the UberStudent Repositories. In version 4.0 they are better than ever. You'll find additional packages not available in the Ubuntu repositories. As with version 3.0, no PPAs are used in UberStudent. In addition to the upstream Ubuntu repositories and the UberStudent repository, the official Dropbox, Google, Oracle, and Videolan repositories are part of the default repository configurations for version 4.0. UberStudent users should always prefer the Update Manager, and not the command line or any other method, when doing updates. This is to ensure the most stable system possible. * UberStudent System Fixer A goal in developing 3.0 was to fix common Linux desktop annoyances so as to improve the user experience and reduce support requests, while facilitating intellectual curiosity about open source computing. The UberStudent System Fixer in 4.0 continues this. At boot-up, it quietly looks for issues that are a common reason for support requests and silently fixes them. For example, if you have apt issues, try simply rebooting. Other improvements over 3.0 include increased vigillence over "mime creep," the tendency of some packages to clutter menus according to what they possibly can be used for rather than what they probably are used for. * Applications menus 4.0's menus are even more tidy and well-organized. The goal in the UberStudent Applications menus is to visually map workflows to how the brain itself maps objects, which is by overviews, categories, and sub-categories. * Default Application Changes Version 3.0 | Version 4.0 ----------------------------------- KeepNote > Cherrytree Freemind > Freeplane Xchat > Hexchat EasyTag > Puddletag Kazaam > SimpleScreenRecorder A few minor ones * Added Applications A few utilities and some minor programs were added. For two examples, Master PDF Editor is the most advanced free for non-commercial use PDF editor available for Linux, while Showtime is a simple program that you can use to inhibit your screensaver while watching a full-screen movie. You can explore around for the other additions. ;-) * New-user helps Most of the below are not specific to 4.0 but were part of 3.0; but, they bear repeating: Not everyone is a geek yet. :-) Accordingly, UberStudent contains thoughtful and very helpful assistance for new users in strategic places and ways. Some examples include: * Whenever a program lacks good documentation by default, it is added in to a Documentation submenu of the program's menu entry. If I missed any program, please file a bug report and suggestions for documentation resources. * The UberStudent Documentation Wiki is growing. You can help! A link in the menu points to it. * When you use LibreOffice Writer the second time you boot up, a dialog will display asking if you wish to go to a brief tutorial about interoperability between word processor file formats. Keep in mind that Windows literally hides file extensions by default, thus facilitating user ignorance. New LibreOffice users need to know about saving and sending word processor files appropriately. * Imagination files are not portable across computers. Many a user, myself included, has had to find this out the hard way, with miserable consequences and a sleepless night right before a presentation. A script runs the first time the user runs Imagination, informing them of the non-portability issue and asking if they wish to be taken to a brief tutorial about the matter and how to work around it. This is essential knowledge for new users of Imagination. * The version of Impressive in UberStudent is no longer a command line-only application. It instead opens a small GUI from which you navigate to a PDF presentation file and display it with the default Impressive settings. This makes the program accessible to new users and easier to use for all. * Update dialogs, such as in GDebi and Synaptic, have been changed to show what is going on by default, rather than hiding it--simple Glade tweaks. A few yet remain to do. The point here is to facilitate intellectual curiosity about Linux. People have to first see what is going on before they can wonder about it. * Cherrytree Example replaces KeepNote Example in prior versions. It is an example usage of using Cherrytree during an entire semester of academic work that students can use to get a good idea of how they might use Cherrytree to organize their own semester. * Appindicator runs when select autostared programs start to inform users of keyboard shortcuts to call them. There's no reason people should have to dig around for that info. * Much more! * UberStudent Update Manager amd Software Sources Version 3.0 dispensed with Ubuntu's update manager and this remains the case with version 4.0. The update manager and software sources configuration tools in UberStudent have been forked from Linux Mint's Update Manager and Software Sources tools and undergone some redesigning. The Update Manager takes a very conservative approach to updating your system so as to favor a stable, smooth- running system that is less subject to negative upstream issues or to just doing updates for the sake of doing them. The Software Sources tool is designed to make it very difficult for you to break your system. One click restores the default settings. Synaptic is still installed by default but configured to discourage doing updates from it in favor of the Update Manager. Traditional apt methods on the command line for updating and installing packages of course remain in their upstream state. The Ubuntu Software Center is also installed and has been configured to pick up the UberStudent repository. The lsb-release is UberStudent. You won't see Ubuntu in grub, ubiquity, etc. The above features are unchanged from 3.0. * UberStudent Welcome Screen The Welcome Screen is slightly redesigned. * UberOxygen Icons The UberOxygen icon theme is a fork of the KDE Oxygen icon theme that has been comprehensively ported to other Linux desktop environments, with the exception of GNOME 3. The release of the icon theme in UberStudent 4.0 brings dozens of newly drawn icons by UberStudent that mesh seamlessly with the UberOxygen style and default UberStudent theme. * Zotero with LyX and/or LibreOffice and Chromium and/or Firefox All of the needed Firefox and Chromium extensions are in the UberStudent repositories, as is both Zotero Standalone and Zotero Firefox. It was something of a feat, but you'll find that everything is configured "to just work" and share the same Zotero database. Only in LyX must the user set a path in the program's preferences, but there is documentation in a sub-menu near LyX showing how. This was a feature also included in UberStudent 3.0. * Default compositing by compton 4.0 disables Xfce native compositing by default in favor of a much nicer set from compton. If you try to turn on Xfce's native compositing, a warning box informs you of a few steps to take to turn off the compton compositing, which is done from a simple entry in the System > Look and Feel > Compositing menu. In that menu, there are four levels of compositing you can toggle between: Least, Default, Most, and None. Using any of these menu entries first smartly checks if Xfce's native or any other known compositer is running and turns it off, to prevent more than one compositer running at a time. This feature is unchanged from UberStudent 3.0. * Conky on your desktop The UberStudent logo on your desktop is not part of a desktop background. It's a conky script that runs at startup. It discretely adds some system information, as well. If you change the background image, the logo remains. If you don't want the logo displayed, just turn it off in the startup programs. This feature is unchanged from UberStudent 3.0. * Thunar Custom Actions A very useful set of Thunar custom actions is installed by default. You can "Quick View" or "Quick Play" every type of file you're likely ever to encounter. Gloobus Preview handles the mime types it can handle, while Quick Play of odd media files are done in a command prompt. You can move and copy files to specific locations, and more. The overall goal has been to avoid clutter and overload but add some very useful functionality from the go. A set of Thunar custom actions are installed for the root account but the package may be removed, while another optional package contains documentation for configuring your own custom actions and making UberStudent use them on startup. This feature is unchanged from UberStudent 3.0, although numerous of the custom actions have been improved for version 4.0. * DocFetcher In 4.0, the default docfetcher memory allocation has been raised so it can index a larger number of files. * Guake Terminal The version of Guake terminal in UberStudent displays at an 80% default width, rather than its upstream 100%, and you can configure the percentage to your liking using gonf-editor. Guake Developers: This should be the default behavior of Guake, don't you think? The patches are in the UberStudent repository for the taking. :-) This feature is unchanged from UberStudent 3.0.
Source: README.txt, updated 2014-08-05