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WINDOW MAKER LIVE 0.95.7-4 Goodbye and thanks for all the fish! This is the last and final build still based on Debian/Jessie, which mainly aims at including the latest updates for this now very mature distribution. If a newer release based on Debian/Stretch will ever see the light ultimately depends on funding via donations by its potential future users... Notable new features include UEFI support, an additional expert installation mode for more flexible installation needs, the latest Window Maker 0.95.8, and both kernel versions 3.16.7 and 4.9.30. WHAT IS NEW SINCE THE LAST RELEASE? * This release is the last one still built on top of Debian/Jessie. It can be considered the most mature wmlive release as it contains the latest updates and security fixes accumulated up until the date this final wmlive release version was built. * Parallel support for UEFI has been added. The wmlive ISO is now usable on both BIOS and UEFI based systems. * An additional expert installation choice was added to the wmlive ISO image's boot menu for more detailed installation options. * The latest Window Maker 0.95.8 is used as default window manager. As fallback, additionally a minimal xfce4 desktop is included. * In addition to the standard Debian/Jessie kernel 3.16.7, after the system has been installed to disk, the backported kernel 4.9.30 will be available both in the i386 and the amd64 variant. * Palemoon and Thunderbird are the default applications for web and mail. Older 32bit systems whose CPU does not support the SSE2 instruction set will automatically use midori instead of Palemoon as its default web browser. * Telegram Desktop is included as mobile messaging application. For further information, see the https://desktop.telegram.org website. Older 32bit systems whose CPU does not support the SSE2 instruction set will automatically default to pidgin as messaging application. SOME KNOWN ISSUES: * Due to an unfortunate bug of the Debian/Jessie installer, the setup of grub fails if no network connection is available to update and retrieve packages during installation, although the required packages are already present on the current installation medium. For details see https://bugs.kali.org/view.php?id=1260 Since we do require grub to be successfully written to the MBR of the target disk even during offline installation, the Debian installer's bootloader setup routine was replaced with a script. This script will automatically install grub to the MBR of the disk containing the /boot directory, without asking for confirmation. The original MBR is always saved before to /boot/mbr_backup.img on the installed system and can be easily restored using the dd command. This limitation only does not apply if networking and usage of an external Debian mirror is set up during expert installation mode. * The initial default init system is sysvinit. For practical reasons, e.g., to serve as a rescue medium, we have avoided to use systemd as init default. In order to switch between init systems once wmlive is installed to disk, use the 'wmlive-initswitch' utility. * The binaries for Palemoon/Thunderbird/Telegram shipped with wmlive were directly downloaded from their respective websites and are not managed via the Debian package management system. To upgrade any of these programs, manually run their respective upgrade script (pmoonfetch, tbrdfetch, tlgrmfetch) as root or via sudo in a terminal window. * Dialogs of the main wmlive scripts and menus are only in English. While translation of the user interface is not as complete as users might wish for, further internationalization requires the practical contributions of dedicated helpers. SOME WORDS OF CAUTION Before you start to install wmlive to disk, please be aware of the following constraints: * While finally also UEFI machines are supported, wmlive was so far only properly tested on BIOS based computers. * If you plan to use an USB stick instead of a DVD-R for installation, don't even think trying to create a bootable USB stick from the wmlive ISO image with something like 'unetbootin' or 'Universal-USB-Installer' or any similar tool. These tools don't know how to properly handle isobybrid ISO images and only break their functionality. The wmlive ISO images are isohybrid images containing an embedded partition table. They requires to be dumped in raw form to the USB stick to work as intended. In Linux you would use one of these commands (the # hash sign represents the shell prompt) to write an ISO to a USB pendrive: # dd if=wmlive_0.95.7-4_amd64.iso of=/dev/sdx or # cat wmlive_0.95.7-4_i386.iso > /dev/sdx Replace /dev/sdx with the device file name of your actual USB stick. This process will completely erase it, there is no way back. So be very careful to not overwrite your hard drive! If you still depend on Windows, you can use either the dd mode of the excellent 'rufus' utility from https://rufus.akeo.ie and which can be found in the tools folder of the wmlive ISO. * The standard installation procedure is optimized for offline installation, with the least possible amount of interactivity. This means no network configuration whatsoever will be performed during the installation stage. Network configuration will be managed exclusively by NetworkManager on the running system after successful installation to disk. * Related to the absent network configuration mentioned above, due to an unfixed bug in the debian-installer, the grub setup always fails. See https://bugs.kali.org/view.php?id=1260 for details. Therefore grub bootlader installation is handled automatically by a script during the last configuration stages, and which always writes grub to the MBR of the same disk where /boot resides, without ever asking for any confirmation. If you can't live with that, please use the expert mode installation instead. * The expert mode installation allows for control of almost all aspects of installation, including proper grub installation once networking and usage of a debian mirror has been successfully configured. * A backup of the original MBR can be found at /boot/mbr_backup.img on the system after installation has completed. If you find any issue, fault, or simply have any idea for improvement, please don't hesitate to send a mail to 'wmlive@rumbero.org' to share your thoughts. We need your feedback to widen our own perspective! Enjoy Window Maker Live!
Source: README.txt, updated 2017-08-17

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