Today is the day! — Nitrux 1.3.2 is available to download

We are pleased to announce the launch of Nitrux 1.3.2. This new version brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance improvements, and ready-to-use hardware support.

Nitrux 1.3.2 is available for immediate download.


What’s new

  • We’ve upgraded the kernel to version 5.6.0-1021.

    • Users with existing installations will continue to receive updates. However, we want to emphasize that we strongly recommend that you reinstall the distribution due to this fundamental change in the operating system, after performing a backup with Kup.
    • Nitrux is using openrc-init directly and not as a service manager of another /sbin/init binary, i.e., SysV.
    • Any program that has a hard dependency on systemd will not be installable, i.e., Snaps.
    • To supplement the extensive use of systemctl by Debian packaging scripts, we’ve added the standalone binary of systemctl.

  • We’ve updated the Nvidia driver to version 450.66.
  • We’ve added Docker to help users build AppImages using appimage-builder.
  • We’ve updated LibreOffice to version 7.0.1.1.0+.
  • We’ve updated Firefox to version 80.
  • We’ve added Nitroshare to allow users in the same network to share files easily.
  • We’ve fixed the amount of noise applied by KWin to the Blur effect when an element of an application is transparent.
  • We’ve added tree to the list of CLI utilities we include. Other utilities or applications are axel, cmus, dc, ftp, hdparm, htop, mc, ncdu, npm, nsnake, w3m, and others.
  • We’ve added a Wayland session that can be accessed from the SDDM login manager (Plasma (Wayland)). The Wayland session is not the default yet, but it’s available for users to express feedback about it.

Known issues

  • Resizing a window from the top-right corner doesn’t work, this is a problem with the Aurorae decoration; we will be using a native QStyle window decoration to replace it in future releases.
  • When using the tiling windows feature (Khronkite), the system tray plasmoids will be treated as regular windows.
  • The Calamares-qml installer presents two issues that affect it’s usage when selecting the options “Replace” or “Install alongside.” Visit GitHub for more information.
  • The Regional Settings KCM does not display other languages than American English, this is a bug, and we have a bounty at Bountysource for anyone willing to fix it.
  • cgroupfs-mount needs to be started manually, followed by dockerd to initialize the Docker daemon to use Docker containers.
  • The Plasma (Wayland) session currently works better with Intel and AMD graphics cards. The session can work with Nvidia graphics cards too, albeit with reduced performance.

Notes

  • OpenGL acceleration is used by default, if you use Nitrux in a VM open System Settings>Monitor>Compositor and select XRandr in addition to disabling desktop, effects like Blur for better performance.
  • To utilize 3D acceleration in a hypervisor like VirtualBox, please use the guest additions ISO from Oracle, do not use the Debian packages from the repositories. For VMware Workstation and VMware Player, please use the package open-vm-tools-desktop from the repositories.
  • The managed locations (and thus the default) for AppImages in Nitrux are /Applications and ~/Applications.
  • AppImages launched from the application menu will be launched using firejail for sandboxing by default.
  • The default user and password are nitrux.
  • Changing the theme using the Global Theme KCM does not alter the Kvantum theme; to properly change the Kvantum theme, use Kvantum Manager.
  • The Kvantum theme does not pick up the color-scheme that is selected using the Colors KCM since the Kvantum SVG theme engine does not work like that. When Kvantum is used, the color-scheme is complementary to the Kvantum theme, as the theme is already providing the colors for the UI widgets.
  • Applications such as Discover and the Maui apps use QML and not QtWidgets like System Settings, Ark, KCalc, etc. So they are not themed to the full extent that QtWidgets apps are because Kvantum does not support QML adequately.
  • We include two layouts for the desktop, one is the default top panel and bottom dock, and the other is a single bottom panel; Latte Dock uses both. To change between them right-click the dock or the panel. Using the Global Theme KCM and checking “Use desktop layout from theme” does not change the layout.
  • The Flathub repository is not added by default. However, it can be easily added either using Plasma Discover by going to Settings>Add Source or using the terminal and entering the Flathub URL as described in the Flatpak quick setup guide.
  • Nitrux is exclusively a 64-bit Linux distribution; however, software like Steam (32-bit) can be installed using Flatpak.

Report bugs

To report bugs, please use our bug tracker at GitHub.

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Juan says:

    Hey there. Very interesting update with regards to switching to OpenRC. I thought about doing the re-install since I am coming from a previous version. Since there also was a switch to Calamares-QML, I couldn’t find was a way to do disk encryption, and I couldn’t find the option to set up a manual partition in the installer either. Is there something I’m missing or is it something you have plan to support again down the line?

    • Uri Herrera says:

      Hi. Both options are missing from the Calamares-qml UI indeed. You can uninstall calamares-qml and install calamares in the Live session. Uninstalling calamares-qml will also remove calamares-qml-settings-nitrux so when you install calamares you also have to install calamares-settings-nitrux.

      • Juan says:

        Thanks for your response!

        However, when I tested it out on a VM the install process came into an error about 41% of the way because the installer was looking for a systemd file which, because this new version is using OpenRC, does not exist. Specifically, the command systemd-machine-id-setup has an exit code of 127.

        Just thought I would let you know.

        • Uri Herrera says:

          Yes, the settings for the non-QML Calamares include the machine-id module. If you’re using the non-QML Calamares, you will need to disable the machine-id module from the Calamares settings in /etc/calamares/settings.conf.

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