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Today is the day! — Nitrux 2.1.1 is available to download

We are pleased to announce the launch of Nitrux 2.1.1. This new version brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance improvements, and ready-to-use hardware support.

Nitrux 2.1.1 is available for immediate download.

📜 Table of Contents

  1. What’s new
  2. Download
  3. Known issues
  4. Notes
  5. Report bugs
  6. Changelog history
  7. Resources
  8. PSA

✨ What’s new

We recommend performing a fresh installation using the latest available media for new distribution users. For users of the previous version (2.1.0), please check the Notes.

The 5.15.35 XanMod LTS kernel is now the default in the distribution.

  • We have used version 5.15.35 of the XanMod kernel instead of 5.17.4 due to the package broadcom-sta-dkms failing to build the module using dkms (this is a bug in Debian).
    • Users can upgrade to kernels version 5.17.x post-installation.

We offer the latest mainline LTS and (as of this post) non-LTS kernels from our repository, currently 5.15.35 and 5.17.4, respectively.

  • To install or reinstall either kernel, run one of the following commands.
sudo apt install linux-image-mainline-lts
sudo apt install linux-image-mainline-current

We also offer the latest (as of this post) XanMod-edge 5.17.4, XanMod LTS 5.15.35, and Liquorix kernels from our repository, currently 5.17.0-4.1, respectively.

  • To install either of these kernels, run one of the following commands.
sudo apt install linux-image-liquorix
sudo apt install linux-image-xanmod-edge
sudo apt install linux-image-xanmod-lts

We also offer the latest (as of this post) Linux Libre LTS and non-LTS kernels from our repository, currently 5.15.32 and 5.17.3, respectively.

  • To install either of these kernels, run one of the following commands.
sudo apt install linux-image-libre-lts 
sudo apt install linux-image-libre-current

We’ve updated the following components of the distribution. For other information, see Notes.

  • KDE Plasma to version 5.24.4, KDE Frameworks to version 5.93.0, KDE Gear to version 22.04.0.
  • Firefox to version 99.0.1.
  • We have added PackageKit to ease the management of Debian packages.
    • The addition of PackageKit is part of a long-term transition to using it instead of using the traditional way in Debian, which is to use APT and dpkg. Including the use of Service Packs (as defined by pkgenpack) and the functionality that XFS provides.
    • The above means that when opening a terminal window and attempting to run APT or dpkg, a message will direct users to use pkcon instead.
  • We have added another ISO that includes the Nvidia proprietary driver without our X11 configuration by default.
    • We want to thoroughly stress that it is an unofficial ISO as we do not intend to officially include proprietary software as part of the distribution.
    • For some laptops, it may be necessary to add our X11 configuration for PRIME to work correctly.
      • For more information, see Notes.
  • We have added XTERM to the startup in the JWM desktop in the minimal ISO for users to launch the installer, meaning a terminal window will open upon login.
    • We want to stress that instructions have always been available in the release notes of each release to perform this task; see Notes.
    • To disable this behavior, edit the file ~/.jwmrc.

We’ve fixed or closed the following issues in the distribution, see Report bugs.

We’ve removed the following components from the distribution.

  • We have removed the Parachute script for KWin as its author no longer maintains it; thus, we consider it deprecated.
    • KDE developers replicated its functionality directly in KWin during the update cycle for Plasma 5.24 with the addition of the effect ‘Overview.’

We’ve updated the minimal ISO to the same base as the main release.

📥 Download

Here are various ways to download our ISOs and virtual appliances.

Checksums (MD5).

0e5ca9e14a4937c6d5c8072b33ef6cbe nitrux-nx-desktop-20220503-amd64.iso
1780a8d5ce1209eff0887b067afd1d43 nitrux-minimal-jwm-20220503-amd64.iso
596cdc1a95fbe09029bd025838bb4b6c nitrux-nx-desktop-nvidia-20220503-amd64.iso

ISO build log (Travis CI).

Open the ISO file with a file archiver to see the build commit the information, and open the “.INFO” text file. When reporting bugs, please add this information to review the build log. All of our ISO files (past and present) contain this file.

  • Build logs.
    • nitrux-nx-desktop-20220503-amd64.iso
    • nitrux-minimal-jwm-20220503-amd64.iso
    • nitrux-nx-desktop-nvidia-20220503-amd64.iso

⛔ Known issues

To see a list of known issues, click here.

🗒 Notes

To see a list of release notes, click here.

🐞 Report bugs

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

📝 Changelog history

To see a list of previous changelogs, click here for the changelogs archived at our site, or click here for the changelogs archived at Sourceforge.

📰 Resources

Here are various articles, tutorials, and other information directly on our blog.

📌 Post-release announcements

Here’s a list of post-release service announcements for this version of Nitrux.