Tanglu 4 (Dasyatis kuhlii) released!
Posted by: Matthias Klumpp 2 weeks ago
We are proud to announce the release of Tanglu 4 (Dasyatis kuhlii) today!
Why did the release take so long?
This release took exceptionally long to complete, and we apologize for that. Tanglu 4 has been ready and sitting in the pipeline for months, but we did not have enough manpower to handle the last mile of the release process, especially due to our project leader being busy with work on another Debian derivative for Purism, a company that builds security-focused Linux-based computers.
Due to that experience with the Dasyatis release, we will make a couple of changes to how we develop Tanglu. No final decision has been made on any of the changes yet, but it looks like we will transform Tanglu into having one continuously updated rolling-release branch where fresh new stuff is added and the main development happens, and one stable release tracking the last respective Debian stable release. That way, the distribution will become much easier to maintain for a small team (a rolling-release branch requires less manpower to maintain). By aligning our stable releases with Debian, we will also greatly reduce the maintenance cost of stable releases by benefiting from Debian's security support. Of course, those stable releases will have all the Tanglu modifications, and will likely be directly branched off the rolling release track. This means that there will be one stable Tanglu release per stable Debian release, and a continuously updated rolling Tanglu release for people who like to have the latest and greatest software and maybe participate in Tanglu development.
Additionally, we will switch to using Laniakea for our infrastructure. Laniakea is the successor to the existing archive toolkit we use to develop Tanglu today (which is a set of pretty extensive Python scripts), but it's much more sophisticated and generalized, which allows it to be used for Purism's PureOS and possibly other Debian derivatives as well. By making use of it, we can use the synergy between PureOS and Tanglu in order to advance both. Laniakea will also allow us to automate a great deal of the project's task, so less humans are needed to do tasks that machines can do. Additionally, it will allow for more fine-grained permissions on archive management tasks in future.
Aside from the technical aspects, we will also need to reform our community structure a bit, so less power is centralized on few people who then become a bottleneck for development. Additionally, we need to double down on marketing and non-coding tasks, so if you like the project and want to take on any non-coding task (writing howtos/blog articles, draw wallpapers, improve the GUI, make a better website, ...), please contact us!
We will also likely re-initiate the process of becoming part of a bigger FLOSS organization to securely handle money for us, so people can help us sustain our infrastructure by making donations.
All of these changes need code to be written, infrastructure to change and people to have more time to work on it, so there will be some delay until the changes are implemented and we can publish the alpha version of what will become Tanglu 5 (Elysia timida) - but don't worry, it will happen and we have a good plan for it.
What's in the release?
Tanglu 4 comes - due to being frozen for far too long - without the latest and greatest packages, but still with some notable changes. The KDE Plasma version is at 5.8, while the GNOME desktop is available in version 3.20 with some pieces from GNOME 3.22. The KDE Plasma design was updated with some suggestions from KDE designers at Akademy last year.
Tanglu is a fully usrmerged system by default now, with no option to switch back to split-/usr or opt-in option (like in previous releases). Additionally, we support installing on UEFI systems without legacy mode now, which was a much requested feature and took quite a while to make it work reliably with the Calamares installer. We do not, however, support secure boot on EFI systems yet.
Tanglu Core received the usual amount of updates, serving as a base OS for everyone who does not want a preconfigured desktop installed.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this release!
You can get Tanglu 4 ISO images in the download area.
Have fun with Tanglu 4!
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