Release Notes for siduction
2012.1.1 – Desperado Reloaded

We today released the 1st fix-release of siduction 2012.1 Desperado, called 2012.1.1 Desperado Reloaded. Besides small enhancements the main reason for this fix-release was to ship the full set of KDE SC 4.8.4.

siduction 2012.1.1 Desperado Reloaded is shipped with 3 Desktop-Environments: KDE SC, XFCE and LXDE, all in 32- and 64-bit variants. LXDE still fits a CD, KDE SC and XFCE fail to do so. Moving them to a USB-device with dd or cat to install from seems appropriate if your hardware supports booting from USB. (please refer to our manual)

The released images are a snapshot of Debian Unstable, that also goes by the name of sid, from 2012-06-24. They are enhanced with some useful packages and scripts, our own installer and a custom patched version of the linux-kernel 3.4.4, accompanied by XServer 1.12.1.

As the freeze for Debian 7 aka Wheezy will begin on June 30 and, from experience, will last at least 8 months, we take the opportunity to ship a fresh snapshot to our users beforehand. This makes the more sense, since KDE SC 4.8.4 is now in unstable as a complete package set. The only exception is kdepim. The Debian-KDE Team has decided to stay with 4.4.11 and thus ship Kmail instead of Kmail2. The KDE SC package set we ship today will most likely be the one to be used in Wheezy.

Another change comes from our decision to change the default setup of akonadi from mysql to sqlite, as we feel, that the full set of mysql is not mandatory for the job.

So, what else is new?

  • For XFCE and LXDE some packages were exchanged or added. With LXDE, Xnoise substitutes audacious and gnome-mplayer.
  • For XFCE we added xfce4-powermanager
  • The live-image will be blocked by a screensaver after a while of inactivity. The password for the user siducer is live.
  • Since this release we use a brandnew Debian Mirror-Redirector in our sources.list. It follows the scheme of This new solution does not only help with choosing the fastest mirror but also sports load balancing and parallel downloads and supports IPv6.
  • The Bluewater-Manual is, next to English and German, also available in Pt-Br, Polish and Italian now. Translators/revisors for other languages are very welcome if they show up in IRC channel #siduction-doc.

Our resources

Git Archive
Distro News

Support can be obtained on our forum as well as on IRC. The relevant channels on OFTC-Network are #siduction for english support or #siduction-core, if you like to join in and participate. On your desktop there is also an icon that takes you to the right channel for support, depending on the chosen language.

To be able to act as a testbed for Debian, we are introducing our own bug-tracker. Weathered users will know how to file bugs directly with the Debian BTS (Bug Tracking System). For users not so comfortable with the system we have reportbug-ng preinstalled. Let me explain how you can help us and Debian by submitting bugreports for broken packages.
If you think you found a bug in a Debian package, please start reportbug-ng and put the name of the package in the adress-line on top. The app will now search through the already filed bugs for that package and show those. Now it’s up to you to determine if “your” bug has already been reported. If it is, ask yourself if you have anything relevant to add to this report or maybe even a patch. If not, you are done for this time. If the bug has not been reported yet and you are not familiar with the BTS yet, you may report the bug in our Bug-Tracker. That also goes for siduction packages as well. We will sort the bugs for you and file them in the appropriate place, if it’s reproducible. Please look out for a forum post with more detailed info on the bug-tracker soon. If all this seems too complicated for now, feel free to use the bugs-thread on the forum; it will keep working until final release.


If you should ask yourself, where the codename ‘Desperado’ comes from, we name our releases after famous songs from rock-music history. Desperado, a song from the 2nd album by the same name by the Eagles from 1973 was chosen, among many others and won the election.

As we always look for further developers and contributors, we would like to welcome you on IRC in #siduction-core and tell us what ou want to do for us.

Please note

Our new website is still not finished yet. Setting it up from scratch with our own template is a bit bigger job than we thought it would be. Lack of time does not really help here. We will keep you posted.

Hardware Hints

If you should own an ATI Radeon graphics accelerator, please use the failsafe option, when booting the Live-ISO. This option will add the cheatcodes radeon.modeset=0 xmodule=vesa to the Kernel bootline, so that you can boot to X. Before installing, on the Live-ISO, please install firmware-linux-nonfree. To do so, please open your /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list with your favourite editor as root and append contrib non-free to the end of the first line. Save the edit and do:

apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree

If you install the operating system now, the package will be installed also, preventing you from a garbled screen when first rebooting. Mind that if you reboot before installing the system, the changes you made will be lost.
If your system has wireless network, this will probably not work out of the box with free drivers, so you better start with wired network connected. You might want to use the script fw-detect to get information on wireless drivers. The installer will prompt you for any missing firmware and guide you through the process of installing it.

Credits for siduction 2012.1.1

Core Team

Alf Gaida (agaida)
Axel Beu (ab)
Dinko Sabo (vibora)
Ferdinand Thommes (devil)
Holger Wagemann (holgerw)
Markus Meyer (coruja)
Nikolas Poniros (edhunter)
Stefan Tell (cryptosteve)
Torsten Wohlfarth (towo)

Art Team

Hendrik Lehmbruch (hendrikl)
Sven Strohmeier (se7en)

Code, Ideas and good Spirits

Lars Lünnemann (Spike_DE)
J. Hamatoma (hama)
Marco Schmidt (antitainer)
Michael Singer (bluelupo)
Markus Schimpf (arno911)
Otto S.(otto)
Peter Ziegler (harley-peter)
Roland Lang (vindeliker)
Robert Ulatowski (quidam77)
Tom Wroblewski (GoinEasy9)
Ulrich Beckmann (Bequimao)

Thank you!

Also thank you very much, all the testers and all the people that gave us support in any possible way. This is also your achievement.

We also want to specially express our thanks to Debian and sidux/aptosid for paving the road we travel.

And now enjoy!

On behalf of the siduction team:

Ferdinand Thommes

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