Release Notes For R14.0.8

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Overview

The Trinity Desktop Environment is a complete software desktop environment designed for Unix-like operating systems, intended for computer users preferring a traditional desktop model, and is free/libre software.

R14.0.8 is the eighth maintenance release of the R14.0 series, and is built on and improves the previous R14.0.7 version.
Maintenance releases are intended to promptly bring bug fixes to users, while preserving overall stability through the avoidance of both major new features and major codebase re-factoring.

Trinity R14.0.5 Desktop Trinity R14.0.5 Desktop


R14.0.8 Release Notes

This section highlights some of the most important fixes introduced by this maintenance release.

  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed avahi support
    • Fixed parsing of CPU cores frequency on some hardware
    • Fixed parsing of battery information on some hardware
    • Fixed detection of closing the lid on some hardware
    • Fixed incorrect update of KNote "last modified" field
    • Fixed several FTBFS caused by newer library versions
    • Fixed K3B crashes when trying to write an audio CD with cd text
    • Fixed tdenetworkmanager crashes
  • Enhancements
    • Many translation updates (thanks to all translators)
    • Several packages have been migrated to CMake build system
    • For some packages have been dropped the automake build system
    • Added option to disable tdekbdledsync
    • Added option to select default file manager
    • The selected default terminal is also used for Open terminal here
    • Improved LibreSSL support
    • Improved musl libc support
    • Improved support for DilOS distribution
    • Improved support for XDG folders
    • Improved support for Pinebook Pro
    • Initial work to support reproducible builds
    • Initial support for translating desktop files using Weblate
    • Using Ninja build for Cmake building on FreeBSD
    • Dropped Kerry and code related to Beagle search
  • Security
    • CVE-2019-14744: Solved similar cases of arbitrary code execution from .desktop files


The complete list of changes and bugs fixed in this release is available at these locations (please note that two lists complement each others, they are not duplicates):

A detailed commit change log catalogued by module is also available here.


Useful notes on upgrading

When upgrading from previous releases you may run into some of the following use cases. Follow the recommended instructions to minimize potential problems.

Removed dbus policy at_console

A newer version of SystemD has removed the dbus policy at_console. Because the TDE does not yet contain a policykit agent (this will be addressed in R14.1.0), a plugdev group policy has been added in the default TDE Hardware Control daemon dbus configuration. This group should be available on most systems. To enable communication with the TDE Hardware Control daemon, add users to the plugdev group.

Note: If a policykit is installed but a policykit agent is not available, it does not work well. In this case, it is advisable to uninstall policykit to allow the use of dbus rules.

Test failures in r14-xdg-update

If you experience test failures at login time during the execution of the r14-xdg-update script, please try logging out and logging in again. Most failures will be automatically fixed. In case of persistent failures that don't get automatically recovered, please contact the TDE team on their official channels (mailing lists or IRC).

For example you may experience TEST9 failures if you had previously edited your TDE menu and there are references to both 'kde-*' and 'tde-*' files for the same application. This will require manual editing to determine what is the correct way to fix the problem.


Getting TDE

Installation instructions and binary packages are immediately available for Debian, Devuan, Raspbian and Ubuntu. Packages for RedHat/CentOs, Fedora, Mageia, OpenSUSE, and PCLinuxOS are being built by their respective maintainers and may be already available or will be soon.

Live CDs with TDE R14.0.8 preinstalled are or will be available soon on the LiveCDs page.


Previous R14.0 Release Notes

Release notes for previous versions of TDE are avaiable at these links.

Previous release (R14.0.7)
Older R14.0.x release notes.


FreeBSD Support

TDE continues to offer support for FreeBSD, although still partial given some of the new issues that have arisen with the latest versions of FreeBSD. The TDE team will try their best to improve support for FreeBSD but progress will probably be slow. Additional developers or contributors willing to help porting the remaining features and applications are always welcome.

Trinity R14.0.5 Desktop on FreeBSD


Credits and acknowledgements

We thanks all the people that are (or have been) involved in making TDE the great desktop environment that it is.

Infrastructure

We would like to thank IntegriCloud for kindly providing a powerful physical server based on a secure POWER9 architecture that serves as the new TDE primary host and as a very powerful builder for ppc64el packages.

We would like to thank vpsFree for kindly providing free hosting for some of the TDE services, most notably our self-hosted TDE Gitea Workspace and TDE Weblate Translation Workspace.

Translators

We would like to thank all the people who have used the TDE Weblate Translation Workspace to improve translations for many languages. We are looking forward for further contributions in future.

  • Bulgarian
    • Kiril Kirilov
  • Czech
    • Slávek Banko
  • Dutch
    • Heimen Stoffels
  • German
    • Chris
  • Polish
    • Jan Stolarek
  • Portuguese
    • Hugo Carvalho
  • Russian
    • Bogdan V. Kilin
    • Serg Bormant
    • zavfe
  • Slovak
    • Marek Mlynar
  • Turkish
    • Ercan Ersoy
  • Ukrainian
    • Roman Savochenko


Contribute to TDE development

The TDE development team is small but friendly. If you wish to participate in the TDE development process, please visit the Get involved page for additional information.

There are many things you can contribute to, from documentation review to bug fixes as well as brand new software features or applications.

Feedback from our users is also an integral part of a large scale, user-experience oriented project such as TDE. Whether you want to report a bug, suggest an improvement or simply let us know your opinion about TDE, please feel free to contact us. Three good places to start communication are the official TGW site (user guide here), the project's mailing lists and the bug tracker.


Creating TDE requires significant computing resources and bandwidth. Please consider helping to keep us online with a donation on our donations page. Without your financial assistance, TDE would not be possible!