I am very pleased and excited to announce a new spin of Newt OS, Newt OS Studio. This spin is designed with artists and creators in mind, and therefore includes a wide range of creative software. Newt OS Studio uses the LXDE desktop, and is based on Newt OS LXDE. I hope that my work helps provide the tools for someone else's creative endeavours. If you want to share any of your work you make with Newt OS Studio, send me an email, I'd love to see it!
It is for these reasons that I am going to publish a new build of Newt OS LXDE. This new build is based on GeckoLinux, a project that is run by a very helpful person who wants to provide more user-friendly openSUSE spins. Newt OS LXDE will be based on the "Barebones" edition of GeckoLinux, which is essentially just openSUSE with some enhanced font and repository configurations.
So, yes. I have had to once again re-build Newt OS LXDE. However, I feel that this change will bring many improvements. And to make up for it, the upcoming release will include the wonderful Arc theme, one of my favorite themes as of late.
If you are currently running Newt OS LXDE and are satisfied with how it works, then there is no pressing reason to reinstall. However, if you need access to tools for advanced system configuration, then I recommend that you reinstall to ensure proper operation of YaST.
I think I'm due to make some apologies. First, sorry for the lack of activity in regards to this blog. A week into the new year, and this is the first post. I've been busy with school, a job shadow, homework, and family. Though, really, I guess most of this was to be expected with the holiday season and all. And I think that the release of Newt OS Gnome 16.1.0 sort of balances everything out.
I do have another apology to make. Though I have no way of knowing specifically how many people, if any, use/look at Newt OS, I can get a general idea of which flavors are more popular by the number of downloads. Of the approximately 170 downloads of the published Newt OS builds, only 15 of those have been of the KDE flavor. While I love the design of KDE, especially with the up and coming Plasma 5, I cannot justify supporting something that I have not done a good job of maintaining, and that has not been especially popular. Because of these reasons, it is with some sadness (but not a lot) that I say farewell to the KDE flavor of Newt OS.
For those 15 of you who downloaded it, and who may be running it, never fear, you will continue to receive support from openSUSE for the foreseeable future. This announcement brings the development and improvement of Newt OS KDE to a stop, at least for now. I will leave both published appliances available for download for those who wish to use them. Who knows, maybe someday I'll have a change of heart, and KDE will return.