Few days ago the release of the new version of Nitrux 2.1.0 was announced, in which the new version brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance improvements and out-of-the-box hardware support.
For those who are unaware of this distribution, they should know that is built on the basis of the Debian package, KDE technologies and the OpenRC startup system. This distribution stands out for the development of its own "NX" desktop, which is a complement to the user's KDE Plasma environment, in addition to the fact that the application installation process is based on the use of AppImages packages.
Main news in Nitrux 2.1
In this new version, which is presented from Nitrux 2.1, it is highlighted that NX Desktop components have been updated to KDE Plasma 5.24.3, KDE Frameworks 5.92.0 and KDE Gear (KDE Applications) 21.12.3.
Default Linux kernel 5.16.3 with Xanmod patches is used, although packages with regular and Xanmod builds of kernels 5.15.32 and 5.17.1 are also offered for installation, as well as kernel 5.16 with Liquorix patches and kernels 5.15.32 and 5.17.1 from the Free Linux project.
On the parcel part of the system, the following stand out: Updated software versions including Firefox 98.0.2 and LibreOffice 184.108.40.206.
In addition to this, it is also highlighted that a direct access to the application menu was added to install the Steam client and that firmware packages for Broadcom 43xx and Intel SOF (Sound Open Firmware) devices were added.
We can also find in this new version of Nitrux, which added packages with ifuse module FUSE for iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as the libmobiledevice library and apps to interact with iOS.
Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it of this new version of the distribution, you can check the details in the following link
Download the new version of Nitrux
If you want to download this new version of Nitrux 2.1, you should go to the official website of the project where you can get the download link of the system image and which can be recorded on a USB with the help of Etcher. Nitrux is available for immediate download from the following link.
The size of the main ISO image has been reduced from 3.2 to 2.4 GB, and the size of the reduced image from 1.6 to 1.3 G (without the 500 MB linux-firmware package, the image minimum could be reduced to 800 MB).
If you are going to use a virtual machine to use this distribution, the following recommendations are made:
- OpenGL acceleration is used by default if you use Nitrux in a VM, open System Settings > Monitor > Composer and select XRandr as well as disable desktop effects like Blur for better performance. Also, you should disable composer in system settings and use a lighter alternative like xcompmgr.
- To use 3D acceleration in a hypervisor like VirtualBox, use the Oracle guest ISO additions, they should not use the Debian packages from the repositories. For VMware Workstation and VMware Player, the open-vm-tools-desktop package from the repositories is recommended. After installing the VirtualBox guest additions using the ISO, the ISO should not be removed and rebooted. The ISO of the virtual machine should be removed after successful login.
- By default, when creating a new virtual machine in VirtualBox, the selected graphics driver is VMSVGA, which requires the guest additions to be installed to change the screen resolution. Here it is recommended to change the graphics driver to VBoxVGA or VBoxSVGA will allow changing the window resolution without the guest additions.
For those who are already on a previous version of the distribution, you can upgrade to the new version by typing the following commands:
sudo apt update sudo apt install --only-upgrade nitrux-repositories-config amdgpu-firmware-extra sudo apt install -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" linux-firmware/trixie sudo apt dist-upgrade sudo apt autoremove sudo reboot
As for the those who have a previous version of the distribution, can perform the kernel update typing any of the following commands:
In order to update the kernel LTS 5.15.32 to version 5.17.1:
sudo apt install linux-image-mainline-lts sudo apt install linux-image-mainline-current
For those who are interested in being able to install or test the Liquorix and Xanmod kernels:
sudo apt install linux-image-liquorix sudo apt install linux-image-xanmod-edge sudo apt install linux-image-xanmod-lts
Finally for those who prefer to use the latest Linux Libre LTS and non-LTS kernels:
sudo apt instalar linux-image-libre-lts sudo apt instalar linux-image-libre-curren