21 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Point Linux, Updated to 3.2


Point Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution that aims to combine the power of Debian GNU/Linux with the productivity of MATE, the GNOME 2 desktop environment fork. Point Linux provides an easy-to-set-up-and-use distribution for users looking for a fast, stable and predictable desktop.


  • OS Type: Linux
  • Based on: Debian (Stable)
  • Origin: Russia
  • Architecture: i386, x86_64
  • Desktop: MATE, Xfce

The announcement for Point Linux Update to 3.2 read:

We announce the availability of Point Linux 3.2. Despite this is a minor release it has some notable changes and bugfixes.


The purpose:Desktop PC distro
Target audience:Experienced users and business/IT sector
Based on:Debian 8 (jessie)
DE:MATE 1.8.1
DM:LightDM 1.10.3
Distro format:LiveDVD/USB
Supported architectures:i386 (i686-pae), amd64
Distro language:English in Live Session, Localized during installation
Installer:GUI Point Linux Installer 0.20.4

Changes in distribution

Inability to install from custom made flash drives fixed

Firefox package replaced with Debian’s firefox-esr

Thunderbird is not installed by default

Brasero is not installed by default

Flash plugin removed due to security reasons

Plymouth theme changed to spinner

Up to date Debian Packages

Do not show ‘virtualbox kernel service is not running’ banner

Boot from local drive ability fixed in LiveCD boot menu

You can download Point Linux here: http://pointlinux.org/download.html?version=3.2&flavour=mate&suite=full&arch=32&direct=true




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12 Jun 2016

Antergos Repo Updates To Include The Latest MATE, Cinnamon Packages

It was announced Sunday, June 12th that Antergos Repos will update to include the latest MATE and Cinnamon packages.

Antergos announcement read:

The package manager (pacman) reads a configuration file to determine which software repositories to use for installing and updating packages. The order of repositories in the configuration file matters; repositories listed first will take precedence over those listed later in the file when packages in two repositories have identical names, regardless of version number. In the past, during new Antergos installations, the antergos repo was appended to  /etc/pacman.conf so that it would appear after all other repos in the file. At the time that decision was made we didn’t see any need to insert our repo before the Arch repos as we had no plans to package anything that was already being packaged by Arch and we couldn’t think of any scenarios where we would want/need to do so.

Fast-forward to today and circumstances have changed. We’re not going to go into all the details here, but suffice it to say we have decided to package the latest versions of MATE and Cinnamon until such time it no longer makes sense to do so. However, in order for existing Antergos users who installed their systems more than a month ago to receive the updated packages automatically, the priority of the Antergos repo must be changed in /etc/pacman.conf. We’ve created a special package to assist those affected users with this change so that it is as quick and painless as possible. Though it will still require some manual action from the user. For complete details check out this wiki article.


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