Change Log

Distro Astro 3.0.2

Changes from 3.0.1 to 3.0.2, released May 1, 2015

  • Internal packaging changes:
    • Added Italian translations on launchers c/o Matteo Manzo Manzoni.
    • Updated Spanish translations on launchers c/o Roberto Tomé.
    • Fixed lack of System Information app in 3.0.x. Package hardinfo is now installed.
    • Fixed lack of Character Map app in 3.0.x. Package gucharmap is now installed.
    • DS9 version reverted from 7.3.2 to 7.2
    • Additional udev rules, e.g., The Imaging Source cameras
    • Support for offline icodecs installation via Winetricks (needed by Iris and Registax)
    • Fixed missing icons in libreoffice theme
    • The ver command now shows the correct version even after upgrade
  • New Features:
    • Added support for Meade DSI via INDI library
    • Some new wallpapers featuring photos from ISS
  • New Software:
    • oaCapture 0.4.0, a capture program from the Open Astro Project.
  • Upgraded software:
    • INDI library upgraded from 0.9.9 to 1.0
    • Nightshade updated from 11.14.4 to 11.14.5
    • Stellarium updated from 0.13.0 to 0.13.2
    • Astrometry.net updated from 0.50 to 0.52
    • Million Object List upgraded from 2.0 to 2.1
    • LibreOffice upgraded from 4.3.4.1 to 4.4.2.2
    • Gimp updated from 2.8.10 to 2.8.14
    • Firefox upgraded from 34.0 to 37.0.2
  • Inherits updated packages from Ubuntu repositories as of April 25, 2015.

Distro Astro 3.0.1

Changes from 3.0 to 3.0.1, released Jan 6, 2015

  • Internal packaging changes:
    • Added Spanish translations on launchers c/o Roberto Tomé.
    • Fixed lack of Bluetooth app in 3.0. Blueman is now installed.
  • New Features:
    • Easy way to start Compiz via Startup Applications at the Control Center.
    • Added support for Atik CCD and FireFly MV via INDI library.
  • Inherits updated packages from Ubuntu repositories as of December 30, 2014.

Distro Astro 3.0

Changes from 2.0 to 3.0, released Nov 9, 2014

  • New Features:
    • Astronomy programs are now aware of your location via GeoIP.
    • Support for autoguiding, autofocus, polar alignment, and filter wheel capture via Ekos integrated into KStars.
    • Database of 1 million deep sky objects integrated into Cartes du Ciel.
    • Support for more astronomical hardware via updated INDI.
    • Integrated observation manager supporting OpenAstronomyLog.
    • Much-improved Nightvision mode for dark-adaptation.
    • One-click install of new astronomy software.
  • New software:
    • Observation Manager for logging astronomical observations.
    • ImageMagick for command-line image editing and scripting.
    • Astrometry.net for finding coordinates of astrophotographs.
    • Proas for planning of astronomical observations.
    • Aladin for visualizing astronomical data.
    • New wallpapers under Clearskies theme.
    • Command-line location manager.
  • Upgraded software:
    • LibreOffice 4 upgraded from 4.1.1 to 4.3.3.2.
    • Mozilla Firefox upgraded to version 33.
    • GIMP upgraded to from 2.8.6 to 2.8.10.
    • Stellarium upgraded from 0.12.1 to 0.13.0.
    • Nightshade upgraded from 11.12.1 to 11.14.4 from trunk revision 200.
    • Cartes du Ciel upgraded from 3.6-2150 to 3.10-2854.
    • Virtual Moon Atlas upgraded from 6.0 to 6.1.
    • KStars upgraded from 4.8.5 to 4.13.3.
    • Accurate Times upgraded from 5.3.2 to 5.3.8.
    • AstroPy upgraded from 0.2.4 to 0.3
    • PyRAF upgraded from 2.1.3 to 2.1.6
    • ImageJ upgraded from 1.47v to 1.48v
    • SAOImage DS9 upgraded from 7.2 to 7.3.2.
    • INDI Library upgraded from 0.9.6 to 0.9.9.
    • Inherits updated packages from Ubuntu repositories as of November 7, 2013.
  • Upgraded Backend:
    • Linux Kernel upgraded from 3.8.0-33 to 3.13.0-39.
    • Repositories from Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty LTS and Linux Mint 17 Qiana.
    • Desktop upgraded from Mate 1.4 to Mate 1.8.1.
    • Switched from MATEConf and GConf to DConf.
    • Support for GTK3 integrated into default themes.
    • Added support for Python 3.0.
    • Added support for QT5 libraries.
    • Updated Java Runtime Engine from OpenJDK 6 to 7.
    • Updated Wine from 1.4.1 to 1.6.2.
    • Added partial support for Cinnamon.
    • Added partial support for Compiz.
  • Internal packaging changes:
    • PPA repositories for LibreOffice, INDI, and Astrometry.net added by default.
    • New configuration file /etc/location storing the user's location.
    • Notification when a new APOD wallpaper is downloaded.
    • Wine prefix now created on first boot.
    • New look for login screen.
    • Removed 120-second boot delay when network is not found.
    • Command prompt now shows current directory name only instead of whole path.
    • Familiar DOS commands dir, md, rd and ren are now aliases for 'ls -al', 'mkdir', 'rmdir', and 'mv', respectively.
    • New bashrc alias ll as shortcut for 'ls -al'.
    • You can now type ver to see the Distro Astro version.
  • Removed packages:
    • Package xorsa removed from default install.
    • Package worldwind removed from default install.
  • Optimization tweaks.

Distro Astro 2.0

Changes from 1.0.2 to 2.0, released Nov 20, 2013

  • New Features:
    • New signed APT repository with astronomy packages not in Ubuntu/Debian.
    • Automatic upgrade of included astronomy software.
    • Ability to dual-boot with Windows 8 on UEFI machines.
    • Support for touch-screen monitors.
    • Upgrade script from 1.0.2 Ceres to 2.0 Pallas.
  • New software:
    • Hardware Enablement Stack from Raring Ringtail.
    • ImageJ, a powerful Java-based image processing program.
    • PyRAF, a Python-based replacement for IRAF Terminal CL.
    • AstroPy, a single core package astronomy Python library.
    • PyFITS, a module for working with FITS files.
    • PyWCS, routines for handling World Coordinate System standard.
    • VOTable, library for standard Virtual Observatory Tables.
    • NOVAS, a vector astrometry library for C, Fortran and Python.
    • AstroLib Coords, astronomical coordinates & angular separations
    • STSCI Tools, functions for use by many Python packages.
  • Upgraded software:
    • Linux Kernel upgraded from 3.2.0-49 to 3.8.0-33 from Raring Ringtail.
    • X Server upgraded from 7.6 to 7.7 from Raring Ringtail.
    • MDM Display Manager now taken from Mint Olivia.
    • Mint Menu now taken from Mint Olivia.
    • LibreOffice 4 upgraded from 4.0.4 to 4.1.1.
    • Mozilla Firefox upgraded to version 25.
    • SAOImage DS9 upgraded to version 7.2.
    • INDI Library 0.9.6 now includes all the latest drivers as of November 18, 2013.
    • Inherits updated packages from Ubuntu repositories as of November 18, 2013.
  • New software available via apt-get:
    • Proas for planning of astronomical observations.
    • Aladin for visualizing astronomical data.
    • FITS editors FV, FITSview, QFitsView, and FITS Liberator.
    • Python libraries AstroAsciiData, AliPy, APLpy, CosmoloPy, OSCAAR, and PyEphem.
    • MYRaf, a GUI for IRAF photometry.
    • Newer versions of AstroPy, NumPy, and SciPy.
    • G95, an alternative to GFortran.
    • XVarStar for searching the General Catalog of Variable Stars (GCVS).
    • Astrometrica for research-grade CCD astrometry data reduction.
    • Capture software qastrocam and qastrocam-g2.
    • AstroAviBrowser for selecting only the good frames in an astronomy video.
    • Newer versions of Stellarium and Cartes du Ciel.
  • Internal packaging changes:
    • Distro Astro repository given highest priority in /etc/apt/preferences.
    • IRAF login.cl now set up to handle FITS files by default.
    • Support for dconf added to Winecolors and Toggle Nightvision.
  • Removed packages:
    • VirtualBox Guest Additions removed (incompatible with new HWE kernel).
    • Package sunwait removed from default install.
    • Package nightfall removed from default install.
  • Optimization tweaks.

Distro Astro 1.0.2

Changes from 1.0.1 to 1.0.2, released Aug 9, 2013

  • Upgraded software:
    • INDI Library 0.9.6 now includes all the latest drivers as of July 18, 2013.
    • Mint Display Manager upgraded from 1.0.8 to 1.2.5.
    • LibreOffice 4 upgraded from 4.0.1 to 4.0.4.
    • Gimp 2.8 upgraded from 2.8.4 to 2.8.6.
    • Linux Kernel upgraded from 3.2.0-40 to 3.2.0-49
  • Internal packaging changes:
    • LibreOffice has a new icon theme that is consistent with the rest of the distribution.
    • Mint Display Manager has a new HTML theme with Hubble UDF background.
    • Fixed a few (mis)alignments in current default login screen.
    • IRAF shortcut icon now opens it as the current user instead of user 'iraf'.
  • Optimization tweaks.
  • VirtualBox guest packages removed from local repository because it is not needed and merely occupies space.
  • Inherits updated packages from Ubuntu and Linux Mint repositories as of July 25, 2013.

Distro Astro 1.0.1

Changes from 1.0 to 1.0.1, released April 25, 2013

  • New software:
    • FFT Analyzer 1.0 for analyzing radio meteors.
    • Ephem 4.3.0 command line ephemeris program to complement XEphem.
  • Upgraded software:
    • LibreOffice upgraded from 3.6 to 4.0.1.
    • Gimp upgraded from 2.8.2 to 2.8.4.
    • XEphem upgraded from 3.7.5 to 3.7.6.
    • Linux Kernel upgraded from 3.2.0-35 to 3.2.0-40
  • Internal packaging changes:
    • AptURL now setup on Firefox by default.
    • Toggle Nightvision now remembers previous wallpaper and restores it when toggling back from Nightvision.
    • Toggle Nightvision now works again on Windows applications running on Wine.
    • Winecolors can now read theme from mate-conf.
    • Nightshade splash screen is now blank with a small progress bar for a more professional look while loading inside a planetarium dome.
    • Packaging updates and new icon files for Nightshade and Where is M13?.
  • Removed package:
    • XChat application for Linux Mint support has been removed, as part of removing all Linux Mint branding from the distribution.
  • Better support for running it on VirtualBox for those who just want to try it.
  • Inherits updated packages from Ubuntu and Linux Mint repositories as of April 18, 2013.

Distro Astro 1.0

Included software in version 1.0, released Jan 01, 2013

  • Base software experience:
    • Based on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin and Linux Mint 13 Maya.
    • Mate Desktop Environment 1.4.2 from Mint backports.
    • LibreOffice 3.5.4 and Gimp 2.8.3 for productivity.
    • VLC 2.0.3, Totem 3.0.1, and Clementine 1.0.1 for media playing.
    • OpenJDK 6 JRE to run selected astronomy software.
    • Wine 1.4.1 to run selected astronomy software.
    • Mint Display Manager 1.0.8.
    • Linux Kernel 3.2.0-35
  • Astronomy software:
    • INDI Library 0.9.6 for instrument automation and control.
    • Cartes du Ciel 3.6 and KStars 4.8 to connect to the INDI Library.
    • Nightshade 11.12.1 and Stellarium 0.11.2 for planetarium display on a dome.
    • wxAstroCapture 1.8, GCX Astro-Image Processor 1.3, iMerge 1.2, Registax 6.1, and Iris 5.59 for astrophotography.
    • IRAF 2.16 and SAOImage DS9 v7.1 for astronomical image analysis.
    • ORSA 0.7.0 for orbit reconstruction, simulation and analysis.
    • Planets 0.1.13 and Gravity 2.01 for playing with gravitational orbits.
    • AstroCC Coordinate Converter 3.10 for positional astronomy conversions.
    • XEphem 3.7.5, GPredict 1.3, XTide 2.11, Meteoracle 1.1.6, Accurate Times 5.3.2, and Astronomy Lab 2.03 for astronomical event prediction.
    • PP3 1.3.3 with TeX Live 2009 and Ghostscript 9.05 for celestial map generation.
    • Celestia 1.6.0 and OpenUniverse 1.0 to simulate motion through space.
    • WhereIsM13 v2.3, and StarPlot Viewer 0.95.5 for visualization in space.
    • Virtual Moon Atlas 6.0 with all textures and overlays for studying the moon.
    • OpenRocket 1.1.9 for designing model rockets.
  • Astronomy themes:
    • Toggle between Normal and Nightvision mode.
    • Astronomy quotes on Terminal using mint-fortune.
    • Astronomy Picture of the Day slideshow wallpaper (changes everyday).
    • Hubble slideshow wallpaper (changes every hour).
    • Nightvision slideshow wallpaper (changes every hour).
    • Hubble slideshow screensaver.
    • Nightvision slideshow screensaver.
    • Hubble UDF theme for boot loader, boot splash screen, and login screen.

See also: Supported Astronomical Hardware.