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Announcing AIMS Desktop 2017.1

Welcome to AIMS Desktop 2017.1

The AIMS Desktop team is proud to announce the release of AIMS Desktop

What’s new?

* This is the first public AIMS Desktop release, now based on Debian 9.
AIMS Desktop is now released world-wide under free licenses and can be
used for personal, educational or commercial purposes.

* We have a new website where we’ll have a growing collection of
documentation. AIMS Desktop packages are also now in a public git
repository. Links are listed below.

* AIMS Now ships with Gnome as the default desktop environment, and uses
Calamares as the installer. We ship some Gnome Shell extensions to
cushion the change to Debian and make the environment more familiar for
existing AIMS Desktop users.

* Sagemath is now installed from a real debian package, and is no longer
shipped via a massive binary distribution. This makes updates much
faster and uses significantly less bandwidth for updates.

* TeXstudio replaces Texmaker, which our users have reported to be more

* Jupyter Notebook is now installed by default.

* Live session now includes more partitioning tools to help deal with
complex partitioning and recovery tasks.

* GRUB is now used to boot both UEFI and BIOS modes, replacing the old
isolinux that we used to boot with in BIOS mode.

* Better dual-boot support for Apple computers.

* AIMS Desktop is now 64 bit only. Users who have 32 bit hardware can
download a Debian 9 netinstall iso and install additional packages
manually (instructions for this will be available on our website soon).
* We now ship Tilix, a powerful terminal multiplexer that allows you to
use your screen space more effectively by tiling and tabbing your
terminal sessions.

Known Issues

* The ‘ping’ tool needs some post-installation configuration to be
usable by normal users. You can fix this by running ‘sudo
dpkg-reconfigure iputils-ping’ from the command line.

* When booting from the USB disk, GRUB will briefly show a black window
before booting the system. This is harmless and should be fixed by the
next point release.

* Occasionally the installer will immediately close after the first time
it is opened. After opening it again it works as expected.

* RStudio binary downloads aren’t yet directly supported for Debian 9.
RStudio can be installed with ‘sudo aims-install-rstudio’ which will
enable jessie sources and install 3 dependencies from jessie
(libgstreamer0.10-0 libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0 libssl1.0.0) along
with the rstudio binary.

* We now ship GeoGebra 4 from Debian instead of Geogebra 5 from
GeoGebra.org due to unclear licensing. Users can still install GeoGebra
5 manually.

What’s Next

We plan to do two further release based on Debian 9. 2017.2, which will
be released later this year which will fix issues we come across during
the next few months. Then, 2018.1 released next year that will contain
backports and newer versions of popular software used in AIMS Desktop.

AIMS Desktop 2019.1 will be based on Debian 10 (codename: buster). We’ll
start releasing test images as soon as the stack is ready.

During the next few months we also plan to expand our documentation and
add instructions on how to contribute to AIMS Desktop. If you’d like to
get involved, stay tuned!

Useful links

AIMS Desktop website:

AIMS Desktop 2017.1 download:

Installation instructions:

Need help? Subscribe to the aims tech mailing list:

AIMS GitLab instance:

Debian 9 release notes:
Since AIMS Desktop 2017 is based on Debian 9, most of its release notes
will also apply.

Thank you for your interest in AIMS Desktop!

-Jonathan (on behalf of the AIMS Desktop team)

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