Monday, July 23, 2012

URL Changed Phinx Desktop Site and Repo Nam Change

A few days ago Kori let me know that the URL of the Phinx Desktop site had changed. With this Phinx has her own real home now on the web. The new URL is:

Ongoing with some changes are the looks of the website itself and.... the repo name changed too.

So it's very important to change it in Synaptic. Here are the steps how it's done:

1. Open Synaptic

2. Go to it's Settings and then click on Repositories

3. Highlight Phinx’s Repository containing the url

4. Edit the URL from cozmodesigns to phinxdesktop

5. Click OK, click Reload, Mark all Upgrades (to check for any updates available, if so click Apply to install them) and you're good to go again.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Phinx Desktop 2012 64bit Beta 1 Released

Last night the Phinx Desktop lead developer Sproggy released the first Beta of the Phinx Desktop 2012 64bit for testing.

This release comes with the latest PCLinuxOS 3.2.18 BFS kernel and Xfce 4.10.
Keep in mind that there are still some issues:

-Some broadcom chips might have minor connectivity issues or dropping signal

-Upgrading to the latest nvidia drivers can break your xorg.conf and cause graphics crashes

You can download the Beta 1 from here:

Phinx Desktop 2012 64bit Beta 1 Iso


Phinx Desktop 2012 64bit Beta 1 Iso

All feedback and bugs found can be reported on our Testing Group:

Phinx Desktop Testers

Please note that this release is a work in progress, under heavy development and thus not suited for a daily work environment or production machines.
If you want a more stable work environment we recommend to download the current 32bit version.

A final release of the 32bit version will also be released in the very near future.

For now, if you are into testing, go on and grab your copy of the 64 bit Beta 1, test it and help us to sort out any bugs found.

Thank you all, have fun testing and.... Enjoy! :D

Here's a screenshot of my current 64bit Beta1 setup with some changes I made today:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Future Of The Phinx Desktop Project

A while ago Kori announced on IRC that he was planning to search for a new base for the Phinx Desktop project and step away from it's current base PCLinuxOS.

Today we come to know that he is going to re-roll PCLOS as a distro and that he will be incorporating parts of Mandriva, Mageia, CentOS, OpenSUSE and Fedora to help create a unified base.

This has not much effect on the current users but...... for the new users it's going to be a new experience.

Kori also says he hopes to get a 32bit final and a 64bit RC1 ready by the end of the month.

At the moment there are also a few updates for Phinx ready to be downloaded which include a re-branding from the PcLinuxOS to the Phinx Desktop brand.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Xfce 4.10 Final Entered The Phinx Repo's

Last night our good friend and lead developer of Phinx, Kori, sent the Xfce 4.10 Final onto the Phinx repo's. Just now I pulled them in while having a nice cup of coffee.

He also updated about 95% of the plugins but there are a few that won't build against 4.10 yet. Kori is working on it so that they will buld against it in the end.

Other great news is that there is a 32bit Final iso planned of the Phinx Desktop for the end of the month.  Together with this 32bit release will also come a 64bit RC1 release of Phinx.

I'm already looking forward to the 64bit for sure. :D

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Xfce 4.10 released

After 1 Year and four months of development, the Xfce Team released the final 4.10 version of their well known Desktop Environment which is used by various distro's out there.

Our Lead Developer is currently working on getting the stable Xfce 4.10 to our Phinx Desktop distro.

Today, after 1 year and 4 months of work, we are pleased to announce the release of the Xfce desktop 4.10, a new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.8.
In the 4.10 cycle we mainly focused on polishing the desktop and improving the user experience in various ways. Highlights of this release are:
  • A new application finder that has been completely rewritten and combines the functionality of the old xfce4-appfinder and xfrun4.
  • The panel now has an alternative vertical display mode (a deskbar). What is more, panel plugins can be arranged in multiple rows, which is particularly useful in the deskbar mode.
  • A new MIME type editor that allows you to easily change applications used for opening different file types. The mouse and touchpad settings dialog and the settings editor were extended in terms of functionality. The former now supports tablets in a much better way.
  • It is now possible to launch applications and open files on the desktop with a single click of the mouse. In addition, the 4.10 desktop can display thumbnails and automatically advance through the wallpaper list.
  • The window manager can be configured to tile windows when dragging them to the screen edges. The tab window (Alt+Tab) supports more flexible theming and cursor key navigation.
An online tour of the changes in Xfce 4.10 can be viewed here:

A detailed overview of the changes compared to Xfce 4.8 and Xfce 4.10 preview releases can be found on the following page:

This release can be downloaded either as a set of individual packages or as a single fat tarball including all these individual versions:

Thank you all the contributors, bug reporters, as well as translators and packagers for your efforts in making this release possible.

Best regards,

The Xfce development team

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Phinx Desktop 2012.04 RC2a is Released

Our lead developer has released a RC2a iso yesterday, 2 days after the RC2.
He has fixed most of the bugs encountered in the previous RC2 release.

This, we hope, is a last RC before Xfce 4.10 is released and the big Final 2012 Phinx release. Before we get there it's important that we, the users and testers, give it a real good spin and provide all feedback on the forum and the Phinx Desktop Testers Google Group. This so that a great final iso can be released.

Also installed with this RC2a come a few codecs and Flash Player to give you a more out of the box experience on the web and with the multimedia players.

Enjoy this release and the further testing.

I also would like to thank Kori for his hard work on this. It's really awesome.

You can download the RC2a from here:

Phinx Desktop 2012.04 RC2a

Info Source:  Phinx Desktop

Monday, April 23, 2012

Phinx Desktop 2012.04 RC2 Released

Today our head developer has released the long awaited RC2 from the Phinx Desktop project.

Currently the RC is available for download in a 32 bit version and it has the Xfce 4.10pre2 on board.

Grab yourself a copy of the RC iso at:

Sourceforg Phinx Desktop Project Page

All feedback is welcome on the Phinx Desktop forum:

Feedback Thread

Any bugs or other problems can be reported on the Phinx Desktop Testers Google Group:

Phinx Desktop Testers

Enjoy the further testing!

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