Legacy entries 0.1-0.1.3

Old versions are available at:Sourceforge

Audax version 0.1.3 is released. The release adds the following features/fixes the following bugs of 0.1.2:

  • Comes with Linux kernel 3.14.24 with optimizations (speed and usability related).
  • Nitrogen background issues fixed.
  • Slim as a display manager with a audax-slim theme.
  • Blueman-applet added for bluetooth support.
  • Hal and Volti removed: Volti is replaced by Volumeicon-alsa.
  • Abiword removed and replaced by Focuswriter.
  • Grub no longer complains during the installation.
  • Volume level indication changed to Volume+ and Volume- (was previously: Volume +5% and Volume-5%.
  • Language and keyboard should now be set correctly automatically during the installation.
  • Fixed conky configuration bugs, which caused conky to occupy too large portion of space from the screen.
  • F4 shortkey is now set for focuswriter (was previously for leafpad),

Media key support with notifications for Xmms2/ Lxmusic player: play/pause, next, previous.

A Conky configuration providing instructions, calendar, and time etc. Conky will also show what Xmms2/Lxmusic is playing. The song indicator fades away once no songs are being played.

Changes in 0.1.2: Audax can now be installed more easily as the installer does no longer search for any network connections like it did still with the version 0.1.

Audax 0.1 network issue : The installer coming from Debian will automatically try to detect if you have an active network connection or not. By default Audax does not require a network connection to be installed and thus the system can be installed entirely offline without configuring any network interfaces with the following¬† simple workaround. When the installer fails to detect any active wired or wireless network interfaces (or it detects some undesired wireless networks) choose the option titled as: “Enter ESSID manually” then choose “Wep/open network” when the installer prompts for the network security. You can enter any random values to the these fields. Once you are done and try to proceed, the network configuration will fail and you will get to choose what to do next. Choose: “Do not configure the network at this time” and the installer will continue its progress.

Important notice: When installing Grub2 bootloader the installer will ask if to keep the current local version of a Grub configuration file or replace it with a maintainer/Debian specific version. It is strongly advised to keep the locally modified Grub file (2nd choice on the options listing) – since with it the user gains Audax specific name changes and modifications which might improve the overall system performance.

After the installation you should set your keyboard settings manually to your preferred locale – if it is not English. Go to your home directory and look for a file called values, which has a large amount of keyboard locales listed. Once you find your keyboard locale then add it to the beginning of a hidden .xinitrc file in your home directory. Open .xinitrc via terminal as follows: leafpad .xinitrc

You can replace leafpad with any other text-editor available, like geany or nano. Once inside .xinitrc file add for example: setxkbmap fi &

Next you should exit or reboot the desktop to finalize the keyboard locale change, If you want to change your keyboard quickly to either English, Spanish, Finnish you can also use the  shortkeys listed above. Any changes made with language shortkeys will however reset when the machine is rebooted or powered off.

If you use wired network connection your network should be active by default. If you use Wlan run Wicd by pressing Windows key (Super-key)+w and configure your Wlan interface (usually wlan0 or wlan1).

Additional (and completely abandoned since 0.2) packages from techtimejourney, which are not installed by default:
Pulseaudio 5.0 (package: pulseaudio-audax)
Pavucontrol 2.0 (package pavucontrol-audax)


Note about Pulseaudio: Pulseaudio 5.0 will try to overwrite some files, which are already used by other files present in Debian/Audax. During the tests using dpkg -i – -force-overwrite pulseaudio-audax did not produce any errors or functionality impairments. Using the pulseaudio-audax package should be fairly safe in terms of system stability but caution is still advised. Pulseaudio was excluded from the release purely because it did increase the overall performance demands as it used more RAM and cpu etc.

0.1 was the initial Audax release,