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Balsa Precise 1.7 beta-2

Based on Ubuntu 12.04 (precise)

SIL’s Language Software Development team for Linux (LSDev-Linux) is pleased to announce the 1.7 Beta 2 release of the Balsa system. There’s a Quick Start here.

This replaces the 1.7 Beta 1 release, which was withdrawn.

What’s New in 1.7?

Here are some of the features of the new release:

  • The new EasyBackup program automatically backs up the Balsa user’s data when an initialized USB device is plugged in.
  • Includes SIL’s graphite font system for enhanced character support.
  • Has support for additional SD card readers.

Release Date

07-Sep-2013

Filename(s)

balsa-1.7-precise-beta-2-8gb.img.7z

Notes

  • Includes a new version of Adapt It (6.4.2).
  • Includes EasyBackup program (1.4) enabled for the Balsa user.
  • Includes SIL’s Graphite font system for enhanced character support.
  • Includes SIL’s Gentium Plus font.
  • Includes a script to install Toolbox.
  • Includes Realtek RTS5129 SD card driver (used in the Dell Vostro 3×60 series).
  • WeSay for Linux is still not available for this version of Balsa.
  • Fixes the following bugs:
    • Repairs a permissions bug on /var/tmp in Balsa Precise 1.7 Beta-1.
    • Turn on “Always create backup copy” for LibreOffice.
    • Enable “Show Keyboard Layout” for “Keyboard Layout Settings” (xkb).
    • Modify the procedure for updating the balsa users application menu.
    • Check the integrity of user data storage on startup (fsck).
    • Make sure the files are properly unmounted on shutdown.
    • Disable account switching from the Login/Logout menu.
    • Disable the Ubuntu bug reporting program apport.
    • Extraneous development files removed from Balsa.
  • The following upgrades have been made to user applications:
    • adaptit from 6.4.1 to 6.4.2.
    • paratext from 7.3~beta60 to 7.3~beta65.
    • wine from 1.5 to 1.7.
  • The following upgrades have been made to other packages in Balsa:
    • gvfs-fuse from 1.12.1-0ubuntu1.1 to 1.12.1-0ubuntu1.2.
    • openjdk-6-jre from 6b27-1.12.3 to 6b27-1.12.6.
    • xsltproc from 1.1.26-8ubuntu1.1 to 1.1.26-8ubuntu1.2.

The released file is compressed with 7-Zip and is an image file for the Balsa device. Instructions for installing it on a machine are available on the Quick Start page.

Links

For a 8 gigabyte SD card (7z | 1.1 GB | MD5: 08213a60915d3439f74732c0cce2b131)

Balsa Precise 1.7 beta-1

The Balsa 1.7 Beta 1 has been withdrawn and is replaced with Balsa 1.7 Beta 2. Users should update their Balsa images.

If downloading the full image is too difficult, this file contains a small program that will fix the bug that was introduced in Beta 1.

The bug fix is not the only difference between Beta 1 and Beta 2; all the packages in the system were updated at the same time. But, because the releases were so close together, there are not many updated packages.

The bug fix addresses a problem where some applications (e. g., Audacity) could not be run due to incorrect permissions on /var/tmp.

Balsa Precise 1.6 beta-2

Based on Ubuntu 12.04 (precise)

Release Date

16-Mar-2013

Filename(s)

balsa-1.6-precise-beta-2-8gb.img.7z

Notes

  • This release addressed a bug where all files created by balsa and advisor have a bad group id.
  • The order of the elements of the release name was changed.
  • Included Paratext for Linux.
  • Bug Fix — Changed default directory browser to nautilus.
  • Set up kmfl.
  • WeSay for Linux is still not available for this version of Balsa

The released file is compressed with 7-Zip and is an image file for the Balsa device. Instructions for installing it on a machine are available on the Quick Start page.

Links

For a 8 gigabyte SD card (7z | 1.1 GB | MD5: d50b74ddae996d25511273ed0cac4d01)

Balsa Precise 1.6 beta-1

This release was not public.

Balsa 1.5 Precise beta-2

Based on Ubuntu 12.04 (precise), this release was formerly named Balsa Precise beta-2.   |   more info »

Release Date

24-Sep-2012

Filename(s)

balsa-1.5-precise-beta-2-8gb.img.7z

Notes

The released file is compressed with 7-Zip and is an image file for the Balsa device.

Links

NOTE:

Balsa Precise doesn't run on an 4 gigabyte card.

For a 8 gigabyte SD card (7z | 1.1 GB | MD5: e5ae6ada8e534dc327cb625edbea45ca)

Balsa Lucid beta-2

Based on Xubuntu 10.04 (lucid)

Release Date

24-Feb-2012

Filename(s)

  • balsa-1.0-lucid-beta-2-4gb.img.7z
  • balsa-1.0-lucid-beta-2-8gb.img.7z

Notes

The released files are compressed with 7-Zip and are image files for the Balsa device. Instructions for installing it on a machine are available on the Quick Start page.

Links

Balsa Lucid beta-1

Based on Xubuntu 10.04 (lucid)   |   more info »

Release Date

21-Jul-2011

Filename(s)

  • balsa-1.0-lucid-beta-1-4gb.img.7z
  • balsa-1.0-lucid-beta-1-8gb.img.7z

Notes

The released files are compressed with 7-Zip and are image files for the Balsa device. Instructions for installing it on a machine are available on the Quick Start page.

Links

Balsa alpha-1

Based on: Xubuntu 9.04 (jaunty)

Release Dates

  • compressed img files: 01-Sep-2011
  • original tbz2: 10-Aug-2010

Filename(s)

  • balsa-0.6-jaunty-alpha-1-4gb.img.7z
  • balsa-0.6-jaunty-alpha-1-8gb.img.7z
  • balsa-0.6-jaunty.tbz2

Notes

This release works on an OLPC XO-computer. The released .7z files are compressed with 7-Zip and are image files for the Balsa device. Instructions for installing it on a machine are available on the XO release page.

The released .tbz2 is the balsa image as a tarball. The tarball needs an SD card with a partition named BalsaRoot that is formatted with a Linux ext3 file system (Use one of the .7z files; they’re easier).

Links

  • For a 4 gigabyte SD card (7z | 664.5 MB | MD5: 66bb3b5484d96ade775aa5bdae307ea8)
  • For a 4 gigabyte SD card (7z | 664.0 MB | MD5: 23f1493dda948a427197d8302f829c5e)
  • For a tarball (TBZ2 | 860.8 MB | MD5: d5e2a3f8aec722cb4304983b1589d151)

Balsa XO pre-alpha

Based on: Xubuntu 8.10 (intrepid)

Release Date

21-Jul-2011

Filename

xo-balsa-0.5.tbz2

The released file (TBZ2 | 658.0 MB) is a bzipped tarball for an SD card with an ext3 partition.


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