Our latest refresh ISO, Cassini Nova R3, released in September was supposed to be the last one under the Cassini codename family.

Before I go on, yes we are Arch-based, and therefore we are a rolling release distro, so besides upstream changes like the Linux kernel and systemd versions, it shouldn’t matter which name an ISO has, you might think.

Well, that is true for the major part of our releases. But with every major release, we do introduce improvements and new features to improve the installation process and I do repeat it again, our releases affect the installation process, not running systems, they roll on with the regular Arch/AUR updates.

Upstream bug issues

Back on-topic, we were about to release Galileo a couple of weeks ago but then came Linux kernel 6.5 and it came with some major bugs that prevented us from launching Galileo. Our testing ISOs shipped with any version of kernel 6.5 weren’t able to boot on hardware with certain specs and also on certain virtual machine configurations. Another Cassini Nova version isn’t possible either because of the same issue. We did consider for a second launching Galileo with the LTS kernel but that will be an issue for newer hardware. Since our team is pretty small and none of us are able to fix or work around this mainstream issue, we simply have to wait for an upstream fix.

You can read more on the bug over here.

Less is more

Since 2019 we have added features to our installer and mainly in our DE and WM options. In December 2021 we proudly introduced the community editions. Those editions were mainly WM configurations developed and maintained by community members.

As we all know, community members come and go and this goes also for the maintainers of our community editions. Unfortunately, in our case, members left but nobody came to pick up the work for the community editions, leaving the maintenance to our developers’ team. As I mentioned earlier, our team is small, and the amount of work in keeping the community editions up and running became more of a burden in addition to the regular development tasks.

So, we had to make the decision to let the community editions go. Galileo will be the first release without the options Sway, Qtile, Openbox, BSPWM, and our WM-exclusive Worm in the installer. It still is possible to install them after install on a running system.

The options for Galileo will be Budgie, Cinnamon, Gnome, i3, LXDE, LXQT, Mate, Plasma, and Xfce. We are, almost, going back to our roots in a way.

This may sound like a major step back, but sometimes you have to let things go to go forward and this is certainly the case for this decision. We still love bringing you releases and chatting with the community and in order to keep the project alive this slimdown was necessary.

Goodbye Xfce, hello Plasma

From the start, we shipped our ISOs with a slightly customized Xfce live environment and offline install option. Now, more than four years down the line, it is getting harder for us to keep the customized Xfce live environment maintained against the progress made in the Calamares installer. This is why we are saying goodbye to Xfce and switching to Plasma from Galileo and forward. KDE Plasma offers a more native development experience for the team and therefore it is easier to maintain.

This is the main and only reason for this switch and keep in mind, we are only talking about the live environment and the offline installation option. Every user is free to choose the DE or WM the installer offers. And for those who prefer the offline install option, Plasma can run on most older machines up to ten to twelve years down the line. Plasma isn’t the high-resource environment as it used to be.

As you have read, we are more than eager to release Galileo and we absolutely will the moment all the lights are green.

To stay in our space theme, the launch is delayed due to unfortunate external conditions…

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Jose · October 10, 2023 at 6:48 pm

The main thing for me is that there is support for good old X.org.

    Bryanpwo · October 10, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    That depends on the DE you choose for now it is only Gnome who is planning to stop supporting it.

      A temp m · October 10, 2023 at 9:45 pm

      Both KDE and GNOME will drop X support, KDE will drop in the upcoming 6 release

      And GNOME will be disabling in Fedora 40


        fenglengshun · October 11, 2023 at 9:27 am

        AFAIK KDE doesn’t have any concrete plans yet – Fedora has proposal to drop GNOME and KDE Wayland from defaults.

        As far as upstream, only GNOME has plans, and both Issue 98 and MR 99 are still in discussion — there’s some proposal to make it be a build option instead, and from what I saw, it isn’t planned to be finalized for any immediate GNOME release.

        I haven’t heard anything concrete on KDE, other than that they want to make Plasma 6 Wayland by default

        X · October 20, 2023 at 7:52 pm

        Only Fedora will be removing X11 for both GNOME and KDE, the upstream projects still support X11 for now but it is clear both of them will be removing it sooner rather than later.

SGAfonso · October 10, 2023 at 8:28 pm

Great to hear! Appreciate you guys <3

A temp m · October 10, 2023 at 9:44 pm

Both KDE and GNOME will drop X support, KDE will drop in the upcoming 6 release

And GNOME there is a discussion about dropping support in the next release KDE 6 while gnome will disabling in Fedora 40


    Bryanpwo · October 10, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Fedora will drop X11 for Plasma 6, but KDE will release Plasma 6 with Wayland by default, but it still will be possible to use X11.

Matze · October 11, 2023 at 1:20 pm

I am looking forward to the Galileo release. And since I’m using KDE Plasma as my desktop interface, I’m very excited about the offline installation. If you may ask this question, there is an approximate release date???

Thank you for your great project.

    Bryanpwo · October 11, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    At the moment we have no idea.

Shivam · October 12, 2023 at 3:07 pm

Wow this is great news.
Thanks for the great work you guys have put out there.

Cameron Bosch · October 14, 2023 at 12:55 am

I can understand dropping the community editions due to a lack of maintenance. Heck, I don’t think Worm is in active development more.

Also, I am glad to see KDE Plasma getting more attention! It truly is a very nice DE for those who want the ultimate experience in terms of customization but still want new things like Wayland support. After the GNOME developers keep gatekeeping a lot of stupid things like accent colors and bickering over things that should be in the DE but aren’t, KDE shows them how communities can come together to make FOSS better.

Finally, I do have two questions: First, why is LXDE still on the online installer? AFAIK, it isn’t in active development as LXQt is its successor. Wouldn’t it save some time and effort to just remove it from the installer (considering it can be installed from the arch repos anyway after installation)? Second, why can’t Sway or Hyprland get some love from you guys? If you need help, I am more than willing to help with supporting them (and this is coming from somebody who uses EndeavourOS on pretty much every system they use). And besides, like I said before, why not remove LXDE in favor of Hyprland or Sway, given Wayland is moving along (in some cases it’s limping along, but XOrg isn’t really being developed anymore, so more tiling Wayland compositors, the better imo)?

    Bryanpwo · October 14, 2023 at 8:50 am

    LXDE is there for ARM, the Raspberry Pi foundation even uses and develops it for their OS. As for your offer, just get in touch with the dev. team on GitHub, the link is underneath this page or in the nav. menu above. I’m looking forward to see your work.

      Cameron Bosch · October 15, 2023 at 1:15 am

      Ah, thanks for the clarification on LXDE. Given Arch Linux upstream no longer has archinstall for LXDE, I was a bit confused. Again, thanks for the clarification.

      And yes, once I get my Framework Laptop 16, I can really start working on helping out out need be. Thanks for the response!

José Benaque · October 24, 2023 at 12:15 am

Perfect!!! Nice news!

Manuel K. · October 25, 2023 at 10:00 am

I hope that Galileo will come soon. I plan to switch from Manjaro to you but cannot use the current iso because it does not boot on my new AMD card.

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