--Helping to build dreams for education in 96 countries, Escuelas Linux is back!
There is an adage that says: “not everything old is bad, and not everything new is good”.
This is certainly true in the software world which sometimes, in a rush to offer new features, often includes undesirable bugs that could cause serious issues.
With this adage in mind, this is the first Escuelas Linux release that includes new software, as well as reintroduces old software, in some sort of regression because it turned out that the old one was better, at least in our experiences.
Let’s begin with the return to older software
1. LiveCode was downgraded from 8.1.2 to 7.1.4.
We were very excited by the new features of LiveCode 8.x. Nevertheless, in 8.x an issue has crippled the Linux edition: the Player Object. First, LiveCode was not even able to open the Player Properties Inspector, and later, it was not functioning properly. As LiveCode 8.x at this time is not able to use its multimedia Player tool in an easy and proper way, it is not useful for our educational purposes, at least as shown its uses in our YouTube channel. So, we decided to go back to the 7.1.4 version until these issues are solved in future releases.
2. Rosa Media Player is out, SMPlayer is back.
We were very excited to put Rosa Media Player as our default mplayer frontend. Nevertheless, some users reported that in certain computers it is not able to reproduce some video files, but it is able to reproduce those very same video files in other ones. We were able to confirm this issue, so we decided to go back to our previous and reliable mplayer frontend, SMPlayer.
3. We included the most recent release of Firefox to date (53), but we now also include Firefox ESR.
In its most recent version Firefox decided to disable NPAPI plugins, which means, among other things, that Java content is not going to be displayed anymore.
We are aware that in a lot of countries Java-based educational content has been created during a lot of years, so this change would render that content unusable. For this reason, we now also include another Firefox, the Extended Support Release (ESR), for our users that still need to use legacy Java-based apps. Firefox ESR can be opened in menu → Applications → Internet. If using the File Manager to open contents in your hard disk, alternate/right click in some html wrapper and choose the ESR version to open it.
Now, let’s see what’s new in Escuelas Linux 5.3
OnlyOffice Desktop Editor 4.3
This update in the 64 bit edition brings a lot of exciting features, such as the ability to insert and edit footnotes, to use paste special and more. Read more about this release in http://www.onlyoffic...paste-and-more/
Remember that in Escuelas Linux if you need to type accented characters in this app, you can use our special preconfigured keyboard map, which lets you to type accented vocal characters with the use of the Windows key (Windows + a = á, Windows + e = é... Windows + n = ñ, Windows + ? = ¿)
The second update to its 5.3 series incorporates 50 patches, with a big number of fixes related to RTF and DOCX documents. You can read more about it in https://blog.documen...reoffice-5-3-2/
Google Chrome 58 for 64 bits, Chromium browser 57 for 32 bits
Read what’s new in https://www.bleeping...-mac-and-linux/
This release of the Vivaldi brings a super charged browsing history feature. Read more about it in http://www.omgubuntu...r-history-stats
Linux Kernel 4.10.12
In 64 bits systems, you can easily update to the latest Linux kernel to date, by merely running the 'instala' script located in debs/other/kernel 4.10.12.
And, as usual, Adobe Flash plugin is updated to its latest release, as well as Geogebra, now in its 5.0.352 version.
Kompozer was not included in the 32 bit edition, and in the 64 bit Spanish edition the app ran in English language. Both issues are fixed.
When running our flagship apps (RestoreUser or ForceUser) after a long time, that caused Firefox to display a message about a need to reset it, as if it was not used. Issue fixed.
In the Spanish edition TuxRacer ran in English language. Now it runs in that edition in Spanish language.
Was not possible to open wxMaxima files from the file manager. Bug fixed.
Some minor corrections in our Install Manual.
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