Greetings everyone, on the 9th of June we presented to you, the Alpha release of Hamara Sugam 2.0 . Now we are excited to present to you the Beta Release of Hamara Sugam. Hamara Sugam is the lighter version of Hamara Linux targeted at computers with low computing resources. It utilizes the MATE desktop Environment which works great on systems which are low on computing resources. It is also simple to understand and use for people with any level of expertise with computers from newbies to pro users alike.
The detailed changes and bugs which were resolved during migration of Hamara Sugam from Alpha to Beta stage can be seen in the detailed changelog in the Release Notes Document. The most notable of these changes are as follows:
Moving towards Calamares installer for installation of Hamara Sugam.
We realized that Debian installer is a great installer with detailed options for installation of an operating system. At the same time Debian installer is sometimes confusing for newbies who are trying to do installations. Many times even for those with some experience. This led us to consider alternate installers. We tried to port the most famous of them all Ubiquity. But after a lot of tries with it we abandoned the effort on Ubiquity,due to many technical reasons. That is when we discovered
Calamares. The Distribution independent Installer. And we integrated it with Hamara Sugam.
Calamares is an easy to use installer providing the options suitable for newbies as well as for people who want to do fine grained configurations while installing the operating system on there machine.
Changes to the theme of Hamara Sugam
We migrated to the Materia theme for the Hamara Sugam Desktop. Previously we were using Paper theme. We identified issues in GTK 2 environments when using Paper and found that Materia gave a more fluid and slick Material Design experience. Although our GTK theme has now shifted to Materia, we are still using Paper as our default icon theme.
Generic Names for Applications
We decided that Applications should have a generic name, based on there purpose. With this opinion, we renamed a few applications. So
MATE terminal becomes just
MATE color chooser becomes just
Color chooser and like wise. All this naming has been done to make sure the application names should be generic wherever possible.
Update to Linux Kernel 4.12
Although our immediate upstream Debian is using the Linux Kernel version 4.9 we would be using the recent Linux Kernel version 4.12 instead.
Release notes for the current release can be seen here
Take a preview of Hamara Sugam 2.0 with the screenshot gallery
Downloading the Hamara Sugam 2.0 Beta ISO
The ISO images for installation of Hamara Sugam can always be obtained from https://www.hamaralinux.org/download/
Reporting problems and Seeking support
If you face issues with Installation or while performing tasks on Hamara Sugam, you should report your problems on Hamara bug tracker . Alternatively you can send a mail on Hamara User mailing list or ask it on our Forums