MakuluLinux Cinnamon Debian Edition is MakuluLinux based on Debian with the Cinnamon desktop. Makululinux ( Pronounced “Ma-Cool-Loo” ) Means “big Chief” in the Zulu Language is Debian Based, running on a PAE Kernel, provides a Sleek, Smooth and Stable user experience that is able to run on any computer from old to new, from netbooks to notebooks, desktops to server stations.
MakuluLinux is Proud to Offer its Very first x64 Edition. This release is special for so many reasons, It is sure to mark a major milestone, not just for Makulu, but considering what is inside, the whole of the linux world. Never before has linux offered such options as we do in this release, and what is more, we made it so damn easy to use. Fast, polished, stable, beautiful, functional, these are the qualities this edition offers. But wait there is a few nice little surprises inside, read the release notes for more info:
Probably the biggest news since the birth of Debian itself, Makulu ow offers a Built in constructor tool, this tool lets you quickly and easily create a 100% snapshot of your LIVE system as it is, save it into a ISO that can be then re-installed on a new computer. It comes complete with a livemode, installer and full EFI/Secure boot. In fact, this release was compiled with the same constructor tool, which is evidence of how powerful it is. Make any changes to your dekstop, doesnt matter how big or small, then hit the construct button and let the constructor go to work. when its done out pops a bootable EFI ready ISO. its all automated with almost no interaction required from the user. This ISO can be put onto a DVD or usb and installed on any other computer. You can now customize your system to your hearts desire and them make a Complete install-able backup to either store somewhere safely, or to install on a chain of computers, It has NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER been this easy to compile Debian before, with just one click of a button ! and it is Completely FREE !
There is a stand-alone version of the constructor available as well for distro builders, see the makululinux website for more details.
I have created a new shell themes to compliment the GTK3 themes included in Makulu Cinnamon, this includes smooth rounded edges, shadows, thin border effects and some light transparency. There is now 8 standard themes included in Makulu Cinnamon x64, White, Dark, Grey, Darkgreen, Green, Wine, Blue, Orange.
The users can now switch to different themes easily, or mix and match the themes to make even more bizarre combinations. Each theme has been carefully designed to have its own unique look and feel. By default the Dark theme is activated, but users can easily switch to the lighter grey theme, or any of the other themes. PLEASE remember to set your theme in 4 different places to match : shell theme, controls theme, border theme and login theme.
Makulu Cinnamon edition sports some beautiful wallpapers, I have updated the selection to include some new fresh colorful options . Makulu Makes use of variety wallpaper changer to change the wallpaper, if you prefer to manually control your wallpaper, you will need to disable Variety.
All software in this release has been updated to latest versions, We have a few new additions to the default software selection as well. Minitube, Radiotray, Vokoscreen makes a comeback …
Streaming in MakuluLinux
Netflix & Popcorm Time are Both now fully supported in This edition. Users can easily install popcorntime straight from the software manager or synaptic manager with one click of a button, no other configuration is needed, its never been so easy to run popcorn time on debian before… Netflix is now fully integrated and functional on google chrome, it also sports some nice onscreen navigation buttons and even works in unsupported countries ! So truely streaming is something makulu users can now enjoy with ease …
Safety and Security
MakuluLinux Cinnamon x64 Edition now also sports a built in firewall to keep your system secure at all times as well as a built in Anti Virus to keep your system safe at all times. You can now use the system with feeling at ease that your safety is our priority.
Included is a LightDM manager that can be used to customize all login options.
Makulu Cinnamon offers wine out of the box, compatible with both 64bit and 32bit applications. Users can now simply run windows software out of the box simply by double clicking exe or msi files …
Makulu comes preloaded with both Steam and PlayonLinux, Compatible with both 64 and 32bit applications,users can simply fire up steam and start playing or manually install their games using PlayonLinux, its never been easier to game on Linux …
Applets, Desklets and Extensions
Cinnamon has a nice rich collection of Applets, Desklets and Extensions that can be easily installed to add functionality and simplicity to the OS.
HOWEVER : I advise great caution when using any of these, It seems the mint database has no “version detection” function and can cause instability with the OS when the plugin is very out of date. I have spent quite a few nights repairing damage caused by these plugins. I have included plugins in the distro that i have tested myself and confirmed is working. I advise caution when adding plugins from online, please check the date of the plugin before adding it. If you do happen to add a faulty plugin that causes havoc on your system you can always remove the cinnamon directory under /.local/cinnamon which will delete the plugin and restore system stability.
Dual Menu Support
As always has been the custom and Cinnamon is no different, this release offers dual menu’s at each end of the bottom panel, on the left you have a traditional custom styled menu that shares a lot of similarities with the almost Mint/Accessible look between cinnamon & Mate, this menu is HIGHLY customizable, on the right you have Synapse launcher, this allows you to quickly access files, folders or menu items, the two launchers really work well together and compliment each other. The synapse menu now changes theme with the GTK3 themes on the system, so as you change the system themes you will see synapse do the same.
Cinnamon Settings Center
Various additional shortcuts have been added to the settings panel to centralize settings and make it easier for user to locate various options right at his finger tips. From managing your Antivirus/firewall, to managing your login screen, you will find many new icons and shortcuts to compliment a nice full settings panel.
EFI / Secure Boot
MakuluLinux x64 is now compatible with EFI and Secure boot computers, However, that does not mean it will work on 100% of systems. Majority of testers reported no problems with EFI, but we did have one guy that just could not get it to work on his system with efi enabled no matter what. If you are one of the very unlucky few, you can still disable EFI and install this edition, it is both EFI and non EFI compatible. If you are having EFI problems, try turning secure boot off. it is however HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you leave secure boot turned off !
New Grub Screen, New Icons
Makulu has somewhat of a new look. Implementing a new Grub screen and new start Menu icons, as well as a new installer Icon, Constructor icon and login screen, now standardizes the look across the board.
Although this edition boots perfectly fine in Virtualbox with EFI enabled, I do NOT recommend installing in virtualbox with EFI enabled, keep EFI switched off if installing to virtualbox, Virtualbox EFI is experimental and does not always work 100%.
This is a great edition, with plenty under the hood, it is like the 32bit edition, but on SPEED, with such nice new extra’s, this edition just got so much greater. Users have been bugging me for 64bit and EFI for the better part of a year. And i have been reluctant to give it because of all the complications and long hours i knew i would have to put in. But once again I rose to the challenge, not only did i rise to the challenge, But i actually implemented a Constructor tool that will also allow the user to create his own working EFI linux distro, in essence I am now not just creating distro’s anymore, but now give birth to a whole new range of creators. I have spent many, many hours making all this happen, and what is more, MakuluLinux surfaces in Complete Style once again. This Cinnamon Edition is currently unmatched by any opposition, at only 1.3GB, the sheer amount of software and features and beauty that has gone into this Edition is unmatched by ANY Cinnamon Edition anywhere, that is how Powerful Makulu Constructor is, I really hope you guys have fun with this.