Chakra Archimedes Updates

Chakra is a desktop Linux distribution forked from Arch Linux. It is a “pure” KDE-based distribution, with a facility to run GTK applications through a Bundle System. The latest edition is Chakra Archimedes, and being a semi-rolling or half-rolling release distribution, Chakra does not need to be reinstalled when new updates become available.

(Chakra) Archimedes was first released in February (2012), with KDE 4.8.0. A new ISO update came in April, with KDE 4.8.2.

Unlike other Linux distributions that feature a graphical package manager, Chakra’s tend to have issues handling major updates, so a decision was made not to ship a graphical package in the April ISO image. Which meant that installing and updating applications (and the system) on a default installation of Chakra Archimedes 2012.04, which was reviewed here, could only be accomplished from the command line.

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I have not run Chakra for more than a few months at a time on real hardware, but I have a long-running installation in a virtual environment that I keep updated. Updating a Chakra installation is a very easy task, once you know what command to issue, but installing an individual application entails, of course, knowing the name of the application or how to search for it using the package manager, pacman.

With a new update pushed to the Stable repository and publicly announced yesterday, here is an opportunity to show on this site how easy it is to update Chakra from the command line. The new update comes with KDE 4.8.3 and other application and system updates. So, here is how updating the system unfolded.

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This screen shot shows what happened after I issued pacman -Syu, the system update command.
Chakra Archimedes Updates

The system failed to “lock database” probably because I had aborted the installation of an application shortly before issuing the pacman -Syu command. After removing the recommended file and reissuing pacman -Syu, the update proceeded and completed successfully. Now the system is running KDE 4.8.3, up from KDE 4.8.2.

That is how easy it is to update a running installation of Chakra. Even when a new ISO image is released, that is all that is required to update the system. No need downloading the ISO image, burning it to a DVD and updating from the DVD. That is what a rolling-release distribution brings to the table.

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8 Responses

  1. Thank you for the only honest review of Chakra I read so far. It pretends to be Century-21, but CLI is so last century.

  2. “which earns Chakra Archimedes-2012.04 the dubious distinction of being the only desktop distribution that shipped without a graphical package manager installed.” Say what? I don’t see a graphical manager on my Arch (which Chakra was originally based but has since moved away) box’s. There is too much misinformation about the GNU/Linux world.

    1. That should have been written “which earns Chakra Archimedes-2012.04 the dubious distinction of being the only desktop distribution reviewed on this website (or that I am aware of) that shipped without a graphical package manager installed.”

      But are you really proud that your “Arch box’s (sic)” do not have a graphical package manager?

      1. I see, thanks for the clarification. As long as we’re being candid they do make a GUI frontend for (arch) pacman it’s just not installed by default (or much of anything else). The Chakra pacman frontend was removed due to problems maybe Akabei (Chakra’s upcoming PM) will hopefully increase the distro’s appeal to you.

        LOL! I’m always proud using Arch Linux. Perhaps honored is the more appropriate word.

  3. Chakra should not be released until the installer Tribe is stable or at least on Beta Phase, because Tribe crashes during the disk partitioning phase and that is very annoying and also a pain in the neck.

  4. Thanks for taking the time for this very accurate review. Chakra keeps offering new ISO’s, about every 6-8 weeks, because of the rolling release nature of the distro. Any new user installing a version older then that, will run in some difficulties doing the first system update ( with any rolling release, it is recommended to update about every 1-2 weeks). This release was no exception to that, it was needed for new users to be step into the release cycle easily.
    But as noted, for this release, for many it will look like a major regression, no GUI for package-management. Pacman was never designed for a GUI, and any graphical package manager Chakra has used over the years, has had major flows. That is one of the reason for developing a new package manager, which is nearing it’s first alpha release. Until that new package manager is fully functional and stable, there will be no GUI for package management in Chakra, certainly not in the next release, some 6-8 weeks from now.

  5. I’m glad to see that people keep making different distributions of Linux, sometimes the big players really go awry, like with gnome 3. My biggest thing though is making sure I have a distribution which is compatible with the big gaming sites like dotdeb.com

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