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Element 1.1 Release Announcment and Notes

We are pleased to announce the release of Element 1.1,
which is available immediately for free download!

This is the first service pack for the Element 1 series Linux based operating system, it includes several requested features, general package upgrades, upstream bug fixes, and visual enhancements to our themes.

Notable additions in this release include:

– Element Glassy default theme is a little quicker now and uses less pixmaps, it also includes new scrollbars.

– Jockey-Gtk ‘Hardware Drivers’ Utility has replaced EnvyNG as the default means for managing proprietary video and device drivers.

– Over-scanning on Nvidia cards is much easier now and only requires you to enable the drivers using the Hardware Driver utility since the 185,190, and 195 modaliases packages are loaded by default.

– Gigolo Remote File System Browser has been added by request for network file sharing.

– A contributor repository for specialized Element software ports has been added to the sources list. Only includes a few packages now but will be expanded over the next several weeks.

– LIRC remote modules and setup manager is now available for easy install in the Addons/Extras.

Element 1.1 is built atop Ubuntu (Xubuntu) 9.10 and is thus binary compatible.

Version #s of most important packages:
linux 2.6.31, glibc 2.10.1, gcc 4.4.1, python 2.6.4, pidgin 2.6.5, gtk+ 2.18.3,  xfce 4.6.1, xbmc 9.11, firefox 3.5.8, transmission 1.83, decibel-audio-player 1.01, vlc 1.0.2, brasero 2.28.2, element-app-finder 1.0

To login to the Live CD use the username ‘element’ and just hit enter when prompted for password.


To install Element access your Home Folder by clicking the folder icon on your central launcher bar, then click the Install Element icon. After installation you may delete this launcher from your Home Folder.

On your first boot we recommend visiting the Addons/Extras section of our site and installing any needed addons that you may require, such as LIRC or Boxee.

Element only supports the English language, other language settings will cause problems. You’ve been warned.

For the optimal interface use a 1280×720 resolution on a direct rendering capable video card with HDMI inputs. All newer ATI, Intel, and Nvidia Cards with HDMI support direct rendering and recommended resolutions.

Be sure to update your package lists in Synaptic or run ’sudo apt-get update’ before using the Hardware Driver installer to make sure you are getting the latest versions of the available drivers.

That’s all for now, we hope you enjoy this release and remember to Follow Us on Twitter or Join our Facebook page if you want to stay updated on everything involving Element.

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