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Hamara Sugam Beta Release
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Greetings everyone, on the 9th of June we presented to you, the Alpha release of Hamara Sugam 2.0 .
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  Now we are excited to present to you the Beta Release of Hamara Sugam.
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Hamara Sugam is the lighter version of Hamara Linux targeted at computers with low computing resoursces. It utilises the [MATE](http://mate-desktop.org/) desktop Environment which works great on systems which are low on computing resoursces. It is also simple to understand and use for people with any level of expertise with computers from newbies to pro users alike.
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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 at the end of this blog post. The most notable of these changes are as follows:
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### Moving towards Calamares installer for installation of Hamara Sugam.
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  We realised 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.
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This led us to consider alternate installers. We [tried](https://wiki.hamaralinux.org/wiki/index.php/Porting_Ubiquity) 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`](https://calamares.io). The Distribution independent Installer. And we integrated it with Hamara Sugam.
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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.
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### Changes to the theme of Hamara Sugam
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We migrated to the [Materia](https://github.com/nana-4/materia-theme) theme for the Hamara Sugam Desktop. Previously we were using [Paper](https://www.snwh.org/paper) theme. We identified issues in GTK 2 environments when using Paper and found that Materia gave a more accurate Material Design experience. The UI them is 
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### Generic Names for Applications

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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 `Terminal` or `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 posible.
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### Update to Kernel 4.12
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Although our immediate upstream Debian is using the Linux Kernel version 4.9 we would be using the recent Kernel version 4.12 instead.



### Detailed changelog
Apart from notable changes listed above the detailed changelog is below for the worked issues.


- [Top Panel Icons need to match font size and weight](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=300)
- [Installer does not obey desktop theme](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=342)
- [Change hamara sugam theme to materia-theme](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=372)
- [Update default wallpapers and include new wallpapers in package](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=329)
- [Change default syslinux resolution to more high resolution](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=351)
- [Make syslinux UI menu similar to GRUB](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=357)
- [New plymouth boot splash for hamara sugam](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=302)
- [Update debian installer to latest upstream release](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=315)
- [Design new pop-up window for Login screen](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=317)
- [Use latest hamara artwork  in debian installer](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=318)
- [No Settings for touchpad](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=326)
- [Package lightdm-webkit-greeter-hamara](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=331)
- [Create hamara-live package for live mode changes](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=361)
- [New login screen for hamara sugam](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=301)
- [New wallpapers for hamara sugam](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=314)
- [New color schemes for hamara sugam](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=319)
- [Should have Hamara brand book based on new design](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=323)
- [Have a nice customized looking terminal prompt](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=339)
- [Grub2 theme for hamara sugam](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=282)
- [Debian Installer leaves the sources.list file empty when installation is done offline.](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=333)
- [update bootloader config of GRUB in live-build](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=322)
- [Only include one terminal application with sugam](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=335)
- [Remove the meta packages and include the pacakges in live-build lists instead.](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=338)
- [Installer does not use hamara base font (source sans pro)](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=341)
- [Hamara Logo in Installer seems big and does not maintain aspect ratio](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=343)
- [Hamara Logo in syslinux menu does not match 2.0 brand guide](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=344)
- [Should have mate menu icon for different Indian languages](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=269)
- [What to do about the state of uefi and secure boot](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=321)
- [Booting in Full screens by default in virtual machine softwares](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=340)
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- [Rename applications to have more generic names](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=345)


### 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](https://bugs.hamaralinux.org/) . Alternatively you can send a mail on [Hamara User mailing list](https://lists.hamaralinux.org/listinfo/hamara-users) or ask it on our [Forums](https://forum.hamaralinux.org/)

### Getting involved and contributing to the project

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Come over, join hands in shaping up Hamara Linux. Take a look at the [contribute page](https://www.hamaralinux.org/contribute/) or ask on our [mailing lists](https://lists.hamaralinux.org/listinfo)
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