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New SpaceFM Net Installer, Changes To Distribution Sites

SpaceFM’s release methods are being streamlined, which affects where source packages may be downloaded from, what packages will be available, and the contents of assorted documentation and websites. Also, SpaceFM has a new interactive net installer which can download and install any version or branch of SpaceFM with a single command.

To use the new net installer (beta test), see the updated homepage instructions. This installer replaces the old self-extracting installer and self-building packages, which are no longer being produced after version 1.0.3.

IgnorantGuru’s PPA will no longer include spacefm or udevil packages (they will be removed shortly). If the official Debian packages don’t work for you or you want custom build options, the new net installer is recommended, or see the SpaceFM Debian Wiki for other options (if you find other solutions, feel free to add them to the wiki).

Sourceforge will no longer host copies of SpaceFM’s source archives, as Sourceforge is under new ownership and there have been some questionable malware practices with other projects. Plus, those files are no longer being created. However, SpaceFM’s forum will still be hosted on Sourceforge for now.

The new location for downloading source archives is Github Releases. Signed source archives and other packages are no longer being created. (If you want to check a GPG signature, see the new README.)

The README file has been rewritten, and contains some new sections, including on how to use git to get SpaceFM.

That’s a summary of the changes underway, and udevil will be seeing similar changes in a bit. For more details on the above changes, or to participate in testing, please see Issue #571.

Why? This project is several years old, and is suffering from a bit of sprawl in terms of sites managed, packages created, etc. In order to spend less time on overhead like that, the release process is being streamlined, and most of the work is now being done within git. This is also more feasible now that SpaceFM and udevil are more widely known and are available in most distros’ repos, meaning they can pick up the packaging work and I can focus on development.

August 29, 2015 - Posted by | Software | , , ,


  1. Gentoo users have little to worry about; as maintainer I’ll be sure to keep an eye on things and make sure spacefm and udevil are supported. Thanks for the heads-up, IG! I’ll try to get things updated to the new URLs with the new release(s).

    Comment by sporkbox | August 30, 2015

    • Thanks sporkbox. Last night it occurred to me that I should have made the announcement of the URL change then waited a week or two before moving the files, for packagers to adapt the current build scripts like Gentoo (I know hasufell used SF). But you know how it is, I was trying to get it all done so I could move on to other things. At any rate, it’s just a URL change. Just note that all files have been moved out of Sourceforge already, even for 1.0.3. However the pkg branch on Github will remain until 1.0.4 is released. So I recommend moving directly to the Releases URLs (those links redirect jfyi), or git clone.

      Comment by IgnorantGuru | August 30, 2015

  2. “new” sourceforge owners? Dice Holdings Inc. bought sf+slashdot_freecode back in 2012

    and although I recently read that DHI intends to selloff… I can’t find any news of another (recent) “new” owner

    Comment by gh | August 30, 2015

    • I was referring to the 2012 purchase.

      Comment by IgnorantGuru | August 31, 2015

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