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Found cause…

Thunderbird and Firepup use similar libraries but they access them from different places. Firepup overwrites a dependency simlink to mozilla therefore causing issues. Thunderbird is looking for those dependencies simlinked to mozilla but can’t find the associated links – however there isn’t a dependency error which is strange. Somewhere in the bin scripts is the work around which I haven’t worked out yet, but there maybe a simpler solution….I have both Firepup and Thunderbird 2.0.0.4 working together, so maybe the newer versions of Thunderbird are making life miserable.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2010 in TLC CE Linux

 

Issues!!

Bah n humbug! Issues with Thunderbird. Segmentation fault in the bash script. Don’t know why as this hasn’t happened before. Tried 2.0.0.16, 2.0.0.19 and revert to 2.0.0.4. May need to test with a fresh install – which I need to do anyway as the installation has installed potential dependency conflict. Oh well back to the frawing board.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2010 in TLC CE Linux

 

Power outage

G’day,

with power outages comes certain degrees of difficulty.  For one thing no Linux Distribution has the Windows equivalent of restore to last sucessful start-up function.  But Puppy also has a limited Xserver restore facility which needs modification to allow for Xwin startup.  However, the current setup requires the user to reboot once # comes up and booting halts.  For a non-user this would be an annoying outcome.

The problem comes from the file /etc/.XLOADED which is a saftey protocol which avoids boot-crash loops.  With my limited experience I had to experiment with deleting .XLOADED – using the scripts from here.  I knwo that this works with Puppy Series 2 but unsure about it working with Series 3.  It doesn’t – it still halts and goes to #.  So I decided to see if only the deletion script could be used earlier in the booting process – this being in rc.sysinit and rc.local0.  But the results were increasingly catastrophic for every modification.  I will be trying to alter the current script so instead of exit it will reboot with the message “It seems there was a problem with ShutDown – so to restore your computer will reboot in 5 seconds.”

We’ll soon see what the outcome is.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in TLC CE Linux

 

additional packages part 1

Clarification: this CE OS is based on Fat-Free Puppy-301 xorg – a 63mb Puplet – see Puppy Linux Forums here. The total size of the CE is expected to be less than 700mbs. How is this possible to work on older hardware as Puppy installs into RAM? I have modified the initrd.gz to allow the command pfix=noram – will load into a temporary ramdisk file – see Puppy Linux Forum here.

Installed Packages:

  • abiword-2.6.2 – Word Processor with dictionary
  • EZpup-3.0 – installation of IceWM packaged by Mark Ulrich
  • Icepak – additional IceWM themes
  • Skype-2.0.0.72 – VOIP client
  • tcltk8.5.3 – cross platform prgramming language
  • amsn-0.97.2 – messenger client
  • conky-1.4.8 – Desktop System Monitor
  • gslapt-4.0 – Slackware Package Installer
  • GtkBasic-Screensaver
  • GtkBasic-Screensaver-Xscreensaver-modules
  • Magnifier-3.3
  • Muppywebcam-Puppy301
  • Puppy3-Software-Installer – non-official Package Manager
  • unrpm-undeb-rpm2targz-dir2sfs – file and package utility
  • wbar-1.3.3 – Desktop Programme Launcher
  • imlib2 – libs for feh
  • libgiblib.so.1.tar.bz2 – lib for feh
  • feh-1.3.4-i486i – multi-moded image-view command package
  • avastworkstation-1.0.8 – proprietory (non- GPL) virus Scanner

Brief test indicates all the above programmes work.

Where feasible I will announce the package creator – for specific references search for the exact package name on the Puppy Forums.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in TLC CE Linux

 

So far….

From PetGet

  • axel-1.0a – download accelerator
  • cdrdao-1.2.1 – cd recording script for k3b
  • gxine-0.5.11 – media player
  • seamonkey-libs-tiny-1.1.2 – libs for gxine
  • transmission-gtk-0.6.1-r1518 – bittorrent client
  • xine_extra_codecs_1 – proprietory media codecs for audio and video
  • xine-lib-1.1.7 – libs for gxine
  • xorg_DRI_MODULES-7.2 – Direct rendering Xserver
  • xorg_OPENGL-7.2 – Xserver client
  • Sane-1.0.18 – scanner utility
  • xsane-0.994 – gui for sane
  • scribus-1.2.11 – Desktop Publishing
  • bubbles-1.0.2a – Game
  • xgalaga-2.0.34 – Game
  • gimp-2.2.15 – image manipulation programme
  • qt-3.3.8 – c++ graphic interface

It may be of some note that programmes are not the latest release – latest release don’t give significant improvements and/or latest release requires more system resources.

Cheers

Martin

Addendum: need to include cups-1.1.23-1 – printer setup interface and Homebank-4.0.2-i386.

Other PetGet packages for other series will be noted.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in TLC CE Linux

 

Specs

This project will primarily focus on older hardware – PII 200Mhz 128mbs RAM. This will open up extra repositories of old hardware that people are not using any more. Other projects will focus on other needs and Hardware….

This is to based upon an existing distro – Fat-Free Puppy 3.01 Xorg.

Why this version?

1. It has very good older hardware support. Kernel 2.6.21 is still compatibile with many older hardware components.

2. It straddles the compatibility line between series 2 and series 4 – being able to use most of series 2 Pet Packages and many series 4 Pet Packages.

3. It has the Slackware 12.0 binaries included.

4. Speed has not been significantly affected due to increased hardware support (as in series 4)

5. I use this version as my main distribution so I have experience using it – it is very stable, fast and usable.

The Focus of this puplet is to cater for 90% (maybe even higher) of the computer using population’s expectation of what they use a computer for. That being:

  1. Safe Internet Access
    1. Access to all sites
    2. Simple Downloads via a number of mediums
  2. Email (communication)
    1. Messenger and VOIP
  3. Word Processing + Printing
  4. Multimedia
    1. Listening to Music
      1. Audio Files
      2. CDs
      3. Streaming
    2. Ripping and Burning CDs
    3. Video – Streaming or DVD
    4. Ripping and Burning
  5. Games
  6. Photo – Editing + Sharing
  7. Education – just the tools for students (word processors presentation programmes etc)
  8. Finance – lower priority
  9. Easy to use and comprehensive Help Manuals
Cheers
Martin

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in TLC CE Linux

 

The local CE Operating System Development Notes

G’day,

This Blog is devoted to the development of the Linux Operating System that will be the basis for the Toowoomba Linux Community (TLC) Community Edition. This Operating System is to be used in reconditioned computers to be given to families in crisis or in great need. We will liase with charity agencies and let them decide what it means to be “in crisis or in great need”.

The second function for this Operating System is to give an Operating System back to the Linux Community; which in turn will promote Toowoomba Linux.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in TLC CE Linux