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Update

G’day,

This how things stand at the moment….

  • I’m continuing to make the foundations for the Help file – the specific programmes will not be addressed until after SimplyPuppy-0.45/PuppyTLC-0.92 has been remastered for alpha testing.
  • Uploading to the MediaFire Account programmes which I will be adding to the Customised Programme Installer
  • Created extra partitions for Fat-Free Puppy 3.01 so testing can commence to ascertain whether a programme will work or not and what dependencies are required.
  • Installed SimplyPuppy-0.44-2b as Frugal so Puppy Ultimate Edition can commence.
  • Considering a SimplePuppy to act as a basis for the Programme Installer so people can make their own Puppy Ultimate Edition.

But I am spending the most time on the Help Files as this appears the highest priority at the moment.

Cheers

Martin

Extras to be considered:

  • Non-Root User Login
  • Graphics Card Driver Installer
  • Auto-Partitioner
  • Auto-Installer
  • Extended User’s Control Panel
  • Extended Admin Toolbox
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Posted by on April 15, 2010 in TLC CE Linux

 

Puppy Programme installer

G’day,

This is another project that I am looking into. As you may not know, the Puppy Programme installer is fairly light-on when it comes to available programmes – so to install the cool linux programmes you have to look for them and manually do everything – including the dependencies. Lobster (Puppy forum) has shown me a small project to just that – but it still is very limited. However, with this template I may be able to greatly expand its purview.

Some included programmes:

  • Skype
  • amsn
  • BOINC
  • OxygenOffice
  • ATI/Nvidia Drivers
  • Opera
  • Xara
  • Fotoxx
  • Audacity
  • TuxGuitar + Timidity
  • Latest version of Java
  • Wine
  • FirePup
  • Amarok
  • K3b
  • koffice
  • kmymoney
  • Nicotine
  • K9Copy
  • Kompozer
  • Sunbird
  • Plethora of games (Wesnoth, Lincity, etc…)
  • Tor/Privoxy
  • Elements of KDE (such as KDEedu, kdegames, etc…)
  • Utilites (such as conky, wbar, SFScombiner, pupbegone, muppywebcam, etc…)
  • gcompris
  • tuxpaint
  • Internet plugins (such as Flash and multimedia)
  • mplayer/VLC/Streamtuner/XMMS
  • avast – anti-virus

This installer would also add the dependencies – it would have to be tested on a fresh install of a Fat-Free Puppy. I would be able to use my MediaFire Account to host the necessary files. Just thinking about the possibilities. I could have a minimal version of SimplyPuppy and the installer create that unique desktop entry required by SimplyPuppy – mmm could be very exciting. I will develop it for a spartan version of SimplyPuppy.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Further considerations – Ultimate Edition

G’day,

As I’m considering using SimplyPuppy-0.45 as a basis I am also considering leaving JWM as the Windows Manager.  Why? It doesn’t look as cool!  That is true but it may miss a unique selling point.

With JWM the number of processes and idle RAM will be kept even more at a minimum – more so that using IceWM which uses between 5-10 Mbs of RAM – not sure of CPU usage.  Having an Ultimate Edition of Linux while only using 35mbs of idle RAM… How dramatic would that be!  Now that would give me bragging rights lol.

But from there it would not be difficult making an IceWM version as EZpup is already installed.

Some other considerations – in my earlier attempt I had included KDE-3.5.8 squash file – this has a great deal of included functions (in my opinion) perhaps more than what’s included in the 3.5.10 pets I compiled.  Will need to consider this carefully.

Firefox 3.6 and Thunderbird 3 will replace the older versions – I will be leaving FirePup in as it is light and fast.  I will also attempt to put in a much later version of GIMP than the one installed.  The Graphics and Games will be greatly extended (especially Games) as well as the inclusion of OxygenOffice-2.4.1.  One area that I would like to expand is the audio and video production/authoring/mastering – this will be a challenge as many of these (especially audio) have a tendency to break the system (personal experience!).  Also, video production I have little experience – just K9copy – again another challenge.  I would like to have a Video Card installer xdialog script to be working.  I also would like Gnucash to be operational but to date I haven’t been able to achieve this in Puppy 3.01.  help pages will be expanded but will not be as comprehensive due to the sheer number of programmes.  I don’t want to spend the next 6-12 months doing up Help Pages.  I do have a life – lol!

Announcing this will be very cool.  A 2gb+ heavyweight distro that only uses 35mbs!  In some ways the more that I cram in to make it bigger the more exceptional it’ll look.  Heh! I expect some puppians to be horrified as they abhor bloat such as ubuntu – so I expect to get seriously flamed.

Cheers

Martin

 
 

SimplyPuppy-0.45/PuppyTLC-0.92

G’day,

I have installed Mplayer-unichrome and Mplayer plugins – which I copied over to the Opera Plugin directory.

Continuing to make slow in-roads for the Help files – now using a CSS template.  I think it looks pretty good however I am required to make a number of CSS stylesheets to suit the different requirements of each page.  I have included a simple navigation bar.  The foundations, and entry points are more complex than the rest of the Help Pages – a number of programmes and help pages are already completed so I just need to integrate them into the CSS template.

Cheers

Martin

Note: PuppyTLC-0.92 – the numbering is pre-alpha – alpha testing should start at 0.95 – beta testing at 0.97 before the Release Candidate of 1.0 is completed.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2010 in TLC CE Linux

 

Reconsidering

G’day,

I may use SimplyPuppy0.45 as the basis for this distro as the Package Manager still has the information required to uninstall the necessary programmes – also SimplyPuppy has had much development to make it a stable basis – and many of the programmes already there will be incorporated into Ultimate.

As a side-note SimplyPuppy 0.45 has not been remastered yet – until the foudntaion for the Help file has been layed and change to the Mplayer plugin.

Cheers

Martin

 
 

Laying the Foundations

G’day,

After a couple of false starts – actually I heaped too many programmes on top of one another and created dependency conflict hell! Here’s a list of programmes I have installed as at this point:

* OxygenOffice-2-3-1
* axel-1.0a
* bubbles-1.0.2a
* cdrdao-1.2.1
* freecell-1.2
* geany-20070626
* tkdvd4.0.6
* isomaster-1.1
* qt-3.3.8
* tinylogin-1.4
* transmission_gtk-0.6.1-r1518
* xgalaga-2.0.34
* xine_extra_codecs-1
* xine-lib-1.1.7
* xine-ui-0.99.5
* xorg_DRI_MODULES-7.2
* xorg_OPENGL-7.2
* skype-2.0.0.72
* tcltk8.5.3
* amsn-0.97.2
* FirePup-0.04.1
* opera10unite-b4449+qt451+flash10-i486
* abiword-2.6.2
* EZpup-3.0
* icepak
* jre1.6.0_16
* avast4workstation-1.0
* KDE358_082.sfs
* wbar-1.3.3
* conky-1.4.8
* imlib2.pup
* libgiblib.so.1.tar.bz2
* gslapt-4.0
* unrpm-undeb-rpm2targz-dir2sfs.pet
* SFS-Combiner-plus-GtkBasic003.pet
* pupbegone-v1.2
* Muppywebcam-Puppy301.pup
* sdl-1.2.9
* SDL-1.2.13-i386
* SDL_image-1.2.6-i386
* SDL_mixer-1.2.8-i386-mod-smpeg
* SDL_mixer-Smpeg-1.2.6-i386
* SDL_net-1.2.7-i386
* SDL_ttf-2.0.9-i386
* LibSDL1.2-forDoom
* flac-1.2.1
* libao-0.8.8
* libogg-1.1.3
* libvorbis-1.2.0
* vorbis_tools-1.2.0
* paudioscripts-1.4.2
* firefox-3.6
* kompozer-0.8b3.en-US.gcc4.2-i686
* sunbird-1.0b1
* thunderbird-3.0

As you may see there are some very up-to-date programmes that I have included. The WM is IceWM as KDE is too heavy – but many KDE elements have been included as KDE offers the best solution for some programmes. Also, I like konqueror as a File Manager.

The idle RAM usage is 29.4Mbs – a little higher than I expected and expect that to go to 33mbs with the timidity daemon up and running. There will be a few more background operations running before this is complete but I believe I will kep it under 40mbs.

To fix the desktop entries for the required KDE programmes is going to be a long and tedious process – 142 of them!. I am considering making an expanded GUI for administration programmes to unclutter the menu.

Some of these I have made into Puppy Pet Packages – tested using a fat-free version of Puppy 3.01.

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?ygjjdrycoly – kompozer-0.8b3.pet

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?rozyjydtwjn – sunbird-1.0b1.pet

Cheers

Martin

 

A New Project!!!

G’day,

I believe this may the first time this has been attempted with Puppy Linux.  It is molded along the same lines as Ubuntu Ultimate Edition.  In other words it pretty much has everything the user could possibly need or use in an Operating System.  With that in mind size is is not important.  It is very easy to put a bigger Hard Drive in your computer.

This project will be based on Fat-Free Puppy-3.01 xorg.  I’m using this as it is the base Operating System that I regularly use – so in some ways this will be the distro which I use (same as Ubuntu Ultimate).  This is so selfish of me!!!

It is my intention to keep to idle processes and RAM to a minimum – I hope to keep it to 40Mbs but it may creep over this.  Why?  To show that SimplyPuppy Ultimate is a Jet Fighter compared to the Ubuntu Ultimate Winibago with performance.

Briefly I have tested Firefox 3.6 (the latest) and it works fine, and am expecting Thunderbird 3 to do the same.  I intend to compile the latest version of a number of programmes such as Inkscape and Gimp.  So this is going to have some of the most exciting latest release Open Source software.  Yes I will have issues with the retro kernel of 2.6.21.7 (with compiling) but this kernel is known to work extremely with most legacy hardware.

I have not finalised which WM or DE will be present but most likely IceWM – I have attempted to get LXDE to work but with limited outcomes (no taskbar or icons!).  I have not discounted using a slightly retro version of Xfce – but am concerned about resources used – will need to make comparison tests.

Well I have already mentioned some additions in the TLC blog – but I am starting from scratch as I will be going in a different direction, even though the ooutcomes may look very similar.  It will also be a test bed for software upgrades to PuppyTLC.

It has begun!

Cheers

Martin