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Update

G’day,

been busy with a plethora of projects. However, work has continued.

For now testing continues … I was concerned that Abiword was taking a little too long to get going – but the slow-down occurred after I put the additional fonts in and linked the to /root/.fonts. Having a look at Abiword it now has over 600 fonts to choose from. For an extra few seconds I think that’s worth it – also it will most likely be faster on a full HD installation as well.

Looked at Geany text editior and it now has multilingual and multi-programming language support. It too takes an extra second or two to get going as well.

I realise there will be a very large patch after installation due to the constraints of the 2gb iso during remastering. But as this will be much faster than any other “Ultimate” OS I think that conpromise is worthwhile.

Am testing a single icon LiveCD desktop (aka Ubuntu) with only an install icon. This will change after the patch has been installed. This icon will open up a Gtk Script window for the installation – installation will be accompanied by a Dillo based Guide – open at the same time. Ubuntu’s install is only 7 steps – however, Puppy’s is over 20 steps – a guide is definitely needed.

Apologies for the tardiness of these updates – I only do them when time allows.

Cheers

Martin

NOTE: Xfce interferred with Audio management and dependencies to a stage where I had to regress it out as the issues were too difficult to overcome.  When the User first looks at Enlightenment they will be greeted by a beautiful 3D animated wallpaper – it looks stunning!

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Posted by on September 27, 2010 in SimplyPuppy Ultimate Edition

 

Another update

G’day,

Well progress has occurred despite a lack of online documentation.  Latest stuff includes:

  • Improved Control Panel
  • Plethora of LADSPA plugins (301 fx plugins for audacity) – taken from ArtistX
  • Increased fonts (again taken from ArtistX)
  • Webcam now works – actually made a vidcast that works! Wow I’m pretty ugly! lol
  • Updated Mplayer (works better but needs online testing as i’ve installed the mplayerplugins)
  • Installed LXDE; Xfce; and e17 Desktop Environments (so far e17 is the best performer) – but require updating of .desktop entries
  • HP Manager now works – created new Python set in /usr/lib
  • Added some more games and RSSOwl and Azereus Web Browser (if I can find Midori will put that in as well
  • Started Basic Help Menu (SimplyPuppy version)
  • LXDE update pcmanfm – required in create a gtkrc-2.0 file to tell it what icon set to use

Current: testing programmes to Level One (and correct errors)

Level One testing = The programme Operates without major dependency errors

Level two testing = standard everyday operation of programme

Leve Three testing = advanced user testing

Planning:

  • Increase icon set to choose from
  • Continue Help menu
  • Test printing til it breaks
  • Online testing
  • reduce iso to >700mbs – and create a sfs installation script
  • Script to change Pinboard and menu to simplify choices for users
  • add Xfce to Desktop Changer Script
  • E17 – changes to wbar

I’m sure i’ve forgotten other things that I’ve done but progress is steady and testing has been encouraging!!  Will install this on a couple of $50 laptops so other locals (actually friends) who have expressed interest can help with the project.  And that will be a good crucible to see if it will work on low spec lappies.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2010 in SimplyPuppy Ultimate Edition