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kde-isms and menu-isms

G’day,

Quick update….  Designing the KDE look n feel to make it a simplified experience.  Took away the menu so the user does not fiddle; the KDE session is only for KDE applications.  Customised ShutDown to change the session back to JWM in poweroff and reboot.

As I’ve increased the icon size to 24 in the menu some of the icons look a bit under the weather.  Changing them to a higher grade of icon (128×128).

After changing the icons on the menu will need to re-do the screenshots of the menu.

btw.  Added a nice big K  to the Pinboard and an “About K” button.

Cheers

Martin

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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

Twists and Turns..

G’day,

to get some koffice programmes working properly, eg: kpresenter; it needs to run in the KDE.  This may seem a difficult problem to overcome; however I found in my repositories a mini KDE357 sfs (not sure who packaged it); but it seems to run with only a minimum usage of RAM.  Need to test further on the old decrepid machine to ensure its working properly.

To ensure its integration into this system, I’ve included a large K icon on the Pinboard.  And when they log out of KDE it will ensure the restart is in JWM.  I’ve remove kmenu so fiddlers can’t access things.  However, the Run Command will still work.  To access the K programmes – launchers will be included on additional panels and Desktop.

Initial tests shows that  k3b, kdeedu and koffice from 3.5.10 work just fine and are not affected by the addition.

Added and removed backgrounds to make it unique (a move away from the newyearpup backgrounds).  A small saving of room was achieved.  Plus a consolidation of unused icons will be a priority as well.

Cheers

Martin

PS. On shift so brevity is the essence of wit here….

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

Big Bug!

G’day,

When doing screenshots for kpresenter, when I press the Play for Slideshow it only shows a small portion of the slide.  This is not present in the version with MU’s KDE 3.5.8.  May need to look at this closely and, perhaps, copy files over from MU’s sfs.

Anyway I start my shift today, so work may flag a little.  But nearly finished screenshots!!!

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

Faux Pas in extremis!

G’day,

Someone could have told me that Comic Sans was the most hated font in the world!!!  Dammit!  I’ve used it system-wide.  Won’t take much to change it – but I can hear the howls of protest if I released PuppyTLC with Comic Sans in such a prominent position.  It will be replaced by the font Essay1743.

….Thank you Andrew for pointing that out.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

The devil’s in the detail….

G’day,

Added extra functionality to Scribus – by adding templates + eps-ghostscript.  Also added extra functionality to Claws-Mail with the extra-plugins package (dependencies resolved).   I’ve finally added streamtuner2 (gui not available yet … see previous post) and deleted streamtuner1.

More screenshots!!!  Getting nearer the end!

JWM has a very plain menu.  It’s simple and functional, and that’s about it.  So I’ve jazzed it up a little spaced entries out – changed font, etc.  Plus the JWM theme has been modified by moi to have continuity with a font theme for this release.  I’ve chosen Sans Comic MS as the system-wide standard font.  It’s slightly different, but very easy on the eye to read.

Now a common complaint for distros that have been released is that they’re just a little above a standard release with a nice shiny coat of paint.  PuppyTLC will not be like that.  Well another day closer to releasing – very productive time this afternoon.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

Breakthroughs…

G’day,

Well Streamtuner2 does work, but its not yet included.  I want the GUI to work and that requires an internet connection.  So I need to remaster then install PuppTLC onto another computer and connect it to the internet.  Then get the pup_save for further development.  – My developmental computer’s ethernet connection is snaffoo’d – think I’ve said this before….

Printing works brilliantly, especially on HP printers – scanner on these printers seem to work just fine as well.  Need to fully test and screenshot Xsane with a specialised scanner.

Webcam is giving me a few headaches but I have got it up and running but not consistently.  Intending to script an engage webcam modules so at least xawtv and amsn works. Muppywebcam is being removed from the Menu – this is where the modules will be loaded from.

Need to finish screenshot of internet dependent applications (nearly done!).  Then finish off Office screenshots and the screenshots will be donesky,

Adding further usability to scribus by adding templates and Ghostscript-eps.

The results of Claws-mail vs the rest is done and dusted – the winner being claws-mail by a mile.  Adding Claws-Mail plugins for added usability – Slackware 12.1.

Worked on the Control Panel – debugging, adding useful features and removing obsolete ones.  Some things that were in the menu have now gone to Control Panel.

All these screenshot have helped me debug a number of programmes – or I’ve found out that they’re only partially usable, and therefore need to be replaced by something that works.

PuppyTLC has turned into a bit of a saga – its slowly coalescing into a very complete Operating System.  I know people will flame me for it size – 2.5 GBS, but I really don’t care – I have put in the all the necessary programmes to make it a useful and complete OS for a families in crisis.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

Experimenting and stepping small…

G’day,
Tried a new screensaver, but it used an extra 5mbs and maxed the cpu … not good for old hardware. So I went back to the old and trusty puppyscreensaver2.pup. This new one seems to fit somewhere between puppyscreensaver and gtk-screensaver.

Removed streamtuner1 and installed streamtuner2 – having trouble getting it to work! Think it needs a working internet; however the unit I’m using to create PuppyTLC the ethernet port is snaffoo’d! Need to move project (temporarily) across to a computer with a working internet connection. Also, this way I can get screenshots of application which exclusively run with an internet connection.

Once this is done I will release (again!) an alpha version for testing.

And, continued screenshots of other applications – so far everything is working ok…..

Cheers
Martin

PS. I need to remind myself that this won’t be a true puplet as it’s main focus will be local (the reconditioned computers) and that it will be installed by people with computer (and Linux) experience; so easy installation is not a consideration – only general ease of use….

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2011 in TLC CE Linux