Monthly Archives: December 2012

Menu Project finished!!


The menu system works without the band-aid job I had previously, although it may affect the KDE menu system (needs testing) – in hindsight, now that I’ve been able to incorporate usability addons to ROX filer, I think that incorporating all the KDE libraries and binaries was a mistake and makes the OS bloated.  That’s a stupid statement with an OS that’s over 6gbs.  Anyway, KDE does provide a bank of useful apps which haven’t been incorporated yet (such as a Firewire monitor) and will slowly be incorporated when fully tested. 

Seriously considering adding a DVD ripping App to complement the DVD Authoring App already there – currently testing by ripping one of my favs Shaun the Sheep!  There’s already CD ripping apps so it kinda makes sense.  It installs a full version of Perl 5.8.8 – not sure what other apps that may affect – and a load of transcode stuff which needs to go in the restricted codecs section …. sucker for punishment!

NumLock feature is annoying if your using a lappie keyboard as u start out writing gibberish… but very handy with a full-size keyboard – not sure what to do there.  Feel that’s it’s about time I start to consider remastering for an Alpha2 release.



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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in SimplyPuppy Ultimate Edition


Updates + Bug fixing


BORING!!!! My god I now know why I haven’t done any work changing the menu system to standards – Why do some packagers not create a desktop entry?  Bah!  For those not too techie – a Desktop entry is a little programme (script) that tells the Menu system where it needs to go – without it there ain’t no entry in the menu.  Anyway, I’m making the entries look better (nicer icons) and changing the categories.  The Main menu looks nearly identical but the sub menus looked tiny (16pt) – however I’ve found a newer version of the menu maker (jwm-xdg) that makes the sub-menus look larger (24pts) nice!!  Still a long way to go with this part of the project….

What a numpty I am – one of my fav games (Pingus) wasn’t installed … fixed!

Added an updated version of ffmpeg for audio/video conversion.  I found that the versions of ffmpeg that will work on PUE have not been compiled to covert aac files (which are the best lossy audio files) – have installed faac to do that task.  It’s amusing to say faac … lol!

Tested out all the Bugs in the Desktop Manager – works nicely.  All the bits of junk (packages) that are left behind after installation will be deleted now … I hope – yet to be tested….

May look at updating Firefox and Thunderbird for a bit of fun!!! lol!

The next big BORING job is the Help and documentation system …… oh well one thing at a time.




Bash Scripting Development


Just streamlining some operations and fixed some annoying little installation inconveniences.  I have found a bug that means that converting audio files won’t work as ffmpeg has been …. well it doesn’t work!  Previous version was installed with some other package so this version is a direct ffmpeg install with dependencies met.

My scripting for changing Desktops was a bit of a botch job – it works but any half decent programmer would be in hysterics – so I’ve streamlined it a bit so it now knows which Desktop it was and which Desktop it’s moving to – that way I can script it to only change what’s necessary instead of universal changes.

Next task is to have a close look at the Menu system so my artificial menu enforcement can be replaced with a version that’s fully compatible with standards.

Oh and for the Programmer I’ve ensure that Python and wxWidgets are working properly – which they didn’t – for the time being it’s only compatible with Python 2.5 but there are a load of pre-made modules to work with.

BTW. I’ve wasted probably a little to much time with an App that converts audio files by dragging them onto an icon – works in a very simplistic way atm.  When completed will post the tarball on Sourceforge.