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A Few More Updates

G’day,

Well I’ve updated both Firefox and Thunderbird to their latest incarnations (v. 31) and more excitedly I updated Abiword (plus dependencies and addons) from 2.8.6 –> 2.9.6.  I stumbled across a forgotten ppa with this update.  A little disappointed that the on-screen version still says 2.8.6 but the package manager says 2.9.6.  Oh and I added a nice array of clipart for Abiword to make it a little more versatile.

Also with this version I felt that Windows compatibility was a preferable arrangement – apologies to all uber linux geeks out there.  So I installed Wine 1.3.0–2; Playonlinix 4.2.4-2 (yes that’s quite a new version) – again stumbled across another ppa with this update – and Winetricks.  With Gecko and .net mono support and added weight to this distro.  It’s probably going to be around 1.5 – 1.6gbs iso with not much to show app-wise – but it’s what occurs behind the scene that matters, all the little improvements that, unfortunately, adds to the size of the distro.  It still uses the same Ram (between 240 and 250mbs) and it will boot at the same time (25 seconds..ish) so the user won’t see any lag.  However, when Microsoft adds stuff to Windows it seems to make things more sluggish ….go figure?

 

I’ll Remaster soon and I’ll put the iso link up – usually I do this on FB – need to do it here as well :/

Cheers

Martin

PS. If you need any explanations on what I’ve talked about PM me.

PPS.  If you would like any of the PPAs I’ve downloaded gain PM me.

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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Package Upgrade

G’day,

This is simply documentation – boring for most.

Apart from the standard security and system upgrades these were added “carefully” to the 3A System – it appears that none of these upgrades breaks the system.

List of the 120 Package Upgrades:

Upgrades to 3A-System-10.04b1

libqt4-assistant 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-dbus 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-designer 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-help 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-network 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-script 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-scripttools 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-sql 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-mysql 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-svg 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-test 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-webkit 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-xml 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
libqt4-xmlpatterns 4:4.6.2-0 –> 4:4.7.0-0
python-qt4 4.7.2-0 –> 4.8.3-2.1
python-qt4-dbus 4.7.2-0 –> 4.8.3-2.1
python-sip 4.10.1-0 –> 4.12.1-1
libsoup-gnome2.4.1 2.30.2-0 –> 2.30.2-1
eog 2.30.0-0 –> 2.31.90-0
libgnomevfs2-extra 1:2.24.2-1 –> 1:2.24.3-1
libgnomevfs2-common 1:2.24.2-1 –> 1:2.24.3-1
libgnomevfs2-0 1:2.24.2-1 –> 1:2.24.3-1
update-manager 1:0.134-12.1 –> 1:0.142-11
indicator-applet 0.3.7-0 –> 0.4.4-0
gnome-user-share 2.30.0-0 –> 2.30.1-1
jockey-gtk 0.5.8-0 –> 0.5.10-0
libgexiv2-0 0.2.0-0 –> 0.2.2-0
gcalctool 5.30.0 –> 5.32.2-0
nautilus-data 1:2.30.1-0 –> 1:2.31.1-0
libnautilus-extension1 1:2.30.1-0 –> 1:2.31.1-0
shared-mime-info 0.71-1 –> 0.71-3
libasound 1.0.22-0 –> 1.0.24-0
libglib2.0-data 1.24.1-0 –> 2.27.5-0
usb-creator-gtk 0.2.22-3 –> 0.2.25
java-common 0.34 –> 0.42
clamtk 4.29-1 –> 4.36-1
abiword + Plugins 2.8.6-0 –> 2.8.6.01
vlc 1.1.9-1 –> 1.1.13-1
vlc-nox 1.1.9-1 –> 1.1.13-1
vlc-data 1.1.9-1 –> 1.1.13-1
vlc-plugin-notify 1.1.9-1 –> 1.1.13-1
vlc-plugin-pulse 1.1.9-1 –> 1.1.13-1
libvlccore4 1.1.9-1 –> 1.1.13-1
libvlc5 1.1.9-1 –> 1.1.13-1
flashplugin-installer 11.2.202.280 –> 11.2.202.378
faad 2.7-4 –> 2.7-6
libfaad2 2.7-4 –> 2.7-6
audacious 2.50 –> 2.53
brasero 2.30.2 –> 2.31.2
pitivi 0.13.4 –> 0.14.0-2
gstreater-ffmpeg 0.10.10-1 –> 0.10.12-1
gstreater-fluendo 0.10.12-2 –> 0.10.15-1
gstreater-tools 0.10.28-1 –> 0.10.34-1
gstreater-nice 0.0.10-2 –> 0.0.12-1
gstreater-sdl 0.10.18-1 –> 0.10.22-1
gstreater-gnonlin 0.10.15-1 –> 0.10.17-1
gstreater-pulseaudio 0.10.21-1 –> 0.10.29-1
gstreater-alsa 0.10.28-1 –> 0.10.34-1
gstreater-plugin-base 0.10.28-1 –> 0.10.34-1
gstreamer-gnomevfs 0.10.28-1 –> 0.10.34-1
gstreamer0.10-plugins-good 0.10.21-1 –> 0.10.29-1
gstreamer0.10-10-x 0.10.28-1 –> 0.10.34-1
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad 0.10.18-1 –> 0.10 22-1
gstreamer0.10-plugins-base-apps 0.10.28-1 –> 0.10.34-1
gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly 0.10.14-1 –. 0.10.18-1
gnome-media 2.30-1 –> 2.30-2
libgnome-media 2.30-1 –> 2.30-2
libnice0 0.0.10-2 –> 0.0.12-1
pulseaudio 1:0.9.21 –> 1.0.9.22stable (plus asscoiated dependencies)
lame 3.98.2 –> 3.98.4
libmp3lame0 3.98.2 –> 3.98.4
mplayer 2:1.0rc4 –> 2:1.0-sun33060
mencoder 2:1.0rc4 –> 2:1.0-sun33060
libupx0 0.9.5-2 –> 0.9.7-1
libschroedinger 1.0.9 –> 1.0.10-1
compiz 1:0.8.4 –> 1:0.8.6
compiz-plugins 1:0.8.4 –> 1:0.8.6
compiz-gnome 1:0.8.4 –> 1:0.8.6
compiz-core 1:0.8.4 –> 1:0.8.6
libdecoration0 1:0.8.4 –> 1:0.8.6
compiz-fusion-plugins-main 1:0.8.4 –> 1:0.8.6
shotwell 0.7.2 –> 0.11.6
alsa-utils 1.0.22-5 –> 1.0.24-0
alsa-base 1.0.22-5 –> 1.0.24-0
gwibber 2.30.3 –> 3.0.0
libsane 1.0.20-13 –> 1.0.22
sane-utils 1.0.20-13 –> 1.0.22
libsane-dev 1.0.20-13 –> 1.0.22
xsane 0.996-2 –> 0.997-2
xsane-common 0.996-2 –> 0.997-2
simple-scan 1.0.3 –> 2.320.-1
gufw 10.04-5 –> 11.04-1
espeak 1.43.03 –> 1.44.05
espeak-data 1.43.03 –> 1.44.05
libespeak1 1.43.03 –> 1.44.05
wpasupplicant 0.6.9-3 –> 0.7.2-0
python-configglue 0.2 –> 0.9
python-qt4 4.7.2 –> 4.8.3-2.1
python-appindicator 0.0.19 –> 0.2.6-0
python-indicate 0.3.0-0 –> 0.44-0
python-webkit 1.1.7-1 –> 1.1.8-1
python-xapian 1.0.17-1 –> 1.0.20-1
python-simplejson 2.0.9-1 –> 2.1.1-1
python-desktopcouch 0.6.4-0 –> 0.6.96-0
python-ubuntuone-client 1.2.2-0 –> 1.4.6-1
python-sip 4.10.1-0 –> 4.12.1-1
python-ubuntustorageprotocol 1.2.0-0 –> 1.4.0-0
python-beagle 0.3.9-1 –> 0.3.9-2
python-aptdaemon 0.11 –> 0.31
python-vte 1:0.23-5 –> 1:0.24-1
python-farsight 0.0.17-2 –> 0.0.22-1
python-aptdaemon-gtk 0.11 –> 0.31
python-debian 0.1.14 –> 0.1.16
python-desktopcouch-records 0.6.4-0 –> 0.6.96-0
python-papyon 0.4.8-0 –> 0.5.5-1
python-launchpad-integration 0.1.35 –> 0.1.36
desktopcouch 0.6.4-0 –> 0.6.96-0
python-ubuntuone 0.3.1-0 –> 0.3.8-0

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

K.I.S.S.

G’day,

This is a rant about complicated stuff that people just have to deal with (but they shouldn’t!) – when it come to technology.  Q. Why is it that everything has to get more complicated, have more features and functions, become more bloated with stuff that 99% of peeps do use and have little no similarities to previous versions? A. Cos manufacturers, programmers and marketers think that the only way to sell something is to make it “better” than the last model.  This is bullshit!  How can it be “better” if I can’t do what I previously did with more effort and now I’ve got to relearn how to use it.

Case in Point: On the old scanners there was a scan now button – press it and a scanned image would appear on your computer.  Now that feature has all but disappeared to be replaced with a complicated multi-function and multi-task application that takes many clicks and scratched heads to make it scan.  Is this progress?  Is this making it better?  What’s happened to the one App for one task approach?

I think “technology” should be defined as a better way of doing something.  And by better I mean improved quality, improved efficiency and improved user transparency.

What is user transparency?

User transparency is where a person uses a technology and they don’t need to understand how it works and they don’t need to learn how to use it.  It just works – a car’s fuel injector system is a user transparent technology – it’s there and it works.  And this should be the same with computer technology but from where I sit and with whom I have talked to, this ain’t happening.

Which brings me to another rant.  iPad/iPhone vs Android.  Now everyone who’s in love with their Apple product will switch off now….actually it’s probably better that stop reading now!…please….. How can anyone honestly, straight faced and earnest tell me that Apple’s iOS is better than Android.  Let’s look at hardware – spec-wise most ASUS Tablets are have better specs than iPad (and they’re cheapereven with the Nvidia Tegra) – and Samsung have specs as good as Apple (and they’re cheaper).  Build quality is much the same between all these examples.  So your probably paying for the brand and the marketing.

I have my own opinions on the display where I don’t want to see (and scroll through) all my installed Apps – so I can be picky about what appears on my Home page – it’s not very cluttered.  I’m sure there’s options in Apple but they’re not obvious…to me.

Apple Store vs Google Play – using Google Play all you need is a gmail account where you only need to put a minimum of info to get it running (a bit more info is required if your paying $$s for Apps) – you don’t even need your real name!  Apple Store required that I provide them with pages of information…why?  It took a long time to complete and I felt very uncomfortable giving them so much of my information….why?….and who has access to that information?  It really isn’t a simple process when comparing to Google’s version.

And let’s talk about the “Australia Tax” –  http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/04/the-new-australian-apple-app-pricing-how-much-more-youll-pay/ 

And how much did Apple pay in taxes for aussie profit? http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-06/tax-expert-explains-how-apple-pays-193m-tax-on-27b-revenue/5303426

My pointless 5 cents as the marketers will always win in the world we currently live in…

Cheers

Martin

PS. Active links not working – sry – just copy paste links.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

3A System Development

G’day,

I haven’t checked but I may not have given an update regarding the 3A System Operating System’s development.  In short, it’s based on Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) – it’s been updated to kernel 2.6.32-64.  It’s got Clam AV but this has been disabled as it uses around 220mbs extra.  The OS uses around 250mbs when idle and I’ve kept the running processes down to ensure the system doesn’t get bogged down.  

Many smaller aspects have been updated – such as hplip (latest version), a number of gnome components are 2.30 (as opposed to 2.28);  latest versions of Thunderbird and Firefox; gufw firewall is from the Ubuntu Natty repos.  It has the Gnomenu in WIndows 7 mode as this is a nicely designed menu.  It also has wbar (it only uses less than 10mbs) which is much lighter than cairo-dock.

Other updates include: abiword, gnumeric, mtpaint, shotwell, brasero, transmission, clamtk.

The repositories (including many ppas) I access are downloaded to an external drive.  With these an additional 380 updates are available but I know that some of these updates break the system.  These will be carefully installed and tested before releasing – documentation will occur on this WordPress account.

Is it safe to use?

The short answer is yes!  It’s very safe!  Well, it’s Linux and so it’s naturally secure and immune to most attacks anyway. The primary system language is Python 2.6 and PHP4.  This is just not used as a host languages for malware simply because no current system uses these particular languages – it simply isn’t worth the effort to try to infect (at most) a couple of thousand computers – there’s much bigger and easier targets.

As for the X-server (the programme that runs the display), which is a potential security issue – as long as you have a properly setup firewall running with non-administration rights and your web browser and email client (and all applications that access the internet) are secure then this shouldn’t be an issues.

And anyway this kernel was one of the few that was immune to the heartbleed bug – so its pretty water-tight!

But I’ll post a screen-shot and imo looks fantastic!

Regards

Martin

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Uncategorized