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Temporary Halt

G’day,

A break is nice but I have other projects to attend to and setting up my office and an older gaming lappie takes a bit of time.

PUE has not been abandoned – I always seem to boomerang back to it.  What I have been doing is a basic PUE version with only the basic apps for really old ‘puters – kinda like what I was trying to achieve with PuppyTLC.

Also, I have found out that RebootOS works fine and that the main bug with wireless was just one line in the config file saying false to the nm-applet!  I can be such a dumb-arse!  Now I have been requested to do a later version of RebootOS using Ubuntu 10.04 instead of 8.04 – looking forward to that.

Guess I should release the first RebootOS as I’ve found it the easiest and most functional xfce based distro on the market.  And this isn’t hyperbole – I’ve used quite a few and on an old lappie it works flawlessly!

Cheers

Martin

 

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Menu Project finished!!

G’day,

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.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in SimplyPuppy Ultimate Edition

 

Updates + Bug fixing

G’day,

BORING!!!! My god I now know why I haven’t done any work changing the menu system to freedesktop.org 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.

Cheers

Martin

 
 

Bash Scripting Development

G’day,

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 freedesktop.org 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.

Cheers

Martin

 
 

A touch of speculation….a JWM Ubuntu?

G’day,

I have always been a fan of Puppy as it makes the JWM Desktop work so well and intuitive if the set-up has been done well (lots of manual fiddling).  Puppy also uses minimal resources allowing your computer to really fly.  However, I admire Ubuntu for being able to perform so many functions and tasks effortlessly and automatically that there’s a degree of User Transparency.

Maybe, one day I will get my finger out and actually attempt to create a JWM version of Ubuntu with the same JWM configuration with the Rox filer that Puppy has.  Some would say that it would be an easy task except that Puppy is User ‘Root’ and Ubuntu is a User name without full ‘root’ access.  BTW. All root means is that the User has full administrative access to the system.  So therefore, all the lovely scripts and menus have been Puppified for User root and it’ll be no small task to transfer to Ubuntu and get it operational.

Advantages:

  1. By far the lightest and most functional (and prettiest) Desktop/Windows Manager combo
  2. Allows full access to all Ubuntu repos including PPAs which Lupu (Puppy’s Ubuntu compatible version) cannot
  3. It’s a more standard desktop than Openbox so ppl would not need to re-learn a new environment
  4. It’s never really been done before and so it most likely will have a niche market – there’s too many Ubuntu clones out there
  5. Easy implementation of a graphical User login – u can have a User in Puppy other than root, but it’s a bit of a faff…
  6. Has Ubuntu’s easy-peasy installer
  7. Ubuntu’s Security updates, which Puppy doesn’t have
  8. A wide choice of kernels from ARM to AMD64 and kernel modules
  9. Larger User- and Developer-base

There’s probably heaps more of advantages.  The only disadvantage is moi!  As you may have noticed I’m a little flighty when it comes to long-term projects (real life and/or work interfere and/or committing to too much!).  Also, this project requires a certain level of programming expertise, which I only partially have (I’m not bad at bash scripting but the more advanced languages ????!!!!!!).  If your reading this and you think it’s not a bad idea and you think you can provide some expertise then please get in touch – toowoombalinux@gmail.com.

As this computer is on it’s last legs I’m awaiting a couple of Vid Cards to put into my gaming lappies – both of which died through over-heating – a common problems for that lappie.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in SimplyPuppy Ultimate Edition

 

Interesting Development…

G’day,

I had dual boot as my main options on my primary computer – PUE on one and Ubuntu on the other – after spending way too much time setting Ubuntu up so it can be productive for me it promptly nearly fried my filesystem – had to do much desperate System Rescue stuff – so now I’ve exclusively got PUE, which seems to be kinder to the system (maybe my 6yo lappie is way past retirement).  Anyway, using PUE as my primary has allowed me to do quite a thorough test.

  1. OxygenOffice needs an older version of Java to enable advanced functions
  2. Installation does not remove any used files and leaves them there as junk
  3. Streamtuner 2 works nicely – actually listening to a nice dubstep as I work
  4. ALSA has not been set up for JACK – addressed at a later stage
  5. Privoxy works well and installed + tested TOR with it – seems like I’m from Germany!!  It works nicely….
  6. Permission for User ‘Spot’ has been removed from /tmp folder as this interferes with some app as I think I noted in the previous post – will be added in Desktop Scripts
  7. Skype works and MSN may work but don’t have an account …. yet!
  8. Gaim works nicely – for a nice IRC chat (no other format was tested)
  9. Jstock doesn’t load AU stock exchange data (maybe down for w’end) – but US, etc appears fine (will check during week and/or up-date to newer version)
  10. Need to add startup script for BOINC in order for it to work in the background

Working on a few other projects so not a huge happening with PUE in the past month – apologies for all.  Functionality-wise JWM appears to meet all my significant needs – having KDE seems to be almost pointless apart from some great apps.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in SimplyPuppy Ultimate Edition

 

Testing and Bugfixes

G’day,

That was a nasty little bug I got – still got the cough <shrug!> Well after regressing to kde 3.5.8 I’ve had to restore the KDE Desktop to the original and, perhaps, enhanced it.  Again, I’ve updated the kde applications but it still uses most of the binaries of 3.5.8.  Also, I’ve decided that now is a good time to do some testing to ensure that the regression doesn’t cause a conflict with existing applications.

Problems with Wine due to permission changes to /tmp – fixed!

Problems with Picasa – removal of /root/.picasa appears to have solved that oddity.

Tuxtype – missing fonts – ttf-sil-andika added – fixed!

Gmplayer – works fine but launched from the menu freezes desktop.  Even writing a launcher script doesn’t change that … wierd – maybe the only way to include this version of Gmplayer is to launch it from wbar, which launches just fine.

Nearly completed testing, bugfixing and tweeking so I should have something out soonish – got a couple of ‘puters which need PUE on them to restore functionality..

Cheers

Martin