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Reconsidering..

G’day,

Testing on a number of different ‘puters have resulted in … disappointment – it seems the version of xfce/Xubuntu has a bug that sets a resolution that’s usually way to low (but not on all machines).  This has been documented on a number of forums and was “fixed” in version 9.04 – great!  Reconsidering options now and this is the reason for not releasing a testing version – for fun I’ve gone back to Puppy Ultimate Edition which I’ll be using as my alternate OS – it now has Firefox 4 Thunderbird 3.1 and Opera 11.11 (not the latest but usable versions).

I’ll search further for solutions to the resolution bug – maybe regress to an earlier version of xfce or progress to a later version if possible. 8.04 has the advantage of working on many legacy units.   Or maybe just move forward with a 10.04 version.  Or create a JWM version based on the work I’ve done on Puppy Ultimate …..

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in TLC CE Linux

 

Remastering

G’day,

Just completed remastering of the Install only version with the Slim Login; will now make a different version with GDM login for the LiveCD.  These will be uploaded as soon as I get back to full speed Internet – the area I live in has aging copper lines that “leak” when it’s wet – so the bandwidth is stymied.

Ok – Web Browsers…… Epiphany-Gecko only uses 9mbs when idle and 19mbs when loading an active web page (that’s good!)  it’s certainly slow in rendering but the page layout it correct (for even Facebook) and Flash works just fine.

I have included Opera (stable version) – what I had was Opera-Next (unstable) which has additional weight of debuggers creating log files so it was quite heavy.  Opera 11.52 uses around 25mbs when idle and (I think) around 40mbs when on an active web site.  Anyway, I know that Opera will be updated and usable on 8.04 for at least the next couple of years.

I have added start-up sound but haven’t done any sound for shut-down…. yet!  System sounds are not possible on Xfce 4.4, version 4.5 yes but it wasn’t default.  I’m using Xfce 4.4 as Xfce 4.5 has not been pre-compiled for Hardy.  Looking at all the dependency upgrades to go from 4.4 to 4.5 … well I’m not a Gentoo Masochist.

Both versions should be uploaded to Mediafire by next weekend.  If testers find it stable then I can work on the package installer, then that will be the RC, and work with reconditioning will commence.

Cheers

Martin

 

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

How to create your own local Ubuntu Repository part 1

G’day,

I find this tremendously useful to have my own repositories on a local drive, as I do most of my development offline or in a place where there’s no Internet. Also, it speeds downloads faster. But it’s very cool to say to people that you have 26,000 programs on a disk that pops in your pockets.

These are all the tools necessary (probably too many but some are there to create DVD based respoitories)…

In a terminal copy/paste this…
sudo apt-get install debmirror liblockfile-simple-perl liblog-agent-perl ruby mkisofs dpkg-dev libdigest-sha1-perl libruby libzlib-ruby

Now you need to find a mirror that ain’t gonna bust ya download limit – cos it will – cos these download are huge! Unless ya got unlimited then who cares. But many larger ISPs will have their own free download server. And many times it’ll have a Linux folder. I’m with iinet and I did a search on Google… “iinet ftp” – this’ll bring up a result with “Index of /” – BINGO!

Click it – click the pub folder – see if there’s a ubuntu folder – click on that – then if you see a list of folders with dist indices pool project …. then BINGO! … again.

So the host is ftp.iinet.net.au/pub/
and the root is ubuntu/ … this’ll make sense in a tick. You need to find your own free download server from your ISP.

I prefer a USB Hard drive cos for $80 u can get 500GBs. Reformat it to ext3 (ext4 is better but older distros can’t use ext4) using gparted. And now you’ve got a large blank Hard drive ready.

Make sure that’s it’s mounted before starting the next step. See what the path is to the USB Hard Drive by looking in your File Manager – mine’s /media/disk

Using my ISP free Server…
In a terminal copy/paste this:
debmirror –source -m –passive –host=ftp.iinet.net.au/pub/ –root=ubuntu/ –method=http –progress –dist=lucid,lucid-security,lucid-updates,lucid-backports,lucid-proposed –section=main,restricted,universe,multiverse –arch=i386 /media/disk/Lucid/LucidRepos –ignore-release-gpg –timeout=seconds -t 240
This is a 80GBs download!

arch means the type of versions: eg: i386 is the normal 32bit version – yo can change that to amd64 for amd 64bit processors.

Occasionally it will timeout due to a server reset/update or something similar. Just restart the download and it will restart where it last left off.

Warning: If you accidentally mistype the destination (eg: /media/disk/Lucid/LucidRepos) it’ll wipe all that directory. I’ll give an example that I was stupid enough to do. I was getting a smaller PPA repository and the destination was /home/martin/hardy/PPA; I forgot to finish that line as I went back to make another correction and I had only typed /home/martin. That wiped my entire home folder – clever! Luckily I had a backup from the previous day.

Your ISP may not have uploaded the latest security update from Ubuntu so once the download has finished check your repository with this:

copy/paste into a Terminal:
debmirror –source -m –passive –host=au.archive.ubuntu.com/ –root=ubuntu/ –method=http –progress –dist=lucid,lucid-security,lucid-updates,lucid-backports,lucid-proposed –section=main,restricted,universe,multiverse –arch=i386 /media/disk/Lucid/LucidRepos –ignore-release-gpg –timeout=seconds -t 240

This is the official Ubuntu Server. To keep this up-to-date I update my mirror every 2 weeks using the official server. Probably a 1-2gb download.

How to point to the local drive instead of online:

In a terminal copy/paste this:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

everything that points to the archive.ubuntu.com server needs to be changed from http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ to file:///media/disk/Lucid/LucidRepos (don’t change anything else on that line and remember that the desitination make be named differently) – save and close

In Terminal type:
sudo apt-get update

done!

Any error means that you’ve pointed it wrong to the wrong place.

I will copy and example of my source.list file in the comments section.

Next I will show you all the extra repositories you can accumulate.

Cheers
Martin

PS: If you don’t want the source code where it says –source change that to –nosource (smaller download)

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

Compromise is not a dirty word

G’day,

Well I will stick with Opera for ONE of the Web Browsers – it will be the heavy one – and can/will be updated regularly to reflect on-going improvements and a better Internet experience.  The other Web Browser will be Epiphany!  It will be classed as the Light one.  Epiphany will be the perfect Browser to chuck any/all How tos, tutorials or Help files.

Anyway, let’s test with this configuration…. why not stick with Firefox it’s just as heavy and slow as Opera?  Opera has a focus on mobile devices and as such seeks to improve performance without sacrificing a cool experience.  Firefox’s long term aim isn’t as clear.  Maybe in six months things may change…. Yes I do miss Flash block and the plethora of plugins but Opera’s plugins aint too bad either.  But most importantly, Firefox is no longer being compiled for Ubuntu Hardy Heron – I would need to install the binary which again slows performance.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

Web Browser woes

G’day,

After tests Opera 12 uses around 50mbs!!! Way too much.  So I tried Midori 0.17 – no Flash! So I tried Midori 0.16 – again no Flash!  So I tried Epiphany-webkit – Flash causes Seg Fault.  So I tried Kazehakase-gtk gecko – just crashes almost immediately.  Swiftweasel is not longer supported – Arora is not in the Hardy repos (i’m not gonna compile something that may not work – I saw a number of “Flash does not work” forum entries”) – so I tried the base version of Epiphany-gecko … well blow me!  It works and works well – no problems – just haven’t tested it on TLC CE Linux yet to find out the RAM usage – if it’s under 20mbs or there-abouts it’ll do – it is dog ugly but at least it works!

I’ve only tested most of these on my full Ubuntu installation on my primary lappie but it’s got Hardy running…

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

Mini-update

G’day,

the System update includes improved stability for IPv6 support – that ought to be good for longer term suppot for TLC CE Linux.

Concerning that Swiftfox has not been updated in a long time – still on 3.6.13 which was the same a few months back – seriously thinking of migrating the OS to Opera as it’s lighter and as fast as Chrome and stable updated support should continue for 8.04 at least 3 more years.. perhaps longer.  The update isn’t associated with the system, which is Hardy Heron, but with a Stable release and installs as a binary.  Will check the RAM usage before committing.  Oh and there’s been a Kernel update so I need to install that and uninstall the last kernel as it uses 198mbs of extra space.

Cheers

Martin

 

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2011 in TLC CE Linux

 

Ooops!

G’day,

Remastered both slim and gdm versions with the repositories (/etc/apt/sources.list) pointing to my local drive…. clever!  I do most of my dev work offline so I have all the Ubuntu repositories on a local HD – It’s very convenient.  Just updated the primary repos with a stack load of security updates which TLC CE Linux will be have before the next remaster.  Then I’ll release this Alpha version … sorry I meant to have it available this w’end….

Finally needed a new(ish) computer for down at my offices.  So I found a nice Dell XPS m1730 GTX lappie for $800  on ebay.  Got dual sli 8800 Nvidia cards and raid mounted dual hard drives with a large 17″ screen.  It weighs around 12kg with the power brick – that’s all right .. I’m large (+100kgs) and a regular gym junkie.  It can suck up to 200 watts of power and is nicknamed “The Beast”….  It’s gonna be a challenge to get the most of the sli vid cards and setting up the raid array .. looking forward to that – maybe I’ll have a KDE desktop with ALL the bells and whistles! lol

I think the next post I’ll document a walk-through to make your own local repository if you have a spare 120gbs – it’s very handy… stay tuned..

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2011 in TLC CE Linux