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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

 
 

Man Flu!!

G’day,

feeling a wee bit 2nd hand – OxygenOffice upgraded to 2.4.1 but kde’s upgrade didn’t go ahead – I actually has to spent quite a bit of time moving it back to 3.5.8.  Found out the GUI still looked disappointing.

Sorry not much in this post..

Not so cheerful

Martin

 
 

Plenty of updates…..

G’day,
Updating has continued apace – I need to remember that PUE started out as a gtk1 distro and has been updated to the nicer gui of gtk2. Therefore, apps which didn’t work previously now work near flawlessly.
Inkscape has been updated from 0.43 to 0.47 and its scope and functions are breathtaking!! Guys forget Coreldraw – this is stunning!
Geany has been updated from 0.14 to 0.15 – which has a couple of extra functions but was necessary for programmers heaven …. TEAgtk – again the range of functions is awe inspiring (adjectives are flowing nicely here!)
Audacity updated from 1.3.2beta to 1.3.6 and there’s a significant upgrade of effects and functions. Makes a muso such as myself smile! (OK running out of wow adjectives). However, there’s a downside with this upgrade happiness – Xara and Audacity both use wxGTK 2.8 but Xara 2.8.7 and Audacity 2.8.9 and the twain cannot meet! I think I’d rather have Audacity updated and install SynfigStudio as a Xara replacement (and the Inkscape upgrade more than compensates). Also, testing of Xara by a Graphic Artist showed that it was a little unstable much to her chagrin and my disappointment.
Gnumeric has been updated from 1.6.3 to 1.8.2 with a few more functions – I think that’s more of a bugfix than a true update/upgrade.
mtPaint upgrade from 3.10 to 3.21 (a few extras in the newer version)
Intending to test an upgrade of OxygenOffice from 2.3.1 to 2.4.1 – but the sfs file was made with a different version of Puppy – need to find that version, boot up and open the squashfs then copy the innards.
Also intending to upgrade KDE from 3.5.8 (with some 3.5.9. binaries) to 3.5.10 – but initial testing shows that the GUI has come out a little fuggly – that’ll need work.
You may think that the versions I’ve updated to are still fairly old but they represent a significant leap in functionality and stability; and they work on this creaky old kernel!

Cheers
Martin

 
 

An earnest Developer….

G’day,

An interesting comment has been picked up in my SPAM thingy (if it is really SPAM) and I think a little explanation is needed for this blog.

This is primarily a diary of development notes for Puppy Ultimate Edition.  It also helps people who are testing PUE identify bugs and fixes.  It is not designed to be written for the newbie; so there will be terms and descriptions that are technical in nature.  This is not the normal style in which I write articles (I try to ensure all readers travel with me) but for brevity and efficiency (as I regularly refer to these articles) it is written without heeding the needs of the newbie.  However, with this in mind I will endeavour to provide additional material (when/where necessary) for the newbie tester so they have a better understanding…

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in SimplyPuppy Ultimate Edition

 

Bugfixing & Screenshooting

G’day,

‘path to’ errors + scripting typos + missing libraries have been addressed…

Added a very interesting game called freecol – a colonisation campaign game for java – set run action for jar files to ‘java -jar’ – so jar files will automatically be executed when clicked.  Also, realised I didn’t have an RSS agregator so installed the latest version of RSSowl.  Because the latest version work, it got me thinking….. Updates from now on (apart from bugfixes) will mostly focus on updating apps to the latest to see if they work ok or if they’re within acceptable resource usage.

New mods for rox have increased RAM usage marginally.

Completed the most up-to date screenshots of individual menu entries for the Help! section.  Marathon and very boring/repetitive.

Am starting to relook at the XDG menu system to try to reflect the look and feel of current menu; in order to meet the freedesktop.org standard for desktop/menu entries.  These modifications of the code will be posted to Sourceforge.  Please note that no iso will be uploaded to Sourceforge and that these larger downloads will be handled by my personal mediafire account – that’s not the intent of Sourceforge.  All stuff is released under the GPL license (not sure which version yet but it may be 2.0 as 3.0 is a bit difficult to get my head around) – unless the app has been released under a different license which it will be noted thus…

Am now remastering in order for further testing on other hardware platforms and online (my development platform’s Ethernet plug is busted and no wifi).  When this is done will upload to share.

Cheers

Martin

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in SimplyPuppy Ultimate Edition