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Tman


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PostPosted: Tue 18 Sep 2012, 22:03    Post subject:  

technosaurus wrote:
it is configurable to standard puppy style in $HOME/.jwm/JWMRC depending on what mods Scot has made to my jwm_tools. Or you can tweak jwm_menu_create directly. It makes sense that you would want less menus since you also want less programs. The extra submenus are convenient with a lot of programs.


Thanks, technosaurus.

I am not in Akita at the moment, but menus, containing only a few items have their own submenu for example (if memory serves me correctly the section that contains the calculators doesn't really need a sub-menu for those items ... I am not sure if this is a bug, or if it was set that way in /etc/xdg/menus. There was a bug like this in older versions of lucid, and a solution for it as well... but it will take me some time to dig up that thread. I will analyze Akita some more when I have more time.

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Sep 2012, 22:12    Post subject:  

Tman, I tried running the Multiple Soundcard Wizard a couple times. It's in Akita. It doesn't find anything at all.

ALSAwizard freezes partway through, while trying to initialize the driver -- even on a new install!

ALSAmixer works as described. It needs to be pointed in the right direction to find anything, which is why I was thinking an alias was in order.

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012, 06:12    Post subject: Cheers, Technosaurus  

Downgraded to Flash 10 and everything in FF13 is now working fine! Even Facebook Chat is working. FF13 still takes longer to load than Chrome 7 but at least I can go to my Yahoo Mail account. Chrome 7 seems to run YouTube better but that's to be expected. I'm quite impressed by the old P3S Tualatin performance so far. Not much slower than my P4/478 w4gb ram for web browsing and according the the Watt meter it's drawing about 20 watts at idle and 50 when streaming audio and web surfing. My old Gateway P4 single core CPU never run XP anywhere near as fast as this machine is running Akita.
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012, 09:22    Post subject: akita beta 12  

Akita Linux BETA 12

- a mongrel: sfs3, kernel 2.6.25.16, wary 5.1.x compatible
- akita repo - http://akita.scottjarvis.com
- uses jwm, but many other WMs in the repo
- easily enable/disable rox icons, startups, etc
- no office, no cups, all in repo
- massive choice of web browsers in easy installer
- uses vlc and vlc-gtk for media player
- many apps i18n'd, lots of French, Spanish, Russian, German translations included
- includes many good console apps: elinks, doc2txt, mocp, mc,
- good for old clunkers, craptops, etc

Download: http://akita.scottjarvis.com/akita-linux-beta12.iso,
size: 89mb, md5: 4e5610e26df720a9411af2a05debc76c

Devx, for compiling: http://akita.scottjarvis.com/akita_devx-b11.sfs
md5: 68fe4a15228f9cc41ff8cd553e90f3a5, 111MB, sfs3
(Right-click and choose 'SFS Loader' to load/install it)

Summary of updates

- Live CD uses graphical grub boot menu
- 3mb smaller, useless stuff, extra apps removed
- VLC-GTK improved further
- updated and improved keyboard settings and hotkeys
- easily toggle sub menus in JWM menu
- easily enable or disable JWM drive icons
- updated gtkdialog, more stuff in repo


Changelog

Code:
Sept 8
   - fixed: removed browserlibs, mame tools leftovers, orbit and gconf
   - fixed: added fontconfig symlinks into /usr/lib of the mainfs
   - fixed: re-installed xrender stuff in /usr/X11R7/
   
Sept 9
   - added to Akita repo:
         - dbus-glib_DEV
         - gconf-dbus
         - gconf-dbus_DEV

Sept 10:
   - fixed: simpler keyboard settings.. see ~/.Xmodmap, ~/.jwm/jwmrc_extra, ~/.mrxvtrc
      - Windows keys: now load Akita menus
      - Print Screen key: now takes snapshot of screen
      - Power key: (keycode 222 on mine) now runs akita_shutdown
      - JWM hotkeys: simpler, use Alt+* for JWM actions, or Ctrl+Alt+* / Ctrl+Func* for loading apps
      - mrxvt keybindings: simpler, more familiar, now same as browsers
            - Ctrl+t               new tab
            - Ctrl+w               close tab
            - Ctrl+tab            next tab
            - Ctrl+shift+tab      next tab
            - Ctrl+v               paste
            - etc

Sept 11
   - updated available wallpapers
   - updated to VLC-GTK 2.4.9: fixed immediate playback of `vlc-gtk [file/dir/url/rtmpdump]`
         - update: always playback immediately if 1st CLI option is a file/dir/url/rtmpdump
         - fix: the cmd `vlc-gtk [URL]` will now play URL immediately
         - fix: the cmd `vlc-gtk [rtmpdump cmd]` will now playback cmd immediately
         - fix: do not ignore other CLI options if playback is immediate
   - added /usr/sbin/pastengo: performs actions on clipboard contents,
   - added JWM keybindings for pastengo:
      - Ctrl-Alt+g: will google the clipboard contents
      - Ctrl-Alt+u: will search the puppy search engine for the clipboard contents
      - Ctrl-Alt+v: will run appropriate action on clipboard contents, based on dir, url, filetype, cmd, etc
         
Sept 12
   - updated /usr/bin/akita_setup: new 'Hotkeys' tab, showing all default JWM and Mrxvt keybindings
   - updated ptiming and pschedule to latest
   - removed unused programs/packages:
         -    c1541, jamvm, uget-gtk, getez, puppyphone, bluefish, wxbasic, puppybasic, gtkbasic, muppy*, 
            rgbpaint, treesize, fbxkb, gstpw, ptmtimer, ptimer, pcountdown, lslalarm, lsalarm-manager,
         
Sept 13
   - more JWM keybinding fixes, updates to info in akita_setup
   - updated to gtkdialog r422
   
Sept 14
   - updated to gtkdialog r428
   - added to Akita repo and PPM:
      vte-0.28.2-w5c: advanced terminal libs, BuildingBlock 356K
      vte_DEV-0.28.2-w5c: advanced terminal libs, BuildingBlock +vte 356K
      screen-4.0.3-w5c: console based window manager, Desktop 379K
      screen_DOC-4.0.3-w5c: console based window manager, Desktop +screen 114K
      thunar-1.0.2-1-w5: great file manager, Filesystem 425K
      bluefish-2.0.2-w5: HTML editor, Document 2000K
      bluefish_NLS-2.0.2-w5: HTML editor, Document +bluefish 746K
      bluefish_DOC-2.0.2-w5: HTML editor, Document +bluefish 6K
      puppyphone-1.2-psip32-1-w5: SIP client, online phone calls, Internet 697K
      groovejaar1.0.22.5: grooveshark frontend and downloader, Multimedia +jre 1300K
      virtualbox-4.1.22_base: virtualisation, run other operating systems, System +vboxdrv 28000K
      vboxdrv-4.1.22-k2.6.25.16.pup4: kernel modules needed by Virtualbox, System +virtualbox 124K
      gpm_DOC-1.20.6-i486: enables a mouse cursor on the console, BuildingBlock +gpm 40K
      gpm_DEV-1.20.6-i486: enables a mouse cursor on the console, BuildingBlock +gpm 32K
      gpm-1.20.6-i486: enables a mouse cursor on the console, BuildingBlock 101K
      dbus-1.2.4.2permissive-1-w5: system library, BuildingBlock 288K
      dbus_DEV-1.2.4.2permissive-1-w5: system library, BuildingBlock 499K

Sept 15:
   - updated to guess_fs-20120911, smaller, faster, with ext4 and btrfs
   - updated to gtkdialog rev433, fixes tall table entries
   - fixed /usr/sbin/script_grepper: faster, searches inside all shell scripts in $PATH for $1, optionally replace $1 with $2
   
Sept 16
   - added Transcoder 0.0.6, a video coder, in Menu->Multimedia

Sept 18
   - fixed: retain desktop settings in: ~/.xinitrc, /usr/sbin/toggle-rox-desktop
   - fixed: update_jwm_drives func in /sbin/pup_event_frontend_d
   - fixes in xbindkeys, removed uneeded stuff, updated menu entries
   - fixes, menu cleanup: some apps removed from menu
   - updated gtkdialog to r444
   - updated Toggle ROX Desktop: can now also enable/disable JWM drive icons
   - updated JWMCfgManager: added button for Toggle Rox Desktop
   - added 'upload to imgur.com' ROX right click options for all images
   - added: easy toggle JWM submenus, just go to Menu->System->Toggle JWM Submenus
         - added: new jwm rcfile ~/.jwm/JWMCONFIG
         - added: /usr/bin/jwm_toggle_submenus, toggle $SUBMENU (true or false) in ~/.jwm/JWMCONFIG
         - updated: /usr/bin/jwm_menu_create: reads SUBMENU from rcfile
         - updated: /usr/sbin/fixmenus: remove SUBMENU=0
         
- Sept 19
   - removed uneeded splash grub image
   - update to ISO: uses grub4dos graphical menus
         - added to cd /gfxfile  (cpio archive)
         - updated menu.lst to use file above
         - removed old xpm splash image

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012, 11:36    Post subject:  

starhawk wrote:
ALSAmixer works as described. It needs to be pointed in the right direction to find anything, which is why I was thinking an alias was in order.


Sorry, I have a bad habit of skimming through thread entries, and responding before properly digesting all of the information.

I don't think you need an alias. If the soundcard works for you with those alsamixer settings, then:
just edit alsamixer.desktop and change the exec option to rxvt -e alsamixer -c 0

You will also need to refresh the JWM menus for the settings to take effect.
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012, 12:12    Post subject:  

A notable side effect of not having the alias is that Pmusic won't play anything other than a little message in the status bar that says "source not found" Wink Sad
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012, 16:43    Post subject:  

starhawk wrote:
starhawk wrote:
The method in the 2nd to last post in the 2nd link ALMOST works. ALSAMixer errors out, but if you pull up a terminal and type alsamixer -c 0 then THAT will work.

I think I need to create an alias somewhere, but I don't know how or what Sad If someone can tell me how to make it known to the filesystem that there's a soundcard there, that would be nice.


An answer to this would be extraordinarily helpful Wink

Hard to know, as I don't have the hardware to test, but if I were you I'd play around and put something like this into /etc/modprobe.conf:

Code:
alias snd-card-0 snd-cs4236
options snd-cs4236 index=0 id=CARD_0 port=0x530 cport=0x210 \
irq=5 dma1=0 dma2=1 mpu_port=0x330 isapnp=0 fm_port=0x388 mpu_irq=9
or
Code:
alias snd-card-0 snd-cs4236
alias sound-slot-0 snd-cs4236
options snd-cs4236 index=0 port=0x530 cport=0x538 isapnp=0 dma1=1 dma2=0 irq=5
... also trying cs4232 instead of cs4236 ...

And play with the puppy boot options, to disable PnP OS: pci=biosirq

But I am basically guessing, as I did with Keefs audio problems!

Tman wrote:
I stumbled across Pupizzard package builder. Was this Iguleder's program, or did you modify it?

It's Iguleders, I know next to nothing about compiling..

Tman wrote:
I have modified one of Iguleder's builder package, which I got from Pemasu's Exprimo thread,
and it works great from the terminal ... I just have to do a few more tweaks to it, and then I want to make a font-end gui for it. I was wondering if you are interested in testing it, and maybe helping me with the gui?

I think a good, big repo of build scripts would be great, to make compiling a little easier for users.. I still plan to create some build scripts of my own for Puppizard... I'd be happy to test your script - the best thing to do is post it as a pet so most users can easily test it, to get the most feedback...

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012, 17:53    Post subject:  

Think I figured out part of the problem. This CPi doesn't have an option in BIOS to turn on/off the PnP OS feature. It's stuck in the "on" mode!

...the entry in menu.lst doesn't seem to do much, either. I may have to downgrade the BIOS to achieve this...

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012, 19:15    Post subject:  

sc0ttman wrote:

I think a good, big repo of build scripts would be great, to make compiling a little easier for users.. I still plan to create some build scripts of my own for Puppizard... I'd be happy to test your script - the best thing to do is post it as a pet so most users can easily test it, to get the most feedback...

Here you go.. buildpet and tarball of scripts

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Sep 2012, 07:36    Post subject:  

After making the upgrade to Beta 12, I found my Dell Optiplex Gx1 died. I managed to salvage most parts, but not the motherboard. I will be building a new PC anyways.
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PostPosted: Fri 21 Sep 2012, 14:45    Post subject:  

bark_bark_bark wrote:
After making the upgrade to Beta 12, I found my Dell Optiplex Gx1 died.

That's a great advert for Akita!

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Sep 2012, 14:56    Post subject:  

Well it didn't die from Akita, it died of age. I get to use this one guy's PC for now, but he won't let me even run puppy of a USB stick. I can make no modifications to it.

But I am building a new PC from scratch anyways, but I would have to run Akita in a virtual machine, or replace the kernel with a new one.

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Sep 2012, 15:21    Post subject:  

bark_bark_bark wrote:
Well it didn't die from Akita, it died of age. I get to use this one guy's PC for now, but he won't let me even run puppy of a USB stick. I can make no modifications to it.

I hate when people can't understand a live CD/USB won't hurt their PC (except kill it Wink ).

Quote:
But I am building a new PC from scratch anyways, but I would have to run Akita in a virtual machine, or replace the kernel with a new one.

If I were you, I wouldn't bother with Akita if I had something powerful enough to run something better! Smile I really should test out Slacko or latest Wary one day, see what I am missing..

I always like to try and find out what the support for Linux is like before buying any hardware.. not that I buy much... When my current PC dies, I'll probably cobble together a frankenstein PC with bits I got lying around...

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Sep 2012, 20:11    Post subject: gfxfile
Subject description: how to make a gfxfile?
 

hi sc0ttman, i'm very like the picture in boot menu.
i look at menu.lst and it use gfxfile. it's far better than splash.xpm. so colorfull
Very Happy
how to make that gfxfile?
thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri 21 Sep 2012, 21:37    Post subject: Re: gfxfile
Subject description: how to make a gfxfile?
 

recobayu wrote:
hi sc0ttman, i'm very like the picture in boot menu.
i look at menu.lst and it use gfxfile. it's far better than splash.xpm. so colorfull
Very Happy
how to make that gfxfile?
thanks.

Put the gfxfile ('message file') from the Akita ISO in /root/Desktop/
It must be the only file in the directory!

Open a terminal, run the following to unpack the file:
Code:
cd /root/Desktop
cpio -iv < gfxfile

Then edit the files in /root/Desktop/ as needed.

In the same terminal: create the new gfxfile in /root/:
Code:
mv -v gfxfile ../gfxfile_old
ls | cpio -ov > ../gfxfile

More info here: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=372167#372167

Here are more 'message files', rename them as "gfxfile" and replace the original: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=50108

But I recommend using my gfxfile as a template to unpack, because I added more info to the help screen and fixed some other things.

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