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OscarTalks


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PostPosted: Sun 24 Sep 2017, 08:59    Post subject:  

musher0 wrote:
Just tested Oscar's variant.

Thanks for taking a look, musher0.
Personally I haven't had any problems with jwm, but I wonder if the issue you have observed is the same as the one described in the thread here:-
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=111461
If so it looks like the problem is 2 different "screens" loaded and the solution is a configuration tweak.

Since IceWM can be installed via PPM I guess that is an option for people who want an alternative. You have obviously done a lot of tinkering with this so I was wondering, is there not quite a lot of work involved in setting up configs for the main menu and other stuff? The fixmenus script used to update icewm as well as jwm but I think all that has gone now. Wouldn't all this have to be resolved if we were to include icewm in the main distro?

Regarding the kernel, the 4.4.87 build was HIGHLY experimental so I don't expect to stick with it. I feel that it must be something later than 3.17 so the LTS 3.16 is no good. The 3.18 series is listed as End Of Life but an update was released the other day as 3.18.71 but I tried compiling it and found that it was freezing up so I had to ditch it.

I was wondering if you tested the 4.1.38 kernel in that same hardware and found that it ran OK?
If so the best option may be to stick with that for now.
Apart from the 3.18.71 they have all worked OK on the hardware that I have tried.
I built 4.13.2 as well and that seems satisfactory here.
The ndiswrapper from github compiles because of a recent new commit.
The multiple [bioset] processes are gone which looks like something has been fixed.

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Sep 2017, 09:42    Post subject:  

Smithy wrote:
Just one thing. I can't get Qjackctl to run.

Hello Smithy,
Thanks for testing.
Not sure about Qjackctl. I remember compiling it once ages ago in Wheezy I think but never really used it at all.
I have included some Qt libs in the distro, these are needed by SMPlayer and Transmission 2.92 but they are official Debian so shouldn't cause any conflicts with Qjackctl if installed from PPM. That is the only idea that springs to mind though. If I get a chance to test this out I will report back.

As for multiple sound cards, they can sometimes be a bit fiddly, but I was recently experimenting with switching my main audio output from the main motherboard to the HDMI port of an nvidia card and I actually found that the latest version of the wizard worked perfectly, once I figured out which of the available options was the correct one.

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Sailor Enceladus

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Sep 2017, 10:31    Post subject:  

OscarTalks wrote:
Regarding the kernel, the 4.4.87 build was HIGHLY experimental so I don't expect to stick with it. I feel that it must be something later than 3.17 so the LTS 3.16 is no good. The 3.18 series is listed as End Of Life but an update was released the other day as 3.18.71 but I tried compiling it and found that it was freezing up so I had to ditch it.

I was wondering if you tested the 4.1.38 kernel in that same hardware and found that it ran OK?
If so the best option may be to stick with that for now.
Apart from the 3.18.71 they have all worked OK on the hardware that I have tried.
I built 4.13.2 as well and that seems satisfactory here.
The ndiswrapper from github compiles because of a recent new commit.
The multiple [bioset] processes are gone which looks like something has been fixed.

Hi OscarTalks,

I haven't had any freezing with 3.18.69 in Slacko 5.7 and am compiling 3.18.71 now for it too. Just curious which config file you used to make 3.18.71 in dpup stretch? I used the one from here, then just changed the filename from 3.18.22 to 3.18.71:

https://github.com/puppylinux-woof-CE/woof-CE/tree/legacy/kernel-kit/configs_extra

Perhaps a few parameters in it could be updated though? Yes it's nice that 3.18 is still being maintained despite it saying EOL.

OscarTalks wrote:
Since IceWM can be installed via PPM I guess that is an option for people who want an alternative. You have obviously done a lot of tinkering with this so I was wondering, is there not quite a lot of work involved in setting up configs for the main menu and other stuff? The fixmenus script used to update icewm as well as jwm but I think all that has gone now. Wouldn't all this have to be resolved if we were to include icewm in the main distro?

I think a light alternative to jwm would be great too (ie. lighter than lxde). In Puppy 420 I remember you could select icewm or jwm. musher0 seems to have a lot of great ideas. If you guys get icewm working or another other light wm in dpup feel free to post your findings, I might try this later too. jwm 2.x has a big hiccup preventing me from wanting to keep using dpup woof-ce.
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Sep 2017, 12:39    Post subject:  

Hi Sailor,
I used the 3.16.43 config as it was the closest one in the testing branch kernel kit.
I might give the one you suggested a try as I would quite like to roll back to 3.18.x or at least have that as a nonPAE option.
I am new to compiling kernels but I have to say the config situation is rather concerning. There are so many options, it would take hours to go through them all even if I understood what they all are, which sadly I don't. We kind of have to assume that the ones we have are close enough, but I presume new options creep in with the updates from time to time.

I have never experienced a problem with jwm. The big hiccup you mentioned is a strange one. If you suspect it may be a clash combination with the intel graphics driver, one test might be to use xorgwizard to switch to the modesetting driver and see if it still happens.

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Sep 2017, 12:49    Post subject:  

Hello OscarTalsk, Sailor and all.

About the icewm menu, I have a working prototype here:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=966527&sort=lastpost&search_id=1400873808#966527

You may want to look at the script, maybe improve it a bit, but it works fine
as is. Requires the replaceit utility for fine-tuning of sub-menu titles. With
this script you don't need any xdg-template.

The script Is well commented, I think. If you have any questions, just ask.
I've included some screen captures.

About icewm, you may be interested to know that there is a continuation /
revival of it on github: https://github.com/bbidulock/icewm
I know the new icewm is also part of Médor's Toutou-Slaxen. (French Puppy
based on a recent Slacko).

I can provide my compilation if you like -- complete with the above menu.
It's the one I use on my multi-WM Stretch.
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=947366&sort=lastpost#947366
The repo for it is here: (Thanks to forum member augras)
http://augras.eu/documents/ws-default/Dpup_Stretch

About kernels, this DPupStretch-7fr is available with a choice of 3.14.79,
3.16.43 and 4.1.38 kernels. (In the "ISOs" section in the augras repo.)
All three run fine on my old machine.

BFN.

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Sep 2017, 16:17    Post subject:  

OscarTalks wrote:
"Not sure about Qjackctl. I remember compiling it once ages ago in Wheezy I think but never really used it at all.
I have included some Qt libs in the distro, these are needed by SMPlayer and Transmission 2.92 but they are official Debian so shouldn't cause any conflicts with Qjackctl if installed from PPM. That is the only idea that springs to mind though. If I get a chance to test this out I will report back."

And very fine it was (and is) in Wheezy
To save you time OscarTalks, I tried the ISO by recobayu,
and that has the same problem with Jack.
so I guess it's not your QT libs that you added to your distro.
A few Stretch marks..
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Sep 2017, 22:10    Post subject:  

Hi Smithy,

I have compiled jack audio connection kit 0.125.0 and qjackctl 0.4.5
Since I already have the Qt libs I thought I would try adding these to my remaster as they are not all that big and they add to the functionality. If you would like to test it I have uploaded the modified .iso to the yandex storage site.
https://yadi.sk/d/nzC5YTU93MgVaf?force_show=1
Menu entry in the Multimedia section or qjackctl in terminal.
This now has kernel 4.13.2 which is still highly experimental
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Smithy


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PostPosted: Mon 25 Sep 2017, 05:25    Post subject:  

Great, thanks OscarTalks, will give it a good test and see how it holds up.
If you have a pet available, that would be good too, just to see the structure. No problem if you don't want to make that available. Cheers.
Something flashed by on the bootup on the new iso version., a load of 000000's I think, don't know what it was but it got to the desktop ok.
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PostPosted: Mon 25 Sep 2017, 07:01    Post subject:  

Hello Smithy,

I have uploaded the .pets to the same place in yandex disk.
I might not leave them there for ever so feel free to grab them to take a look or experiment with them.
https://yadi.sk/d/nzC5YTU93MgVaf?force_show=1
The qjackctl .pet does need the Qt libs (which are in my test distro) and contains the language support translation files which I left out.
The jack-audio-connection-kit is jack1

I think the reason why the PPM installation fails may be because there is a mixture of jack1 and jack2 libs in the distro build. Anyway, my attempted solution does run. Let me know if it works as it should.

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PostPosted: Mon 25 Sep 2017, 15:56    Post subject:  

Thanks Oscar will pick them up.
It seems to be working well with Qtractor at 256 periods, but lower than that it is giving off massive xruns.
Whether that is the kernel or the libs routing or Irq threading I don't know. I set the cpus to performance mode but no difference.
The Jack you made is working well, but just not at the benchmark 128 periods for most puppies. Jack 1, Jack 2, why can't they make their mind up and just do Jack lol.
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Sep 2017, 00:26    Post subject:  

Hello OscarTalks.
Thanks for the ISO. I installed to a CD then USB; both booted to the desktop without issue. The Grub4Dos menu did not show the options presented when booting from the CD. Perhaps they are available in the Advanced menu.lst which i did not check.
ndiswrapper works ok. Smile
Did not like that there was only 1 virtual display panel but that's now resolved via Menu.
Missed the pmount icon in the notification area as in most puppies and saw no way to implement one in Menu. pMount from Menu worked OK, but it's not the same.
pcman is definitely not my favourite file-manager.

Just a short spin, a very good effort. The negatives are just personal choices.
I'll continue now and then to run it and report.

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Sep 2017, 14:50    Post subject: short report, OscarTalks dpup install on 2 machines  

OscarTalks wrote:
In case anyone is interested I have uploaded my Dpup Stretch remaster.
This is NOT intended as an attempt at a release or anything like that.
I installed it on 2 machines: a new i5/win10 machine and a dualcore, y2008 and it works very well on both.
I had to get used to the lilac theme at first, but now I like it. I changed to a blue theme on one machine. The image is very clear and text is easy to read. It's all tastfull and nice looking.
For the old machine I compiled the latest 304 nvidia driver with getnvidia.

I had to throw in iwlwifi-7265D-19.ucode for the new machine.
Quote:
Has anyone managed to get the auto-connect of ethernet at first boot to work?
On both machines the auto-connect to internet with SNS works on next boots when installed on first boot. On some puppies I have to put rc.network in ~/Startup, but not here.
On the new machine I have indicator lights for shiftlock and numeric lock. They don't work ootb. I had to add "modprobe input-leds" in /etc/rc.d/rc.local.
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Regarding the kernel,
I have an opinion too. 4.4 is very good, since it runs on both my machines. I also tried the DpupStretch from ttuuxxx with a 4.1 kernel. It's fine too. For my new machine however, I would be interested in a kernel >=4.5 because it is an Optimus machine and there should be better support for this with kernel 4.5 and later. I did not try it out yet however.
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I built 4.13.2 as well and that seems satisfactory here.
Where can I find this? Or can I just take a kernel from any other puppy (let's say LxPupSc) and switch kernels?
Or can I build it in woofCE or with makepup? (Haven't tried these, but might take up the challenge if I knew it is a possibility.)
I will also try this dpup on an old y2000 P3 to see what works.
For an official release I would recommend 2 versions, one with an older and one with a recent kernel.

The choice of apps is very good and rich (enough). I will explore some more.

I have to agree with fredx181: You may not intend this to be a release, but it would be a very strong one!!!
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Sep 2017, 18:03    Post subject:  

B.K. Johnson wrote:
I installed to a CD then USB

Hello B.K.,
Thanks for testing. Glad most of it seems to be working reasonably well. Especially pleased to know that ndiswrapper works because I wanted to make sure that I included it. Wasn't quite sure what you meant about pmount. PCmanFM is put there by the woof-CE build and I didn't try to remove it, even though I only use ROX myself. As you say, most of the options are just personal choices which are easy to re-configure as the user wishes.

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Sep 2017, 18:29    Post subject: Re: short report, OscarTalks dpup install on 2 machines  

foxpup wrote:
I installed it on 2 machines

Hello foxpup,
Thanks for the report. The theme is unconventional but I quite like it now too.
I did change the uploaded .iso the other day to include the 4.13.2 kernel so not sure which one you have. If you have the 4.4.87 then you might want to grab it again to extract the 4.13.2 vmlinuz and zdrv and try switching them. I haven't uploaded the kernel separately anywhere because I am rather unsure and inexperienced with such things. My kernels are built in woof-CE kernel kit using the closest available config file version number.

Peebee has some kernel builds which may be better. I believe his normally require a firmware fdrv which is easy to do. Mine have the firmware in the zdrv. There are reports that there has been a change in kernel 4.13.x which affects cpu frequency scaling in Puppy so this is something to be aware of.

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Sep 2017, 20:48    Post subject:  

@OscarTalks
B.K. Johnson wrote:
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Missed the pmount icon in the notification area as in most puppies

OscarTalks wrote:
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Wasn't quite sure what you meant about pmount.

Misnomer. I meant the PartView icon which on click gives the size/free storage for each inserted storage device. Did I miss i? Is it select-able from Menu?
Update/Correction
The PartView icon is indeed visible. Sorry for the false alarm. Embarassed

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