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DaveS


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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 14:18    Post subject:  

Yes please................. but please could you include the 'favourites' facility from Stardust.
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 16:59    Post subject:  

As a very happy user, and as much fun as it is to "play" with new releases I have always been of the opinion that the Puppy release schedule was a bit over ambitious at times when most distros release at a minimum of 6 month intervals.
I have more often then not used Barry's releases because of the "ground up" stability based more on functionality then form.
If the purpose of a 4.3.2 is to strengthen the base system with needed updates than I would say yes especially if it is needed for new users.
(Puppy continues to move up the list in popularity)
But, conversely I think that could wait for Barry maybe doing a 5.0 based on Woof when it is out of beta after the communities 4.4
To me Puppy has a wonderful cult like community that freely takes that "Master build" and makes it into all the great pups we know and love; And I do love trying all the great builds, and these builds fill in all the gaps for different users. So I don't feel the official version needs to be released quite so often.
If I understand correctly that is Barry's wisdom in focusing on Woof as that new "Barry base system" for the community to build from.
While I understand the desire of many to see Barry build the 4.3.2 I would hate to have him pulled away from those other projects to do it.
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cthisbear

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 17:48    Post subject:  

The same reply as on your site.

Yes..Yes.. Yes.

Co devs....you and ttuuxxx

///////////////

Barry:

I’m devastated.
Seven months since a release.
I know that the windmill project and the termites have kept you busy,
But this was the man who released 7 Puppies in one year.

So I’m not happy Jan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2akt3P8ltLM

“”””””””””””
This is what I believe should happen.

Yes to a new Puppy. It keeps up the interest for everybody.
It motivates other devs to try and top it.
The world doesn’t stop changing or turning for anyone.

I believe that ttuuxxx should get a go as >> Co Deveeloper.

He has matured, always puts out fixes, releases etc.
His stuff is good.
Do you take your car to a bad mechanic?
He has worked with many other Devs on their projects.
He is wired to the puppy circuit.
Most of his fixes should be in there.
This time really think outside the square.

Please make sure the codecs work..
All of them including iPods.
Youtube works and browser crashing stop>>>Flash issues.
I like Seamonkey.
However why can’t we radical.?
Maybe offer Opera or Firefox as the main option.
I’m trying to keep Sage off your back.
Whatever is in…I’d like working Pets of the other browsers>>>that just work.

A nice stable platform that can help people like John Biles and others
just custom build their projects for others to enjoy.
Look at Macpups popularity…awsome.
Nop from Grey, Teenpup, Lighthouse, Dpup Puppeee etc ..we have great variety.

Ttuuxxx and you = Superpuppy.

It’s not about stepping on toes.
It’s about advancement, freshness.
Your different approaches in everything you release is what makes Puppy.
Bugger the whingers….and I want the man on the bike on the desktop…Ha!…Ha1

Regards….Chris.
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prehistoric


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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 18:16    Post subject: another vote for 4.3.2  

In my opinion, there have been enough bug fixes to justify a modest effort on 4.3.2. I just used Stardust 013 yesterday to get the bug fixes I needed. The other changes are nice, but I can wait for 4.4CE.
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 18:28    Post subject:  

I get the feeling that Barry could release 4.3.2 fairly soon as he appears to have most of the work already done.

For those who don't think it's a good idea to release 4.3.2 then continue using 4.3.1, the rest of us will probably enjoy the enhancements of 4.3.2

Let's not restrict Barry's inspiration and generosity.

My mother taught me to be polite and accept gifts with gratitude.

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dogle

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 20:24    Post subject:
Subject description: YES ! New jumping-off page vital now.
 

For the best part of a year now we have had the benefit of some really high quality newbie feedback in the Beginners' Section of this forum, and the issue which comes up far and away above anything else is the difficulty that the raw and bewildered newcomer has in reaching Puppy's excellent information resources.

These are not stupid people.

'Puppy's Jumping off page' was intended to make this easy, but it is abundantly clear now that it is not doing the job as was intended. The intelligent newcomers are not getting to the right stuff. Technosaurus did a grand job developing the Puppy Portal Page, but the continuing feedback indicates that this was not the answer and I fear that with the existing jumping-off page it may have added to the confusion.

This difficulty has been around for many Puppy versions now but has not been addressed because, understandably, the main dev focus is on technical issues.

The newbie vox populi is unmistakable and there is an overwhelming case to issue a 432 transmitting a revamped jumping-off page even in the absence of anything else; we are being told this is the cardinal issue in Puppy-popularity from the newbies' viewpoint.

Rejigging the jumping-off page to address the feedback is trivially easy v/v the ongoing technical issues, and I for one will be very happy to contribute to this if I can. (There are other issues on which I would comment if Barry decides to go ahead with 432, but information access really is the biggie re. newbie acceptance of Puppy).
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davesurrey

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 21:25    Post subject:  

Interesting post Barry as I decided to raise the issue of the current status of 4.4 and 5-series and where we were going 2 days ago in this thread.
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=401458#401458
I'd appreciate it if you'd read it and the comments I got.

The fact that I got about 13 replies over 2 days and you've got 3 pages worth here and 30-plus replies on your blog indicates your "pulling power".

Most see
Code:
PuppyLinux=BarryKauler.

Thats the good and bad news.

You came to the rescue after 420. If you come in now (and I believe something needs to happen as 4.4 and 5-series developments are slow by past comparison) then there is the risk that folk will rest in the secure (and erroneous) knowledge that you will always be there to rescue us. So if you make a 4.3.2 I think you need to do something more.

There seem to be many here who agree that development of the base Puppys is worryingly slow. It's only a worry of course if we want Puppy to have visability and success measured by take up against other distros. There is debate here whether that is a valid reason for Puppy's existance. If the community doesn't know or is split then I guess you can help to make that clear.

I don't agree with those who say just be happy, enjoy Puppy and things will be okay. Those that stand still, in a moving World, tend to end up going backwards.

I worry who will develop the base when you have really retired and gone rock collecting or whatever.

Even the fundamentals of the distro, a wiki where information is readily accessible for new-comers and a well stocked repository, 2 things that the community could make a big contribution with, are a long way off some other small distros. And even today I see that caneri is being forced to close his site which is a further major blow. Luckily we have a friendly and helpful forum thanks to John.

It's been suggested that we don't have enough developers/coders/packagers. I believe we have plenty of talented folk but they are spread so thin making/supporting so many (too many?) puplets. So why are there so many puplets? Might it be that with a thin repository puplets are another way of tailoring Puppy to ones own needs. Whereas if the repo had many more apps then the needs for so many different puplets would diminish and the devs might be able to contribute to the few base Puppys and further apps. There is the risk though that some might leave and try to set up their own OS.

But I believe that it all comes down to the fact that since your retirement we are leader-less. I've said elsewhere that I don't consider a leader to be the same as a coordinator, but someone who can set a basic direction...to be honest if we do have a direction few understand it today...and then in a hands-off manner let the bulk of the folk here do what they enjoy most. I believe it would not just strengthen Puppy but give it a securer future. As it stands today I am not alone in being concerned.

I hope you won't read this negatively as that's not what is behind it. I truly want Puppy to succeed and strengthen but for months now this forum seems to have become rather apathetic as to the big issues, prefering to roll out new apps, more puplets yet seemingly ignore the bigger issues.

I hope you will find a way, given your unique standing here, to set a direction that others can follow and get us back on the road again.

Yes it would be good to have a 4.3.2 but what we need is direction again.

Thanks for reading.
Dave
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mistfire

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 21:49    Post subject: Go for it barry but its now time to make a change  

Barry, Go for it. However its now time to make some improvements. I suggest on you that you must make the puppy more compact as possible because the 4.3.1 is almost more than 90MB. I noticed that you make the Dingo smaller than 3.0 , so it is possible on 4.3.x series of puppy. Please consider what the general users want.

Yes the puppy is good but there is a thing that hinders the being user-friendly of puppy. And that was the file manager, Rox-filer is good but tend not to be difficult for the newbies due to its own commands and implementation. I always prefer using puplet specially Gray's NOP. Because it is the one of the most compact and most user friendly Puppy that I ever use. I noticed that he removed all the unnecessary and redudant apps. He select more user-friendly apps. And many puplets based on his Puplet.

If you don't want the xfcee environment as primary Desktop environment. I suggest this combination>>>JWM + Thunar. Please include the disklabel implementation (if the device has a disklabel on it). To identify the storage devices easily. Here is my concept: When the storage device is detected instead of "sdxN" appeared on Desktop, "(sdXN)my_drive" appeared which was the same as "(X:)my_drive" on ms windows.

I hope these my suggestions help a lot you and for the development of Puppy.

Good Luck Barry and more power to you.
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 23:29    Post subject:  

davesurrey wrote:
It's been suggested that we don't have enough developers/coders/packagers. I believe we have plenty of talented folk but they are spread so thin making/supporting so many (too many?) puplets. So why are there so many puplets? Might it be that with a thin repository puplets are another way of tailoring Puppy to ones own needs. Whereas if the repo had many more apps then the needs for so many different puplets would diminish and the devs might be able to contribute to the few base Puppys and further apps.

This thread is sort of becoming a "which direction should puppy go in general" instead of should Barry make a 432 but I agree with Dave completely and the others that say yes.

The people here seem to like to be involved. Zigbert has a huge amount of people involved and following his stardust project b/c it is engaging. He releases new versions every few days and allows people the ability to try and improve upon it. A few improvements, another beta release. I'm not suggesting that you should do that but more releases keep people involved and interested. So I too would vote yes.

As far as what Dave brought up I agree. A barebones puppy that allows people the option to download what they want makes sense. Have an option on the desktop for others that says "recommended standard applications" that would download all the other files but it should start fairly empty.

Everything is about customization now. How do you want your hamburger? What features do you want on your car? How can you make your cell phone not look or sound like any other persons? Which financial product is designed specifically for you? If anyone here is involved in marketing they can expound further on the consumers desire for customization. Like buying a car. Start with a base and let the consumer add the features they want while weighing the costs themselves. Goingnuts is heading in the right direction this way with pupngo. Not there yet but still the right direction.
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Mar 2010, 00:05    Post subject: 432 YES! ... but with Firefox and ttuuxxx helping it  

My perspective is of a nooby doing some remastering aiming at my own use and to motivate and show ruindows users THE option to migrate to a better world: PUPPY.
I am starting from down here in Rio de Janeiro but my dream is to see it further spreaded all around Brazil and (why not?), Latin America, Africa and Asia, which all have in common the fact of a large population with low income and availability of old hardware, perhaps for free.
Maybe, some organized action, with the right design and counting on the right PUPPY and packages, could help trigging the systematic creation of NGO's in all these lands to further help spreading/providing low cost and high quality (LCHQ) computing to all those low income families.

Thus:

1st) I vote for 432 with Firefox (I am currently happy with ttuuxxx's 4311) and I suggest that ttuuxxx's knowledge, specially after 4311 and 214X development, definitely be integrated into 432.

2nd) Option for the latest version of OO with possibility of systematic updates, the same way as it is possible with Firefox.

3rd) Option for GIMP, also with systematic updates.

4th)Of course Skype, BUT ... also option of a good SOFTPHONE for other VOIP providers, like VOIPRAIDER (www.voipraider.com), which is way more affordable for phone calls/international phone calls - after a $10 dollars credit you are allowed to call for free land lines in most countries and to mobiles in US, Canada and China.

VOIPRAIDER recommends, for linux users, LINPHONE free softphone http://www.linphone.org/index.php/eng/features

PSIP 0.12 works technically well but you can't access/use the contacts list stored at your VOIP provider's servers and its local stored buddies list doesn't allow buddies' names for the phone numbers.


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jrb


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PostPosted: Fri 19 Mar 2010, 01:41    Post subject:  

Here we go again, Confused
"I want xxx browser!"
"i want xxx office suite!"
etc, etc, etc,

Barry, Build it any damn way you want and ignore the complaints.

You've done some great work with the latest woof improvements and it would be a shame if only those people who can figure out woof can get the benefit. Release puppy 4.3.2 and the other developers can incorporate it into their projects along with the changes they have in mind.

Don't be shy, GO FOR IT! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Mar 2010, 01:57    Post subject:  

jrb wrote:
Here we go again, Confused
"I want xxx browser!"
"i want xxx office suite!"
etc, etc, etc,

Barry, Build it any damn way you want and ignore the complaints.

You've done some great work with the latest woof improvements and it would be a shame if only those people who can figure out woof can get the benefit. Release puppy 4.3.2 and the other developers can incorporate it into their projects along with the changes they have in mind.

Don't be shy, GO FOR IT! Very Happy


Well said! I dont think this thread was entitled 'What do you want in 4.3.2' Smile

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Mar 2010, 04:00    Post subject:  

If we're talking about a 4.3.2, then it's bug fixes and application updates. If we want different or additional applications, that's 4.5.

What's wrong with 4.3.1 anyway? Except for trying out the new woof based puppies, 4.3.1 is the one that I actually use.

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Mar 2010, 04:26    Post subject:  

Agree with you gerry, Puppy IS mainly:
Seamonkey
Abiword
Gnumeric
Gxine
Rox

So, any discussion about changing this architecture in this topic is out of place. That said however, I think that in a 4.32 there can be enough place for applications, libs, kernel updates (although Barry says kernel won't change), bug fixes AND little improvements/changing: as I said in a previous post, and also ttuxxx mentioned this in Barry's blog, apps like transmission, lxtask (or htop), galculator, viewnior/gpicview, are nothing radically new, rather a better (for me) way to do each task with only one app, so I think they should be considered. And, last but not least, also ROX should be updated, since the one shipped in 4.31 has problems with image thumbnails, some pics I take with my Nikon camera aren't shown...I upgraded it to 2.9.0 and it works fine...
Otherwise I agree with you, we can stay with 4.31
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Mar 2010, 07:05    Post subject:  

4.3.2 is a good idea. It's good, because it fills the gap between 4.3.1 and 5.0, but I think it should be nothing but a minor release, so people don't get too crazy about it.

All the 4.x packages are ancient, 4.3.2 could be some temporary solution until 5.0 comes out, with an updated backend.

I started working on some project of mine, sort of a personal T2-like thing. It needs only Bash and some stuff found in devx

I use it for Rabbit Linux, my own distro, if I get tired from working on it, maybe I'll use to create a Puppy too ... it just needs a name, because it doesn't rely on T2 or a distro ... and if the Debian-based Puppy is dpup, my one should be .... ?pup Wink
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