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No comments My simpleVP frontend for the commandline vlc and other CLI video players, remains in a primitive state. I haven't had the time to work further on it. So, video playing in the latest Easy and Quirky (versions 0.2 and 8.1.6) is broken.
I have fixed VLC. This is now the GUI version, that uses Qt libs. A lot of extra DEBs were required.
I got it working, but found videos would not play full-screen, and VLC crashed at completion of playing a video.
My laptop has intel graphics. VLC defaults to using libva and intel_vaapi for video output, and this is the cause of the trouble.
I have created a wrapper script, that causes VLC to default to "xcb_x11" or "xcb_xv" video output, unless the user has explicitly chosen something else. For me, "xv" (xvideo), works fine.
I also fixed the File->Open folder path, as appropriate for Easy or Quirky.
1 Comment I have compiled SeaMonkey 2.46 in the Raspberry Pi3, running Quirky Xerus 8.1.4. It took all night, but finally got there, after a few failures.
The info at the LFS page was invaluable:
This is my mozconfig:
...in retrospect, I would have chosen not to use the system pixman lib, as although it works, error messages get spitted out on stderr.
...note also, not using system libevent. Version 2.1.8 and later requires a patch, as shown on the LFS page. Quirky, based on Ubuntu 16.04 DEBs, has an older libevent that does NOT want that patch -- which I found out the hard way, as the LFS page doesn't explain that vital detail. Using the internal libevent avoids the problem.
I had to install "autoconf2.13" DEB from the Ubuntu repo, otherwise configure doesn't work.
With "mozconfig" in place, it was just a matter of:
# make -f client.mk
# make -f client.mk install
No comments As posted, have problems with my host, Hostgator. Too much traffic, they say. It is a cheap shared account, supposed to be unlimited data, except it isn't.
I would like to have more control, and not get taken down when traffic peaks.
Jamesbond has recommended these guys:
...very cheap. Unmetered?! Ah, ok, data bandwidth is shared, but according to this, they won't actually take down a VPS:
This is an interesting getting-started read on VPS:
These guys specify a certain amount of data allowed per month, also they cost more:
...I wonder what happens if that limit is reached? Throttled, taken down?
No comments jamesbond has posted this on the Puppy Forum:
James and the Fatdog developers have made a complete compile-from-source build system. They are using Slackware-like package management.
This total approach is superb.
Note, Fatdog forked from Puppy many years ago. At that time, the build system was named Unleashed -- Woof came later, for Puppy.
For Puppy, we now have woof-CE (Community Edition), and for Quirky Linux, of which Easy is the latest incarnation, I have the Quirky build system, a fork of Woof2 (the precursor to woof-CE).
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