Desktop icons new layout

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After an eternity, I am building a pup-derivative with a new layout of icons on the screen.

The partition icons are still there, above the tray.

The others are now just one line across the top of the screen, and those less-required are removed.

As SFS files are important in Easy, this is a new icon, labeled "sfsget". This is alongside what was named "install" but is now going to be either "pkgset" or "petget".

The renaming of "install" will remove confusion, due to the different meanings of that word.

I will also have radky's PupControl, which will launch via the "setup" icon. radky has just released a new version, that is Easy-compatible.
Posted on 16 Aug 2017, 20:54 - Categories: Linux


SFSget rewritten

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I have rewritten /usr/sbin/sfsget, the SFS downloader app.

This was not in Quirky, as Quirky is for full installations, though that changed somewhat later on.

Easy OS, however, is exclusively based on a layered filesystem, using aufs or overlay, and SFS files are making a big comeback.

Easy though, is very different from Puppy, and I had to rewrite SFSget from scratch.

Done, and it works real nice.
Posted on 16 Aug 2017, 20:49 - Categories: Linux


Markdown to HTML

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I wrote about redesigning the local help files in Easy:
http://barryk.org/news/?viewDetailed=00642

Now I am thinking of dumping all of that.

Various reasons, one of which is that HelpSurfer is too unstable. Also too slow.

jamesbond's mdview is soooo fast, and help files in Fatdog are now based on markdown. Wrote about mdview here:
http://barryk.org/news/?viewDetailed=00584

L18L wrote a custom converter to convert one of the Fatdog md files to html:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=895313#895313

I wondered what is out there, to convert md to html. There are many converters that require an Internet connection, but I want one that works offline.

Found these:
Written in C:
http://www.pell.portland.or.us/~orc/Code/discount/
Javascript:
https://github.com/chjj/marked

Posted on 11 Aug 2017, 9:43 - Categories: Linux


Big changes are afoot

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I have been swapping between using Quirky and Easy, and one thing has become very obvious: Easy is much faster.

No quantitative measurements, just eyeballing, noticing a significant difference in app startup times and general responsiveness. Compiling times are also remarkably faster.

Fundamentally, the reason is that Quirky is a full installation, and in my case on a magnetic platter mechanical hard drive. Whereas, Easy is a layered filesystem, where, if there is enough RAM, 'q.sfs' (which is all of Easy) gets loaded into RAM at bootup.

So, you pay the price of a slightly slower bootup, but faster running.

One extra point: q.sfs is xz-compressed, however, after download and at first bootup, there is the option to recompress it gzip-compressed. This can make a small but noticeable difference to the responsiveness.

Another point: aufs is configured without support for writing directly to the lower layers. This makes aufs faster.

In all, it is a pleasant experience using Easy. So, the title is hinting something!
Posted on 10 Aug 2017, 8:41 - Categories: Linux


Mele PCG35 Apo ordered

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I wrote about this mini-PC recently:
http://barryk.org/news/?viewDetailed=00634

Decided to buy it. Another system is needed for testing. Unfortunately, the Alpha Litebook has fatal problems with using Flash drives, so not using it. I posted about it here:
http://barryk.org/news/?viewDetailed=00608

Also, a system with Windows 10 will be useful for testing dual installations with Easy OS.

Like the passive cooling too!
Posted on 8 Aug 2017, 17:53 - Categories: Linux


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