Puppy Linux newsletter

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I mentioned the Puppy Linux Newsletter briefly, I think, at it's inception.

I just had a read of the March edition, it is looking good. I see that the April edition is in preparation.

To read about the background and how to contribute, go here:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=109754

Read online or download the newsletters from here:
http://smokey01.com/newsletters/

smokey01 is the main driving force behind the newsletters, and it is great to see others getting onboard with contributions.
Posted on 23 Mar 2017, 18:04 - Categories: Linux


VLC fixed for Easy and Quirky

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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.
Posted on 21 Mar 2017, 8:50 - Categories: Linux


SeaMonkey 2.46 compiled in Pi3

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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:
http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/cvs/xsoft/seamonkey.html

This is my mozconfig:
mk_add_options MOZ_MAKE_FLAGS='-j1'

mk_add_options MOZ_CO_PROJECT=suite
ac_add_options --enable-application=suite
ac_add_options --enable-system-hunspell
ac_add_options --prefix=/usr
ac_add_options --host=armv7l-unknown-linux-gnueabihf
ac_add_options --disable-dbus
ac_add_options --disable-accessibility
ac_add_options --with-system-bz2
ac_add_options --disable-updater
ac_add_options --disable-parental-controls
ac_add_options --disable-system-sqlite
ac_add_options --disable-system-cairo
ac_add_options --enable-strip
ac_add_options --without-system-jpeg
ac_add_options --with-system-zlib
ac_add_options --disable-tests
ac_add_options --with-default-mozilla-five-home=/usr/lib/seamonkey
ac_add_options --enable-default-toolkit=cairo-gtk2
ac_add_options --disable-crashreporter
ac_add_options --with-system-libvpx
ac_add_options --enable-gio
ac_add_options --disable-necko-wifi
ac_add_options --disable-gconf
ac_add_options --without-system-nspr
ac_add_options --without-system-nss
ac_add_options --enable-ldap
ac_add_options --with-system-icu
ac_add_options --disable-pulseaudio
ac_add_options --enable-system-ffi
ac_add_options --disable-gnomeui
ac_add_options --with-pthreads
ac_add_options --enable-system-pixman
ac_add_options --disable-debug
ac_add_options --without-system-libevent
ac_add_options --enable-optimize='-Os'
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...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

Posted on 20 Mar 2017, 8:04 - Categories: Linux


Maybe move from Hostgator to VPS

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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:
https://afterburst.com/unmetered-ssd-vps

...very cheap. Unmetered?! Ah, ok, data bandwidth is shared, but according to this, they won't actually take down a VPS:
https://afterburst.com/network-policy?back=openvz-ssd

This is an interesting getting-started read on VPS:
https://www.rosehosting.com/blog/what-is-linux-vps-hosting/

These guys specify a certain amount of data allowed per month, also they cost more:
https://www.rosehosting.com/linux-vps-hosting.html

...I wonder what happens if that limit is reached? Throttled, taken down?
Posted on 18 Mar 2017, 9:42 - Categories: Linux


Fatdog64 build recipes

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jamesbond has posted this on the Puppy Forum:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=109961

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).
Posted on 18 Mar 2017, 7:27 - Categories: Linux


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