Puppy Linux May newsletter

The Puppy Linux (and Puppy-derivatives) newsletter for May 2017 is out, read online:

The newsletters can also be downloaded as Notecase files. Notecase, the free open-source version, is in all puppies.

There is a forum thread for discussion about the newsletter here:
Posted on 16 May 2017, 15:13 - Categories: Linux

Chasing bugs in Pyro64

As I posted to the Puppy Forum this morning, Kodi now has text, and is working. Forum thread:

The problem that I am now working on, is both Firefox and SeaMonkey are very unstable. From past experience, there are various system libraries that are the cause of this, such as icu, cairo, pango, glib/gio.

I experimented with different configure options, eventually configured with almost everything internal, except, I think system libvpx. Beautiful, completely stable.

Then I introduced system hunspell and icu ...crashes again.

Most likely it is icu, so now I am doing a compile with all the other system libs reintroduced, except using internal icu. Hopefully that will be stable.

If it turns out to definitely be icu, I might do a complete rebuild in OE, using the same version of icu as used in seamonkey (56.1) with the same patches (OE has 58.x).
Posted on 15 May 2017, 22:21 - Categories: Linux

Low cost NAS

Isn't this interesting:

I am a retired gentleman, really don't need a thing like this. It would be cool though.
Posted on 14 May 2017, 17:57 - Categories: Linux

Ransomeware hits Windows

I watched the news on TV yesterday, of businesses across the world being hit by "ransomeware". Hospitals in the UK have had to turn away patients.

What they did not say on TV, is just what computer operating systems have been hit. I wondered if it is Windows (again).

Yes, it is:

The leaked hacking tool exposed a method of spreading malware across computers in a network using a flaw in Windows. Once a computer is infected with the ransomware, if that machine has not been patched, the infection can jump to other machines.

We should not be complacent with Linux though. I intend to keep thinking about tightrning up the security in Quirky.

For now, there is a good argument for taking the precaution of running SeaMonkey and Firefox as the "spot" user.
Posted on 14 May 2017, 17:27 - Categories: Linux

OE/Yocto Pyro released

There was a post on one of the Yocto mail lists, that Pyro, version 2.3, is released:

I have cloned it, and merged my customization layer, and started the build. This is a big build, with "the works", including Firefox, Gimp, Pidgin, Libreoffice, Kodi.

However, I have not solved the problem of no text in Kodi, so I will build Quirky with Xine. Also, Quirky will have SeaMonkey, rather than Firefox.

The plan is that once I am satisfied everything is reasonably sane, I will upload a tarball "oe-qky-src", which is OE with my customizations, so it is ready-to-go for anyone who is interested.

Also, intend to release a Quirky build. It will still have some issues, so might have to be classed as pre-alpha or alpha.
Posted on 13 May 2017, 17:54 - Categories: Linux

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