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#1 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » One to watch? » 2014-03-26 10:01:32

Ah yeah the maximize animation is a bit on the ugly side. Not massively sure what to do with that, as contents wont resize, we're just scaling a parent container.. I'll look into it smile

#2 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » One to watch? » 2014-03-25 19:32:14

Unia wrote:

I just ran it for a few minutes. I definitely like what is there already. It is noticably still under development (no crashes, but missing features and flashing animations) but already stable!

Thanks big_smile Out of curiosity would the flashing animation be when changing wallpapers? I need to fix that.. it animates the new wallpaper coming in, but doesn't animate the removal of the old one >_>

I don't get massive amounts of time to work on it due to a full time job, and concentrate on one thing at a time, so this week I'm doing Evolve OS itself. Pull requests, issues, feedback, etc, are all welcome smile

#3 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » One to watch? » 2014-03-25 18:50:59

Unia wrote:
Snap wrote:

So.... Correct me if I'm wrong. Budgie Desktop is a tweaked Gnome?  roll

Is this sarcasm or...?  devil It's not, it's a whole new project. I came across it yesterday and I'm very interested. It's super lightweight (consisting of only a panel, a session and a window manager) but sadly it doesn't compile on my laptop. I'm going to file an issue on that soon!

EDIT: scratch that, the issue was already reported big_smile

^ That. smile The window manager uses libmutter, and provides a modification of the default Mutter plugin (not the GNOME Shell one smile ). Panel and session etc are written from scratch and kinda Chrome OS-esque. This is on purpose, mind. I'm not doing it on the sly
or accidently ending up with something looking similar to Chrome OS, I deliberately look to it, and other systems, for some inspiration

#4 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » One to watch? » 2014-03-25 18:48:25

corenominal wrote:
ikey wrote:

Folks wanted me to basically create another Debian, with enormous repositories, and maintain the Consort GNOME Fallback fork. That was what I had no time to work on, all the extra "stuff". I've zero interest in doing any of that this time around, keeping things very small and manageable.

Sounds good and it is great to see you developing again smile

Budgie Desktop looks super interesting. I'm itching to give it a try and I'm especially interested to see how the task management is handled.

Thanks smile I've been slowly getting back into things, and doing things my own way really. Glad to see you're still going strong with Crunchbang, nice to see the "old guard" as it were still exists, in the sea of all these new projects.

#5 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » One to watch? » 2014-03-25 08:26:26

jeffreyC wrote:

My one negative thought on this is:
Ikey stopped SolusOS because he did not have time for it, how much time will he have for this project ?

Well, SolusOS was a lot bigger than Evolve OS. See, SolusOS had a bit of a problem, in that it was too big. Some of you may remember a while ago now on G+ I put out a survey. I asked a very simple question.. I asked the users whether they wanted a task-specific distro, as I did, or a monolithic does-everything distro. People voted overwhelmingly for the second option.

Folks wanted me to basically create another Debian, with enormous repositories, and maintain the Consort GNOME Fallback fork. That was what I had no time to work on, all the extra "stuff". I've zero interest in doing any of that this time around, keeping things very small and manageable. My desktop is very easy to maintain, as it just plugs into the existing GNOME stack (No forks! smile)

One of the first things I did was to purge packages from the repo I don't want to support (pekwm, openbox and xfce just got git rm -rf'd), and I'm going to keep it limited to the goals of the project - and that enables me to have much more time to work on things that actually matter.. (On the website I made a post about reusing what's already there - its already saved me a shedload of time)

Anywho - I just wanted to ensure things were cleared up before any discussion went up around it - and if anyone still needs questions answering I'm happy to do so on G+, or here (as long as I remember to keep checking the thread - I'm terrible at that)

Have a great day smile

- Ikey

#6 Re: Devel: CrunchBang 12 "Janice" » Ideas for Janice » 2013-10-07 21:07:30

intoCB wrote:

It would take a lot of effort to go it alone. Just look at SolusOS.

Perhaps CrunchBang could be based on SolusOS in future. That way we can make childish jokes about the package manager.

S'all good I do it too tongue

#8 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » GRUB repair script » 2012-10-26 21:59:18

xaos52 wrote:

You can use  the script to install GRUB to a partition too - though it is not recommended. There are no validations in the script, so you can enter sda (for MBR) or sda1 (for PBR).

xaos52 is right, I never bothered adding any form of validation to it. Its essentially a simple wrapper around
an annoying fix. Lot of users aren't comfortable with faffing around with chroots. Wouldn't blame them,
If its wanted by people I dont mind making a simple tool with GUI and CLI for repairing GRUB. Possibly
add some auto-detection and error-handling

(Thanks for sharing it machinebacon smile)

#9 Tips, Tricks & Scripts » [FIX] MPEG Videos Not Playing/Minitube/Totem » 2012-06-27 18:34:55

ikey
Replies: 0

Currently there's an issue with gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad causing Minitube, Totem,
etc, to break when playing certain media files. The audio will play but no video is shown
(You might also have seen this as random frame drop outs in Totem)

For more information see this G+ post of mine

Anyways, we're going to patch the offending package here. I've not written the original patch,
I've just modified it to work in Wheezy (for SolusOS 2)
Information is on the G+ post.. On with the grunt work.

Download the source package

apt-get source gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad

Incorporate the patch

cd gst-plugins-bad0.10-0.10.23/debian/patches
wget "http://solusos.com/patches/h264parse.patch"
echo "h264parse.patch" >> series
cd ../../

Install the dependencies

sudo apt-get install devscripts fakeroot
sudo apt-get build-dep gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad

Build the package (Binary only)

dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -b 

Build the package with source (as opposed to binary only)

dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -us -uc

Install the packages
Go back to the base directory where the .deb's are now located

sudo dpkg -i "*.deb"

Assuming something like preload hasn't got the libs in RAM you can just go about
using minitube, etc, with everything working again. Done smile

Tip
Build parrallel! Assuming you have 4 processors, this command builds with 4 processes

export CONCURRENCY_LEVEL=4 && dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -b

NOTE:
Unless you're using a BFS kernel or similar, you'll probably never use all 4 cores efficiently
for the build. Adding to the concurrency_level may help. Never use more than the cores you
have or you'll immediately run into swap and put the system load under too much stress

#10 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » HOWTO: AMD FGLRX in Wheezy » 2012-06-02 20:13:44

Unia wrote:
ikey wrote:

Beta is beta. Guess we gotta suffer lol.

True - just thought of putting it out here cause you Debianers tend to be spoiled by stability big_smile

lol Debianers? tongue
My distro might be debian based but it has the latest apps smile

#11 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » HOWTO: AMD FGLRX in Wheezy » 2012-06-02 19:38:12

Beta is beta. Guess we gotta suffer lol. I'm building a set of packages now,
pre-patched etc.

#12 Tips, Tricks & Scripts » HOWTO: AMD FGLRX in Wheezy » 2012-06-02 18:46:56

ikey
Replies: 11

WARNING. THIS USES BETA SOFTWARE AND IS A NASTY HACK

Now I know you want to do it smile
Unsure whether anyones covered this yet but a couple times people said to me
they wanted/needed fglrx in Wheezy/#! and couldn't get it. So we're going to
use the beta.

NOTE: There will be no 12.5 Catalyst. http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pa … 6beta.aspx

I'm not going to bother asking whether your card is supported or not, you should know that.
Assuming you have fglrx before, and with the 1.12 X.Org you now don't, follow this little how-to


Download the driver

wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/hotfix/catalyst_12.6_hotfixes/amd-driver-installer-8.98-x86.x86_64.zip
unzip amd-driver-installer-8.98-x86.x86_64.zip

Install it

chmod +x amd-driver-installer-8.98-x86.x86_64.run  
./amd-driver-installer-8.98-x86.x86_64.run  

After going through the usual cruft and rebooting you'll find that this beta driver,
although working, has a nasty watermark in the corner, "AMD Testing Use Only"
We don't care for things like that.

Removing the watermark

./amd-driver-installer-8.98-x86.x86_64.run  --extract ati
sudo cp ati/common/etc/ati/control /etc/ati/.
sudo cp ati/common/etc/ati/signature /etc/ati/.
DRIVER=/usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.so
for x in $(objdump -d $DRIVER|awk '/call/&&/EnableLogo/{print "\\x"$2"\\x"$3"\\x"$4"\\x"$5"\\x"$6}'); do
 sed -i "s/$x/\x90\x90\x90\x90\x90/g" $DRIVER
done

The watermark hacks aren't mine, they're stolen from various places on the interwebz but I can
confirm I'm using 12.6b Catalyst with 1.12 X.Org smile

Screenie:
tZTI5cQ

Good luck all! smile

#13 Re: Introductions » #! = Best Distro Ever » 2012-03-18 17:32:57

Heh. Thanks guys smile

*disappears again*

#14 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Im back.. :) » 2012-02-01 19:52:03

Ok. Gonna be a few weeks before 64-bit I'm afraid.
#32 is now out and I'm stabilising the base.

#15 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Im back.. :) » 2012-01-29 00:00:05

Thanks guys! Sorry for late-reply, never got an email hmm
I'm gonna put 64-bit builds up relatively soon.
@hinto: Not too keen on Gnome 3 tbh. I only look for
truly stable stuff to use. I'll shop around before I make
a decision.
@dubois: Glad you like it man, and yeah I have a soft-spot
for having stuff just work, not a fan of the whole "thou shalt
not have non-free magicks" school of thought.
Obviously I'll have to make a *free* ISO for certain countries though.
@ShadeOfHades: glad to see you on my forums dude smile

#16 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Im back.. :) » 2012-01-26 17:57:42

Random update, been busy sorry for absence smile
Projects up and running, alpha's rolling out daily smile

#17 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Im back.. :) » 2012-01-12 19:10:39

Dyzphagia wrote:

Welcome back. I took a look, but I couldn't really tell. Is that Chromium that'll be included with it? Also what are you looking at desktop-wise? XFCE since you claim it's lightweight?

That was Chrome itself as it goes, bench-testing both to see differences.
And that's actually Gnome 2.3 you're looking at in those screenshots.
I had the original LMDE system using 110MB RAM with full desktop.
(Previous Mint developer, original LMDE developer)

I'm also looking to liaise with the MATE and Cinnamon projects in the
future and bring my uh... "expertise" (?) in making stuff run efficiently tongue
I've already spoken to the developers so I'm fully aware of the direction
of both.

The idea for the first release is a rock solid base with supplemented
repos (i.e. brand new shiny apps on top of solid base)
In a normal situation that wouldn't always work but I got a few tricks
up my sleeve I've had to cultivate out of necessity/experience.
So I'm putting them to good use now smile

@dubois: That's very kind of you, not used to a compliment like that smile
I'm hoping I can live up to the standard you've set on me xD

And I definitely won't be a stranger tongue

#18 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Im back.. :) » 2012-01-12 16:05:48

vicshrike wrote:

Looks nice, but I have just promised that this will be a no distrohopping year, but good luck!

Wouldn't blame ya - Way too much hassle lol.
Only reason I'm creating it is so that I finally have something i Can stick with.
Guiltiest distrohopper around, me..

Thanks though smile

#19 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Im back.. :) » 2012-01-12 15:58:06

hinto wrote:

^ how about the "kid" on the grub screen wink
BTW.. I registered to the site, now you have to produce an iso wink
-H

Oh thats not a bad idea lol
Theres some test images at the "images" subdomain.
Minimal customization (barely none) of stable Debian
live image (installers partially broken, bit of a bummer)
Built to give an idea of performance to peeps.
Dev-4 has isohybrid support so you can dd to a stick

#20 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Im back.. :) » 2012-01-12 15:52:14

Thans rhowaldt smile
Got some absolutely terrific contributors to the project smile

hinto: Good to hear from you dude smile
As I say, come Saturday work restarts. So things will get awesome I spose.

#21 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Im back.. :) » 2012-01-12 15:42:28

heya hinto mate big_smile hows you?
eh sites http://www.solusos.com/

should work oO

#22 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Im back.. :) » 2012-01-12 15:14:39

Sorry I never replied life's been a bit hectic as always.
The projects called SolusOS. Things will be
restarted as of this Saturday, not an awful lot done
so far tongue Give me roughly a month and I'll have
usable ISO's. Only got some initial testing ones
on the images subdomain

#23 Off Topic / General Chat » Im back.. :) » 2011-07-16 11:18:04

ikey
Replies: 38

Well. Its me, Ikey Doherty.
Probably faded from the memory of everyone here but ah well ^^
I'm that guy who used to work for Linux Mint and helped mould LMDE,
and wrote the installer.
</intro>

I'm working on my own project these days, meaning I'm my own boss
and don't have to worry about upsetting powers that be. Kinda means
I got free reign. So without further ado I'd like to inform you guys (coz
I wuvs ya) of a few things I got planned for the Debian world.

Actually.. they're primarily for my own distro (xD) but they're pure Debian
focused so I'm gonna be nice and share.

  • Automated driver installation utility

  • HotSwap of active drivers (graphics, atm)

  • Complete rewrite of my live-installer, with every damned feature you can think of

  • New backup solution (multiple sources, targets, methods)

  • Volume snapshot system (restoration/backup, ext4/btrfs)

  • System Update Grouping (allows safe upgrade paths on rolling releases)

  • APT-PORTS system (BSD style ports with APT integration (FUSE))

  • New PackageKit based GUI/TUI package manager (build-optimisation + delta deb support)

Some of those probably sound useless. Some may sound vaguely interesting.
Either way they'll be around in the short future, so I thought I'd give some heads up
in case any one was interested. (some may cause flame-age. pfft. im irish.)

Anyway. Wanted to say hi to and omns, corenominal and friTTe. Been too long since
I been here smile

#24 Re: News & Announcements » Reversions » 2011-02-03 22:59:19

caieng wrote:

About the installers, I find myself in disagreement with most of those on the forum. 
I do not dislike last year's text version, but, it did seem clumsy, at best.  I did use Clement's installer, and it worked all right, but, it is not superior, in my view, to the Ubuntu installer, which remains, for my money, the best of breed, WHY?

Who's installer? smile

caieng wrote:

Because the Ubuntu installer inquires from the user whether or not the user prefers automatic login.

Wow.  So simple.  so elegant.  FROM A USER'S perspective, that's the only way to go.

Automatic detection of display manager and the auto login option is a planned feature for
my live-installer. Also, you seek to speak for every user, I assume you did an initial questionarre
and consensus before you came to such a well informed decision on behalf of community members you've
never discussed the matter with.

caieng wrote:

I never use passwords.  Never.

Good luck when your box gets rooted because your router fails for just that split-second during
a subnet scan.

caieng wrote:

I have only contempt for those distros, like Suse, for example, which HALT the installation, if a user fails to provide fewer than two characters for a user name, or distros like Slackware, which WILL NOT  ACCEPT passwords of fewer than 6 characters.  The installation fails, if the user insists on a single character password.

Why?  Why would anyone design an installer so inflexible, so rigid, so unyielding, so user hostile????

Because they're following the guidelines set down by the lower level utilities and subsystem.
If you go back not too far there was an explicit rule denying a "-" in hostnames and usernames
still have to be lower case. But of course if standards don't matter to you... smile


caieng wrote:

Most of CrunchBang is light years ahead of other distros.  However, for the graphical installer to be regarded, at least by me, (and perhaps, only by me--haha) as truly a CrunchBang installer, it MUST offer the user an opportunity to save time, by incorporating that feature, that interrogation, into the installer.

I hate to speak for another person not present but I will. You're asking corenominal to create yet another
installer? live-installer was created by myself out of utmost need, as debian-installer was utterly broke when
we undertook the LMDE project. Now its a project that myself and Clem will be maintaining at Linux Mint.
As of next week I'll be dedicating 90% of my "spare time" (:P) to Linux Mint, so those projects will accelerate
rapidly.
Please also remember that even though Clem joined me on the live-installer project, at no stage were we
ever offered any help with coding or designing the installer. I understand people want X feature and Y
implemented, but we were juggling spare time with no help, so it was hard. You seem to have a firm idea
of what it is you want in an installer, if you prepare a PDF or an OpenOffice Presentation outlining your
plans and overview how they may be implemented (with references) I'll check them with Clem and see
what can be done, or milestoned.

Yes, I think I can hear the wails and shrieks and protests, I better go back to windows 98, where I belong.....
CAI ENG

I believe I speak for the entire CrunchBang community when I tell you there is no need for comments like
that, nor the subtle namecalling in your later posts. This has always been known as a friendly community,
please don't detract from that, instead contribute in a well-intended manner.

#25 Re: Feedback & Suggestions » Installation Feedback - r20110105 » 2011-01-20 13:51:07

Heya omns! Long time no see big_smile
That'd be great thanks. Just so you know I'm diving back into dev'ing
headfirst, made quite a stir on mint forums heh

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