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#1 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » [Solved] Cinnamon or Gnome 3 with Devuan ASCII with apt-pinning » 2018-09-04 10:33:25

I could tell you this:
Install ASCII using the full iso and select "special install" (kind of).
Then during the install process you will be asked to select options and software. You are offered the choice of using Init-SysV or OpenRC, and as a desktop environment you may choose Cinnamon. It works wonderfully, I use it on all computers now.
There is one little snag though: Lid-Close action does not work with cinnamon on Devuan ASCII.
I cannot tell about pulling in a newer Cinnamon-release from the Beowulf repos - I have never dared. I'd like to see a more recent Cinnamon desktop. Please tell when you are successful, here on the forum. Good luck.

#2 Re: Installation » Installing devuan to lvm partitions within dm-crypt container » 2018-08-29 06:06:40

I can confirm this: the patch works perfectly well in ASCII. Although I had to vi the file in question (/lib/cryptsetup/cryptdisks.functions), since I couldn't figure out how to apply the patch using the patch command.
Thanks for the fix!! Happy Devuan.

#3 Re: Documentation » HOWTO: lightdm (with libpam-elogind) + xfce4 (ASCII/Stable) » 2018-08-09 20:13:28

Hello fred43 and all
fred43, you are a genius, your solution works perfectly well on a fresh ascii-install. I tested it with Cinnamon and OpenRC. I'm delighted the lightdm is the display manager by default now.
Thank you, well done!

#4 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Dual monitor setup with two VGA-connected monitors » 2018-08-01 11:52:01

I'm happy you got lucky. I'm sure KDE will come up with a fix for that issue too.
Good luck.

#5 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Dual monitor setup with two VGA-connected monitors » 2018-07-29 10:56:18

why not just log in to the display that works, let the desktop come up and then configure the display settings? You should be able to configure the second display there, define if they are mirrored or independent and select the primary display.
Does it possibly behave differently when using 2 separate graphics cards?
In Cinnamon: Menu - System Settings - Hardware - Display
XFCE4: it's very similar: Menu - Settings - Display
Good luck

#6 Re: Devuan » Which direction for OpenRC on Devuan? » 2018-07-20 06:39:42

Hello tylerdurden and jaromil,
I use Devuan ASCII on all my systems, and use them with OpenRC. I only have made best experiences and results from using it, I would recommend it to all. I deeply hope OpenRC to become the Devuan-default, while leaving the old, trusted InitSysV as an option availavble.
I'm happy with the stability of Devuan, great!
Have a nice day!

#7 Re: Off-topic » In what country are you right Now ? » 2018-06-14 07:43:02

Switzerland. And convinced many folks here - that will make even more Devuan aficionados.... and to come.
Greetings from the lovely western part of Switzerland.

#8 Re: Other Issues » Question on kernel upgrades » 2018-06-09 15:28:48

apt-get dist-upgrade installs the latest kernel from the repo, but it never removes an old one. It also reconfigures the GRUB to point to the new kernel (grub-update).
When you do that repeatedly, old kernels do accumulate in the /boot... directory; you can remove them using synaptic or apt-get remove (or purge).
There may be older kernel images, (and possibly kernel firmware and kernel header files) to remove. (linux-image-xxx, linux-header-xxx, etc). Just be precise when specifying the exact name (includes the version nomination) to not accidentally render your system unbootable. Synaptic helps you best, even a headless server can be managed that way (1. ssh -X -l adminxy;2. password;3. synaptic &). Just make sure your workstation is an X-server (Linux, Unix).
That is true for most of the .deb-based distros.

#9 Re: Installation » PowerEdge T430 with PERC RAID Controller » 2018-06-09 15:02:25

I had very good experiences with the PowerEdge PERC RAID controllers in Linux. Normally the kernel supports the controller and the volumes are transparently available to the system. The management tools for re-configuring the RAID - well, it depends. Dell used to have some user-space tools for linux, but you can always reconfigure the RAID via the BIOS/Firmware setup.
If a Dell server supports linux, (Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu), then it's a safe bet that Devuan will work as well.
Ask a Dell representative before you buy and ask for a assurance. Good luck, André

#10 Re: News & Announcements » Devuan 2.0 ASCII Stable » 2018-06-09 14:46:16

You have done a fantastic job, dear VUAs, and THANK YOU for that.
You have secured, and shown to us, how to keep the way and the future of Linux what it once was: free, stable, reliable, - simply the best.
I take my hat off to you, also because I can..... I'm a hat wearer. ;-) André

#11 Installation » ASCII RC with Cinnamon - power management » 2018-05-23 07:35:03

Replies: 1

Dear Developers, dear Community,
Devuan ASCII RC with Cinnamon is my perfect solution for graphical workstations or servers - I couldn't wish anything more.
It's more of a problem on laptops where a well working power management is crucial.
The few problematic points are:

- "Lid-Close" action doesn't work - it never suspends the system whatever I configure
- Battery capacity is just 1 hour (which should be at least 3 hours) (Dell Latitude E7450)
- OpenVPN installs, signals problems at start, but works well otherwise.
- With Lightdm the power-action menus on the login-screen are greyed. Works well with lxdm.

Tested on HP Elitebook 8460p and Dell Latitude E7450
Please note that power-management works correctly when pressing the "Power" button.
In any other way Cinnamon on ASCII is a real beauty!
Thank you and bravo!

#12 Re: News & Announcements » Devuan 2.0 ASCII Release Candidate » 2018-05-12 20:06:18

I use ASCII RC on productive systems now. The Cinnamon-OpenRC install is just perfectly stable and flawless.
When I use XFCE4 and OpenRC I get a few bumps, but they are easy to overcome.
One note: on the XFCE4 desktop the administrative tools cannot be launched using the XFCE4-menu. You have to do a "gksu synaptic" in a terminal - that works well.
Even ICA-Client (Citrix Desktop), skype and the latest LibreOffice 6.0.4 work perfectly well.
So to say: if it's for me - this version is ready for stable. Congratulations. And a BIG THANK YOU!

#13 Re: Devuan » Some ASCII love » 2018-05-08 11:18:48

To golinux and all:
Please let me re-post this:
I can only say: thank you and congratulations! ASCII is the way for me to go.

#14 Re: Off-topic » To leave a very positive comment » 2018-05-08 09:45:49

just to add to it:
I have tested Devuan ASCII quite throughly and I can say only this:
I am very happy. Devuan ASCII has become VERY stable and reliable.
I do mostly fresh installs and choose directly:
-graphical custom install
-select Cinnamon DE (sometimes XFCE for slower machines)
-select OpenRC
It looks you are going RC and then "stable" soon. I will switch my systems from Linux Mint to Devuan.
No systemd: Great work done!

#15 Re: Off-topic » Cool Random Internet Stuff » 2018-05-02 11:12:39

Just seeing it: what a nice post, most amusing.. but: You could have posted it a month ago. Maybe it's a bit different in Down-Under?

#16 Off-topic » To leave a very positive comment » 2018-04-10 11:54:48

Replies: 1

Nowhere can I find a place to leave a positive and thumbs-up comment, so I do it here.
Testing Ascii Beta, fresh install and with fine-tuned install options:
- OpenRC
- lxdm (changed after installation)
- and the necessary tools
Result: I have a very, VERY stable system, working reliably and enabling me to do amazing things that just work! No complaints to make at all. Being a .deb-based distribution gives me the ease to work in my best known ways and resolve problems easily, should they ever occur. Nicest surprise: even minidlna can be found in your repos and it works perfectly well with OpenRC. It seems that the old InitSysV-style init script, found in /etc/init.d is entirely compatible with the OpenRC commands.
Fantastic to have a system that boots, works and shuts down reliably and VERY FAST. No crap clogging the system resources.
You are giving back to the community what it desperately needs: freedom of choice and a good, stable Linux to work on.
I want to thank you for your excellent work and encourage you to follow your path.
Have a good day,

PS: is anything new in the crystal-ball about a release date of ASCII stable?

#17 Re: Installation » Devuan Ascii Beta and repositories! » 2018-03-19 15:06:40

Synaptic will not work when started from the xfce menu: the path is wrong...
You can start synaptic either
- as root (even from the menu, or in the shell) or
- gksu synaptic (as an ordinary user with sudo group-membership)

I would do it the old way:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Important: set up the repos first!
BTW: there are ASCII-Beta isos!
There is good documentation in this forum. Find it. Good luck!

#18 Re: News & Announcements » Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta is here! » 2018-02-19 15:02:58

Hello fsmithred and sgage
I can confirm this, in xfce (and Cinnamon), some menu entries do not work: i.e. synaptic. Started from a terminal (gksu synaptic), all goes well.
Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU, to you Devuan-ers, for that fantastic work of yours. I'm especially happy with the implementation of OpenRC. And it's the Debian-like handling which I am grateful for. Devuan ASCII Beta / x86_64 / xfce / Cinnamon.

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