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#1 Documentation » How to enable sounds ... if you want to that is ... login and logout » 2020-12-20 14:48:32

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Go to System Settings > Notifications > Applications: Configure > Plasma Workspace > Configure Events > Login.
(and Logout)

(acknowledgement to post on this reddit thread: … an_enable/

For me I am currently using login and logout sounds from Ultimate Edition Oz B-II edition which you can download from here:

I just wish there was a way (possibly a script? I'm no script writer) to get the desktop-greeting to work at login! Much nicer than Knoppix greeter!

#2 Re: Other Issues » [SOLVED] UsingAqemu interface to import a .vhd to become an .img how? » 2020-12-18 23:09:12

The solution has been mentioned elsewhere, but by trial and error ... virt-manager .... ROCKS! The first time a VM with decent graphics as if running on native hardware - well it is - ditch Virtual Box anyone reading this. Virt Manager is COOOOOOOOL! big_smile

#3 Re: Other Issues » [SOLVED] UsingAqemu interface to import a .vhd to become an .img how? » 2020-12-18 21:35:21

Hmmm! Looks like I have managed to create a couple of .img files but when I try to create new VM's and use the .img files Aqemu reports 'no boot device found' - where am I going wrong?

#4 Other Issues » [SOLVED] UsingAqemu interface to import a .vhd to become an .img how? » 2020-12-18 21:21:43

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Not sure where I am going wrong on this - using the konsole I fall foul of su limitations for creating mnt and vhd directories which I can't access as a user for drag and drop option. I discovered the graphical method - a lot of 'processing' goes on but nothing appears to happen apart from the system losing monitor output when going to sleep then when waking only one monitor showing up. I can identify the .vhd file but not sure:

a. What I should call the new file (*.img?) or where it should be saved/
b. What method I should be using: nbd, nfs, null-aio, null-co, nvme, on, parallels, project, qcow, qcow2 (default), qed, quorum, raw, rbd, replication, report, sheepdog, ssh, the, throttle, to, vdi, vdhx, vmdk, vpc, vvfat.  There's also a 'See' section below the options but nothing shown. Also whether should be compressed.
I am trying to import Windows 7 Pro 32-bit VM that was created in Virtual Box on another Linux OS but not getting very far. The image from VBox has the following files:

*.vhd (the one I use as source for conversion.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I can't migrate to Devuan for work purposes until I can get Windows 7 VM up and running as I need to access a mailbox that is secondary to my main one which I have successfully set up on the other Linux OS and also on Devuan - the mailbox relates to work requests that have to be processed which means having to use Outlook 365. I have attempted in the past to export the associated .pst file for said mailbox as a possible work around but no such luck.

#5 Other Issues » Aqemu not identifying Logitech Webcam in VM (Host device) » 2020-11-28 13:36:51

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Sadly this last week I had to install Teams on Devuan as it did not pick up the Webcam as I am currently undertaking Mandarin Class via Teams. This meant quickly having to install Teams on Devuan which I didn't want to do as my experience is that it takes over the machine (even after removing it from startup applications!) Aaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhh!

lsusb in Konsole on the Host picks up the id and correctly identifies the device:

swarfendor437@devuan:~$ lsusb
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 046a:0114 Cherry GmbH 
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 046d:09a4 Logitech, Inc. QuickCam E 3500
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 05e3:0723 Genesys Logic, Inc. GL827L SD/MMC/MS Flash Card Reader
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

In Qemu Under USB connections I have:

Connecting USB host device
     Manufacturer:       Product:             bus:  addr:  path:
1   Generic                 USB Storage     1       2        13
2   Unknown               Unknown           3       2        1     (If I select it it indicates it is the webcam - Vendor Id: 046d Product id: 09a4
3    Cherry GmbH       Cherry Wireless 5       2        3                                                                      bus.addr.path: 3.3.1 speed: 480
4   Linux 4.19.0-12    xHCI Controller   1       1        0
5   ditto                       ditto                    2       1        0
6   ditto                       ditto                    3       1        0
7   ditto                       ditto                    4       1        0
8   ditto                       ditto                    5       1        0
9   ditto                       ditto                    6       1        0

I am aware that when using VB I had to change the USB settings toi 1.1 (shows how old the webcam is). Would I be better off upgrading the webcam  to a newer model?

Thanks. smile

#6 Re: Other Issues » [RESOLVED] Having issues installing Braille Blaster for Linux » 2020-11-20 21:06:15

Having researched and found that I can import .vhd's created in VB can be imported into Qemu, I will be using the Brailleblaster version for Windows on a Windows 7 VM (which is what I am currently doing on another drive with different OS on it so I will be migrating all my stuff off of that drive to Devuan 3.0. wink

#7 Re: Other Issues » [CLOSED] Logging into Cinnamon DE reports in software render mode! » 2020-11-20 21:00:47

Thanks Head_on_a_Stick. Have done per your instructions - the confusion came about through a link someone else posted and that linked to similar layout for Debian Buster - hence the question. Your solution provided the answer. Just looked at packages that get installed with Cinnamon and as PulseAudio and rtkit are present by Lennart I have avoided installing. Such a shame Gnome devs are such Numpties! (Just been reading on articles for friend who wants to leave systemd behind for sysinit).

[Just as I was posting this my pc auto shutoff and rebooted - had a similar issue with CoolerMaster PSU earlier this year that got replaced under warranty. This is a thermaltake 650 W - the only other issue might be poor performing antisurge 8-way socket (unswitched) or the Ryzen 7 CPU getting a bit toasty creating thermal cutout!]

#8 Installation » Friend wants to know ... » 2020-11-20 20:50:18

Replies: 4

Will Devuan 3.0 run ok on hardware of following specs:
Notebook with i5 processor and 8 Gb of RAM?
Friend in a rush (other side of the world) so once I get actual make and model will post back.

#10 Re: Other Issues » Is wicd needed for LXQt/Kwin? » 2020-11-18 22:42:33

Thanks Head_on_a_Stick - I'll play safe and take the second option. wink

#11 Re: Other Issues » [RESOLVED] Having issues installing Braille Blaster for Linux » 2020-11-16 20:52:34

If people want to look at this package I can upload it to my pCloud account and provide a link so it can be downloaded and examined.

#12 Re: Other Issues » [CLOSED] Logging into Cinnamon DE reports in software render mode! » 2020-11-16 20:51:08

I can only speak of previous experience of using prorprietary drivers in the past ended up giving me a worse experience than Nouveau drivers. Even changing the rendering mode bit in Firefox didn't help either. No worries. I am quite happy with the way things are. If it changes I'll read up on it again. Thanks.

#13 Re: Other Issues » Is wicd needed for LXQt/Kwin? » 2020-11-16 20:46:28

Hmm! I think I will abstain from its removal! I can always remove the icon from the panel I guess!  This is the return of that command:

the following packages will be REMOVED:
  cjs{u} dnsutils{u} file-roller{u} gir1.2-accountsservice-1.0{u} 
  gir1.2-caribou-1.0{u} gir1.2-clutter-1.0{u} gir1.2-cogl-1.0{u} 
  gir1.2-coglpango-1.0{u} gir1.2-gdesktopenums-3.0{u} gir1.2-gkbd-3.0{u} 
  gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0{u} gir1.2-gtkclutter-1.0{u} gir1.2-harfbuzz-0.0{u} 
  gir1.2-json-1.0{u} gir1.2-keybinder-3.0{u} gir1.2-nm-1.0{u} gir1.2-nma-1.0{u} 
  gir1.2-upowerglib-1.0{u} gir1.2-xapp-1.0{u} gir1.2-xkl-1.0{u} gist{u} 
  gnome-backgrounds{u} gobject-introspection{u} gvfs-bin{u} hddtemp{u} 
  icu-devtools{u} inxi{u} iso-flags-png-320x240{u} libatk-bridge2.0-dev{u} 
  libatk1.0-dev{u} libatspi2.0-dev{u} libcairo-script-interpreter2{u} 
  libcairo2-dev{u} libcaribou-common{u} libcaribou0{u} libcjs0{u} libdbus-1-dev{u} 
  libdbus-glib-1-dev{u} libdbus-glib-1-dev-bin{u} libdrm-dev{u} libegl1-mesa-dev{u} 
  libepoxy-dev{u} libexpat1-dev{u} libfontconfig1-dev{u} libfreetype6-dev{u} 
  libfribidi-dev{u} libgarcon-common{u} libgirepository1.0-dev{u} 
  libgl1-mesa-dev{u} libgles1{u} libglvnd-core-dev{u} libglvnd-dev{u} 
  libgraphite2-dev{u} libgtk-3-dev{u} libharfbuzz-dev{u} libharfbuzz-gobject0{u} 
  libice-dev{u} libicu-dev{u} libirs161{u} libkeybinder-3.0-0{u} liblzo2-2{u} 
  libmozjs-52-0{u} libmozjs-52-dev{u} libmuparser2v5{u} libnemo-extension1{u} 
  libnotify-bin{u} libopengl0{u} libpango1.0-dev{u} libpixman-1-dev{u} libsm-dev{u} 
  libstatgrab10{u} libsysstat-qt5-0{u} libtagc0{u} libunique-1.0-0{u} 
  libwayland-bin{u} libwayland-dev{u} libwnck-common{u} libwnck22{u} 
  libx11-xcb-dev{u} libxapp1{u} libxcb-dri2-0-dev{u} libxcb-dri3-dev{u} 
  libxcb-glx0-dev{u} libxcb-present-dev{u} libxcb-randr0-dev{u} 
  libxcb-render0-dev{u} libxcb-shape0-dev{u} libxcb-shm0-dev{u} libxcb-sync-dev{u} 
  libxcb-xfixes0-dev{u} libxcomposite-dev{u} libxcursor-dev{u} libxdamage-dev{u} 
  libxext-dev{u} libxfixes-dev{u} libxft-dev{u} libxi-dev{u} libxinerama-dev{u} 
  libxkbcommon-dev{u} libxnvctrl0{u} libxrandr-dev{u} libxrender-dev{u} 
  libxshmfence-dev{u} libxtst-dev{u} libxxf86vm-dev{u} mesa-common-dev{u} 
  pango1.0-tools{u} python-notify{u} python-wicd{u} python3-markdown{u} 
  python3-pampy{u} python3-psutil{u} python3-pygments{u} python3-pyinotify{u} 
  python3-setproctitle{u} python3-xapp{u} python3-xlib{u} python3-yaml{u} rfkill{u} 
  ruby-json{u} tree{u} wayland-protocols{u} wicd{p} wicd-daemon{p} wicd-gtk{pu} 
  wireless-tools{u} x11proto-composite-dev{u} x11proto-damage-dev{u} 
  x11proto-fixes-dev{u} x11proto-randr-dev{u} x11proto-record-dev{u} 
  x11proto-xext-dev{u} x11proto-xf86vidmode-dev{u} x11proto-xinerama-dev{u} 
  xapps-common{u} xsane{u} xsane-common{u} 

#14 Re: Other Issues » Is wicd needed for LXQt/Kwin? » 2020-11-16 20:42:05

Oh the Bliss of Devuan! Will give it a go. Thanks Head_on_a_Stick. wink

#15 Re: Off-topic » What other distro are you using (besides devuan)? » 2020-11-14 17:13:03

For my current daily go to I am using FerenOS with VB of Windows 7 32-bit pro as I need it to access Outlook365 to access a shared mailbox - would love to get that into evolution (the second mailbox that doesn't belong to anyone but 4 staff can access - it's a mailbox for work request processing).  I also used to run ZorinOS 15 but after all the shenanigans with Snap being as secure as telnet and finger (:->) I was attempting to try Devuan on an old drive and wiped my Zorin - all gone and with all my data too - TEst Disk could not recover as there was an overlap/misalignment of cylinders - hey ho - the price you pay when you mess with computers in an upset state and late at night. I was (am) hoping to make Devuan 3.0 (KDE Plasma) to replace FerenOS but crucial for my work is Braille Blaster whilst working from home which runs (but currently poorly) on Feren OS - I may go back to an earlier release that did not have all the latest bells and whistles but met roughly what I need. Now that Head_on_a_Stick has mentioned Alpine Linux I'm going to have to take a look! wink
I've installed windowsfx 10 as a vm on AQemu on Devuan 3.0 as sadly I have to use Teams at work, despite my insistence that Jitsi is superior in every way (you can't share 2 monitors in Teams!)

#16 Re: Other Issues » Accidentally caught close terminal whilst running gdebi-gtk » 2020-11-14 16:58:29

Well just thought I would update the thread. Decided to give AQemu a go and it works pretty well. The only thing I have to do differently is that the iso used to create the image is still present at reboot so just have to choose boot from 'hard disk' to get to the real vm. I also like the fact I don't have to keep pressing right ctrl to escape the vm to get to the actual KDE desktop. Nice. I think I could get used to Qemu over VB. big_smile

#17 Other Issues » Why does Apper work and 'Discover' does not when it comes to updates? » 2020-11-14 12:11:50

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Guess it's covered in the title. When I receive update notifications in the panel, telling me there are 4 updates I click on the update button, Discover interface opens but nothing happens. I only recently discovered that I have to use apper manually to install the updates. Is this because there is a security issue/bug in Discover?

#18 Other Issues » Is wicd needed for LXQt/Kwin? » 2020-11-14 12:07:46

Replies: 5

Currently using KDE and LXQt DE's. Wicd is appearing in KDE alongside KDE's Network Manager Applet - any reason not to remove wicd? (Remember using it many years ago on earlier Linux Distros. wink

#19 Other Issues » [RESOLVED] Having issues installing Braille Blaster for Linux » 2020-11-13 21:51:10

Replies: 2


I am having some Java issues. I am aware that the de-facto current version in Linux appears to be version 11.0. In another distribution I had to remove 11.0 and installed 8.0. I am going seriously wrong in Devuan 3.0 for this application to work. It isn't packaged particularly well - the 'Linux version' is just a zip file which also includes the installer for Windows and Mac. The Linux version just runs from an .sh script. It needs the Java package that comes with it linked via a shortcut to the desktop. I've tried doing the same as on other OS also running KDE Plasma (but a slightly newer version of Plasma) without much issue until the most recent stable version seemed less stable than the one I had been using earlier.

This is the error message I get when trying to launch the application:

FATAL ERROR: BrailleBlaster will now close

BrailleBlaster has encountered an error, please copy this text

Book null
java.lang.RuntimeException: Fatal exception caught by main, see logs
	at org.brailleblaster.Main.handleFatalException(
	at org.brailleblaster.Main.main(
Caused by: org.brailleblaster.BBBootstrap$SWTLoadFailed: Could not add SWT to classpath
	at org.brailleblaster.BBBootstrap.initSWT(
	at org.brailleblaster.Main.initBB(
	at org.brailleblaster.Main.initBB(
	at org.brailleblaster.Main.start(
	at org.brailleblaster.Main.main(
Caused by: java.lang.ClassCastException: class jdk.internal.loader.ClassLoaders$AppClassLoader cannot be cast to class (jdk.internal.loader.ClassLoaders$AppClassLoader and are in module java.base of loader 'bootstrap')
	at org.brailleblaster.BBBootstrap.initSWT(
	... 4 more

utd: 1.0.19-SNAPSHOT
jlouis: No version information found
liblouis: [0.2.42 ()]
Java 11.0.9 64-bit en_GB
Linux Version 4.19.0-12-amd64

#20 Re: Other Issues » [CLOSED] Logging into Cinnamon DE reports in software render mode! » 2020-11-13 21:43:50

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
swarfendor437 wrote:

If I add "non-free" sources, am I effectively adding proprietary blobs?

Only if you install anything from that component. Use vrms to check for any installed blobs in your system.

And as GlennW notes you might still need the proprietary firmware to achieve reasonable performance with your graphics card.

OK. Thanks for making it clear to me - time to remove Cinnamon DE. My Graphics card is working just fine in KDE. The only blobs I have on my other system currently in use for Work purposes has some specific MS Fonts and Proprietary licenced fonts needed for specialism I work in - KDE Font manager is easier to manage than messing around with ttf-mscorefonts-installer! And in respect of Proprietary Software I get better compatibility with SoftMaker Office for Linux over LibreOffice. Since using SoftMaker Office 2021, my workflow has increased tremendously - it is so much more logically laid out (backend wise) than M$. I was hoping to move completely from FerenOS to Devuan 3.0 for work purposes in a few weeks time. My main sticking point at the moment is a specialist package, Linux version - I will start a separate post for that.

Thanks for everyone's responses. wink

UPDATE - have removed Cinnamon DE and xfce - noticed that both of these had elements of pulse-audio whilst uninstalling via Synaptic Package Manager and one of them had the infamous real-time processor named rtkit - not a rootkit I know but a stupid naming convention by the author of pulseaudio (and author of  systemd). So I now just have KDE and LXQt. Have marked this thread as [CLOSED].

#22 Other Issues » [SOLVED]KDE reporting 4 updates but nothing happens after notification » 2020-11-11 22:08:38

Replies: 1


Running Devuan 3.0 'Beowulf' with KDE (Plasma) and it is reporting 4 updates but nothing happens.

#23 Re: Documentation » HOWOTO: Beowulf LXQt post installation tweeks » 2020-11-11 17:09:11

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
larsH wrote:

Then you do not need to activate pulseaudio. It is doing nothing today that alsa does not do.

How about autoselecting the non-HDMI output for laptops? ALSA doesn't do that.

(Sorry for the OT, OP.)

Well I hate using the term 'blacklist' but that is what I did to get my Audigy 5 Rx Soundblaster working. Why can't it be named blocklisting and allowlisting instead? wink

#24 Re: Documentation » Run Gnome on Wayland with Nvidia drivers on Ceres » 2020-11-11 17:05:01

Personally I can't stand Wayland. I am much happier with X running Nouveau drivers - can appreciate it if someone is in to gaming, but I reserve that for the PS4 Pro.

#25 Re: Documentation » How to inspect 3rd Party .deb packages before installing! » 2020-11-11 17:00:58

steve_v wrote:

Well this is one of the (many) reasons installing packages from random websites / PPAs / blindly pasting commands from blog posts is considered a bad idea. Doubly so if you do it as root... But then if you're installing random .debs as root you are entirely responsible for your own mess.

swarfendor437 wrote:

the file once extracted executed ‘Unix’ commands

Orly, "Unix commands"... As opposed to some other kind of commands, or is that just to sound extra scary?

On a more constructive note, a great many archive utilities can open .deb archives in memory, such as KDE's ark or the good old midnight commander. Personally I find browsing .debs with mc a lot nicer than using dpkg to print the contents, unless I want to pipe the output of course.

I avoid posting the code here to discourage miscreants but it was the code used to remove all contents of the hard drive akin to removing a directory. When I was a moderator on another forum we had spammers posting the same code who had circumvented the phpBB forum as it then was with the heading 'How to speed up your Linux install'. wink

And bearing in mind and all its offshoots (, KDEdesktop, all have themes which people may look at and install without deference to any PPA. Any other safe sources for themes?

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