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#1 Re: News & Announcements » Beowulf 3.0.0 is here! » 2020-06-22 02:23:46

Looks like it's been this week's DistroWatch Weekly review.

#2 Re: Installation » pkgmaster is repository hell » 2018-01-28 19:18:26

"http: repositories are like buying insulin from a street smuggler."

Not exactly.  Using http is like getting clothes (and other stuff) while in public naked; even if many others do, it's bad practice, but as long as you depend on others to supply your clothing (or this is the only way they will supply clothing), likely you will do it.  Sure, you may try to beg or buy clothes from some street smuggler (or some charity) while clothed … but blindly trusting such a source will be just as problematic in its own way.

#3 Re: Other Issues » AppImage and Devuan (special note for derivatives such as MiyoLinux). » 2018-01-20 22:22:26

Follow to github for full list - and many 'workarounds'.

Does their version of 'mainstream' exclude Slackware?

#4 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Refracta forum temporarily down » 2017-10-29 11:09:57

Amusingly, is available for sale. (do not confuse with

#5 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Star 1.0.1 - Distrowatch Review (from yesterday) » 2017-10-17 14:06:04

The 'bu-based distro LXLE takes light-&-lean seriously; for lean, what beats SliTAZ?

#6 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Star (Morbius*) » 2017-10-11 16:49:33

Thanks!  Re-install appears to have restored doc files (and yes, synaptic is working).

#7 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Star (Morbius*) » 2017-10-10 22:58:58

Just wondering why gPartEd won't allow mounting of drives/partitions ("greyed-out") - even for sudo/su?
Enabling automount didn't have the expected effect…

Where can I find documentation on this old version of mpv? Looks like all the files in /usr/share/doc/mpv are size=0.
Does the upstream website actually keep old documentation available?

(note - running live.)

#9 Re: Forum Feedback » Auto-logout » 2017-09-11 13:02:00

Another option is to submit early, then edit and submit again (often enough to stay logged in?).
The only cost is a line noting such edit added a few lines below:  "Last edited by {author} ({date} {time})", which doesn't show in preview.
(perhaps include "work-in-progress" label until done?)

#10 Re: Off-topic » GALPon MiniNo 3.0 release "Queiles" - convert-able? » 2017-09-11 12:52:42

Yes, and systemd-sysv is installed; Synaptic says that's what indicates systemd takeover. hmm
Network-manager-applet looks useful. Any salvageable parts?

#11 Re: Off-topic » GALPon MiniNo 3.0 release "Queiles" - convert-able? » 2017-09-10 20:21:51

Like AntiX? I'm no ex-spurt, just took 'em at their (printed, possibly obsolete) word. How can you tell?

#12 Off-topic » GALPon MiniNo 3.0 release "Queiles" - convert-able? » 2017-09-10 01:18:39

Somewhat Reticent
Replies: 6

After ~3 years, based on jessie 8.9 in i686-pae and (experimental?) 64-bit, avoiding systemd, per news item.
Prime opportunity for testing conversion?
(barnyard cat? What-they-want?)

#13 Re: Installation » Manual partitioning: boot partition, dual boot » 2017-09-04 04:00:56

HextorBRX wrote:

I didn't know Windows could … but I'll take my chances! … I just need to take precautions: cloud, external hard drive etc. … I intended to reinstall the grub bootloader from the live cd …

… and suppress Microsoft "updates" (notify, maybe download, but NEVER automatically install), right? That's how earlier versions were brought to heel. (Does this still work for 8/8.1/10?)
That said, if some other user (family, "friend"?) can "accept" an update, the grub2win approach is less troublesome.

#14 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Youtube & Firefox problem (again), not specifically Devuan. » 2017-09-02 09:16:05

Did you update from an older version?
I remember at one recent version change Mozilla decided to "require" pulseaudio - and so apulse was born, to fake it, sort of.
How did you revert to the older interface? (Got a link?)

#15 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » preferable add ons firefox for video » 2017-08-31 23:17:55

fungus wrote:

…A cheap easy way is either firefox (if you trust it) has "private" windows…

"Private" is only a request to website operators, who interpret as they see fit.  Tracking data may be packed into url instead of cookie.  Functionality depends increasingly on communication between multiple servers in different domains, often third parties.
For "easy" run in RAM a separate OS with zero access to other storage - on separate hardware. Simpler.

#16 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » preferable add ons firefox for video » 2017-08-30 12:57:23

I'm starting to think portables on sticks may be wise - one for exploration (auto-wipe, save bookmarks?), one for shopping, …
RequestPolicy_Continued and uBlock_Origin can be helpful; the battle grows increasingly tedious as they wear you down.
There are FF add-ons for cookie&c management that address LSOs and more.

#17 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Vuu-do Linux! *New Openbox-64 iso's (1.0.7) up 2-02-18*!! » 2017-08-30 12:43:14

greenjeans wrote:

From the releases notes which are also posted as the readme file on SF:

Thanks! Sorry (TL;DR) I missed that - i3lock-color and i3lock-fancy look nice at UnixPorn and DeviantArt - maybe if the screen didn't stay dark when returned from suspend, and show a lock? Just a thought. How can I configure it? (what about a switch-user option?)

When I'm in dark-shift mode, I prefer a "dark" theme, and have found Adwaita-Dark shows buttons etc best; other (nicer-looking) themes tend to hide controls at some point(s). Complex stuff.

connman (and connman-ui) works well (for my setup), but I'm not eager to try to change from wicd mid-stream.

Usually alsa is set up so I at least get sound, and I recently learned to use S/PDIF in vlc (not as easy with old version of mpv lacking docs), but I've never found the magic mystical incantation for getting it to use a different sound circuit (say, digital vs. analog) if it's initially too-minimal. No Full-Manual (clear, complete documentation), no drop-down list UI.

(Yes, I did notice a dvd played out-of-the-box - much better (In-My-Opinion)  thanks! And handbrake!)

MiyoLinux wrote:

…If I install VLC … with Synaptic, it would always work perfectly. …

I'll have to try a re-install; thanks!

#18 Re: Devuan Derivatives » [MiyoLinux] New Releases Uploaded » 2017-08-29 20:16:28

fungus wrote:

You should consider adding the sha256 files to the isos …

Why not just use the md5 and/or sha1 provided by the info ( i ) link SourceForge displays to the right of each file?
(Several downloads I tried came short - could've been slow mirror propagation - eventually worked)

#19 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Vuu-do Linux! *New Openbox-64 iso's (1.0.7) up 2-02-18*!! » 2017-08-29 08:58:17

greenjeans wrote:
Somewhat Reticent wrote:

… couldn't get the complete ~614MB - kept stopping at ~599MB. hmm

Shoot, I sure haven't, didn't have time that day or since, i'll give it a shot asap.

EDIT: Tried just now, got the whole thing, extra fast too, 614 in like 4 minutes which is outstanding for where i'm at out here at the end of civilization.

Thanks! Works for me just now. Sounds like SF got a mirror closer to you. It's a very dynamic list.
(mutter … slow mirror propagation … prior closest mirror gone, musical chairs … mutter)

Still get vlc error 'The audio device "default" could not be used: No such file or directory'.
I wonder whether alsa is really set up correctly - it doesn't seem right for my test box.
I've never seen a good GUI for alsa (not even a mediocre one). Certainly no drop-down list of "devices", no Full Manual.
Still, I change vlc preferences to specific audio settings, exit and restart - eventually I may find a working setup.
Better than looking for doc files for (old version of) mpv.

wicd still doesn't re-connect promptly (if ever) without manual intervention.
return from suspend to blank screen - some keystroke got a small green circle, which developed an orange part at top, then blanked back out
told power manager to shut off on power button - didn't
And synaptic is blinding.
Hopefully, all that can be fixed, and a new ISO generated (but will default user lose su/sudo settings?)

#20 Re: Off-topic » Finally a free software GNU/Linux phone? » 2017-08-28 20:03:06

GNUser wrote:

I don't like the vague … needs some clarification.

Nevertheless, I think this effort deserves to be supported: How many phone developers have ever said "we intend to invest time and money toward freeing any non-free firmware...and the end goal for us is to gain RYF [certification]"?

P.S. I realize that this is a longshot …

Vague indeed. If I Recall Correctly, they've always settled for (being) compromise(d).
The EOMA68 project is the only serious effort I've seen in this direction. If anything deserves support …

#21 Re: Off-topic » Finally a free software GNU/Linux phone? » 2017-08-28 15:27:38

So they're going to negotiate liberating all those hardware drivers? No more "blobs"? Forming a new (separate, independent) phone network/system?

#22 Re: Installation » Manual partitioning: boot partition, dual boot » 2017-08-25 23:45:41

greenjeans wrote:

… Not long ago MS pushed an update … on purpose just purely out of spite.

(Please be careful how you phrase that!)
Perhaps you refer to the flap about …  KB3193494 to fix KB3189866 to fix Windows 10 Anniversary Update … ?
Some reports said roll-back (withing 10 days?) could fail … I learned long ago to never trust any OS's "update".

Yet many dual-booter Linuxistas had no problem. Go figure. Of those, many didn't trust their internet connection to handle a large file perfectly; they download updates separately, then validate with checksums. Other reports noted problems with "store" apps, Skype, and other issues.

One approach is to put each OS on a separate drive, and use firmware (BIOS/UEFI) options to choose which drive to boot. Nice if you can.
I remember one setup with an external A/B switch from a single drive cable to two separate drives.
And then, of course, there's putting two separate operating systems on two separate machines.

Wayback item:  one old bootloader can hide/unhide partitions per script.

#23 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Vuu-do Linux! *New Openbox-64 iso's (1.0.7) up 2-02-18*!! » 2017-08-25 23:16:22

greenjeans wrote:

whew, finally! New maximal done uploading …

Did you test by downloading afterward? I tried several times, but couldn't get the complete ~614MB - kept stopping at ~599MB. hmm

#24 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Vuu-do Linux! *New Openbox-64 iso's (1.0.7) up 2-02-18*!! » 2017-08-25 15:26:22

greenjeans wrote:

"1. yes, just turn off Nitrogen in the openbox autostart file and reboot"


greenjeans wrote:

"…Synaptic is ate up with some gnome garbage…"

Yeah. I usually have to copy a particular version of Adwaita-Dark over, and maybe add some gtk-theme pkg.

greenjeans wrote:

"…The rest of the system is specifically and relentlessly hand-tuned to be easier on the eyes, thus the grays and blacks."

Excellent. Pity it's so tedious to make a theme that works over all windows, buttons, borders, etc.

greenjeans wrote:

"…the maximal's include VLC and it finds the right audio device on every machine i've tested so far…"

I will eagerly anticipate the next maximals

greenjeans wrote:

"…my computer and every one I own shuts down if you hold the power button down regardless …"

Mine too.

greenjeans wrote:

"…The best way to shut down Vuu-do is use the keyboard shortcut: alt+p ( p stands for 'poweroff")…"


Thanks again. You've been patient & thorough.

*edited to clarify formatting*

#25 Re: Installation » Manual partitioning: boot partition, dual boot » 2017-08-25 14:59:55

HextorBRX wrote:

… From what I understand, I should prevent grub2 installation by any means necessary! …

Only because you will be booting Windows on the same computer.  But relax! You' have ways to keep grub2 under control.

HextorBRX wrote:

… I would like Linux to be my first option at boot so I will install Windows first. …

Good plan, that will keep Win#'s ego happy. One step at a time. (Hey, there may be a tutorial from this!)

(You may want to adjust the subject of this thread (by editing your initial post) to note Windows dual-boot)

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