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#1 Hardware & System Configuration » Question - adding earlier Devuan repos as option restore to Python2 » 2023-08-31 20:26:57

Replies: 1

Hello all from Indiana.

I see as of Devuan 4 / Debian 11, Python2 has been dropped from its repositories since no longer supported. However, I have some older apps like OpenTeacher that rely on Python2 and wonder if adding eariler repos such as ASCII & Beowulf allow installing Python2?

Google search turns up things like "Python-PIP" - sounds confusing and iffy (to me anyway) as a solution for adding Python2 back.

Thanks in advance.

#2 Other Issues » Question of where Devuan gets its kernels » 2023-05-03 01:35:08

Replies: 1

Does Devuan use custom-made kernels or use standard kernels from Debian repositories?

Last thing I read was "Documentation» HOWTO: upgrade Devuan (stable) to the latest Linux kernel" from 2017-04-23 03:27:48

But I see newer kernels (I assume with bug fixes) -

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

#3 Other Issues » What is the maximum USB capacity Devuan can use? » 2023-04-27 21:25:58

Replies: 2

I am planning to backup my data (docs, music, video, etc.) offline using USB drives since I travel quite a bit nowadays and do not always have access to internet/cloud storage and rather not carry bulky extra external SSD (bulky compared to USB drives in terms of weight and size).

So far I found no problem with generic 128 gb drives - but wondered what is the maximum capacity (256gb, 512gb)?

On a related note - other that GPARTED or GNOME Disk Manager... any suggestions on any other software that just format USB?

Thanks in advance.

#4 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Which 3D CAD software is compatible with Devuan? » 2022-10-08 17:43:13

Question: Are running Devuan 3 or 4 and have you enabled non-free as well as backport repositiores??

#5 Hardware & System Configuration » Question about upgrade kernel » 2022-05-26 15:00:44

Replies: 3

I am using Devuan 10 (Buster) with kernel 5.10.0-0.bpo.12-686-pae - but Debian repository shows newer kernels such as linux-headers-5.10.0-13-686-pae. Would it be safe to upgrade kernel using those seen in Debian 11 (Bullseye)?

Thanks in advance.

#6 Re: Installation » alternatives to Mozilla's and Chomethings » 2022-05-17 02:25:24

FYI. Palemoon versions after 28 no longer allows installing legacy Firefox extensions like Errorzilla without major headaches/tweaking. SeaMonkey has a confirmed major bug that prevents typing text into Facebook when trying to create a new message. A person can type messages into a clipboard or notepad then copy and paste - but a person cannot type directly into Facebook. Also some websites like YouTube do not display properly - Google Earth will not display at all!!  And Vivaldi does not like some Chrome extensions - for example themes!  I tried all 3 for months and ended up with Chromium.


#7 Re: Off-topic » ssd failure » 2021-10-12 19:12:02

I found several things that may help in future. Setting automatic TRIM job to daily https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c … d.html#ID6 and setting the browser (Firefox or Chrome) to use memory cache more and write cache less.


#8 Re: Other Issues » recommend a good email prgram » 2021-09-10 17:26:31

You can install SeaMonkey browser using UbuntuZilla APT repository. This package will be updated on every apt upgrade.

You need to execute the following commands to add repository, its key and package installation:

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mozilla.list
deb … ozilla/apt all main

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 2667CA5C
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install seamonkey-mozilla-build

#9 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Xevuan » 2021-02-28 00:57:49

Question: What is the difference between Xevuan and standard Devuan using the option of XFCE as the desktop during install??

#10 Installation » Hearing Bluetooth audio using ALSA instead PulseAudio » 2020-12-03 18:16:03

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I really dislike PulseAudio for several reasons that I shall not go into. However it appears the only way to get audio to play to bluetooth speakers or headset is to have PulseAudio installed.

Has anyone heard of or found a way to play music to bluetooth speakers and/or headsets using just ALSA??

If so - please tell me how!

Frustrated here in Indiana

#11 Re: Off-topic » What other distro are you using (besides devuan)? » 2020-07-18 18:50:02

I tried others - WattOS, Lubuntu, Xubuntu... I am back to just Devuan (Miyo).

#12 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Can live isos be burned to optical media? » 2020-05-18 16:25:07

Burn Optical Media

wodim -v dev=/dev/sr0 -dao my.iso
cdrskin -v dev=/dev/sr0 -dao my.iso
xorriso -as cdrecord -v dev=/dev/sr0 -dao my.iso

#13 Re: Installation » New install of Beowulf » 2020-05-06 17:57:14

To larsH: If you wish to use xfce4-mixer on Beowulf... you would have to do as I did and manually install the dependencies - not easy...

gstreamer0.10-alsa    -
gstreamer0.10-audiosink    -
gstreamer0.10-plugins-base    -
libatk1.0-0            >= 1.12.4
libc6                >= 2.3.6-6~
libcairo2            >= 1.2.4
libdbus-1-3            >= 1.0.2
libdbus-glib-1-2        >= 0.78
libfontconfig1            >= 2.11
libfreetype6            >= 2.2.1
libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0        >= 2.22.0
libglib2.0-0            >= 2.37.3
libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0    >= 0.10.18
libgstreamer0.10-0        >= 0.10.0
libgtk2.0-0            >= 2.18.0
libkeybinder0            >= 0.3.0
libpango-1.0-0            >= 1.14.0
libpangocairo-1.0-0        >= 1.14.0
libpangoft2-1.0-0        >= 1.14.0
libunique-1.0-0            >= 1.0.0
libxfce4ui-1-0            >= 4.9.0
libxfce4util6            >= 4.9.0
libxfconf-0-2            >= 4.6.0
libxml2                >= 2.6.27
xfce4-panel            << 4.11
xfce4-panel            >= 4.9.2

...however some of the files that I listed may exist on your system from the initial installation. Afterwards - it works without issues.

Another option could be - systray volume icon for alsa

#14 Re: Devuan Derivatives » [mini-i2p-mimo] New 'Devuan-based' 3.0 release: » 2020-03-27 16:45:40

Pardon my asking. I just started reading up on the distro. Just how different is it from MiyoLinux - also created with refractasnapshot?? OnionShare and Tor can be added to MiyoLinux. Just wanted to know before I start distro-hopping. Is there a YouTube video on it??


#15 Re: Devuan » Devuan Wallpapers » 2020-02-15 20:58:11

Here are more wallpapers - near the bottom of the webpage:


#16 Re: Devuan Derivatives » List of Devuan derivatives » 2020-02-04 23:33:15

There is also "MiyoLinux" - which is based on Devuan Testing/Beowulf.  That is what I am running right now with XFCE desktop. The new release 2-1-2020.

#17 Re: Other Issues » USB tethering? » 2020-01-21 21:58:37

Here are drivers to help with USB Tethering - [link removed by admin]

#18 Re: Devuan » make TDE desktop default and sothen devuan as different distro option » 2020-01-21 21:53:18

Just throwing my 2 cents in. I tried several WM: OpenBox, FluxBox, IceWM and JWM (last 3 were part of AntiX when I was trying that out). Of the 4 WM that I tried - JWM was overall winner with applications menu and a taskbar/panel that is closest in function to those found on full desktop environments like XFCE. As for LxQT desktop environment - I found it nowhere near as "complete" as LXDE. For example LXDE offered applets for weather and other things that LxQt just does not have at this time. Maybe in time those thing will appear in LxQT - but for now when it comes down extras/accessories/applets/plugins - LXDE is the clear choice from my experience.

#19 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Choosing an email client » 2019-10-24 20:51:14

I use Evolution over all the many years - I found it integrates well with both Devuan/Debian (also Ubuntu) and Google Calender/Contacts. As for Claws Mail and Thunderbird... I had to install so many addons and tweak settings to make it come close to what Evolution does. Evolution even has built-in contact management. FYI - Claws does NOT play well with Google Calendar (will not sync and will not import). I can add things from my Droid phone from on the road or workplace and know Evolution with sync up next time I fire it up. Granted - Evolution maybe too much for some people and it does use a little more resources that Claws or Thunderbird - but for me it is more than worth ut. I just install 3 or 4 files for Evolution vs 20 plus files for Claws Mail or Thunderbird with at-least 13 addons/extension from Mozilla addons website... among the extensions is "Lightning" to give Thunderbird ability to work with calendars. But then... do not take my word for it - fire up Synaptic package manager or install from terminal and see for yourself how many files you have to sudo apt-get install.

#20 Re: Installation » firefox 52.9 esr » 2019-09-16 17:21:51

SeaMonkey does not support Encrypted Media Extensions and therefore cannot load the Widevine Content Decryption Module. Firefox Quantum does support Encrypted Media Extensions so I think that is your most feasible option. If you already have a paid service like Netflix - you will be unable to watch it using SeaMonkey either.

#22 Re: Installation » firefox 52.9 esr » 2019-09-15 02:32:22

Problem with Pale Moon, Basilisk, and Iceweasel-UXP is that they do not (or will not) support DRM - so if you already have paid services like Netflix... you are out of luck and cannot watch!!  There are extensions to prevent things like Bitcoin mining for the Firefox 52.9 as well as extensions like HTTPS Everywhere that add security with very little extra workload.  For more legacy extensions - skip FireFox main website and use this website instead -

#24 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Any luck with the (Debian) backported OpenJDK-11? » 2019-05-29 18:21:25

Assuming you are running 64 bit - here is the link to download and install OpenJDK 11... … 4.deb.html

Indiana, USA

#25 Re: Off-topic » Life after Firefox » 2019-05-12 23:49:02

I am using PaleMoon without issue. To manually enable WebRTC:

    Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit Enter.
    Click the button "I accept the risk!".
    Type "media.peerconnection.enabled" in the search bar. Only one entry should appear.
    Right-click on the entry and choose "Toggle" to change the Value column to "true".

If you want to enable support for legacy extensions again, set the "extensions.legacy.enabled" preference to true in about:config page. Now all legacy extensions should start working again. Just ignore the messages about possible incompatible issues.

What extensions are you having trouble running in PaleMoon??

Indiana, USA

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