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#1 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » What games do you play on Devuan?? » 2023-09-18 08:42:31

I play World of Warships on Steam with Proton. Works fine after Devuan update. I also have PlayOnLiinux and some older games like Battlefield and stuff. One other favourite is Linux native Warzone, but haven't tried it yet on Devuan.

#2 Re: Off-topic » Is systemd still bad in 2023? » 2023-09-02 07:18:26

Yes it's bad and it has even gotten worse over the years. Gobbling up more and more features. A big blob.

#3 Devuan » Long story about moving all my machines to Devuan. » 2023-08-30 11:58:45

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I've been using linux since 1998-ish starting with Yellow Dog Linux. Then Ubuntu since 2007 and then Arch since 2012-ish. Then Devuan on my DAW PC about two tears ago. Still using Ubuntu 18.04 on my streaming/gaming/TV main PC. I haven't used Windose at home since ten years, at least.

Because I have a big disliking to Systemd, I've been holding off updating Ubuntu till now. But today I'm working on transferring all my files, settings, games and whatnot from my Ubuntu to a new Devuan install.  It's a process but it's coming along nicely.

I've already got Devuan Daedalus booting my newer hardware with faster CPU and Graphics. I'm physically moving disks from machine to machine and had a UEFI hurdle at start. Turned out it was a missing jumper on the new machine on the clear RTC/CMOS pins. (after changing CMOS battery and upgrading Bios)  Fixed that and then began testing games on Steam and Playonlinux. Seems that I can just copy all the installation directories from disk to disk, without reinstalling. Good! Already tested a couple of games and they worked fine. Nice!

As said, I do not like Systemd at all, but I also don't like the way Ubuntu and others are going with Flatpak, Snap and other bloat. The turning point for me was when in Ubuntu, Systemd took over DNS resolving in one of its services. It created a lag when surfing immediately noticeable and unacceptable. Together with other Systemd problems like with Journald and it's huge files and the very cumbersome process of creating or editing services, it's very reassuring that some people - like Devuan team- see this and act accordingly.

I'm very thankful to Devuan for allowing me to have a complete DAW and a complete entertainment platform fully functioning and easily managed too! Devuan repo's are full of all you need and easy to safely install. I strongly recommend Devuan to each and all!

Thanks Devuan team!

#4 Re: Devuan » They say systemd makes packaging easier, better of the two evils? » 2023-08-30 11:29:09

My turning point with Systemd was when it slowed down my surfing by taking over the resolver. Systemd created a lag and it was unacceptable to me. I already knew about its history and Poettering, so since then I've been waiting to transition completely to Devuan.

#5 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » [SOLVED] xscreensaver building with custom settigs? » 2023-08-28 06:33:12

You need the dev-files. As quoted here:

There are many compilation dependencies.  The configure script will tell
    you what is missing.  At the least, you will need development versions of
    these libraries.  Append "-dev" or "-devel" to most of these:

        perl pkg-config gettext intltool libx11 libxext libxi libxt libxft
        libxinerama libxrandr libxxf86vm libgl libglu libgle libgtk-3-0
        libgdk-pixbuf2.0 libjpeg libxml2 libpam libsystemd elogind

from here:

#6 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » [SOLVED] manually mount disks always have different mount points? » 2023-08-28 03:08:36

You need the UUID's of the different disks/partitions. In a terminal as root use the command blkid and note the required UUID's you need. Then , as root, edit the file /etc/fstab and add the needed UUID's.

Example line from /etc/fstab:

UUID=9acd7886-5bd7-4fa4-a7e7-63b80c64f28c /mnt/GAMES	ext4	auto,rw,async,exec,suid,noatime 0       2

In this example it's in reality my partition /dev/sdc3 which is mounted with its UUID in fstab instead.

More about fstab: … %20enabled.

#7 Re: Installation » [SOLVED] Nvidia and Chimaera - driver 535? » 2023-08-27 16:23:17

Solved by upgrading to Daedalus. Surprisingly smooth and easy!

Thanks all Devuan guys and gals!

#8 Installation » [SOLVED] Nvidia and Chimaera - driver 535? » 2023-08-27 07:12:16

Replies: 4

Setting up a machine for Steam gaming with Nvidia 1070 card and I can only get 470.x driver. What's the best way to get Nvidia 535.x driver on Chimaera? I don't do Wayland and I'm not ready to upgrade to Daedalus (I think).

This is my third active Devuan machine, so terminal is not any problem.

#10 Re: Devuan » Devuan 5 Daedalus Release (Debian 12 - Bookworm) | Looking for info » 2023-06-12 07:55:18

It's worth the wait. Without question. As I see it, there are some fundamental differences between Debian and Devuan that needs extra care and attention. So I'm happy to wait.

#11 Re: Off-topic » A warning from the godfather of AI » 2023-05-02 12:34:52

I've come across it today. A bit of a scare actually.

#12 Re: Other Issues » Gdebi/dpkg and zst archives? » 2023-04-30 17:30:01

ralph.ronnquist wrote:

Given that a .deb file is an ar archive file containing two .tar.gz files it might be within scope for you to repackage things yourself.

Yeah, but I forgot how to do it. I could possibly unpack debs and unzst them, and then repack them as new debs.

Where can I find good guides on that?

Thanks for the help guys!

#13 Re: Other Issues » Gdebi/dpkg and zst archives? » 2023-04-30 12:16:16

I've collected deb packages from all over. It's mainly addons to my DAW (plugins). So they are not mission critical nor damaging to the system. Most install in /home/user as well. I've been seeing more and more zst archives lately, so I'm glad we have zstd at least.

#14 Other Issues » Gdebi/dpkg and zst archives? » 2023-04-29 15:34:14

Replies: 6

I've recently tried to install deb packages containing zst-archives and failed. I have zstd installed (Chimeara).
What can I do? I can unpack zst archives in terminal, but Gdebi and Dpkg fails.

I don't mind hacking the deb packages if only I knew how to do it. Must be some way...

#15 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » Devuan does not detect Huawei smartphone hardware! » 2023-04-23 15:13:22

My 2 cents: create a Samba share on your Devuan machine. Then connect to that from your phone. For Android there are lots of Windows/Samba apps and you can then easily connect and copy your stuff to and from the phone. Backup of your Contacts and Messages, you can do elsewhere.

#16 Re: Off-topic » AI on mainstream media » 2023-04-20 05:50:20

Very interesting thread! I'm nobody from the middle of nowhere, but I'm following this.

Aside from the possible dangers of AI in itself, isn't it also about the trust of the companies and organisations developing it? I don't trust them at all. I think they're a bunch of 25-year olds without connection to reality. Without life experience. They went straight thru school and got their Ph. D. They got the worlds best education but they are still narrow minded. They've got horse blinders on and can't see the whole picture.

Just because you can do a thing, should you do it? My doubts are that they can not handle the morals and ethics of it.

My 2 cents..

#17 Re: DIY » Preliminary notes on migration from Ubuntu 18.04 to Beowulf » 2023-02-28 06:22:22

My big migration from soon outdated Ubuntu 18.04 to Devuan Chimaera is coming up. I've been planning this for years, since it is on my main, daily used 24//7, machine.

Somehow I couldn't edit the first post here, but one thing is out and that is Wicd. It isn't supported anymore (outdated Python deps, I understand)

Work in progress...

#18 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » [SOLVED] Stupid two screen question (screens before login) » 2023-02-28 06:15:32

It was the old Sony TV that was grumpy. Changed to a Philips a tad newer and grub menu is visible again.

#19 Hardware & System Configuration » [SOLVED] Stupid two screen question (screens before login) » 2023-02-20 09:51:29

Replies: 5

I've got two screens connected, one Sony TV 32" (old LCD) and one noname 17" regular PC screen. The problem is before login when it seems like the system alters between the two at boot, before login. After login in Xfce - no problem.

So I can't see the grub menu. I'm sure it's there but for that brief moment the screen is black. It's no biggie because , if needed, I can disconnect one of the screens and I'm sure I'll see the grub menu again.

What can I do with the configs, grub or whatever, before boot?

#20 Re: Installation » Got sound in Firefox with only alsa and JACK! » 2023-02-20 02:41:16

Downloading Librewolf as we speak....

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#21 Re: Installation » Got sound in Firefox with only alsa and JACK! » 2023-02-19 08:53:43

I looked for Librewolf but it's not in the repos?

#22 Re: Installation » Install on a recent lenovo going badly, anyone know an answer » 2023-02-18 20:36:36

Are you trying Chimaera  or Beowulf ? I had sort of same problems with Chimaera booting from USB but I prepared the USB stick with Beowulf instead, and it worked. Beowulf is easy to upgrade immediately  to Chimarea if you want to. No problems since.

#23 Installation » Got sound in Firefox with only alsa and JACK! » 2023-02-18 15:56:55

Replies: 7

Must report success! Set up  my DAW with Devuan couple of weeks ago replacing PCLinuxOS. Got JACK 2 and Qjackctl plus Reaper/Midi/Audio working wihtout too much hazzle. Of course without Pulseaudio and no Pipewire either.

But no sound in Firefox or Chrome. No biggie but it is nice to be able to listen to youtube tracks/music on your DAW.

I finally solved it after hours of googling and several .asoundrc versions.

This is the .asoundrc that fixed it:

pcm.!default {
    type plug
    slave { pcm "jack" }

pcm.jack {
    type jack
    playback_ports {
        0 system:playback_1
        1 system:playback_2
    capture_ports {
        0 system:capture_1
        1 system:capture_2

ctl.mixer0 {
    type hw
    card 0

Not using apulse either. Jack2 and Qjackctl are running at boot and voilá sound in Firefox-esr! No sound in google chrome or chromium yet, but that's ok.
I did check though, that the proper audio interface was default card 0. I also double checked that the DAW, Reaper, worked, and it did.

Just wanna share if some other Devuan fan running JACK encounters the same problem.

EDIT:  Holy Crap!! There IS sound in Google Chrome too!!! Just needed to restart it.

Keywords: alsa, asoundrc, firefox, chrome, jack, jack2, daw, reaper

#25 Installation » New PC (used) just moved SSD and boot! » 2023-02-15 14:44:11

Replies: 3

I just got my new used PC and moved the SSD with my Devuan install and success! It booted right away!

Newer Bios:es are scary with Secure Boot, UEFI, TPM and stuff but I looked thru the bios settings beforehand and legacy boot seemed activated.

This is my DAW machine and everything worked; second HD, USB audio card, ethernet, and best of all - both my screens worked as well. Almost no config  at all.

It's an HP PRODESK 600 G2, i7. Bought it from a company for about 250 EUR/260 USD.

So Devuan is the thing!

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