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#1 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » Nala, a new cli package manager replacement for dpkg and apt » 2024-04-01 13:38:11

I have been using nala for well over a year on multiple distros.  It works quite well for me. The only issue I have really encountered is that there are a few missing apt functions... (can't remember which ones exactly).  But nala development seems of good quality and progress is regularly noticeable and pleasantly surprising.   

As for wanting to stick with old (sometimes ancient) things (an ever present feature of the Debian world), well no one is taking that option away anyone by trying something new/ else/ better.

#2 Re: Installation » Windows 10 doesn't get recognized on UEFI bios automatically » 2024-03-29 23:20:58

Not knowing what your environment is or what you are running or if there are any errors, it is hard to guess.  A simple fix that works in most situations is to run the following command in terminal:

sudo update-grub

You may need to install update-grub

#3 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » fvwm or fvwm3 what to install? » 2024-01-27 13:30:18

FWIW FVWM3 is supported, active, and has especially good themes.  I gave up on the earlier versions quite awhile ago.


See: … 377e5f168a

#5 Re: Off-topic » waylandows is crap » 2024-01-02 14:25:55

If you care to examine available detailed research on Wayland and its use... there is a lot out there. 

As for your assertions, you are correct Wayland does not natively use (m)any  of the x11 based tools you mentioned.  And it is correct to note that Wayland does not in fact work the in the same way as x11.  That is NOT a bug, that is by design. (Note: there are ways to try to get around x11 compatibility issues should you desire, but more often than not such diversions cause more problems than they solve.) Personally, I try to avoid those "patches/ fixes" and test/ use Wayland as it is/was designed & intended.

TBH Wayland is NOT crap.  It is usable. I know because I have been running using SwayWM (which runs slightly lighter than i3wm on my daily platform) for the better part of 6 months.  There are in fact areas where I believe Wayland is better than x11.  There are, also, areas where it is worse.  AND, there are MANY where it is quite different. 

As a "formerly young" person, I have to remind myself that 'different' is not bad... but it is "different'.  I, also, continually need to remind myself that I need to examine new (to me) environments with an open mind.  I need to explore with the hope of building success not condemning failure.  In other words, I NEED to learn to accommodate change if I want it, and me, to succeed. Technological change is, in fact, quite similar to adjusting to any new culture, language and life style.

I always try to remember that I run Linux. Freedom of choice is a key strength of Linux.  Not a soul can justifiably say that another is precluded from their preferred the choice(s). Remember with Linux...

you can do anything you want and when it breaks you get to keep all the pieces...

If you care to read what I discovered using Wayland on Debian and Arch you can find a bunch of materials on my site.

#6 Re: Devuan » Making Devuan widely use » 2023-11-23 13:33:31

IMHO Cosmetics are always a matter of opinion.  FWIW I would suggest that it is more useful and productive to compare Devuan to Debian than it is to compare Devuan to LinuxMint.  Mint, to my mind, is more similar to Manjaro than it is Devuan....

Having said that, it is an easy task to make one distro look like another (enjoy the transformation process).

#7 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » wayland on devuan » 2023-08-09 19:21:56

FWIW Firefox-esr works fine on Debian Sid On SwayWM and Wayfire.

#9 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Calibre qt issue » 2023-03-09 19:32:35

Go to the link below and install a current version of calibre. It may work better.

#11 Re: Off-topic » What are you reading/want to read ? » 2023-01-14 22:02:18

Here's a way to find fun, old weird books.  "A Search Engine That Finds You Weird Old Books
To help ‘rewild your attention’ I built a book-finding app" … 74fbb5f3d4

#12 Devuan » Devuan -ceres-liquorix » 2022-09-09 22:54:44

Replies: 1

Are there others out in the community using 5.19 liquorix with ceres, beyond me? If not, I am happy to report what I discover, should it be of interest.

24 hours in, things are working fine.  wink

#13 Desktop and Multimedia » i3-gaps Install Help/ Tutorial » 2022-09-04 13:06:51

Replies: 0

For those on a Debian/Devuan base who wish to install i3-gaps, perhaps the following guide will help with this non-repo based install (gaps is not in the Debian repos). I have found it most helpful: … on-debian/

#14 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » [SOLVED] 5.18 kernel installed, yet apt wants to install newest 5.10 » 2022-08-15 21:12:30

Keeping multiple kernels is generally viewed as a wise safety net measure. If one kernel fails often another allows you to recover or fix the problem. Multiple kernels are allowed and not automatically removed on Debian, Devuan, MXLinux, arch, manjaro, antiX, Sparky among others.

#15 Re: Devuan Derivatives » We are making progress » 2022-06-05 13:27:32

Right now all I find is a 32bit version of Devuan on PepOS see:

#16 Off-topic » Prepare for Russian cyber-attacks » 2022-03-11 17:35:57

Replies: 1

@Discord and @Trello are among Russia's preferred malicious attack vehicles. If you use these, take appropriate security actions to protect yourself/ your organization. … erattacks/

#17 Re: DIY » Nala (a prettier apt?) » 2022-02-11 13:58:49

I'm not sure AUR bashing has an awful lot to do with nala.... but that's probably just me.

#19 DIY » Nala (a prettier apt?) » 2022-02-09 14:05:45

Replies: 13

If you are interested in finding a better (prettier?) looking (new) cli tool to perform most apt terminal functions Nala is worth a look.  I have installed and run it successfully to perform my most common tasks successfully on PeppermintOS (Debian) and MXLinux (non-systemd Debian). Here's a link to the development site and software.  Should you want to try it out....

#20 Re: Other Issues » "ly" Display Manager » 2022-02-07 20:47:00

@andyprough I think you may be correct.

#21 Re: Other Issues » "ly" Display Manager » 2022-02-07 18:30:59

Here is my current dwm.desktop  Things just hang on boot attempt with tbsm. i3 & xfce work just fine.  When I enable lightdm everything works fine.  I feel really slow.... wink

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=dynamic window manager

#22 Re: Other Issues » "ly" Display Manager » 2022-02-07 14:19:54

I have it working for i3 & xfce @andyprough but because I start dwm via a script (my autostart functions) I have to find a way to point to the dwm bash script location.

#23 Re: Other Issues » "ly" Display Manager » 2022-02-06 22:24:06

Sounds like fun... I'll try it.  I probably won't break anything much giving it a spin.  wink

#24 Re: Other Issues » "ly" Display Manager » 2022-02-06 20:34:39

Thank you very much!

Edit: I use a dm because I have dwm, i3wm & xfce4 in the same user space.

#25 Other Issues » "ly" Display Manager » 2022-02-06 19:08:51

Replies: 11

Can anyone tell me how-to start "ly" using sysvint? I have no problem starting it using systemd however... sysvinit has me perplexed.

Here's a link to the relevant github.

Edit: I searched for an 'ly' service in sysv but did not find one.


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