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#1 2024-07-06 22:18:33

moulder61
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Devuan spin/rice

Hi,
New member today. smile
I wondered if anyone would be interested in my version of Devuan. It's in the style of Miyolinux(Hi Dan, hope you're OK?).
I was going to call it Inspired By Miyo but that would be IBM as an acronym and I'd probably get in trouble!
It's basically a minimal XFWM build with tint2 and jgmenu. The main difference between mine and anything else I've seen is that I'm only using xfwm4, xfce4-session and xfce4-settings. So maybe it could be Devuan XFWM Minimal or DXM?
I omitted xfdesktop because I don't personally feel the need for desktop icons or the typical right click root menu that XFCE provides. I do however like jgmenu as the root menu as can be added to JWM, Openbox, Fluxbox potentially etc.
So what I've done is build xclickroot(https://github.com/phillbush/xclickroot) to have running in the background to give me jgmenu on the desktop. The overall effect is a bit like Openbox but with compositing built in and, more importantly for me, aerosnapping built in. smile
The basic build only comes with Sakura terminal, PCManFM file manager and Featherpad text editor(I like that you can edit system files and save as root with it), GParted for disk management and the Refracta tools. I've also added ufetch-devuan and the wallpaper setter borrowed from Lilidog with a modified version of it to work on my dual screen set up. It's a nice combination.
Apart from whether anyone would be interested in seeing it, any suggestions as to where would be a good place to upload it to? I have a pcloud account but not sure if there are download limitations, or sourceforge might be a possibility?
Or, I've told you what I've done so copy it, if that's easier. wink
Regards,
Moulder.

Edit:
I tried adding a link to an image but it didn't work so here's the url: https://imgbox.com/IDcVbD9C

Last edited by moulder61 (2024-07-06 22:19:59)

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#2 2024-07-08 19:25:46

rayburn
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Re: Devuan spin/rice

Hi, and welcome to the forum!

I like the sound of your Devuan spin and would love to try it out. Please post here if you manage to upload the iso somewhere.

Thanks.

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#3 2024-07-08 20:33:08

moulder61
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Re: Devuan spin/rice

Hi rayburn,

I'm thinking I might have to redo it from scratch? It's showing 1077 packages installed and hardly has anything on it! I have full systems with everything on it I want that come in at less than 1000 packages.

I tried it on various operating systems either taking an XFCE iso and stripping it down or building up from a net install. I did so many that I can't remember what I did with the Devuan one I have at the moment? sad

Also, I made it for myself, so I would have likely removed or left out nvidia drivers or other locales than en_GB, so maybe I should include more of that stuff? Also, I'm not very knowledgeable about creating isos with Refracta so it will probably be BIOS only because I don't use EFI(although just to be awkward I use GPT partitioning).

I'm just happy with the way it works for me and wanted to share it because I've never seen this particular setup before.

Bear with me and watch this space. smile

Moulder.

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#4 2024-07-13 09:11:39

rayburn
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Re: Devuan spin/rice

Thanks for that Moulder, I don't need nvidia drivers or any locales other than en_GB and I can cope with GPT no problem.

I am watching this space!

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#5 2024-07-13 13:14:12

moulder61
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Re: Devuan spin/rice

Hi rayburn,

Thanks for being patient. I'm getting there, slowly. wink It's running at 807 packages at the moment so 270 less than the 1077 I mentioned before. I added qimgv as an image viewer to the list of others I mentioned previously. They are my particular preferences for various reasons, but they can be swapped out, obviously.
Featherpad and qimgv are both Qt based so there could be a theming issue. It might need qt5ct installed for that. It's more noticeable if you go for dark themes. I use something in between light and dark so it's not that noticeable to me.
When I say a "minimal system" I'm thinking more the number of packages than any kind of minimal RAM usage really. I'm not that interested in how much RAM it uses but according to free -m it's 638MB on login? I have 16GB of RAM installed and don't tend to have a swap partition/file either.
I had a few minor issues to sort out plus I'm designing a custom wallpaper and trying to write my own logout program(the xfce-session-logout is in there but I wanted to see if I could come up with something a bit different myself?). If I can't get the logout program working to my liking I'll just upload it as it is.
Bear in mind, because it's minimal there could be stuff missing potentially. It depends what you are using it for I suppose? Also, I'm using a desktop computer with dual monitors so I don't know what it would look like on a laptop? Presumably OK but who knows?
I also have an Awesome WM spin that I might share too. It's based on the copycats themes but with jonaburgs build of picom so it looks a bit like Hyprland but not quite as slick. smile I could put them both on the same iso but I've found that when you mix tiling and stacking window managers on a single user system that the configs interfere with each other somewhat.

Moulder.

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#6 2024-07-13 19:42:28

rayburn
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Re: Devuan spin/rice

I can do patience! Thanks for your efforts on this project, and the Awesome iso sounds interesting,

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