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Woof alpha9 uploaded

May 23, 2009 — BarryK
Available from here:

'upup-476.iso' is the standard Jaunty Puppy build, kernel
'upup-476-IDE.iso' is the same except for the kernel, which is configured with the old IDE drivers instead of the PATA kernel drivers.
'upup-476-SCSI.iso' is for PCs with true SCSI hardware, including ability to boot from a SCSI drive.

If you experience boot or shutdown problems on certain hardware, try the "IDE" variant. Let me know if there is success -- well, I would like to know if it makes no difference also!

Note, be careful when switching over that there isn't an old 'upup-476.sfs' left behind on the hard drive!

Easy downloads for those on dialup
If you download Jaunty Puppy alpha8 from here:

It's in five pieces for easy download. Put them together like this:
# cat xaa xab xac xad xae > upup-473.iso

Then check the md5sum to make sure it is ok.

To upgrade alpha8 to alpha9, download this:

The file is 19MB, a bit big, but that is because of the change of kernel. You can download it to the same folder where you have 'upup-473.iso', but it doesn't matter as the Xdelta script will search for the old file.

After downloading it, just click on it, a GUI will pop up, just click the "GENERATE" button and a few seconds later you will have file 'upup-476.iso'!

Note, I have also uploaded two more .delta files, to upgrade the alpha7 live-CD and 'devx' files. They are 19MB and 336KB -- that last one is good, considering that the original 'devx' files are 93MB.

Regarding the Woof build system, I have been working exclusively on the Jaunty Puppy build since alpha6, the others are totally neglected. I plan to do a "Karmic Puppy" build sometime after I get back from Melbourne.


Alpha9 forum feedback
Username: BarryK
I have started a forum thread for feedback:

Username: dogone
"Barry, the Sheeva-Plug looks like something made for Puppy. Could be too that Puppy is "made" for the Sheeva-Plug.

k2.6.30 rocks !
Username: happypuppy
"The Linux 2.6.30 kernel introduces fastboot support, DRM for the ATI R600/700 graphics processors (finally!), LZMA/BZIP2 kernel image compression and various other new features. Karmic Puppy with the 2.6.30 kernel = the best Puppy ever :)

No shutdown
Username: Plume
"I tried upup-476 and upup-476-IDE on my 10 years old laptop. Same thing for both: no problem to boot but neither shutdown nor reboot. pmount doesn't work as well. No drives are mounted (I tried NTFS, VFAT and EXT3), buttons for "Refresh" and "Preference" don't work. On which ever button I click, pmount closes itself.

Pmount WORKS if you use this trick
Username: happypuppy
"Pmount doesn't mount anything or just closes/crashes without a warning message? Try to run it from the commandline: Just type 'pmount' in the console and press ENTER :) It works perfectly. This is a really annoying issue with all builds of upup.Pmount is not the only app that's affected by this bug. It happens with other apps as well.

Username: cthisbear
""Plume, by chance are you running Xvesa?" 01micko. Good call. This happened to me on one of the Woof downloads. Because I prefer Xvesa. Changed over and Bingo. Chris.

Username: Plume
"I tried upup-476-IDE on my 8 years old desktop. With xvesa, pmount fails like on my laptop. With xorg, pmount [b]works[/b]. When using xorg wizard to return back to xvesa, the screen turns black and the keyboard no more responds. Just to hard power off.

xorg problems
Username: Pham
"I have tested upup-473 on a Dell Latitude D630 (laptop) having a Nvidia card. After probing and setting the resolution to 1400 x 900, I got a blank screen : (have to type Ctr-F1 then Ctr-Akt-Del to reboot) I haven't tried upup-476 yet, but probably the same thing. On another Dell machine (Precison 380 desktop with a Dell monitor 1600x1200 and also Nvidia card), the display is OK but the USB mouse doesn't work. The problem may be due to the Nvidia card, since on another Dell laptop (D430), every thing is OK. However, under kubutu all machines work flawlessly, On a side note, kubuntu detects automatically the right resolution. No question asked unlike puppy, which can confuse novice. In the latest jaunty distribution, there is not even the xorg.conf (this file is actually empty): everything is auto detected, so why does puppy need to ask this technical question ? There is also the possibility of changing the resolution on the fly via the applet krandrtray (which is a front end. to the xrandr command.

WOOF Software
Username: ttuuxxx
"Hi Barry I've been messing around with Xfce a lot, boy do they ever have a lot of software and taskbar plugins, can even use gnome taskbar applets. Anyways I came across this one in particular that doesn't depend on xfce at all just dbus,gtk,gvfs. Here a Quote,"Then it provides almost transparent access to remote resources like FTP or SFTP (SSH) connections, SMB (windows shares) or special resources like the Trash (trash://), Burn (burn://) or even accessing your digital photo camera (gphoto2://)." It basically connects to a heck of a lot of things, This looks very promising to expand and simplify SMB,digital cameras etc. The bin is only 124kb, This is the website and you need waf to compile it. [img][/img] ttuuxxx

Tags: woof