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Racy (5.3beta2)

February 26, 2012 — BarryK
Wary and Racy (5.3beta1) was only released a few days ago: is recommended for language translators. It has some important bug fixes and enhancements for better and more complete translation.
Run MoManager and review translations, also you might find more to do in the 'doc_strings' category.

Get from here:

We have three guys who I would like to acknowledge, who have completed or almost completed, "langpacks":

de L18L
fr esmourguit
ru rodin.s

I am expecting that when Wary/Racy beta3 arrives at least two of these PETs will be available and ready for use. I intend to do some work on making it particularly easy to install these.


VLC 2.0.0 SFS

February 26, 2012 — BarryK
I announced recently that Billtoo has compiled Thunderbird and created an SFS for Wary and Racy. Now Billtoo has added VLC 2.0.0 (video and audio media player).

Right now I am uploading the SFS to

This is where Billtoo posted to the Forum:


Wary/Racy (5.3beta1)

February 21, 2012 — BarryK
It seems that the last couple of alpha builds got out some bugs, mostly to do with internationalization changes in Woof, so I am going for beta1 builds.

The Wary build is here:

The Racy build is here:

If you are not familiar with what has been going on, that is, what has changed since earlier pup releases (Slacko, Wary, Racy), please browse down through my blog.

You will notice that the Wary ISO is very big. This is due to all of the analog modem drivers -- in Wary 5.2.2 I left out the Intel 53x modem drivers due to their enormous size, this time left them in. So, this time it really is the "kitchen sink" included, more SCSI drivers too.

Here is the Woof commit, dated 2012-02-21:

...note the change in how 'xwin' is executed. Karl Godt raised this issue in the Puppy Forum and I took another look at it. Here is a relevant earlier blog post:

Regarding the problem of how to launch 'xwin', this is a very ancient problem right from the early days of Puppy, and I think exposes a fundamental problem with Busybox and it's lack of support for runlevels in /etc/inittab. Unfortunately, the Busybox developers never provided an alternative to the runlevels. That is, there is no way to run 'xwin' after /etc/profile and /root/.profile (or .bashrc) have run (they are only supposed to set environment variables, not run executables).


French keyboard broken in Racy

February 16, 2012 — BarryK
A few people have reported this to me, and I haven't known what to do about it.

Fortunately, Forum member 'npierce' has tracked down the cause of the problem:

I have put the patched 'fr' keyboard file into '' and it is uploading right now.


Asunder, Homebank, Isomaster

January 29, 2012 — BarryK
I have compiled these for Wary (and Racy):

Asunder 2.1 (audio CD ripper)
Homebank 4.4 (personal finances, supports OFX)
Isomaster 1.3.9 (edit ISO files)

These are included in Wary and Racy builds.

Asunder PET (46KB):

Homebank PET (208KB):

Isomaster PET (76KB):

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mtPaint 3.40

January 28, 2012 — BarryK
The mtPaint home page:

Wjaguar's latest version, 3.40 download:

I have compiled version 3.40 in Wary and uploaded the PET (311KB, 360KB):

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Wary: SeaMonkey 2.6.1, Sqlite 3.7.10

January 27, 2012 — BarryK
I have compiled these for the next Wary and Racy.

Sqlite (368KB, 427KB):

Seamonkey (16.4MB, 4.4MB):


GTK "gseal" fix, take 2

January 10, 2012 — BarryK
I reported on this saga here:

Well, today I built Wary with GTK 2.24.5, as reported in above link, but the slow/hanging BootManager (Xdialog SFS-chooser window) is back again.

So I tried something that I had not done before, I compiled GTK 2.24.8 with this:

# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --build=i486-t2-linux-gnu --with-xinput=yes --enable-debug=minimum --enable-introspection=no

I had not previously compiled GTK 2.24.8 with '--enable-introspection=no'. Well, that fixed it!

There were three problems:

1. Slow/hanging BootManager Xdialog window.
2. "gseal" errors when compile applications.
3. Long drop-down lists in GTK apps very slow.

Number 2, I compiled 'gtktetris', which previously exhibited the "gseal" errors.

Number 3, 'quicksetup' exhibits the slow and cpu-hogging drop-down lists.

I built wary with the new GTK 2.24.8, the above 3 problems have gone away.

The PETs are uploaded:

My package-selection entry: