Precise: more wallpaper

Forum member futwerk creates incredible backgrounds for all of our puppies. Here are four more for Precise Puppy:

They are png images and very big. I have put them into a PET, and I converted them to jpg, however I used quality-factor-100, so they are still big (but about one-quarter that of the pngs).

PET (3.2MB):

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PMirrorget 0.2.1

Forum member gposil wrote this website downloader back in 2009:

This is in Precise Puppy RC1, however there is a bug report that the menu icon is missing. There is also an icon missing in a button.

I have fixed it, and assigned version number 0.2.1 (2KB):

It is a very simple script that uses gtkdialog for the GUI and wget to download. I have not internationalized it -- we will target doing that after Precise-final is out.

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Icon-Finder, pAVrecord, Precord

Two new PETs, one upgrade!

Icon Finder 1.0b3
This is very handy. Created by Forum member SFR:

pAVrecord 0.9.0
Forum member mcewanw created this audio/video recorder:
Ah, our keen developers! I just now added version 0.8.8 to the PPM database, then checked online now and found 0.9.0 is out, as well as a special version for Precise Puppy!

Precord 8.1.3
Forum member mcewanw has updated this nice application:

I have uploaded all of these to the 'noarch' repo at, and all three are going to be in Precise Puppy final.

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Precise: rerwin: Intel 537* drivers

Rerwin has compiled drivers for the Intel 537, 537aa, 537ea and 537sp modems:

I have added these to the 'common' repo and uploaded them to ibiblio.

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Peasy* apps

rcrsn51 has created a range of very useful applications, all named with the prefix "Peasy". rcrsn51 has advised of updates, plus new ones...

PeasyPrint 2.0

PeasyPDF 2.2.1

PeasyScale 1.4

PeasyPort 1.7
rcrsn51 reports problems with Superscan, so I am using this instead for next Precise build. fact, all of the above will be in the next Precise Puppy.

PETs (4KB, 12KB, 3KB, 3KB):

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Precise: SeaMonkey 2.13.1

Precise Puppy is at RC1 and there are now supposed to be essential bug fixes only. However, I have compiled the latest SeaMonkey, version 2.13.1, up from 2.12.1.

PET (23.3MB):

Yep, bigger and bigger, in leaps and bounds, with each new release. The 2.12.1 PET is 22.8MB.

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Precise: Firefox 16.0.1

I have compiled Firefox 16.0.1 in Precise Puppy.

PET uploaded (20MB):

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Ubuntu: Firefox DEB removed

Hmmm. Rodney sent me an email about being unable to download files. At first I didn't understand and asked for more information. Rodney sent a snapshot that showed the problem.

This is something that I did not anticipate. The Ubuntu package repo has, for example, Firefox 11.0 DEB which I think was the version in the first release of Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04.

However, Ubuntu later released an upgrade, 12.04.1, which had Firefox 14.0.

However, Ubuntu has now removed that DEB and replaced it with version 16.0. The original 11.0 is still there:

This is a nuisance. It makes be think that I should have kept Precise Puppy at the original v12.04. If packages are going to disappear from the Ubuntu repo, then PPM is going to fail to download sometimes.

The PPM does have a database update feature in the Configuration window.

This is a very awkward situation. I am going to have to sync with the latest repo when I build Precise Puppy 5.4-final, but in time some packages will be dropped from the repo, and a database update will be required.
The user will only know something is wrong when a package fails to download.

I had expected, reasonably I think, that when they announced 12.04.1, that all the DEBs for that release would stay put in the repo.

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Precise Puppy RC1

Nearly there! This is the 5.4 Release Candidate 1. Here is the announcement for the previous release, beta7:

RC1 has been given version number 5.3.96, and can be downloaded from here:

The theme that I chose is interesting? Good? Bad? Anyway, this is it:
JWM: stark-blueish
GTK: stark-blueish
Desk icons: Neon
Wallpaper: precise-futwerk-1b

At this stage of course, we only want to make essential bug fixes. I will probably remove hcfpcimodem and hsfmodem drivers from the final -- probably we need to provide documentation to let people know that PETs are available, for those who have those (and other) modems.

Another thing, I have yet to write the Release Notes.

Whether there is an RC2 depends on what we discover with testing RC1. It may be possible to go straight to the final release.

Note, there is no non-PAE build for RC1. I have been thinking of simplifying things. A non-PAE build of Precise Puppy can be done by the Puppy community, along with other modifications.

There are not that many computers (as a percentage) that have i686-class CPUs that are not PAE-capable, so I might not bother with them. People could of course use Wary.

Regarding Wary, I am also thinking of dropping Racy. But, again, someone in the community can build a Racy Puppy if they want.

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grub4dos 0.4.4.v1.8.0

Shinobar has two versions of grub4dos:

The 'common' repo had v1.7.2, and I have now added v1.8.0 (183KB):

I added "+linux_kernel&ge3.0" in the dependency field of v1.8.0, so that when building in Woof the right 'grub4dos' PET will get chosen.

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