Shortlist for 4.1-final

Hopefully I will upload 4.1alpha3 tomorrow. It will of course have bugs, that will need to be fixed, but also I have put together a shortlist of what else needs to be done before the final can be released:

UPDATE July 2: added item 14
1. Recompile kernel with updated unionfs patch.
2. SeaMonkey 1.1.10, with Mail and News component.
3. PETget: add button to check dependencies of an installed package.
4. Xfprot: consider putting this into Puppy. It will automatically download f-prot (which has the antivirus signatures file).
5. Handler for '.ko' module files in ROX-Filer?
6. Replace rxvt with xterm? Reason: Xfprot needs the enhanced capability of xterm.
7. New desktop theme.
8. Local help page: dropdown list of all useful utilities in Puppy, with one-line description and link to online (or local) docs.
9. Split more modules that are only required at bootup into the initrd (so don't take up space in pup_410.sfs).
10. My laptop: sound only works after running the ALSA Wizard, have to do it every bootup.
11. Boot from ide flash, reports that running in PUPMODE 12, should be 13.
12. Maybe alternative to inotify for messaging between pup_event_backend_d and pup_event_frontend_d.
13. Compile "SCSI kernels" (just like in Slackware) with SCSI drivers builtin instead of SATA. And test on SCSI hardware.
14. LS120 diskette support. Thanks to A.Lohse for sending me a diskette. Need to get the Universal Installer to install to it.

Posted on 2 Jul 2008, 10:17


Posted on 30 Jun 2008, 10:12 by dogone
Avast anti-virus
Barry, please consider Avast anti-virus for Puppy. It's smaller, found to be more effective and now offers a GTK+ 2 GUI (F-prot doesn't). The Linux Home Edition is free.

A long-time F-prot user, I recently switched to Avast under Puppy (in order to protect Windows World). It's command line is not as well developed as F-prot's but more than adequate. The GUI is just as BarryK would have it - simple but effective.

Posted on 30 Jun 2008, 11:36 by nfisher
What are the features that Xterm provides which are lacking in rxvt? Is it anything that might be available in the development branch of rxvt? I have been using that with no problems for quite some time now, and it has the added plus of offering a transparency option.

Posted on 30 Jun 2008, 13:58 by BarryK
Xfprot GTK2
Xfprot is now GTK2, I compiled and used it yesterday.
But okay, I'll take a look at Avast.

Xterm has the '-hold' option, so it will not terminate when the application finishes:
# xterm -hold -e someapplication

Xfprot relies on this so that you can see results in the terminal window although the "someapplication" has finished.

Posted on 30 Jun 2008, 15:11 by GreatnessGuru
NoteCase 1.9.3?
Someone around here mentioned a new release:


1.9.3. (released at 2008.06.23.)
- add: added command line parameter "--debug" used to force generating the "crash log" file on exit
- add: "Close" menu entry to close the current notecase document
- add: show progress bar when loading .ncd/.nce files (instead of "pulsing" progress)
- updated .pot file and Croatian translation
- fix: after loading document current node is always expanded even if it has not "expanded" flag in the file
- fix: on new/close document action, immediately delete its "auto-save" protection copy (do not wait for program exit)
- add: add tooltip with description for some hard-to-understand features ("Read-only" and "Lock document" menu items)"

Thank you,
Eddie Maddox

Posted on 30 Jun 2008, 18:24 by zygo
I was surprised to find that rxvt does stay open in Puppy v4 most of the time but only because it crashes! It's using 98% oc cpu. The X closes it though.

Posted on 30 Jun 2008, 24:08 by dogone
Mini GTK File Manager
The principle Xprot developer has also GTKFM, a capable and very small file manager. From the site:

"This program has been written with size optimization in mind.
To achieve this goal some code from the Busybox project was used.
It contains also a Text Editor, an Image Viewer, a Process manager
and a Filesytem info tool. Gtkfm is tested only on Ubuntu Linux
but should compile and work also on other distributions."

Don't know that we need another file manager but GTKFM appears just too "Puppy" to resist.

...a pet or perhaps in 403/4?

Posted on 31 Jun 2008, 2:17 by bee
I have rxvt-unicode-9.05 compiled in Puppy 4.0

It has many features the rxvt does not.
Most useful to me is search.
Second, it has never crashed.
It also has -hold.

Posted on 31 Jun 2008, 2:21 by bee
Forgot to add the link:

Posted on 31 Jun 2008, 8:44 by BarryK
re: urxvt
thanks for the link, I check it out.

Posted on 31 Jun 2008, 8:46 by BarryK
Re: gtkfm
yes, I looked at it also, was unable to compile it.

Posted on 2 Jul 2008, 17:30 by coolpup
Latest version; a major new feature release

Posted on 3 Jul 2008, 17:13 by GreatnessGuru
It contains a number of assorted bugfixes
all over the tree. And once again,
any users of the 2.6.25 kernel series are
STRONGLY encouraged to upgrade to this release."

The Linux Kernel Archives
"The latest stable version of the Linux kernel is: 2008-07-03 03:53 UTC"

5 hours ago v2.6.25.10
8 days ago v2.6.25.9
11 days ago v2.6.25.8
2 weeks ago v2.6.25.7
3 weeks ago v2.6.25.6
3 weeks ago v2.6.25.5
6 weeks ago v2.6.25.4
7 weeks ago v2.6.25.3
8 weeks ago v2.6.25.2
2 months ago v2.6.25.1
2 months ago v2.6.25"

Thank you,
Eddie Maddox

Posted on 4 Jul 2008, 15:54 by GreatnessGuru
SeaMonkey 1.1.11, due 15JUL2008
"SeaMonkey 1.1.11 candidate builds already available -
please help testing (again)!"
mozilla . dev . apps . seamonkey
From now on, our security releases are planned to
be in sync with both Firefox 2.0.0.x and 3.0.x updates.
SeaMonkey 1.1.11 is currently scheduled for release
at the same day as Firefox and 3.0.1,
which is July 15 ..."

Thank you,
Eddie Maddox
Inwood IA USA

Posted on 12 Jul 2008, 17:36 by GreatnessGuru
Pmount: Fix tabbing; Add WebDAV
I'm typing this from Puppy 403-frugal,
after restarting X to get the
wallpaper and icons to display.

Pmount, 1, bug:
The <Tab> and <Shift-Tab> keys
do not cycle through the
media type tabs.

Pmount, 2, feature:
Please add WebDAV as a media type.
man: "mount.davfs(8)
Mount WebDAV resource in directory"

Note: The kernel must be compiled
with the WebDAV FS enabled.
Something like that...

Thank you so much,
Eddie Maddox
Inwood IA USA

Posted on 16 Jul 2008, 13:51 by GreatnessGuru
SeaMonkey 1.1.11 Security Release
Forum index
Taking the Puppy out for a walk
SeaMonkey 1.1.11 Security Release

Thank you,
Eddie Maddox