No comments A friend who works in a remote town, entrusted me to purchase a cheap laptop for her, and bring it when I next come to visit.
So, today I found an inexpensive sale-price laptop at Dick Smith, an Asus X551MAV-BING-SX391B, with 15.6inch screen, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, USB3 and DVD burner, for AU$348.
First time that I fired it up, I was somewhat bamboozled by the Metro user interface -- this is the first time that I have used Windows 8.x.
Fortunately, I found this site, which explains how Windows 8.1 can be restored to a reasonably sensible desktop:
Thank goodness. There are all kinds of peculiarities in the 8.x UI, that seem either confusing or unnecessary. I have now set it up so that my friend will feel comfortable using it -- as she is only familiar with XP and 7.
She also entrusted me with her Microsoft Office 2010 DVD, a legal one, with product key, and I installed that. I wondered whether there might be issues with installing a 2010 version of Office in Windows 8.1, but no problem, it runs fine.
No comments The Quirky build system used to be Woof, from the days when I developed Puppy. Then I forked Quirky, and redesigned/stripped-down Woof, now just call it the Quirky build system.
It isn't on any online version control system, just on my laptop, and I upload a tarball sometimes.
So, here is the latest, as at 2014-10-25, used to build Quirky Unicorn 6.2.
Download from here (18.8MB):
There is also a brief readme:
...it should also be added to that readme, that the tarball be expanded in a Linux partition, with sufficient free space (10GB should be enough).
No comments Yeah, why not, seems to be working OK for me! This is the first of the "Unicorn series" of Quirky 6.x.
The full announcement and release notes are here:
...you will also find download links there.
Though, the folder on ibiblio that has relevant files is here:
And mirrored here:
If you want to see the full list of packages in QU 6.2:
The source, patches and scripts used to compile the kernel:
(user: p#up#py password: l#in#ux)
Forum thread for feedback:
No comments There is a problem as I am not updating puppylinux.com.
There is some discussion about Puppy home alternatives:
Raffy is the main guy to make a decision, a very long-established Puppy fan and supporter, who has established his credentials over many years.
Raffy already has control over the content of puppylinux.org (as well as others, as it is a wiki).
If Raffy suggests where puppylinux.com should be redirected to, I will seriously look at that.
However, puppylinux.com is a problem. It is the primary domain that I used when registering my account with hostgator.com, and all my domains, bkhome.org for example, live on the that hostgator account.
I don't know/think hostgator will allow puppylinux.com to be taken out of its primary role in the account. Maybe they can, or maybe I would have to register a new account, with say bkhome.org as the primary domain, and port everything over.
I haven't asked hostgator about this yet.
No comments Testing Quirky Tahr 6.0.5, bobtron reported that the Package Manager failed to download the "cursor_themes" PET package:
I have been reading that thread to find out what bugs have been encountered with the Quirky 6.0.x series, including Quirky Tahr.
Yes, /root/.packages/DISTRO_PET_REPOS has variable PET_REPOS, that is supposed to have the URLs for the PETs, however it is broken for some PET repos, such as the "noarch" PETs.
I have fixed this for Quirky Unicorn.
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