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EasyOS version 1.0 released

January 20, 2019 — BarryK

After innumerable 0.x releases, we now have 1.0! What needs to be understood, though, is that EasyOS is an experimental distribution, very much a work-in-progress in places, and the "1.0" does not imply that Easy has reached a maturity that you would expect of the mainline distributions.

Having got that disclaimer out of the way, it also needs to be stated that the 1.0 does proclaim that Easy has reached a certain level of capability, that many users will find meets all their needs, with innovations and concepts that induces an excitement that might be said to be lacking in the mainline distributions.

There is a webpage that will give you a quick appreciation of why Easy is different, and will, hopefully, show why the word "excitement" applies:

https://easyos.org/about/how-and-why-easyos-is-different.html

So, want to try Easy?

Download and install

Download from here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/pyro/1.0/

You will need a PC with 64-bit x86 CPU, at least 2GB RAM, minimum 1024x768 screen resolution. The BIOS can be either type, the old "traditional" BIOS in PCs prior to 2012, or the "modern" UEFI type.

The download file is intended to be written to a USB Flash drive. If you don't know how to write the file to a USB-stick, there are instructions here;

https://easyos.org/install/how-to-write-easyos-to-a-flash-drive.html

You will see in the above link, there is also a live-CD ISO file. Do not use this unless you have to. It is intended for those people with PCs that will not boot from USB, or for old-timers who still think optical media is the greatest thing since floppy disks.

The live-CD has limitations, however, is usable and has session-save capability, as explained here:

http://bkhome.org/news/201812/permanent-saving-for-easyos-live-cd.html

If you want to explore how to install to an internal drive, even do so directly without creating a Easy USB-stick or live-CD, look at these pages:

https://easyos.org/tag_install.html

Regarding a USB Flash drive, please, please, do use a reasonable quality drive. The difference between crap and good Flash-sticks is only a few dollars, as explained here:

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/sandisk-ultra-32gb-usb3-flash-drive.html

If you are a non-English speaker/reader, there is good news...

International releases

Yep, there are 1.0 releases ready-to-go for a specific language, for now, only de (German), es (Spanish), fr (French), pl (Polish), pt (Portuguese) and ru (russian). You will find the them here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/pyro/1.0/international/

Not quite there, but the intention is that these releases will bootup in the target language, fully translated, nothing else to install or configure.

If this interests you and you want to contribute, you are most welcome! You may also request another language. Please read this link for further information:

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/non-english-builds-of-easyos.html

MoManager is the tool most convenient to use for contributing translations. The latest version of MoManager is maintained by Lutz (Puppy Forum member 'L18L'), and if there is anything that you don't understand or needs fixing in MoManager, please contact him.

Note that langpacks created for EasyOS are slightly different from those used in Puppy Linux.

Another point: The Woof build system creates a language-specific build of Easy by building in translations provided by the packages, including dictionaries. Most packages come with translation files for various languages, which are left out out the English build due to the size, however, a language-specific build inludes all translations for that language. Some packages, such as SeaMonkey, have an external language pack, and woof automatically downloads that.

Thus, a langpack PET package mostly needs only to provide translations for executables and documentation built-in to Easy.

Feedback

Which brings us to how to provide feedback. Easy has his own forum, here:

https://easyos.org/forum/

There is also a thread on the Puppy Forum:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1015978#1015978

...please do not post questions about EasyOS elsewhere on the Puppy Forum, as it creates confusion. That forum is for Puppy Linux, with specific sections for discussion of forks, derivatives, and other Linux distributions.

Have fun! 

Tags: easy

Updated French langpack for EasyOS

January 19, 2019 — BarryK

I would very much like to thank Puppy Forum member 'esmourguit' for updating the French langpack, especially for EasyOS. Here is the new PET:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/noarch/packages/pet/pet_packages-noarch/langpack_fr-20190118-1.pet

...the "-1" means that I modified it slightly. I took out some scripts. I changed some dictionaries to symlinks, but might not have done that fully, as the PET is much bigger than the previous version, like about twice the size. Anyway, OK for now.

Ah, esmourguit has informed me that he is retired, boats around on canals these days, doesn't post to the Puppy Forum anymore. Still checks in to see what is happening though! 

Tags: easy

New theme for upcoming EasyOS 1.0

January 19, 2019 — BarryK

EasyOS version 1.0 is nearly here, and I reckon it should have a new theme. I want to use the LaGaDesk BlueNight desktop icons, for which we have a PET. Well, there are some variations of them around.

I don't know who created the original PET, but he/she obtained the icons from a set created by LaGaDesk at deviantart.com. After that, Puppy Forum members 'starhawk' and 'OscarTalks' improved some of them and brought out a new PET. That is the PET that I have been using.

However, EasyOS needs a couple more icons that are not in the PET, so I went looking for the original set created by LaGaDesk. Alas, it is no more. So, I posted a request to the Puppy Forum. And oh joy, 'perdido' found it:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1015889#1015889

I have now created a new PET, named "lagabluenight2", here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/noarch/packages/pet/pet_packages-noarch/desk_icon_theme_lagabluenight2-20190118.pet

In deciding on a "new" theme, I looked back at old pup releases. Precise Puppy 5.6 has a very nice deep-blue theme, and uses the LaGaDesk BlueNight icons. Using the same JWM and GTK themes, and have found a new wallpaper. It looks good. 

Tags: easy

Woof tarball 2019-01-14

January 14, 2019 — BarryK

I don't maintain an online repository for Woof anymore. This is my fork of woof, for building EasyOS. Sometimes I call it "woofE".

Here is the latest tarball (76.6MB):

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/project/woof/woof-project-20190114.tar.gz

This is the latest, as used for the Russian build today. 

Tags: easy

SanDisk Ultra 32GB USB3 Flash drive

January 14, 2019 — BarryK

I posted yesterday about a very cheap Verbatim 16GB STORE-N-GO USB2 drive:

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/bottom-rung-usb-flash-stick.html

...sooo slow, then it failed after a few days.

I have to comment about this failure. Most of the Flash sticks that I purchase, including the very cheap ones, last for a very long time. Well, I have only had a couple of failures in several years. I even have a 128MB drive that is still working.

That Verbatim drive went into the bin, couldn't be bothered with taking it back.

This morning, wen to BigW and bought a SanDisk Ultra 32GB USB3 drive, for AU$14. That's it's regular price, not discounted.

Now we're cookin' with gas! I wrote the Russian build of Easy to it, and got a sustained sequential write speed of 28.7MB/sec.

Compare that with 3.9MB/sec for the Verbatim drive. It is so much worth it, to spend that little bit more! 

Tags: tech

EasyOS 0.9.18 Russian build

January 14, 2019 — BarryK

There have been lots of language-specific builds in the last few days. Read this post to see what has been happening:

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/easyos-0918-spanish-build.html

Now have done a Russian build. Used a langpack from 2013, that was created by Puppy Forum member 'rodin.s':

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/noarch/packages/pet/pet_packages-noarch/langpack_ru-20130524-bk1.pet

...the "bk1" means some mods by me. There were a few things incompatible with EasyOS. I do also need to check the other langpack PETs. Did have a look in the 'de' langpack, but not the others.

The good news about this Russian build, relative to the others, is that now SeaMonkey starts up automatically translated.

Tags: easy

EasyOS 0.9.18 Spanish build

January 13, 2019 — BarryK

In the last few days I announced Polish, French, Portuguese and German builds:

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/easyos-0918-polish-build.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/easyos-0918-french-build.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/easyos-0918-portuguese-build.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/easyos-0918-with-german-build.html

Now there is a Spanish (es) build, download from here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/pyro/0.9.18/

Anyone fluent in Spanish is invited to test this.

And, if you feel like it, get involved with improving the translations. This involves using MoManager, and creating a updated es "langpack" PET.

Note, the earlier builds had English-only User Interface for SeaMonkey. The Spanish and Polish builds have a translated UI, but you have to enable it after starting SM:

Menu: Tools -> Add-ons Manager -> "Polski Language" -> click "Enable" button

I am still trying to make this be enabled at first startup.

You might like to read earlier blog posts:

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/hunspell-non-english-dictionaries.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/non-english-builds-of-easyos.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/syslinux-and-refind-boot-manager-translation.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/translation-of-early-boot-messages.html

For Puppy Linux, the main es translator was, I think, Puppy Forum member 'vicmz', but he is not so much involved these days. Anyone who is interested in translating, is welcome. Perhaps liaise with vicmz to make sure no one is stepping on any elses's toes.

The outcome should be an updated es langpack PET. It will be too time-consuming for me to micro-manage each language build of EasyOS, so I want an updated langpack, that's it, just the one file, makes it easy for me, rather than people sending me lots of individual translations.

Having said that, for the next couple of releases after 0.9.18, translations for individual scripts and documents will be accepted.

Note, this langpack will be different from the one in Puppy Linux, although there are many common apps and scripts. However, for this first pl build, I used an old Puppy Linux langpack PET, created by vicmz (I think), dated 2014-07-17:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/noarch/packages/pet/pet_packages-noarch/langpack_es-20140717.pet

Furthermore, I won't keep releasing a language-specific build of EasyOS if there is no interest. Someone may only want to commit to being a translator for a short time, that's OK. 



Tags: easy

EasyOS 0.9.18 Polish build

January 13, 2019 — BarryK

In the last few days I announced French, Portuguese and German builds:

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/easyos-0918-french-build.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/easyos-0918-portuguese-build.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/easyos-0918-with-german-build.html

Now there is a Polish (Polski) build, download from here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/pyro/0.9.18/

Anyone fluent in Polish is invited to test this.

And, if you feel like it, get involved with improving the translations. This involves using MoManager, and creating a updated pl "langpack" PET.

Note, the earlier builds had English only User Interface for SeaMonkey. The Polish build has a translated UI, but you have to enable it after starting SM:

Menu: Tools -> Add-ons Manager -> "Polski Language" -> click "Enable" button

I am still trying to make this be enabled at first startup.

You might like to read earlier blog posts:

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/hunspell-non-english-dictionaries.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/non-english-builds-of-easyos.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/syslinux-and-refind-boot-manager-translation.html

http://bkhome.org/news/201901/translation-of-early-boot-messages.html

For Puppy Linux, the main pl translator was Robert (forum member 'robwoj44'), but he is not so much involved these days. Anyone who is interested in translating, is welcome. Perhaps liaise with robwoj44 to make sure no one is stepping on any elses's toes.

The outcome should be an updated pl langpack PET. It will be too time-consuming for me to micro-manage each language build of EasyOS, so I want an updated langpack, that's it, just the one file, makes it easy for me, rather than people sending me lots of individual translations.

Having said that, for the next couple of releases after 0.9.18, translations for individual scripts and documents will be accepted.

Note, this langpack will be different from the one in Puppy Linux, although there are many common apps and scripts. However, for this first pl build, I used an old Puppy Linux langpack PET, created by robwoj44 (I think), dated 2014-11-30:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/noarch/packages/pet/pet_packages-noarch/langpack_pl-20141130.pet

Furthermore, I won't keep releasing a language-specific build of EasyOS if there is no interest. Someone may only want to commit to being a translator for a short time, that's OK. 

Tags: easy