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woofQ uploaded, 2018-02-11

February 11, 2018 — BarryK

This is the latest woofQ, as used to build Quirky Xerus 8.4.

Uploaded as a tarball here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/project/woofq/

I also updated the woofQ Bones repository. Read about Bones here:

http://bkhome.org/archive/bones/

And woofQ and Bones here:

http://bkhome.org/news/201501/woofq-hosted-by-bones.html 

Tags: easy, quirky

EasyShare file and printer sharing, v0.3

February 02, 2018 — BarryK

At first there was QuickSamba, then with EasyOS 0.7 the name changed to EasyShare.

Now, EasyShare has been almost completely rewritten, with a more dynamically-changing GUI and support for SSHFS.

There is a tutorial, which I have also had to rewrite:

http://bkhome.org/easyshare/easyshare-super-easy-network-file-and-printer-sharing.html

This is an early release, and there are some "peculiarities" and limitations. EasyShare 0.3 will be in the next release of EasyOS, 0.7.1 or later.

Tags: easy

Busybox 1.27.2 compiled statically

January 25, 2018 — BarryK

The last time that i compiled Busybox statically, it was version 1.25.1, using Landley's Aboriginal Linux, chrootable root-filesystem. That was late 2016, and i have been using that up until now.

I wanted to enable some more applets in Busybox, 'nsenter', 'dnsd' and 'inetd', so went through the exercise again.

I downloaded the latest stable source, version 2017.02.09, of Buildroot, from here:

https://buildroot.org/download.html

This defaults to using Busybox 1.27.2. I added my own 'busybox.config', and jamesbond's 'guess_fstype' applet patch.

Then ran:

# make menuconfig
# make uclibc-menuconfig
# make busybox-menuconfig
# make

I didn't change much. Chose target of x86_64 nocona CPU, and for uClibc turned on 'wchar' and 'locale' support.

There were a couple of fails. I had to replace /usr/include/limits.h in the host system (EasyOS Pyro64 0.7) with limits.h from Xerus64.

Then Busybox compile failed and I had to disable 'nfs' support for the 'mount' applet. I can live with that. It is probably something lacking in the uClibc configure options.

Anyway, got there. If any pup builders want the latest Busybox, statically compiled, with lots of applets, here is the PET (728KB):

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/packages/pet/pet_packages-pyro/busybox-1.27.2-patched-static-br-amd64.pet

EDIT 2018-02-09:

I reverted to the 1.25.1 busybox PET. Testing the above, something seemed not quite right (got a hang at bootup). When building with "make menuconfig", using the .config from 1.25.1, an incredible number of configure options were flagged as no longer valid, and maybe something has changed to cause the problem. I might have to advance the version number more gradually, and maybe go back to Landley's Aboriginal Linux as a precaution.

Another thing. The motivation to upgrade was to enable some more applets, including 'dnsd' (domain name server), however, it (dnsd) doesn't work. Really weird, but I did a search with google and it seems that "nobody" actually uses it. I have successfully used 'bind' and 'dnsmasq', so I think that I know what I am doing, regarding dns servers. The busybox dnsd does not respond to the port.

Tags: easy, quirky

EasyOS Pyro64  version 0.7 released

January 18, 2018 — BarryK

Version 0.6.6 of the Pyro64 series of Easy was released on January 2, 2018:

http://bkhome.org/news/201801/easyos-pyro64-066-released.html

That was followed by the Xerus64 series of Easy, version 0.6.8, on january 4:

http://bkhome.org/news/201801/easyos-xerus64-068-released.html

Back onto Pyro, version 0.7 is now out:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/pyro/0.7/

The big news for 0.7 is inclusion of EasyShare, which is introduced here:

http://bkhome.org/easyshare/easyshare-super-easy-network-file-and-printer-sharing.html

Forum feedback here:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=109958

Note that I have future plans for EasyShare. I am thinking of adding NFS as an alternative to Samba, for Linux-to-Linux file sharing. EasyShare will offer the choice of either.

Tags: easy

Easy network printing with CUPS

January 12, 2018 — BarryK

I have been trying all day to setup printing over a small network, just two PCs running Easy 0.6.6, connected to an ethernet router (and to the Internet via wi-fi wan, to my mobile phone hotspot).

One PC, my "midi-tower", has a Brother HL-2040 laser printer connected via USB port. Local printing works fine. The other PC is my Mele "mini-pc", and I want to be able to print from it.

The problem is, I cannot get the "ipp" protocol to work. I have studied online documentation, and can get the client machine, my mini-pc, to see the remote printer, however when do an actual print, get the dreaded "Filter failed".

As stated, I have messed around all day, trying different things. Then, I found something that "just works", very simple. I would like to acknowledge "paulkerry" for this info:

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=206669

Just a comment: there is a lot of outdated, vague, ambiguous and misleading documentation about CUPS online. For example, one "very official" site explained the format of the ipp protocol as:

ipp://hostname/printers/printername

...without explaining that only "hostname" and "printername" must be substituted, and the text "printers" must be left as-is. There wasn't even an example, nor was it properly explained how to find the printername.

Anyway, I did learn how to specify ipp properly, but got stuck at "Filter failed".

The method described by paulkerry works, so here is a little tutorial to explain how to set it up. Note, I plan to semi-automate this, by extending QuickSamba, which I plan to rename to EasyShare. Anyway, the tut...

1: Firewall

I ran the firewall setup on both client (my mini-pc) and server (my midi-tower) PCs, so that the CUPS port (631) is enabled. In this snapshot, I have also enabled Samba ports, but that isn't necessary for just printing with CUPS:

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On the server-PC, just setup the local printer as you normally would, but tick some extra boxes...

2: Server PC

You need to have the cupsd daemon running and point the web browser at http://localhost:631. In Puppy/Quirky/Easy, you do this by running the "CUPS Printer Wizard":

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A window will popup asking if you want to add a new printer, and you click "Yes", then you will get the CUPS web interface:

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...click on "Adding Printers and Classes", then the next window:

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...click each of those, 1, 2, 3 and 4. Do not miss "Change Settings". Probably "Allow remote administration" is optional, but I enabled it, as I was then able to bring up the CUPS web interface of the server-PC on my client-PC. Next window...

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...well, anyone who has setup a local printer will be familiar with this. Continuing, as per usual, except an important checkbox to tick...

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...the first two boxes are pre-filled. It is not essential, but useful, to fill "Location". And, you must tick "Share This Printer".

In the next window, you choose a driver...

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And set some printer options...

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That's it, the server-PC is setup. Before setting up the client, you will need to know the IP-address of the server. A few ways of doing that. Open a terminal and type "ifconfig", and you will see it -- in my case it is "192.168.0.3":

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In Puppy/Easy/Quirky, there is no need to edit the /etc/cups/cupsd.conf main configuration file, as it is pre-configured OK. Note, for this tutorial, I am running pristine EasyOS Pyro64 version 0.6.6.

Now for the client-PC...

3: Client PC

Over on my Mele mini-pc, setup is easy-peasy. I created file /etc/cups/client.conf...

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...with content just one line, "ServerName <ip address of server>"

Finally, restart the cupsd daemon...

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...and run "lpstat -t" to verify that the remote printer is found.

That's it, nothing more to do. If you ran an application and choose "Print...", the remote printer will be offered, in my case, my Brother HL-2040.

Also, the CUPS web interface of the server can be accessed from the client, by going to "http://192.168.0.3:631" in the client web browser.

As stated, I have thoughts how this setup can be semi-automated, including automatic creation and update (if the ip-address changes) of /etc/cups/client.conf. Stay tuned.

Tags: linux, easy, quirky

EasyOS Xerus64 0.6.8 released

January 05, 2018 — BarryK

The last couple of releases of EasyOS have been the "Pyro" series, built with packages compiled from source in OpenEmbedded. The latest of these is 0.6.6.

Earlier, I was building EasyOS with Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) DEBs, the "Xerus" series, the most recent being 0.6 on October 18 2017:

http://bkhome.org/news/201710/easy-os-06-pre-alpha-released.html

Some of the testers prefer the Xerus series, due to the large Ubuntu repositories. But also, a couple of testers of the Pyro series have reported system hanging, and I would like to find out if we have the same problem building with Ubuntu DEBs.

So, here it is, a new release of EasyOS Xerus64 (for x86_64 CPUs) version 0.6.8.

Download:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/xerus/0.6.8/

Instructions for writing to a USB-drive and booting:

http://bkhome.org/easy/how-to-write-easyos-to-a-flash-drive.html

This build has all of the latest features, such as QuickSamba, ready for testing!

If you are a newcomer and want an overview of Easy, go here:

http://bkhome.org/easy/

To join in the discussion on the Puppy Forum, go here:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=979233#979233


Extra notes, for the specialist:

0.6.8 is built with the 4.14.11 kernel, source, patches and build scripts here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/source/kernel/4.14.11/

Easy and Quirky are built with woofQ, a fork of woof2 (from which woof-CE also forked). Here is a tarball of the lastest, used to build Easy 0.6.8:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/project/woofq/

Have fun!

Tags: easy

EasyOS Pyro64 0.6.6 released

January 02, 2018 — BarryK

Easy 0.6.4 was released on December 18, 2017:

http://bkhome.org/news/201712/easy-os-pyro64-064-released.html

I kept at it through Christmas, fixing and improving, and now 0.6.6 is released.

Download:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/pyro/0.6.6/

The download is an image file for writing to a USB-drive, of 2GB or greater (8GB minimum is preferred). Instructions to write file to drive:

http://bkhome.org/easy/how-to-write-easyos-to-a-flash-drive.html

QuickSamba is a new feature introduced in 0.6.4, now with some tweaks.
QuickSetup has improvements.
Now have OpenGL hardware rendering.

There are lots of little improvements that have not been documented.

Forum feedback here:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=978773#978773

Have fun!

Tags: easy

Retrovol replaced with Aumix and Pnmixer

December 31, 2017 — BarryK

Retrovol is a combination audio mixer and tray applet. It has been working fine for me, until today.

Now that I am using a Radeon HD 6780 video card, suddenly Retrovol is broken. The icon is sometimes in the tray, sometimes not. When not displaying anything, there is still a space that responds to clicks. Sometimes though, it dies completely. Even though it may respond to clicks, the volume slider does not work.

A quick search on the Puppy Forum reveals that I am not alone;

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=97258

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=110613

What these people have not identified, is what video card they are using. Given that I have been using retrovol for years on different PCs and laptops without any problem, always Intel video, and suddenly broken when I have changed to a AMD card, well, it is too much of a coincidence.

So, Easy and Quirky have changed over to 'aumix' and 'pnmixer'. The former is a audio mixer, the latter a tray applet.

Which reminds me, my build of Quirky for the RPi had the same problem, retrovol was broken, and I used aumix and pnmixer.

Tags: easy, quirky