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Chromium SFS version 71.0.3578.80

December 25, 2018 — BarryK

I have updated the Chromium SFS, from 69.0.3497.100 to 71.0.3578.80. I used a package from Slackware 14.2:

http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/chromium/pkg64/14.2/

Running EasyOS, if you click on the "sfsget" desktop icon, the new SFS will be offered to download. It is hosted courtesy of ibiblio.org, here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/packages/sfs/easyos/oe/pyro/

The SFSget GUI installer currently has a limitation, it has no mechanism for updating SFS files. If you already have Chromium installed, SFSget will detect this, and will ask you to first delete it.

Deleting an existing container is easy enough. Go to "Filesystem --> Easy Container Management".

However, it would be better if could keep the "chromium" container, just update the SFS. I have written that into the to-do list.

For now, there is something that will probably work. Use SFSget to download the new Chromium SFS, do not install.

Then, using ROX-Filer, look here:

/mnt/wkg/containers/chromium

...see the chromium.sfs symlink. Chromium must not be running, open a terminal and update the symlink:

# ln -snf ../../sfs/easyos/oe/pyro/chromium_71.0.3578.80-bk1_amd64.sfs chromium.sfs

Not essential, but you can also update the /mnt/wkg/containers/chromium/specs file, just copy the new one:

# cp -f ../../sfs/easyos/oe/pyro/chromium_71.0.3578.80-bk1_amd64.specs specs

Then click on "chromium" icon on the desktop, and it should start. 

Tags: easy

OpenGL fix for mesa

December 24, 2018 — BarryK

I would like to thank Puppy Forum member 'don570' for discovering this, a fix to get Blender to work:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1013753#1013753

I examined the mesa source, there is src/utils/drirc, but it doesn't have the needed fix. Which jamesbond posted about here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/fatdog/web/faqs/intel-opengl.html

I have placed the modified 'drirc' into the mesa template in woofE, so it will be in the next release of Easy. 

Tags: easy

Zarfy multiple monitor manager

December 24, 2018 — BarryK

Forum member 'blgs' drew my attention to Zarfy:

https://easyos.org/forum/index.php?topic=38.0

I looked up the project page:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/zarfy/

Last release was version 0.1.0, in 2008. There are some patches here:

http://ftp.rusnet.ru/Linux-Distrib/Slackware/slackbuilds.org/14.2/system/zarfy/

Tried to compile it, discovered that package 'gdk-pixbuf' was compiled in oe-qky-src (my fork of OpenEmbedded) with "--without-x11", which leaves something out that zarfy needs. So recompiled gdk-pixbuf, see fix here:

https://github.com/bkauler/oe-qky-src/blob/master/quirky/meta-quirky/recipes-gnome/gdk-pixbuf/gdk-pixbuf_2.36.5.bbappend

There is now a zarfy PET package, and it is integrated into XorgWizard. The PET is not yet uploaded, it won't work anyway, needs the fixed gdk-pixbuf. Zarfy will be in the next release of EasyOS.

There is a discussion thread on Zarfy in the Puppy Forum:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=47603

...contribution by one of our all-time-great developers, 'jemimah'. No longer involved with Puppy -- I wonder what she is doing these days?

Something else, also recompiled package 'qtbase' in oe-qky-src, with "accessibility" enabled. This is required for Qt5 apps to automatically use the gtk2 theme, using a plugin provided by package 'qtstyleplugins'. See here:

https://github.com/bkauler/oe-qky-src/blob/master/quirky/meta-quirky/recipes-qt/qt5/qtbase_git.bbappend 

Tags: easy

EasyShare tutorial updated

December 21, 2018 — BarryK

Updated,and in its new home:

https://easyos.org/apps/easyshare-super-easy-network-file-and-printer-sharing.html

I tested file and printer sharing between to computers running Easy 0.9.14, with the "Samba" radiobutton selected for file-sharing, and it worked.

However, it didn't work for "SSHFS" radiobutton, so need to investigate that. 

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How Easy works pages updated

December 20, 2018 — BarryK

And moved. They are now here:

https://easyos.org/tech/how-easy-works.html

https://easyos.org/tech/how-easy-works-part-2.html

Everything has been moved from the old site, bkhome.org/easy

A lot more improvements still to be done on the new site, including more tutorials. 

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Easy version upgrade and downgrade

December 18, 2018 — BarryK

There is a new tutorial:

https://easyos.org/user/easy-version-upgrade-and-downgrade.html

There were some bugs with upgrading prior to version 0.9.14. One of them was that the previous version got deleted, so you couldn't roll back.

Another was the automatic fixing of the BOOT_SPECS file wasn't quite right, requiring a manual fix.

Looking good now, "touch wood". Hopefully, from now on, you will be able to easily upgrade an installation, as I have done in the above tutorial.

I intend to keep that installation in the Kingston SSD in the Mele, and upgrade as new versions are released. It will be the test-bed that upgrading and roll-forward/roll-back works properly. 

One thing not mentioned in the above tutorial: after updating the vmlinuz, initrd and easy.sfs files, then reboot, the initial boot menu (provided by reFind or Syslinux) will still show the previous version. However, subsequent bootups will show the updated version. 

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EasyOS version 0.9.14 released

December 18, 2018 — BarryK

I jumped a few minor version numbers, as was testing the version upgrade mechanism, which did need some fixing. I plan to upload a tutorial on version upgrade and downgrade very soon.

The last release was 0.9.10, read here:

http://bkhome.org/news/201812/easyos-version-0910-released.html

...if new to EasyOS, read that post for info about installation.

Download 0.9.14 from here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/pyro/0.9.14/

Forum feedback here:

https://easyos.org/forum/

and here:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1013239#1013239 

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Install to SSD tutorial improved

December 16, 2018 — BarryK

There are some extra instructions in this tutorial:

https://easyos.org/install/how-to-install-easyos-on-a-new-ssd.html

There is a "gotcha" with this type of installation, and have suggested a useful tweak for the working-partition. 

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