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Wcpufreq 0.8.4

December 06, 2017 — BarryK

Quirky and Easy builds, indeed most pups I think, have Wcpufreq, CPU frequency scaling tool, created by 'tazoc'.

There is some confusion about which is the latest version. Also, there is a problem with the 4.13 kernel. Also, a problem with the 'intel_pstate' kernel module.

We have been discussing these issues here:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=61255

This has resulted in my release of 0.8.4, see forum post:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=976300#976300

And here is the PET (39KB):

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/noarch/packages/pet/pet_packages-noarch/wcpufreq-0.8.4.pet

My kernel is configured with intel_pstate disabled, so don't have to worry about that.

Tags: easy, quirky

Big changes are afoot

August 10, 2017 — BarryK
I have been swapping between using Quirky and Easy, and one thing has become very obvious: Easy is much faster.

No quantitative measurements, just eyeballing, noticing a significant difference in app startup times and general responsiveness. Compiling times are also remarkably faster.

Fundamentally, the reason is that Quirky is a full installation, and in my case on a magnetic platter mechanical hard drive. Whereas, Easy is a layered filesystem, where, if there is enough RAM, 'q.sfs' (which is all of Easy) gets loaded into RAM at bootup.

So, you pay the price of a slightly slower bootup, but faster running.

One extra point: q.sfs is xz-compressed, however, after download and at first bootup, there is the option to recompress it gzip-compressed. This can make a small but noticeable difference to the responsiveness.

Another point: aufs is configured without support for writing directly to the lower layers. This makes aufs faster.

In all, it is a pleasant experience using Easy. So, the title is hinting something!

Tags: easy, quirky

VLC fixed for Easy and Quirky

March 21, 2017 — BarryK
My simpleVP frontend for the commandline vlc and other CLI video players, remains in a primitive state. I haven't had the time to work further on it. So, video playing in the latest Easy and Quirky (versions 0.2 and 8.1.6) is broken.

I have fixed VLC. This is now the GUI version, that uses Qt libs. A lot of extra DEBs were required.

I got it working, but found videos would not play full-screen, and VLC crashed at completion of playing a video.
My laptop has intel graphics. VLC defaults to using libva and intel_vaapi for video output, and this is the cause of the trouble.

I have created a wrapper script, that causes VLC to default to "xcb_x11" or "xcb_xv" video output, unless the user has explicitly chosen something else. For me, "xv" (xvideo), works fine.

I also fixed the File->Open folder path, as appropriate for Easy or Quirky.

Tags: easy, quirky, linux