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Quirky Linux now officially retired

December 17, 2018 — BarryK

I have sent an email to jesse Smith at distrowatch.com, informing him that Quirky Linux is now a discontinued project.

The Quirky Linux homepage now has an announcement:

http://bkhome.org/quirky/

Which states this:

ANNOUNCEMENT
From December 16, 2018, Quirky Linux is a discontinued project.
Documentation and downloads may still be available, but not guaranteed indefinitely.

The ibiblio.org download host will remain up indefinitely, but I cannot guarantee how long. It does host some Puppy-stuff as well, such as Wary Puppy and Racy Puppy, and there is still some interest in those.

http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/

Quirky started, um, about 2013, so has lasted almost 6 years. It was an experimental distro, un-Puppy-like in that it was originally designed for full-install only. Though, live-CD and frugal install came later. 

Tags: quirky

Woof tarball 20181125

November 25, 2018 — BarryK

There was originally "puppy-unleashed", replaced by "woof", then "woof2", then the Puppy Community forked to "woof-CE" and I forked to "woofQ". This is the build system for creating puppies and derivatives.

When EasyOS came along, I was then using woofQ to build either Quirky or Easy. Today I decided to change the name to just "Woof". Also, Woof has been re-organized so that internally the Easy and Quirky build components are separate -- when the tarball is opened, you will find folders 'easyos' and 'quirky'.

Here is the latest Woof tarball. This is what was used to create EasyOS 0.9.9. Although there is a "bones" VCS, I have not maintained it, only uploading tarballs, including woof-project-20181125.tar.gz, here:

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

Tags: easy, quirky

The end of Quirky Linux

October 03, 2018 — BarryK

I have been thinking about closing down Quirky Linux for sometime. The fundamental problem is that my efforts get spread too thin. To do a "good job", I need to be focused, and something has to go. My baby now is EasyOS, which is where most of the development goes, and although I released new versions of Quirky recently, they had minimal testing.

There is a review of Quirky 8.6 on Distrowatch:

https://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20181001#quirky

...to which I responded, see comment 101.

I know that there are many people who like Quirky, and will be unhappy that I am retiring it.

In future, I intend to develop EasyOS only, and with some restrictions:

Quirky and EasyOS are built with woofQ, which can use the binary packages of any distro -- for example Quirky 8.6 is built from Ubuntu DEBs. However, I am intending to stop all of that, and only build EasyOS from packages that I have compiled from source -- that is, the entire distro is compiled by me from source. Currently, this is the "Pyro" series of EasyOS.

So, Easy Beaver, EasyOS built with Ubuntu DEBs, will also be retired.

There will only be a x86_64 and aarch64 builds of EasyOS, no 32-bit.

Someone who wants a highly polished distro, with a huge repository, will have to go elsewhere. An offical Puppy Linux release may suit such a person.

Which brings me to another issue...

I may stop using the Puppy Linux Forum for discussion of Quirky and Easy. I will probably start another forum just for EasyOS, or someone might volunteer to undertake that responsibility.

The reason is, I am concerned about the confusion on the Puppy Forum. It is no longer clear what "Puppy Linux" is. I have been increasingly moving to the viewpoint that if a distribution is built with woof-CE (the Community Edition Puppy Linux builder), or a remaster of one, then it is OK to be on the Puppy Forum. All of the other offshoots should get off.

Or the forum be redesigned so that the offshoots are clearly distinct and cannot be mis-identified as a "Puppy Linux".

Of course, this is a decision for the administrators of the Puppy Forum. I have my doubts that there is enough motivation to make any significant changes, or any changes.

Finally, repeating what I posted a couple of days ago:

I retired from leading the Puppy Linux project in 2013, now just dabbling in some experimental distros, Quirky and EasyOS.

Furthermore, Quirky and EasyOS are very much just hobbies. I'm not really interested whether they become mainline or widely-adopted distributions. So, I am not trying to develop them toward suitability for a wide user-base. On the otherhand, if a wider user-base find them useful, that's OK also.

My interest is in the technology, just to play around with ideas, and have something usable for myself, and usable also for those involved in providing feedback and testing.

If you want to discuss this, I suggest start a thread on the Puppy Forum.

Tags: quirky

Quirky Beaver x86_64 version 8.7.1 released

September 22, 2018 — BarryK


NOTICE:
Quirky Linux is a discontinued project. This is the last release.
Retirement announcement is here:
http://bkhome.org/news/tag_quirky.html 


Quirky Xerus x86_64 version 8.6 was released only a few weeks ago:

http://bkhome.org/news/201808/quirky-xerus-86-released.html

The transition has been made to building with Ubuntu Bionic Beaver 18.04.1 DEBs, and now codenamed "Quirky Beaver", first release is version 8.7.1, for x86_64 PCs. Some announcement blurb:

Quirky Linux 8.7.1 is the first in the "Beaver" series, binary-compatible with x86_64 Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, though built with woofQ and architecturally very different from Ubuntu.
Quirky is an experimental distribution, that forked from Puppy Linux a few years ago, and has followed a different path, exploring some new ideas. Continuing the Puppy tradition, Quirky has a "complete" suite of applications, drivers and utilities, in a very small size.
Version 8.7.1 is very similar to 8.6, but with a complete upgrade of package versions. The kernel is now 4.18.9.

Package versions may be seen here: 1 2

More details, including an overview of the release history of Quirky, is here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/amd64/releases/beaver-8.7.1/release-beaver64-8.7.1.htm

The primary download site is courtesy of ibiblio.org:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/amd64/releases/beaver-8.7.1/

As usual, there is a choice of an image file to write to a USB-stick, or an ISO, instructions are here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/amd64/releases/beaver-8.7.1/howto-install.htm

Feedback is courtesy of the Puppy Forum:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=106460 

EasyOS

I would like to mention also EasyOS, the latest version released yesterday. EasyOS is also built by woofQ, and mostly the same packages as for Quirky, so they are very similar. The difference is that EasyOS is a fundamental rethink of the underlying architecture, so, another experimental distribution. EasyOS is also available as the "Pyro" and "Beaver" series. See announcement of the latest EasyOS, "Easy Beaver", version 0.9.3:

http://bkhome.org/news/201809/easy-beaver-093-released.html

And, for an overview of what EasyOS is all about, see here:

http://bkhome.org/easy/

Note that EasyOS gets most of my attention these days, and perhaps ultimately Quirky will be retired. Though, the future is completely open at this stage.

Have fun!

Note, there was a Quirky Beaver version 8.7, with a brief life of two days. There was a security advisory for the 4.18.8 kernel, requiring an upgrade to 4.18.9, and youtube-dl (Youtube downloader script) did not work, also requiring an upgrade. 


Quirky Beaver 8.7.1 Bug reports

20180923
So far, one bug found. 8.7.1 has the Busybox 'fdisk', not the full 'fdisk' from the 'util-linux' package. If running from live-CD, and run the Quirky Installer, the advice for configuring GRUB is wrong, due to the less-functional Busybox applet. The fix is easy, just install 'fdisk' from the Ubuntu repository. The bug and the fix is discussed in the forum: 1   

Tags: quirky

Quirky Beaver x86_64 version 8.7 released

September 19, 2018 — BarryK

NOTICE: Quirky Beaver 8.7 was only released for two days before being replaced by 8.7.1, with important bug fixes. Please go here:

http://bkhome.org/news/201809/quirky-beaver-x8664-version-871-released.html



Quirky Xerus x86_64 version 8.6 was released only a few weeks ago:

http://bkhome.org/news/201808/quirky-xerus-86-released.html

The transition has been made to building with Ubuntu Bionic Beaver 18.04.1 DEBs, and now codenamed "Quirky Beaver", first release is version 8.7, for x86_64 PCs. Some announcement blurb:

Quirky Linux 8.7 is the first in the "Beaver" series, binary-compatible with x86_64 Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, though built with woofQ and architecturally very different from Ubuntu.
Quirky is an experimental distribution, that forked from Puppy Linux a few years ago, and has followed a different path, exploring some new ideas. Continuing the Puppy tradition, Quirky has a "complete" suite of applications, drivers and utilities, in a very small size.
Version 8.7 is very similar to 8.6, but with a complete upgrade of package versions. The kernel is now 4.18.8.

Package versions may be seen here: 1 2

More details, including an overview of the release history of Quirky, is here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/amd64/releases/beaver-8.7/release-beaver64-8.7.htm

The primary download site is courtesy of ibiblio.org:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/amd64/releases/beaver-8.7/

As usual, there is a choice of an image file to write to a USB-stick, or an ISO, instructions are here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/amd64/releases/beaver-8.7/howto-install.htm

Feedback is courtesy of the Puppy Forum:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=106460 

EasyOS

I would like to mention also EasyOS, the latest version released yesterday. EasyOS is also built by woofQ, and mostly the same packages as for Quirky, so they are very similar. The difference is that EasyOS is a fundamental rethink of the underlying architecture, so, another experimental distribution. EasyOS is also available as the "Pyro" and "Beaver" series. See announcement of the latest EasyOS, "Easy Beaver", version 0.9.3:

http://bkhome.org/news/201809/easy-beaver-093-released.html

And, for an overview of what EasyOS is all about, see here:

http://bkhome.org/easy/

Note that EasyOS gets most of my attention these days, and perhaps ultimately Quirky will be retired. Though, the future is completely open at this stage.

Have fun!

Tags: quirky

Linux kernel 4.18.8 compiled

September 17, 2018 — BarryK

I have compiled this kernel in EasyOS x86_64 "Easy Beaver" version 0.9.2.99, which is EasyOS built from Ubuntu Bionic Beaver (18.04.1 LTS) DEB packages. This is an in-house version, the next official release is likely to be 0.9.3.

The kernel source, patches and build scripts are here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/source/kernel/4.18.8/

The intention is to use this kernel for the next official releases of Easy Beaver (EasyOS) and Quirky Beaver (Quirky). Might release them simultaneously.

Tags: easy, quirky

Locator map and satellite viewer

September 12, 2018 — BarryK

Puppy Forum member Geoffrey has created this great frontend for Google Maps:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=97622&start=30

It only needs 'yad' and 'gtkdialog', so is a tiny PET package, and will work in all pups.

There was a problem with recent versions of librsvg, now fixed. The fixed PET, with a few small tweaks, is here (9.4KB):

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/noarch/packages/pet/pet_packages-noarch/locator-3.7.2.pet

My tweaks are tiny: it was in the Utility menu, and looked out-of-place, so I moved it to Network -> utility, which is a tad better, but also the Network category in the menu is very under-populated.

I also changed the 'pet.specs' file to show the deps "+yad,+gtkdialog".

The dep 'yad' can be found in the PPM (Package Manager), if not already installed (type "which yad" in a terminal to find out).

Locator will be in next release of EasyOS and Quirky.

Tags: easy, quirky