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WoofQ used to build EasyOS 2.2.14

March 27, 2020 — BarryK

Here is the WoofQ project tarball (103.5MB):

This was used to build EasyOS 2.2.14 and the soon-to-be-released EasyPup 2.2.14. 

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EasyOS version 2.2.14 released

March 27, 2020 — BarryK

The previous release, 2.2.12, was announced here, on March 3:

This time, lots of improvements, and new applications, see release notes:

Download, English, French and German builds:

If you need installation help:

Feedback is welcome at this thread in the Puppy Forum: 

If you are unable to read and post in English, there are language-specific threads on the forum:



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Snap2 4.27rc, de and fr langpacks

March 26, 2020 — BarryK

Just a quick note: rerwin has created snap2 4.27rc, and L18L and esmourguit have sent updates for their langpacks.

Tonight will build EasyOS 2.2.14, with the above. If any of them are bumped soon, might fit it in before 2.2.14 is released. Which should be immediately followed by EasyPup 2.2.14. 

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Blueman version 2.1.2 compiled

March 26, 2020 — BarryK

Jason reported unable to pair a Bluetooth audio device in EasyOS 2.2.12, so I had a go with my Audiosonic E920 speaker, and also failed. Hmmm...

Blueman is the Bluetooth manager, a tray applet and also run via the menu "System -> Blueman Bluetooth Manager". It is from the Debian 10 DEB repository, version 2.0.8.

At the Blueman project site, there is a much later version available, 2.1.2:

...and from the description, looks like many improvements. So I compiled it, and had no trouble pairing and connecting my Bluetooth mouse, keyboard and speaker. So this will be in the next release of Easy.

The currently-installed Blueman conflicts with the new one, so had to "uninstall" the old one first.

Here are my compile notes:

python-gi-dev <<ignore 'python-gi' dep

# ln -s cython3 /usr/bin/cython
# ./configure --prefix=/usr --localstatedir=/var --sysconfdir=/etc --build=x86_64-pc-linux-gnu \
--with-systemdsystemunitdir=no --with-systemduserunitdir=no --disable-schemas-compile \
--enable-pulseaudio --disable-polkit --disable-runtime-deps-check --disable-static \
--disable-thunar-sendto --disable-appindicator
# make
# new2dir make install
...installed to /usr/lib/
wrong place, moved contents to /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/
# glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas

Note that Easy does not have pulseaudio, instead has 'bluez-alsa', which looks like pulseaudio as far as apps are concerned but actually uses alsa. It is necessary to have "--enable-pulseaudio" in the above configure.

Setting up Bluetooth devices is still not as streamlined as on my Android phone. Note also, for the audio device, it is required to go to the menu "Setup -> Multiple Sound Card Wizard" and choose the BT audio device as default output -- then a simple test "aplay /usr/share/sound/" will bark on the Bluetooth speaker. 

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Linux kernel 5.4.27 compiled

March 25, 2020 — BarryK

A very short post, to let readers know that I compiled the 5.4.27 kernel, and it runs fine on my lenovo PC.

Easy 2.2.12 has the 5.4.20 kernel. At the time of release, I did compile the 5.4.23 kernel, but the desktop crashed, so stayed with 5.4.20. That was my HP mongrel midi-tower PC -- now semi-retired, but will still use it for hardware testing.

Anyway, looks like 5.4.27 will be in the next release. When will that be? ...I am keenly watching progress in fixing Snap2, a backup utility. It was left out of 2.2.12 due to failure on non-English translation. However, Richard (rerwin in the Puppy Forum) has taken it on-board to fix. Discussion starts here:

L18L and esmourguit are providing input, and it is looking like a final PET is close. When that PET is released, that might be the time for releasing the next EasyOS/Pup.

Here is the previous blog post about removal of Snap2: 

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gtkdialog recompiled with libvte

March 24, 2020 — BarryK

Jason (plinej in the Puppy Forum) requested that 'gtkdialog' be recompiled with support for VTE. Yes, Easy is using gtkdialog PET from the "april" series of Quirky Linux, without VTE.

EasyOS/Pup 2.x does have*, so I have recompiled gtkdialog to link to it. The new PET is here (280KB): includes documentation.  

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pdvdrip, new DVD ripper

March 24, 2020 — BarryK

Jason (plinej in the Puppy Forum) has created a new "DVD ripper" application, named 'pdvdrip', see forum post:

This is intended to replace an old application named 'pdvdrsab', also created by Jason:

...that is version 0.1. There was a fix by 'rocket', and internationalisation by 'xanad', so my PET is version 0.3:

pdvdrip will replace pdvdrsab in the next release of EasyOS/Pup. Esmourguit has created a translation, that will be in the 'langpack_fr' PET.

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ffplay-gtk and pctorrent updated

March 23, 2020 — BarryK

Jason (plinej in the Puppy Forum) has updated these packages:

ffplay-gtk 1.0a

pctorrent 1.7a

Esmourguit also has French translations for these, as well as fftag, that will be in the next 'langpack_fr' PET package. 

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