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EasyOS Scarthgap-series version 6.1 released

July 13, 2024 — BarryK

Version 6.0.4 was released only 6 days ago:

Release notes for 6.1:

if you are new to EasyOS, please read the 6.0 announcement, as it has more details:

Download 6.1:

Fast mirror in Europe, courtesy of NLUUG:

Feedback is welcome at the forum:   

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yff audio video image converter

July 13, 2024 — BarryK

Jason (plinej in the forum) has a very long history of creating useful media applications. The latest is 'yff', for converting media formats. Forum thread:

A great tool. I modified the 'yff.desktop' file in the PET with menu translations, and small mods to 'pet.specs'.

yff will be in the next release of EasyOS, builtin.    

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Linux kernel 6.6.39 compiled

July 13, 2024 — BarryK

EasyOS Scarthgap-series version 6.0.4 has kernel 6.6.32. So, have bumped to the latest.

The download file, 'easy-6.0.4-amd64.img', is 905MiB. The file inside it, 'easy.sfs', has a very complete suite of packages, as per the philosophy of satisfying most users "out of the box". I posted yesterday about a couple of dependencies being removed, reducing the size of easy.sfs slightly:

Well no... there was another package added, and the latest Chromium, 126.0.6478.126, that I announced a few days ago, is bigger. End result, easy.sfs has grown in size and no longer fits in the .img file.

So, I have bumped the size of the .img file by 16MiB; it is now 921MiB. That results in about 15MiB free space in the .img file, so hopefully won't need to increase it for the lifetime of the Scarthgap-series.

I am just about ready to release EasyOS 6.1; waiting on youtube-dl to work again. This is a game between youtube-dl and YouTube.

Actually, I believe in supporting YouTube and not bypassing the advertisements -- we can pay YouTube to not see them. The "Internet" menu category has "YouTubeDL YouTube downloader" and I don't see any ethical issue with downloading a video for local archiving. On a daily basis I watch videos at and tolerate the adverts.

That leaves "Global IP TV Panel", in the "Multimedia" menu category, for watching live streaming media. Some of those channels are on YouTube. I'm going to think about that; will report back.    

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gtk4 dependency removed

July 11, 2024 — BarryK

There are two packages in EasyOS 6.0.4 that depend on 'gtk4', but it isn't installed.

Package 'geany-plugins' requires the gtk4 version of vte, the virtual terminal emulator. Easy has the 'vte' package, although gtk4 is missing. However, Easy also has 'vte9', a dependency of 'sakura' and that only requires gtk+2.

I recompiled 'geany-plugins' in OE to use vte9. Great, have now removed the 'vte' package from Easy. Geany itself uses gtk+3, so hope there is no objection to a plugin using gtk+2.

Easy has packages 'gcr' which requires gtk4 and 'gcr3' which requires gtk+3. Package 'networkmanager-applet' requires 'gcr3', nothing requires 'gcr', so I have removed the latter.

Good, no requirements for gtk4. This is good, removing a couple of packages, as the 'easy-6.0.2-amd64.img' file is bursting at the seams. It is 905MiB and I don't want to make the download bigger. Now, there is some free space, could consider adding another app -- maybe not.   

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Claws Mail recompiled with SASL support

July 10, 2024 — BarryK

Forum member LarryDC reported unable to login to Fastmail with Claws Mail:

I have recompiled 'libetpan' in OpenEmbedded with 'cyrus-sasl' dependency.    

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Chromium 126.0.6478.126 compiled in OE

July 09, 2024 — BarryK

I have to compile it, as the official x86_64 package from Google don't support all the video codecs required to play videos at YouTube. Which would be Google's way of persuading us to move to Chrome.

There are other binary builds out there, but for security I would prefer to compile it myself.

There are Chromium binary packages from relatively trusted repositories, such as Debian; however, they are compiled with more and different dependencies. Compiling it myself, it links to shared libraries available in EasyOS, so there is a perfect match and a smaller package.

The downside is that Chromium is a monster to compile. Needs a huge amount of RAM, especially at the final link step; my Lenovo PC has 32GB. My Lenovo is the main daily workhorse, and while the Chromium build is going on, don't want to disturb it too much by doing other things.

Timed the build; about 26 hours. That would be plus or minus about half an hour, as didn't see exactly when it finished.

This Chromium will be builtin, in easy.sfs, in the next release of EasyOS.   

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EasyOS Scarthgap-series version 6.0.4 released

July 07, 2024 — BarryK

Versions 6.0 and 6.0.2 were released recently:

There has been a feverish pace of development, finding and fixing bugs, improvements, new packages. Read the release notes:

Claws Mail email client (also bogofilter) and StreamTuner2 streaming audio browser are now builtin. However, not sure if will keep StreamTuner2 builtin, as there are other, simpler and smaller, contenders -- let me know what you think. Even if not builtin, it will still be available and installable via PKGget.


Fast mirror in Europe, courtesy of NLUUG:

If you are new to EasyOS, please read the 6.0 announcement as it has more details.

Feedback is welcome at the forum:    

Tags: easy