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EasyOS Dunfell-series version 2.8.4 released

July 02, 2021 — BarryK

Version 2.8.3 was released on June 28:

https://bkhome.org/news/202106/easyos-283-released.html

The only change this time is SeaMonkey bumped to version 2.53.8.

Noticed a new bug introduced with 2.53.8: At youtube.com, 1080p video, "Cinema mode" button does not work, have to manually resize the window. Full-screen button works.

Download:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/dunfell/2.8.4/

Feedback welcome at the forum:

https://forum.puppylinux.com/viewforum.php?f=63   

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SeaMonkey 2.53.8 compiled in Dunfell-series

July 02, 2021 — BarryK

SM (SeaMonkey) 2.53.8 has just been released. The current release of EasyOS Dunfell-series is 2.8.3, and it has SM 2.53.7.1.

Awhile ago, posted instructions how to compile SM:

https://bkhome.org/news/202009/compiling-seamonkey-in-oe-dunfell.html

With a modification here:

https://bkhome.org/news/202101/seamonkey-2536-compiled-for-aarch64-pi4.html

Compile steps for 2.53.8 have changed. This is very new, fortunately found forum posts from BSD guys encountering the same problem, and was able to figure out how to do it.

This is my 'mozconfig' file:

mk_add_options MOZ_OBJDIR=obj-x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
ac_add_options --enable-application=comm/suite
ac_add_options --enable-system-hunspell
ac_add_options --prefix=/usr
ac_add_options --host=x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
ac_add_options --disable-dbus
ac_add_options --disable-accessibility
ac_add_options --with-system-bz2
ac_add_options --disable-updater
ac_add_options --disable-parental-controls
ac_add_options --enable-system-cairo
ac_add_options --enable-strip
ac_add_options --with-system-jpeg
ac_add_options --with-system-zlib
ac_add_options --disable-tests
ac_add_options --disable-crashreporter
ac_add_options --with-system-libvpx
ac_add_options --disable-necko-wifi
ac_add_options --with-system-nspr
ac_add_options --with-system-nss
ac_add_options --with-system-icu
ac_add_options --disable-pulseaudio
ac_add_options --enable-alsa
ac_add_options --enable-system-ffi
ac_add_options --enable-system-pixman
ac_add_options --disable-debug
ac_add_options --with-system-libevent
ac_add_options --enable-optimize='-O2'
ac_add_options --enable-ffmpeg
ac_add_options --disable-stylo
ac_add_options --disable-webrtc
ac_add_options --enable-printing
ac_add_options --disable-jack
ac_add_options --enable-irc
ac_add_options --enable-js-shell
ac_add_options --enable-dominspector
ac_add_options --enable-calendar
ac_add_options --with-system-webp

SM requires python 2.x and rust 1.47.0. The package manager has a python 2.x PET, and rust is installed like this:

# curl -4 --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf https://sh.rustup.rs | sh

Choose custom install, and type in "1.47.0" for Default toolchain. Note the "-4"!

Then perform some setup:

# export PATH="/root/.cargo/bin:${PATH}"
# export SHELL=/bin/sh
# export CC=gcc
# export CXX=g++

Then, copy 'mozconfig' inside the source, compile and install:

# ./mach configure
# ./mach build
# mv -f /usr/lib/seamonkey /usr/lib/seamonkeyBAK
# ./mach install

SM is now installed to /usr/lib/seamonkey. If you want to put it into a PET, run "cp -a /usr/lib/seamonkey <destination>", before running SM. You could use one of my SM PETs as a template.

Note, in my PETs, as well as replacing usr/lib/seamonkey*, also change the folder name to root/.mozilla/seamonkey/2p53p8.default, and edit root/.mozilla/seamonkey/profiles.ini accordingly. My SM PET is here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/packages/pet/pet_packages-dunfell/

SM 2.53.8 will be in the next release of EasyOS, 2.8.4, expected out in a day or two. 

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EasyOS Buster-series version 2.6.2 EOL

June 29, 2021 — BarryK

I had previously announced that the Buster-series is retired, and the future is with the Dunfell-series. However, some people have the Buster-series installed, and want to update, and not have to jump to the Dunfell-series.

The "update" icon on the desktop currently only updates within the current series, so if Buster-series is installed, you can't update to the Dunfell-series -- it will have to be a new installation.

I deliberated on whether to build a new release in the Buster-series, see post yesterday:

https://bkhome.org/news/202106/about-future-of-easyos-buster-series.html

OK, have done it, version 2.6.2 is released, download from here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/buster/2.6.2/

However, it must be understood that the Buster-series is at End Of Life. This update is intended only for those who already have Buster-series 2.6.1 or earlier installed.

I don't know if will do another update after 2.6.2. Maybe one more toward end of year, to update the kernel and SeaMonkey. But that will be it, then definitely EOL.

Each series takes a lot of work to maintain, and I want to simplify and consolidate my workload, hence only supporting Dunfell-series ongoing. I really just threw together some of the updates that you see in the latest Dunfell-series, currently 2.8.3, into the Buster-series, compiled kernel 5.4.128 and SM 2.53.7.1, and built the Buster-series 2.6.2 -- so it is not a rigorous, thorough, or tested update as I would do for the Dunfell-series.

One thing, I did not update the Debian DEB package database since 2.6.1. If you want to run the package manager (see "petget" on the desktop), I advise click on the "Configure package manager" button then "Update now" button, to update the database.     

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EasyOS Dunfell-series 64-bit version 2.8.3 for the Pi4

June 29, 2021 — BarryK

Version 2.8 for the Raspberry Pi4 was released on June 5:

https://bkhome.org/news/202106/easyos-dunfell-series-version-28-for-the-raspberry-pi4.html

Version bump to 2.8.3, download from here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/aarch64/releases/dunfell/rpi4/2.8.3/

Feedback welcome on the forum:

https://forum.puppylinux.com/viewforum.php?f=63

Have fun!   

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About future of EasyOS Buster-series

June 28, 2021 — BarryK

I have received 4 or 5 emails asking when there will be another release of the Debian-based Buster-series.

I had announced that want to consolidate, and only develop the Dunfell-series, for x86_64 PC and aarch64 Pi4, however, given the interest in the Buster-series, I suppose can keep it going, with the occasional update.

I would, however, encourage newcomers to choose the Dunfell-series, as that is where most development effort is happening.

Will wait until SeaMonkey 2.53.8 is released, then probably build another release in the Buster-series.

Right now, preparing the next EasyOS Dunfell-series for the Raspberry Pi4, expect that soon.  

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EasyOS 2.8.3 released

June 28, 2021 — BarryK

Version 2.8.1 was released on June 10, see blog announcement:

https://bkhome.org/news/202106/easyos-dunfell-series-281-released.html

I was intending to wait until SeaMonkey 2.53.8 is released for building the next release of EasyOS. However, it could be tomorrow, or it could be a few weeks away, so decided to bring out Easy 2.8.3 now (there is no 2.8.2).

Download, release notes, here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/dunfell/2.8.3/

This release has HPLIP Hewlett Packard printer drivers, but it hasn't been tested.

Feedback welcome at the forum:

https://forum.puppylinux.com/viewforum.php?f=63

Have fun!   

Tags: easy

HPLIP Hewlett Packard printer drivers

June 25, 2021 — BarryK

The latest EasyOS has a lot of printer drivers, provided by 'gutenprint', 'foomatic-db' and 'brlaser' packages. However, from feedback, it seems that not all Hewlett Packard printers are covered, and users want 'hplip' package.

I have compiled hplip version 3.19.12 in OpenEmbedded. It is not the latest version, but is the version provided in the Dunfell release of OpenEmbedded. I can bump the version if users report a later version of hplip is required to support their printer.

Anyway, 3.19.12 will be in the next release of EasyOS, for testing.

HPLIP project page:

https://launchpad.net/hplip

I want to release the next EasyOS, waiting for SeaMonkey developers to release 2.53.8.  

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