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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Slackware - Same as Always

When taking this screen shot of my Slackware 14.0/14.1 amalgamation (started out as Salix in 2009), with Xfce 4.10 it occurred to me that it looks pretty much the same as always when compared to earlier screen shots from that period. Rooting for traditional interfaces. This should be easy and intuitive for anyone who started out with Windows for Workgroups or Win95.

A toast to keeping things simple and efficient, the way they are.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

LXDE-Common 0.99.0 for Slackware-Current

On 24th October an update for the lxde-common package was released by the project, a significant update with a long list of bug fixes and improvements. Notably improvements to logout and screenlock functions (i.e. "Fixed missing install of lxde-logout.desktop file"), new translations added and better integration with the file manager pcmanfm. Interestingly, a further blog post clarifies that, despite LXQT making progress, LXDE is here to stay and even recieved some patches for gtk+3 recently.

Slackbuilds.org still offers an older lxde-common (20141008_8877e46) for 14.1. I took it upon myself to adapt the build script and see whether 0.99.0 would compile on Slackware-Current. Voila, you're welcome to download this package and try it out. It's only i486 for now as I'm not using any x64 installations at the moment due to gaming needs and some communications software but may offer 64-bit packages at a later date. I'm also looking into offering more packages for Slackware in the future and how to host this, if from an FTP server at home or another way.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Q4OS: Debian Stable with the Trinity Desktop Environment

Q4OS is like Exe GNU/Linux a distribution using the Trinity desktop and based on Debian Stable. In fact I could have picked Exe as well for review but Q4OS just had a new release and it looks cleaner from the start. It was simply the novelty factor that pulled me towards it and it's got a few nice touches of its own as we shall see. Version 0.5.20 was just released on 11/11/2014 and is available both for the mainstream 32 (i386) and 64-bit architectures. The images are a modest 314MB and 337MB respectively which makes for a speedy download and will definitely fit on your CD or even older USB sticks.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

qBittorent Keeps Crashing After a Few Minutes (Or Seconds)

Today qbittorrent kept crashing on me a lot. I noticed that it had quit on me before on this install of Debian Stable ("Wheezy") but had not been quite sure. After all, it's Debian, right? Debian Stable IS stable as a rock and all that, these things can't happen. Turns out, it's not really Debian's fault after all, although they could have made some fixed packages available or even better, provided an updated library in backports for those who need it. Let me explain.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Installing MATE as an Afterthought: How to avoid icon clutter and set the desktop to $HOME/Desktop?

Things have been rather busy with non-tech related stuff, completing my dissertation and writing an article for a journal so apologies for the very infrequent postings. However, we've got a small update today. You might have come across the same problem when adding the MATE desktop environment to a pre-existing install, instead of just using Point Linux or the Salix Mate spin which already come all set up for you and polished. If you install yourself, small niggles may remain.

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