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technosaurus


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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 13:53    Post subject:  

I have contemplated using abiword and gnumeric as a choice pup style goffice.sfs that would make it easy to dump and replace with openoffice.sfs or koffice.sfs. The big trick is getting the load_sfs working since there are significant difference in the structure. If someone hasn't started on it by the weekend that can be my weekend project. I would also likely add a dummy folder to the $PATH that contains loader scripts with the names of the executables.

PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/dummy

/usr/local/dummy/abiword
#! /bin/sh
{script/function to get sfs directory}
loadsfs $SFSDIR/goffice.sfs
/usr/bin/abiword $@

The first time you type abiword in a terminal (or click its icon) it will load the sfs and subsequently execute /usr/bin/abiword $@

then next time you type abiword it will automatically find the one in /usr/bin instead of .../dummy

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 17:30    Post subject:  

Pizzasgood wrote:
Regarding PET-Be-Gone, I haven't installed 4.3 yet so I'm not sure how the package database format has changed and where it is now located. I intend to look at that sometime in the next couple weeks.

Something that would be nice (if 4.3 hasn't already done so) would be to let the user optionally keep the HW clock on UTC time rather than localtime. This would have no impact on size or speed, it's just a minor change of a couple scripts.
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=41680


pizzasgood,
regarding pet-be-gone, the Woof build system currently does not create that pet which has lists of the files in all the packages.

It will be necessary to pull that code out of the old Unleashed build system, to create such a pet. I should put that on my to-do list.

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BarryK
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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 17:33    Post subject:  

Bert wrote:
To return to Technosaurus's topic, I was very pleased to see this as the first point on his wishlist:
Quote:
On the fly sfs mounting: Choicepup style or symlink style


Yes, dynamic sfs mounting, a dream come true.


Yes, the guys had it working for aufs, however I think that I read a comment that it does not work for Aufs2? (as used with the 2.6.30.5 kernel) -- that would need to be checked out.

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raffy

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 18:23    Post subject: QT-based  

technosaurus wrote:
If a small vala based media player could replace gxine it would be nice to have support for the other programs that require it, one of which is Gcompris, which is great edutainment for the kids.

My philosophy is if you can provide a program that is just as small with the same functionality that also provides dependencies for other potential addons then it will make the user experience better since there won't be as much dependency tracking/downloading and filling up the pupsave files. This is the only reason I would prefer to use a QT based browser...


These are very useful starting points, at least for this CE.

Given the latter point about QT, are we looking at VLC Media Player and Opera browser (as ready options)?

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Slapdash


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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 19:08    Post subject:  

Regarding the gnumeric issue: without it or without its counterpart (a spreadsheet in any case) you don't really get an all-rounded distro. Or you get a less-all-rounded distro. It might be wise to keep it, if only to maintain the sense of wholeness Puppy now has, even at the staggering cost of 3mbs.
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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 22:25    Post subject:  

Slapdash wrote:
Regarding the gnumeric issue: without it or without its counterpart (a spreadsheet in any case) you don't really get an all-rounded distro. Or you get a less-all-rounded distro. It might be wise to keep it, if only to maintain the sense of wholeness Puppy now has, even at the staggering cost of 3mbs.


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charlie6


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 02:23    Post subject:
Subject description: abiword: demand for french abiword grammar plugin pet
 

Hi,
looking at the link for pets
http://puppylinux.asia/members/T/444/
I saw a heap of
abiword-plugin-grammar-YY-2.7.10-i386.pet with YY= en it de
A suggestion:
would be nice to have a
abiword-plugin-grammar-fr-2.7.10-i386.pet as well...
As a french translation of the puppy-final is expected and as I'm not able to create that pet, should someone do it?
Thanks in advance
cheers, charlie
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jabu2

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 03:09    Post subject: spreadsheet needed  

Gnumeric (& Abiword) full, not cutdowns, must surely be in 4.4? Reasons have been given by several , and there are more.

A 44 release which did not have the traditional foundation apps of wordprocessor, spreadsheet - and which are reasonably compatible with major products, would generate easy goal-scoring opportunities for critics. That would be regrettable.
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ICPUG

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 07:37    Post subject:  

Thanks ttuuxxx for your helpful comments.

While I would like Gnumeric to stay, the size issue is also important, I think.

It is not just a hardware related thing about the ability to load 120MB sfs.

First, you have to download the things as well. Fine for those on ADSL - not so fine for those on dialup - when the iso expands in size.

The other thing is that the size is one of the parameters that uniquely defines Puppy. How do we get so much stuff in such a small package. I look at other Linux's and find some of them really good but then the iso size is 200MB or more. My immediate question is why is it so big when it has no more capability than Puppy? The other thing is that, even though I have ADSL (at 2MBit), I dislike downloading large isos cos it eats into my sleep time!

There is a tendency in the kennels and elsewhere to think that because recent hardware is more powerful every body will have recent hardware. I don't really agree with this. Why should I impose my hardware requirements on someone else? There is the 'green' argument of keeping old equipment running as long as possible - as well as the economic argument that some are not able to keep up with the latest hardware.

If we find we cannot keep within the 100MB constraint we begin to lose one of Puppy's unique selling points- but it has to work as well! - life isn't easy!
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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 07:51    Post subject:  

ttuuxxx wrote:
Hi gyro are you any good at messing around with initrd.gz files?
ttuuxxx,
I usually can't resist a request, but my total experience with initrd.gz relates to Puppy > 4.0. And all I have done is edit the "init" script to support both ext2 and ext3 pup_save files.
So, I'm not your man.

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moogsydodong


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 08:19    Post subject:  

hi guys...

regarding the issue on what application to include in the final release...
I suggest we keep the size of puppy4.4CE as small as posible...
we can choose to put just the necessary apps of even just the default puppy apps included in puppy4.3 then we can focus on compiling extra apps as additional packages available for download at the repo...

we can do like..

fixed all fixable bugs in 4.3...then compile and test additional apps to be uploaded in the repo...those totally usable packages will be uploaded and can later be downloadable via PPM in the repo...

for a while I've noticed that many people who discovered/reviewed/test/used puppy is that not so many popular apps is available for download in the repo...

I know many TPP(third party packages) exist in the forum maybe this time we can all join our efforts and include all possible apps not in the final release of this puppy4.4CE but rather put them in the repo as optional/additional downloads...

just my thought...

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 09:51    Post subject:  

In reference to the repo and packages being available for the CE release, I've started a small mirror on my domain for a few things that folks have had trouble downloading from elsewhere.

I'll be happy to set up a directory with extra pets that are designed or are known to work (ie tested) on 4.4CE. ttuuxxx doesn't know it yet (okay, he does now!) but I've been trying to collect everything for the 214X puplet as I intend to use that distro extensively, so I'll also be posting as many apps and tweaks as I can for that particular version also.

If the project chiefs want to get with me on this as development progresses, we can discuss how to manage all that. I don't have the expertise to code and I'm just learning how to test things thoroughly, but I can contribute space.

Let me know,
Sully

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dogone


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 12:45    Post subject: Size versus feature set  

Forgive me, but I don't see either side of this discussion getting much traction. It does not appear to me to be an "either/or" matter and the solution is as old as the hills. Permit Puppy to remain small, easily downloaded and low resource while making it *simple* to select and install additional applications.

"Already done", you say? Well yes and no. Yes, Puppy has PPM and a limited collection of apps. No, because that collection is only a subset of the .pet universe and PPM's user interface is a nightmare to the newbie. Strange package names, no descriptions, etc. Compare PPM to Mint's highly crafted MintInstall and you'll see my point. If Puppy offered users a package management tool as good as MintInstall, Puppy could remain small and easy to download while being simple to grow into whatever the user needs.

The discussion should then be one of improving Puppy's software management so the core can remain cute, sweet and small. Let's give Puppy's users the power to determine the optimum trade-off between size and feature set.
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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 13:49    Post subject:  

Abiword Grammar - I split out all the plugins that are availabe - this is based on link-grammar: I encourage anyone to get on board with that project if they would like to see grammar capabilities for their language.

Re: abiword/gnumeric These will be on a separate "office.sfs" that is automatically loaded at boot time if present (which it will be) This will make it easier to include/exclude/replace (for example with koffice or openoffice) The structure for this already exists in the form of the zdrv. To set those up it is basically a cut and paste job using zdrv as a template. "browser.sfs" is another one that comes to mind and maybe more

Re: vlc - yes vlc definitely will be considered - we need to build the recently released QT-4.5.3 first and then all of the other dependencies. I have been workin on those already.

Re: packages - We do have a lot of packages available in the forums that could be integrated into the main body. One thing that needs to first be done with most of them is quality control (dependencies listed in the .specs, properly spilt into DEV, DOC and NLS, binaries and libraries stripped, etc...) I can write something up for beginner to intermediate users to be able to do this and repackage them. ... will also need a place for them to upload or I guess if we go with Opera we could use Opera Unite.

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 14:07    Post subject:  

technosaurus wrote:
I would also likely add a dummy folder to the $PATH that contains loader scripts with the names of the executables.

PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/dummy

/usr/local/dummy/abiword
#! /bin/sh
{script/function to get sfs directory}
loadsfs $SFSDIR/goffice.sfs
/usr/bin/abiword $@

The first time you type abiword in a terminal (or click its icon) it will load the sfs and subsequently execute /usr/bin/abiword $@

then next time you type abiword it will automatically find the one in /usr/bin instead of .../dummy
Interesting approach, but I'm not sure if it makes it easy to replace "abiword" with "swriter". Surely that requires a method of influencing what "/usr/local/bin/defaultwordprocessor" calls.

Although, separating the large applications, that folk often seem to want to replace, out of "pup-440.sfs" might be a good place to start in making them easily replaceable with an ".sfs".

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