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Blue Pup V5–Released 30th Sept 2014
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 15:03    Post_subject: Blue Pup V4  

Hi Raj,

In the original post in this thread I commented that Blue would be likely to polarise opinion knowing that the mere sight of anything resembling the Metro interface would put some people off even trying it! A few posts later I commented as follows:

My thinking behind this release is to offer the bling that is fashionable and likely to attract youngsters to try and experience the benefits of Linux. Witness their obsession with smart-phones and fondle slabs. If we fail to keep pace with the times and only major on code and functionality at the expense of form, we will stand little chance of attracting the next generation to Linux who will perceive the traditional desktop as something archaic only suited to geeks or grandfathers.

I use XP Pro on a daily basis but agree that MS have lost their way, managing to hide sometimes great features behind an extremely messy user hostile interface.
Other goals for Blue were Chromebook like speed together with ease of use. It attempts to combine the best of two OSs in a manner that is, like it or not, currently fashionable.

Please be assured that that your comments have not caused offence. Given that you have a new HP laptop with Win 8.1 it will probably have a USB3 port. If you install Blue to a USB3 stick you will be able to draw an objective comparison.

Blue has received the following reviews:
V1
http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/business/netxpress/pup-an-adorable-operating-system/article_9443416f-a8bc-5c9d-8f7d-95e610b7bea3.html

V3
www.linuxinsider.com/story/80483.html

http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Linux-Distributions/Blue-Pup-103459.shtml

www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=139276

http://www.itworld.com/open-source/420140/did-blue-pup-jump-shark-its-windows-8-metro-interface

V4 (Not yet reviewed)

BTW – Blue Pup sticks are in fact movable between PCs.

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Sep 2014, 09:06    Post_subject: Optional Hot Screen Sides Toggle Pet for Blue Pup V4
Sub_title: (Plus other issues)
 

Optional Hot Screen Sides Toggle Pet for Blue Pup V4

In Blue Pup V4 hot screen sides are enabled by default. This feature may however not always be desirable if for example, you were using a small netbook. In addition whilst it is fine for everyday use, if you were working on something with multiple windows open and could easily inadvertently bump the mouse pointer into one of the sides it is convenient to toggle it off.

If you turn it off permanently, the easiest way of switching between the desktop and the Metro interface is the two digit toggle first introduced in V2. (Press the right hand Windows or menu key with your thumb followed by the enter key with your index finger.)

This pet creates a toggle menu item at the top of the JWM desktop menu. In addition the .desktop file needs to be dragged onto the desktop. Upon clicking the icon a screen popup will appear inviting you to restart the X-server to give effect to the change. In addition both the JWM menu icon and the desktop icon will change colour to reflect the status. (Red-Enabled Blue-Disabled). This gives an immediate visual indication of the current state as the OS boots.

Installation:

1. Install the attached pet then reboot.

2. Using Rox navigate to /usr/share/applications/HotScreenSides.desktop and drag that file onto the desktop.

3. Right click the icon and edit it to remove the text beneath and optionally assign it a hotkey. (I assigned the Scroll-Lock)

Other Issues:

Chinese Language Pets for Blue Pup V4.
Thanks go to forum member icake.
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=786047#786047

Flash
Adobe has released a security update (11.2.202.406) for Linux Flash.
To update to this latest version run "GetFlash" off the JWM Internet sub-menu.

Thunderbird
Version 31.1.1 is now available.
To update it, please see item 7 in the second post of this thread.

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Sep 2014, 14:37    Post_subject: Optional Boot Toggle Pet for Blue Pup V4  

Optional Boot Toggle Pet for Blue Pup V4

This is another toggle switch pet similar to the “Optional Hot Screen Sides Toggle Pet for Blue Pup V4”

Installing the pet creates a new menu item at the top of the JWM desktop menu. In this case there is no need for a desktop icon.

The switch determines the default behaviour at boot-up allowing you to select between booting just to the traditional desktop or the Metro interface.

Upon clicking the menu item a screen popup will appear inviting you to restart the X-server to give effect to the change.

If you elect to boot just to the desktop, the Metro interface may be launched by any of the following means:

• The left hand Windows key.

• Kissing the left hand side of the screen with the mouse pointer if hot screen sides are enabled.

• Pressing the right hand Windows or menu key with your thumb to launch the desktop panel followed by the enter key with your index finger.

Installation:

1. Install the attached pet then reboot.

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PostPosted: Yesterday, at 02:36    Post_subject: Blue Pup V5 – Released 30th Sept 2014  

Blue Pup V5 – Released 30th Sept 2014

V4 was intended to be the final release of Blue Pup but I reckoned without the ongoing changes to Skype for Linux. The Skype fix pet issued on 22nd Aug which allowed us to continue to run 4.2 has now been blocked so it is time to change tack.

This version contains the Skype 4.3.0.37 dotpet produced by watchdog that contains the apulse fix which basically fools Skype into believing that the pulseaudio server is running.

Major change since V4:

OOTB V5 will boot to the desktop rather than the Metro interface and “hot screen sides” will be disabled. (Indicated by a blue square icon on the desktop). This simplifies things for new users and facilitates setup. It also affords the opportunity to get used to using the various hotkeys before engaging the hot sides and/or the direct to Metro boot. Toggle switches for both items appear at the top of the JWM desktop sub-menu.

Other minor changes since V4:

1. Image size reduced to 317 MB.
2. Latest versions of Flash, Thunderbird and Chrome extensions.
3. New default leather effect wallpaper & logo.
4. New Google Cast extension – very good with YouTube. (Google Chromecast required)
5. Xpad sticky notes 4.0 added.
6. For V5 there now remains only one optional dotpet - BlueScreenSaver.pet. All other service packs and previously optional pets having been incorporated.
7. “Talky” - WebRTC icon added to Metro interface.


The target installation device remains as an 8GB or larger USB2 or USB3 stick. It is advisable to at least read the first two posts in this thread for details of the other features. Those posts also contain numerous links to other posts that you may wish to consult later.

Subsequent install to a hard disc/SSD is detailed here:

www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=763231#763231

Where to obtain the image: (blue_pup_v5.img.xz) - (317 MB)

The image plus win32diskimager-v0.7-binary together with their MD5s are to be found here:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B_iVVJCd9q09YS1jU1BwYnRQcGM&usp=sharing

Install Procedure:

Using Windows: (This is the recommended method when available)
7-Zip should be used to decompress the image. It will decompress to 3.74GB so please ensure that you have at least that much free space available.
Use win32diskimager to place the image on the stick.

A detailed win32diskimager guide is to be found here:
www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=765457#765457

Using Linux:

The commands for Blue Pup V5 are: (substitute actual target device letter for X)

Code:
# xz --decompress --stdout blue_pup_v5.img.xz > /dev/sdX
# sync



N/B (Regardless of method used.)
If you first attempt to boot the stick on the same pc or laptop that you used to create it, make sure that before doing so, you shut down the device and remove all mains power from it for a couple of minutes.
This will ensure that your BIOS refreshes its view of the stick and sees it as bootable.
When you boot-up, access your BIOS to place the stick at the top of your boot order.
It may appear as a bootable ZIP or USB hard disc depending on your particular BIOS.

Setup Procedure:

Remains as detailed in the first post of this thread. (Slightly amended in the light of V5)

Final Thoughts:

The use of the inbuilt “Hot screen sides” utility is described in this post:

www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=771604#771604

This feature takes a little getting used to but swiftly becomes addictive.


The custom “Orbital” wallpaper from V4 is still present if you prefer that desktop look.
The Metro tiles look best when arranged in a neat rectangle that almost fills the screen. With a small 10.6 inch screen a zoom level of 67% should do that. With a larger 23 inch monitor levels of 110% or 125% can be applied.
To zoom in and out, hold down the CTRL key then tap the plus or minus keys. Alternately hold down the CTRL key & zoom using the scroll wheel on your mouse.
If you opt to have a Metro panel that is larger than your screen the mouse scroll wheel can be used to pan left and right.
When using “Hot screen sides” the use of a mouse with a scroll wheel is essential as using a vertical scroll bar on the right hand side of the screen is difficult if an accidental side trigger is to be avoided.
EDIT:
A slideshow of V4/V5 can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sIk3a0bcaOQP8ievTTIKuuRx3hO-OJG7FO403Nhbnsk/edit#slide=id.p
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PostPosted: Yesterday, at 03:41    Post_subject:  

I applaud the good work you have done to keep this distro current. It brings a new use of desktop management for this community to begin approaching. I understand what you've done and why you bring this for our use. THANKS! Very Happy

2 questions that come to mind:
  • The BASH issue found last week AND has BLUE addressed it?
  • With what you've done, has there been any additional thought given in use of touch screen devices? (Reason: TaZoC's Lighthouse is the ONLY PUP distro which has made any headway for simple touch-screen app use and menu use when tapping an open area of the screen. The large buttons of METRO are geared for easy finger work.
I use an older HP touch laptop in seminars and presentations, my finger is my pointer.

This is a very LOW priority set of questions.

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PostPosted: Yesterday, at 12:12    Post_subject: Blue Pup V5–Released 30th Sept 2014
Sub_title: Emulates Windows 8.1 functionality - based on Quirky Tahr 6.0.5
 

Hi gcmartin,

Thanks for the plaudit. There are a number of threads dealing with the BASH vulnerability. I will issue a tested fix by way of a service dotpet in due course.
Unless you happen to be running a web server it appears not to be critical.

For the complete range of touch/pinch/gestures, I would suggest the full blown version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr.
Attempting to include all the necessary components in a light weight Pup would be fraught with difficulty and add enormous bloat. Better to use a known working solution.

http://sourcedigit.com/8080-ubuntu-14-04-available-download-top-5-awesome-ubutu-14-04-trusty-tahr-features/

https://launchpad.net/canonical-multitouch

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