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Cooking up the Treats => Distro development => Topic started by: nightflier on March 21, 2012, 06:48:56 am

Title: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: nightflier on March 21, 2012, 06:48:56 am
This is the place to share your experience with Light.

For bug reports, please go here: https://bitbucket.org/VLCore/vl70/issues
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: vector on March 22, 2012, 12:03:19 am
Folks we made the distrowatch front and center with this release http://distrowatch.com (http://distrowatch.com) let the comments begin..................:)

Cheers,
Vec
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: Pita on March 22, 2012, 07:51:51 pm
Desktop PC

Choose the "Medium" installation using vinstall-iso-ng. All went smooth. while I had breakfast.

Network and sound running. Choose auto-configuration for X and is working well.

My 2 printers Epson LQ300 and Brother DCP-385C were discovered and are working.

"at" can still not be found in rc.d/init.d and has to be copied over from sample.

Unfortunately xine still crashes when trying to play an audio CD. The same CD plays well with xmms. The xine crash has been reported in bitbucket twice. Will not repeat.

In netsurf Ctrl-t does not produce a blank page instead tries to replicate the current URL. Guess that's a problem of netsurf.

To be continued ../..

Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: Pita on March 23, 2012, 11:34:27 pm
After my first boot I had choosen Openbox for wm after that I cannot open any longer
gdm or for that matter X.

When gdm should come-up I get "ENTERING SLEEP MODE" from which I cannot get out.

I then set inittab to 2 and as root tried other xorg settings with vxconf. Of the
choices offered only "Use defaults xorg.conf-vesa" avoided "ENTERING SLEEP MODE".

Using jwm does not change the problem.

Now with xorg.conf-vesa the display is far too big and I am not able to change it.

Never had such an experience in all my linux years.
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: frayja2002 on March 24, 2012, 12:06:58 am
Hi there.

I did a full install of LDXE and then tried to install IceWM from the repositories but it gives an error saying that it is missing obmixer.

Just thought you might want to add this for those going down this path.

Alex
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: nightflier on March 24, 2012, 07:52:11 am
@frayja2002: Obmixer is available from the "testing" repository.
Did IceWM not install, or did it complain about missing obmixer afterwards?
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: DavidMcCann on March 24, 2012, 08:40:42 am
I've tried the Barebone and Light versions.

The major problem was with video files. Xine played mp4 OK, but failed on wmv and flv; VLC and xmms failed on all formats, as did Gnome-mplayer when I installed it. At least it recognised my USB speakers, unlike Ubuntu and other Debian derivatives.

Geeqie had no help file.

The claim that the Barebone option will work in 128MB is probably an understatement: I ran the browser in 51MB, excluding buffers and cache!
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: frayja2002 on March 24, 2012, 03:37:21 pm
Hi there.

Gslapt complained of missing dependancy obmixer to icewmvmods.

If you ignore this and install anyway everything seems to work OK although there is no volume control on the task bar (i'm guessing there should be ?)

Alex
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: Pita on March 24, 2012, 06:44:37 pm
After my first boot I had choosen Openbox for wm after that I cannot open any longer
gdm or for that matter X.

When gdm should come-up I get "ENTERING SLEEP MODE" from which I cannot get out.

I then set inittab to 2 and as root tried other xorg settings with vxconf. Of the
choices offered only "Use defaults xorg.conf-vesa" avoided "ENTERING SLEEP MODE".

Using jwm does not change the problem.

Now with xorg.conf-vesa the display is far too big and I am not able to change it.

Never had such an experience in all my linux years.

Installed NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.31 and the problem went away. :D
No more SLEEP MODE and display is correct.
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: Pita on March 25, 2012, 01:01:25 am
Live is full of surprises. ;)

I installed Nvidia driver and Fluxbox. Then a visitor came and I wanted to show
him how xine crashes when trying to play an audi CD.

Well the demonstration failed, xine started to play again and again....  ??? :D  ??? :D

Could there be a connection between the events of cited installations and xine now playing?
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: nightflier on March 25, 2012, 08:53:06 am
Yes, changing the video driver can have far reaching consequences.
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: Pita on March 25, 2012, 09:00:36 pm
Yes, changing the video driver can have far reaching consequences.

So the crashing of xine in my box was then most likely caused by that oscillation
that starts when trying  to play an audio CD.
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: caitlyn on March 26, 2012, 02:46:20 pm
I installed the full version (LXDE) of VL 7.0 Light today on my HP Mini 110 netbook with the LXDE desktop and I'm just grabbing the patches and updates now.  My first comment is that, for the most part, it's nicely done.

A couple of quibbles:

I chose to create a separate partition for /home during install.  KEEP (no formatting) was offered twice in the menu.  I noticed that ext4 was not offered among the filesystem choices the way it is for the root partition.  Fortunately for me that partition was already formatted ext4.

You're using gdm 2.20 but you have removed the menu that lets you choose language for each session.  To me that is an absolutely horrendous choice.  If you're going to do that you might as well use a lightweight DM.  The main advantage of gdm for multilingual people and families is the ability to switch back and forth.

Otherwise, so far so good.  I'll let you know if I experience any other oddities as I work with it more.
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: caitlyn on March 26, 2012, 03:00:35 pm
One more tiny quibble:  Why is gslapt in it's own "Other" menu category rather than System Tools?
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: nightflier on March 26, 2012, 05:48:35 pm
Glad to see you back and testing, Caitlyn.  :)

The menu in LXDE is dynamic. I suspect that the .desktop file in the gslapt package would need modification to make it appear in the System category.

GDM: I have no experience with modifying it. Do you know if a language selector would be an add-on, or a part of the package build?
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: caitlyn on March 26, 2012, 05:51:47 pm
It would be part of the package build.  It's a configuration option.  We did have it on in VL6.
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: Pita on March 26, 2012, 07:48:35 pm
Step by step I am building the box to my liking. One things disturbs me in Openbox
and Fluxbox is that the icons on the toolbar of applications like abiword,
gnumeric and others are a dull black and white unlike in xfce4 where they have
some color which is more pleasant to see.

Is there a way to change this dull b&w look?
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: Colonel Panic on April 29, 2012, 05:35:57 am
Just testing it now. I'm using JWM which is a good lightweight WM and one I've used a lot in Puppy where it's standard.

It seems to work very well. Just one thing though; how do you change the desktop background from the menu?

Apart from that, thanks for a good job of work devs :)
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: hata_ph on April 29, 2012, 05:47:32 am
Just testing it now. I'm using JWM which ais a good lightweight WM and one I've used a lot in Puppy where it's standard.

It seems to work very well. Just one thing though; how do you change the desktop background from the menu?

Apart from that, thanks for a good job of work devs :)

http://code.google.com/p/mywolfe/wiki/JWMbackgound
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/JWM
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: Colonel Panic on May 05, 2012, 04:24:54 am
Thanks, I'll give it a go.

Cheers,

CP .
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: L0tt0 on May 15, 2012, 04:16:11 pm
Wondering if this will work on an ancient Laptop I have. It was originally W98.

Bill
Title: Re: VL7.0 LIGHT feedback and suggestions.
Post by: nightflier on May 16, 2012, 05:55:57 pm
VL7 Light was tested on a Pentium 3, 500 MHz with 128 MB of RAM.
That said, if you want to run a modern web browser, doubling those numbers would be a good guide.