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 on: October 05, 2015, 07:24:25 pm 
Started by Rytz - Last post by Rytz
Removed the default installed xf86-video-intel and installed the latest from the main website.  Same freeze.

 on: October 05, 2015, 05:23:53 pm 
Started by nightflier - Last post by Rytz
Figured out that my freeze issue has to do with acceleration on the Intel Broadwell HD5500.  See here for more info:

 on: October 05, 2015, 05:21:35 pm 
Started by Rytz - Last post by Rytz
Turns out this is related to acceleration on the Intel Broadwell HD5500 (integrated).

I was able to stop the freeze with either solution:

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Section "Device"
   Identifier  "Intel Graphics"
   Driver      "intel"
   Option      "AccelMethod"  "uxa"

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Section "Device"
   Identifier "Intel Graphics"
   Driver "intel"
   Option "NoAccel" "True"


Unfortunately, performance drops too much for what I need.  VL Light 7.1 appears to have the latest xf86-video-intel so I'm going to have to try some other drivers and see what works.  Suggestions appreciated.

 on: October 05, 2015, 07:51:17 am 
Started by The Headacher - Last post by crum
The lack of activity in the forum would indicate that release 7.1 well done and quite stable not requiring help and explanation. Activity in the Distrowatch seems to be quite stable with VL 7.1 hanging in around 45-47 rating. Headacher don't be concerned, VL team taking good care of us users staying on top of things and looking forward.

 on: October 04, 2015, 09:04:08 am 
Started by The Headacher - Last post by bigpaws
Hi Headacher,

We are not dead. Far fro m it.

VL is no longer following Slackware. The packages are built in a different way.
You may be able to install Slackware packages. Do not be surprised if they break
or do not work.

Using package requests will result in packages being built pretty quickly. The
only exception is when the builds need to be fixed. Claws-mail was a challenge
to get packaged.

I agree the forum is slow but not dead.

Currently VL 7.2 is being worked on and appears to be going well.

There was ALOT of back end work on VL 7.1 which is why it took a long time
for a release.

I hope that puts you at ease.


 on: October 04, 2015, 06:54:26 am 
Started by The Headacher - Last post by The Headacher
Ah, looking at the most recent Slackware, it looks like that project isn't making much progress (last release almost 2 years ago), which would explain the latest VL version not really being based on a Slackware version anymore.

 on: October 04, 2015, 06:44:57 am 
Started by The Headacher - Last post by The Headacher
Hi all! Long time no see. My life has been pretty busy, but I also gave other things priority over visiting this forum. Hope y'all are alright.

I decided to get me a more recent VL version, because the latest Firefoxes keep crashing on my old 7.0 SOHO install that I used till recently. Now, I have some minor issues that I won't bother you with ( I should be able to fix them given enough time), but two bigger issues.

It looks to me like there is only a fraction of the amount of packages we used to have in earlier releases. This hasn't bothered me before, I'd just set up a slackware repo and get what I needed from there. However, I can't determine what version of Slackware (if any) this version was built on:
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root:# cat /etc/vector-version
647.1 STD FINAL built on Jun-22-2015
root:# cat /etc/slackware-version
Inspired by Slackware Linux
This makes me wonder just how much VL 7.1 is still compatible with Slackware; have we broken compatibility?

What concerns me most though, is that the distro I know and love seems to be dying slowly  :'( (few packages, little forum activity, a lot of time between releases). Is it time for me to start searching for a replacement?

 on: October 04, 2015, 06:11:50 am 
Started by nightflier - Last post by nightflier
No, don't "shred" or "wipe" an SSD. That will shorten its lifespan. Leftover metadata is seldom an issue. Try using gparted and create a new partition table before resorting to the nuke option.

 on: October 03, 2015, 10:29:45 pm 
Started by nightflier - Last post by Rytz
I had the same problem with a box from a friend of mine. I speculated it was the metadata from previous installations the culprit, I cleaned the hd and then installed again and the problem was gone.
Google for 'man shred' and 'man wipe' . Grml and Puppy Linux have those programs, make sure you clean it, partition by partition and not the whole disk.
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# shred -fuvz /dev/sda1
and so forth, after the first partition is cleaned, continue with the next (including the partition where swap is), /dev/sda2, /dev/sda3... 'shred' will destroy crud 3 times and on the fourth it will add zeroes to the partition.
Thanks for the suggestion.  I'm currently re-installing on a partition number that hasn't been used yet.  If that doesn't work, I'll try shredding the partitions that have had different Linux installations.

I am using an SSD, so perhaps there's something funky with SSD's in that regard.

 on: October 03, 2015, 05:56:50 pm 
Started by macondo - Last post by macondo
Autohide in any wm hides the taskbar wherever you got it (top or bottom) leaving it looking like this:
which you can make reappear by passing the mouse cursor over it.

In the meantime, if you have previously eliminated the titlebar (and why not, you can maximize and close with your keys), you'll have more space in you desktop if you have a small screen monitor or a laptop.

Thanks to roarde for figuring out how to activate 'autohide'. The options are: top, bottom, left, right and off.
I have no titlebar and my taskbar is at the top by choice, so i use the 'top' option in autohide. example:

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  <!-- Tray at the bottom. -->
    <Tray x="0" y="+1" autohide="top">
If your taskbar is at the bottom, then: autohide="bottom"
In ratpoison this is the default look, in icewm you do it thru the .icewm/preferences file.

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