Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Reincarnation of Kitty the Pisi | ex-Pardus Linux is Pisi Linux now !


I remember it . I have a very vivid memory of my first hand experience with first version of Pardus Linux . It was fun and excitement to use a unique operating system with a package manager named Pisi.

Since I have always liked linux distributions which are different , not used by common home users Pardus Linux was my favourite along with Arch Linux both on my desktop and laptop for years . I am still using Arch Linux . Pardus Linux was “ forced to die” due to some unknown reasons ( Turkish government stopped funding the project ? ) and a new Pardus with debian under the hood was created . Pisi and the uniqueness behind this distribution was left to rot and a sweet dream died for many like me.

Recently some guys ( I really don`t know who they are) Anka-Team a voluntary developers team of Pisi Linux ( thanks to erdinc gultekin for the info ) lead by project leader Serdar Soytetir ( thanks to Richard de Bruin for the info ) , ex-Pardus fans who sticked to the Pisi dream and had the potential to rise the kitty from ashes created a new distribution with the name of Pisi Linux . More detail information about Pisi Linux and the development team can be found on this link from Pisi Linux WORLD . Worth to mention here is that although Pisi Linux main website is offered in Turkish language only but Pisi Linux WORLD is English language based and contains all the news, updates , download links and forum for Pisi Linux .

There were news about this new project and even Distrowatch added this distribution to their database but then something of mysterious nature happened and this neonate distribution was condemned , treated as a step child and the project was blamed to be immature.

 Addendum:

I want to understand the reason why Pisi Linux has been treated as a foster and step child since its day of inception . We daily see so many forks of forks distributions with nothing pure and original , all such forks just add eye candy to an existing distribution and re-invent the same wheel again and again . Pisi Linux is uunique and original . It does not arise or depend on any other distribution . Everything on Pisi Linux  is made from scratch up . Even its predecessor Pardus Linux was not a forked distribution. So why is Pisi Linux received in such an un-welcome way? Just because  someone labeled this project as immature all the hard work and efforts to run this project has become baseless??

Please comment and let me know the real side of story if it looks like I am missing something . Ok I read about it and I think it was some kind of flame war lit by some unfortunate misunderstandings,so let`s forget it  and move on with how Pisi Linux is serving me so well this time.
 
Out of curiosity and having an association with Pisi through ex-Pardus I kept on following this project to see their progress since they sounded to be resilient and persistent despite the initial unfortunate incidents happened to their project . Honestly they were sort of slow and it looked like this distribution will suffer an infantile demise . But recently I noticed some new developmental events going on at this project when they released beta version to their first release but I was still skeptical to try out their work . Last night I noticed they have come up with an RC version . This was the time to mess up with the reincarnated kitty so I downloaded and installed it on my desktop and it was a wonderful experience .

I am not going to reveal what is my experience with Pisi Linux , I think I will share something that works so perfect . I just installed openbox , the default packages available on repositories were installed in few minutes and from KDM I could log in to an openbox session with tint2 and conky running . Openbox installation was just perfect with openbox menu set already , so it was almost an auto magical task .




I want others to test and know for themselves . But I have no reluctance to say that I have no regrets to try it and I am going to use this new Pisi Linux since it really impressed me totally. There are going to be issues since its still an infant project but why not test and see what are these people trying to do in this project ??


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Manjaro KDE! An unpromised Release with promised breakages !!

Today I tested the newly released Manjaro 0.8.0 KDE i686 . I know this distro for quite some time now : the last time I used it that was their  XFCE version. Then it was quite acceptable and even that there were problems it was still working.

But this release is a total disaster as far as KDE version is concerned : they have released their classic XFCE version once again and GNOME also.

Since I tested KDE I will mention the disasters I faced on this version.

It is a live DVD : Boots fine and you see a plain KDE Desktop.

I kept looking for their installer and contrary to their XFCE version they did not bother to place an icon on desktop so one can launch the installer : I kept searching for it in K Menu and after good five minutes I finally managed to locate the installer.

About the installer : It is the same old ArchBang Installer which these few newly forked arch based distros got adopted and works well on others but totally fails on Manjaro.

All the steps on installer apparently went smooth till GRUB2 installation : I opted to default i.e MBR and GRUB2 failed to install : I retried and this time I opted to install to the partition where I was trying to install Manjaro and as expected GRUB2 failed once again. So feeling fully pissed off I opted not to install GRUB2 and planned to boot it with my Arch Linux .

Once I had manually entered Manjaro kernel enteries into my Arch Linux GRUB2 I finally managed to boot Manjaro and more disasters were waiting ahead .

KDE being fully installed should present  KDM to login to Manjaro but there was no KDM : just plain text based login prompt : with grim heart I issued my username and password and weirdly I could see my password visible . I issued startx and X tried to load but crashed in few moments leaving me at login prompt again .

I looked for nvidia drivers and they were already installed : looked for inittab to check if KDM was enabled there and to my amazement there is no inittab file present !

One more missing file offered by Archbang installer normally was rc.conf file so I had no idea what was autoset for my system by Manjaro during installation.

After these apparently visible disasters I lost my all excitement to probe anymore into this distro and I promptly formatted it without any hesitation.

In my humble opinion and with my brief but futile experience with Manjaro KDE I have no regrets to say that it is a total waste of bandwidth and time. Other than a polished new  website and  being accepted by DistroWatch added to its distributions list it seems to be poorly tested and rushed for release only .

This project was quiet for many months and suddenly it comes to surface with a bright new website : three different types of isos and lots of apparent attraction but on real test it failed like a hobbyist distro. And to reassure I had perfectly burned media : no bad download : no wrong md5sums etc.

Contrary to Manjaro , Bridge Linux , Nosonja and ArchbBang all work out of box and I have never faced any issues with any of these distros while installing them on numerous machines.

If Manjaro team wants to be more successful they have to release at least some test releases for public testing and bug fixing before they commit to a new release with broken wings as this  0.8.0 release. 

Best wishes to Manjaro, see you next time when you can at least walk on your feet .

Regards

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fbpanel Configuration file for Arch Linux

 Recently I installed Openbox on Arch Linux : everyone has choice to use any panel or no panel : some like tint2 : I personally like Fbpanel .

So I spent some time to create a working Fbpanel settings for Arch Linux openbox session and I will put it here for quick reference .

Please find the following location in your file manager in super user mode (root )

~/.config/fbpanel

This directory contains a file named as "default" : that is our target file to configure to that we can run a neat and tidy fbpanel on Arch Linux .

This file contains default settings for an fbpanel : you need to modify it so it can work for your Arch Linux Openbox session . Open it with a text editor e.g geany

Just copy paste these conents into this file removing the default settings first 


########################################
## fbpanel configuration file         ##
########################################
Global {
    edge = bottom
    allign = center
    margin = 0
    widthtype = percent
    width = 100
    height = 25
    transparent = true
    tintcolor = #000000
    alpha = 200
    setdocktype = true
    autohide = false
    heightWhenHidden = 0
    roundcorners = false
    setpartialstrut = true
    setlayer = false
    layer = above
    roundcornersradius = 0
    maxelemheight = 0
}
Plugin {
    type = space
    config {
        size = 2
    }
}
plugin {
    type = menu
    expand = false
    padding = 0
    config {
        image = ~/.config/fbpanel/arch.png
        systemmenu {
        }
        separator {
        }
    menu { 
        name = Computer
        icon = computer
           
        item {
        name = Terminal
        icon = terminal
        action = lxterminal
        }
            item {
                name = Lock Display
                icon = gnome-lockscreen
                action = slimlock
            }
            separator {
            }
            item {
                name = Reboot
                icon = gnome-session-reboot
                action = sudo reboot
            }
            item {
                name = Shutdown
                icon = gnome-session-halt
                action = sudo shutdown -h 0
            }
            item {
                name = logout
                icon = gnome-session-logout
                action = openbox --exit
            }
        }
    }
}
Plugin {
    type = space
    config {
        size = 12
    }
}
Plugin {
type = launchbar
config {
button {
icon = file-manager
tooltip = File Manager
action = pcmanfm
}
button {
icon = terminal
tooltip = Terminal
action = lxterminal
}
button {
icon = web-browser
tooltip = Web Browser
action = firefox
}
}
}
Plugin {
    type = space
    config {
        size = 15
    }
}
Plugin {
    type = wincmd
    config {
        icon = gnome-fs-desktop
        tooltip = Show Desktop
    }
}
Plugin {
    type = space
    config {
        size = 15
    }
}
Plugin {
    type = pager
    config {
        showwallpaper = true
    }
}
Plugin {
    type = taskbar
    expand = true
    config {
        ShowIconified = true
        ShowMapped    = true
        ShowAllDesks  = false
        tooltips = true
        IconsOnly = false
        MaxTaskWidth = 150
    }
}
Plugin {
    type = space
    config {
       size = 15
    }
}
plugin {
    type = tray
    expand = false
    padding = 0
    config {
    }
}
Plugin {
    type = space
    config {
        size = 10
    }
}
plugin {
    type = volumebutton
}
# Digital Clock
Plugin {
        type = dclock
        expand = false
        padding = 0
        config {
        ShowSeconds = false
        HoursView = 12
        TooltipFmt = %A %x
        Color = #1068a0
        ShowCalendar = true
    }
}
Plugin {
    type = space
    config {
        size = 10
}
}
separator {
}
Plugin {
type = launchbar
config {
button {
image = ~/.config/fbpanel/exit.png
action = /usr/bin/oblogout
}

# 'icons' plugin lets you customize window icons.
# these changes apply to entire desktop
Plugin {
    type = icons
    config {
        DefaultIcon = /usr/share/fbpanel/images/default.xpm
        application {
            icon = gnome-terminal
            ClassName = XTerm
        }
        application {
            icon = gnome-terminal
            ClassName = mlterm
        }
        application {
            icon = gnome-terminal
            ClassName = URxvt
        }
        application {
            icon = gnome-emacs
            ClassName = Emacs
        }
        application {
            icon = mozilla-firefox
            ClassName = Firefox-bin
        }
        application {
            icon = mozilla-firefox
            ClassName = Firefox
        }
    }
}
---------------------------------------------------


Install "oblogout" from AUR so you can use the Exit button on your panel .The Exit button 

icon is given on this post : place it in 

 ~/.config/fbpanel 

direcotry along with "arch.png"(arch.png will work for your menu button set for Arch Linux ) so your fbpanel picks them according to the settings in "default" file pasted above .

You are all set to use Fbpanel on your openbox session now .