Sunday, October 31, 2010

Chakra installer Tribe

I did a test install of the Chakra project, Jaz (stable) 0.2.3. http://chakra-project.org/
As you probably know has started as a KDEmod+Arch combo, but has evolved since.
http://chakra-project.org/img/slideshow/2.jpg

Tribe, the Chakra installer is a wonder of sophistication and makes installing an OS ridiculously easy.
I think it would be a great idea to see of the work done there couldn't be useful for creating an easy Archbang installer.
With the Chakra live CD I tried to use the KDE partition tool.
Because of earlier bad luck with a non gparted partitioner, I decided to use gparted though to avoid taking risks with my other installs.

The reason I tried Chakra is to get a new impression of the KDE project.
The folder view widget kind of intrigues me and of course the the present KDE sophistication of design and desktop interface galore is a nice equal at least to Win7.
All this blingbling isn't for me, but possible converts to GNU/Linux and Arch might be interested.
I will try a review in another place; mentioning the hiccups and so on.
I'm afraid I'm too spoiled with openbox wm to accept an even great looking interface get so much in the way.

But the installer and the finishing and looks of this distro are impressive.

See also this review: http://jeffhoogland.blogspot.com/2010/09/chakra-linux-distro-review.html
http://chakra-project.org/img/slideshow/3.jpg
http://chakra-project.org/img/slideshow/4.jpg
http://chakra-project.org/img/slideshow/5.jpg

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Arch issues with Python update Adeskbar

With the new python updates in Arch there are some problems with adeskbar:
[quote][paul@archbang ~]$ adeskbar
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/adeskbar", line 30, in
import adesk.bar
File "/usr/share/adeskbar/adesk/bar.py", line 292
print '------------------------------------'
^
[/quote]

On [url]http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=26910[/url] the Aur page for adeskbar a solution is presented that doesn't work for me. After copying from pastebin the adapted PKGBUILD I get this error:" ERROR: PKGBUILD contains CRLF characters and cannot be sourced."

Solved this by not using geany but leafpad and cut and paste text there.

Procedure:
First uninstall old package.
Put the PKGBUILD and the package.install file in one folder.
Open terminal in that folder and do:
makepkg -sci PKGBUILD
This will build and install the new package.

I also had a problem with oblogout; solved that by
changing first line in usr/bin/oblogout from #!/usr/bin/python to #!/usr/bin/python2 .

Monday, October 11, 2010

Video playback not smooth in 64 bits arch

Solved with removing the ordinary nvida drivers and replacing them with the beta version in Aur:
sudo pacman -Rd nvidia nvidia-utils

Installing the new ones with
packer -S nvidia-beta nvidia-utils-beta

Do this only when you have problems with the video playback!


Gui for Packer


Packer is a dead simple package manager for AUR packages in Archlinux.
For people who can't do without a gui there is blinky.

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