Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Trying Aptosid is a mixed experience

Stimulated by IgnorantGuru's blog I decided to try out Aptosid.
Install went well. One strange error in the grub file: a wrong uuid was mentioned, which I happily discoverd before rebooting.
With blkid I could find the right one.

Nice login theme that I lost however with the first system upgrade.
What you do todo a system upgrade?
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade -d # download but don't install yet
then
init 3 (terminal mode)
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get clean
Then reboot.
Because of dependency problems a lot of progs have problems. I couldn't install adeskbar ( problem with python-gtk2; python-gtk2 : Depends: python-numpy (< 1:1.5) but 1:1.5.1-2 is to be installed
E: Broken packages).
I solved this by updating the mirrors in etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list s
New list looks like this:
deb http://cdn.debian.net/debian/ sid main
deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
deb ftp://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ sid main contrib non-free
deb http://ftp.spline.de/pub/aptosid/debian/ sid main fix.main
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ sid main

I couldn't install pcmanfm-mod in a ordinary way.
My home configuration openbox were not so useful as I had hoped.
Nitrogen was busted after the first update: GdkPixbuf-WARNING **: Cannot open pixbuf loader module file '/usr/lib/gdk-pixbuf-2.0/2.10.0/loaders.cache

It worked later but then nvidia kernel built was corrupt and had to go back to fallback kernel, etc. In short lots of issues

The openbox shortcut for the Superkey doesn't work:solution:
change in /etc/default/keyboard is more system-wide and permanent.
Code:
# change:
XKBOPTIONS="lv3:ralt_switch,compose:lwin,grp:alt_shift_toggle"

# to:
XKBOPTIONS="lv3:ralt_switch,grp:alt_shift_toggle"

Finetuning Font Settings:

As root:
Code:
dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config

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