domingo, 31 de diciembre de 2017
I should have posted this entry before, but I wanted to post something nice to say farewell to 2017.
Elive will be my last post of the year.
Elive is a beautifully polished Debian + Enlightenment Linux distribution The version Topaz 2.0 (released in 2010) blew my mind with its beauty and modest resource requirement. Therefore, I have been waiting for this distro since I discovered it, back in 2010, when I began exploring Linux.
However, it has been a long wait. Most distros have a rather predictable release cycle, but Elive 3.0 has been in the making for more than seven years.
I installed the 2.3.9 beta back in October, 2014 to my ZaReason Strata. It worked nice despite the distro was far from finished. However, when I upgraded it to a newer version (2.7.6, I think), Elive gave me an Enlightenment error that prevented the distro from entering the desktop, a situation that repeated with the next beta release, so I had to say good-bye to this beauty.
But I want Elive.
When the beta 2.9.20 came out on September 1st, I had a hunch. That day is my daughter's birthday...
I downloaded it and, this time, Enlightenment did not crash. Elive installed easily and kept all of my personal configurations, which simplified everything for me.
The live wallpaper, the animated menus, the bottom dock, its overall simplicity and resource frugality... there are many reasons why this is project caught my eye.
I know that many complain about having to pay for an installer module. But this project really needs an economic push. I have never seen a distro this functional and beautiful.
sábado, 30 de diciembre de 2017
The first problem was that, because of space, I had to do a fresh install, so my Mageia GRUB2 was replaced.
Luckily, the problem was not that hard to solve. Getting my scanner to work was more complicated, but I solved it by getting the iscan bundle from Epson.
OpenMandriva is giving me headaches with some packages that have an invalid key signature or something... Because of that, LibreOffice is not working properly, I guess..
I reinstalled the distro several times and, when I try to update the packages via OMV control center, the first error message I get reads:
"Sorry, the following packages cannot be selected:
- gdb-headless-8.0.1-2-omv2015.0.x86_64 (due to unsatisfied urpmi-debuginfo-install)"
I tried to avoid that package and then I get a more worrisome message saying that the package systembase-minimal has an invalid key ID signature.
I have also tried upgrading using the CLI with no luck.
Discover alerts me of 469 packages that must be upgraded. I will try upgrading from Discover to see what happens this time.
Discover installed 177 packages, but stopped. Let's try again with the pending 269...
No luck. We go back to 469 packages to install.
lunes, 25 de diciembre de 2017
Today I went for a run and decided to take my old ZTE Open FirefoxOS phone with me. That was the very first cellphone I bought (back in May 2014) and, after Mozilla terminated FirefoxOS in 2016, I replaced it by an Android smartphone.
The ZTE Open is still operational, though. True, one cannot use it as a smartphone, but it can make calls, send and receive messages, browse the Web, and play music and measure one's time while one jogs. That's more than enough for me.
However, I cannot avoid feeling sad about the demise of FirefoxOS. While most of the apps have Android versions by now, some of the games never made it to Android. For example, my three favorite games, or what I called "The Cat Trilogy", were doomed to extinction and cannot be found in the Android app ecosystem.
The first one is Martha & Maw-maw's Fishing Days, a simple game that I found quite amusing.
Unfortunately, that game disappeared with FirefoxOS.
The second one was called Spooky Cats. This game can be installed to an Android phone if one has the APK and enables the unknown sources.
You play as a cute kitty that has to go underground to find a child and battles zombie cats along the way.
here, but it is not the same...
There were other games, like Disney Fix-it Felix, that I cannot find for Android.
Time carries on and changes things and we are left only with bittersweet memories.
At least I can still play those games while the phone works.
domingo, 24 de diciembre de 2017
In a way, eelo attempts to do in the mobile world what Mandrake wanted to do in the Linux world back then.
Duval explains in this way:
"I want eelo to be a non-profit project, a project 'in the public interest'. I think operating systems and web services should be a shared resource: as I explained a few years ago, they are infrastructures, like phone networks, rail tracks, roads.
Non-profit doesn’t mean nothing will be for sale. Probably some eelo smartphones will be for sale, and some premium services will be available for corporates. But profit won’t be the first focus of eelo. Of course, eelo, as a community project, will welcome contributors."
It would be great that something like that could actually become a reality. I really liked FirefoxOS, but we all know how difficult it is to enter the mobile realm.
sábado, 16 de diciembre de 2017
lunes, 27 de noviembre de 2017
Yesterday I saw that Openmandriva Lx 3.03 was released.
The version that I had installed on my laptop was 3.0. I tried 3.1 and 3.2 but they simply would not launch properly and it was until much later that I found a way to circumvent the problem.
I gave this new version a try and I can happily report that:
1. This version is considerably faster.
2. It launches without any problems.
3. Despite the fact that the Openmandriva GRUB 2 replaced my existing Mageia GRUB 2, Mageia now does not have to run the check that makes the system wait for 1:40 before starting.
In addition, Steam works perfectly and Openmandriva picked up my Epson scanner/printer perfectly, too.