This will be a post about Charm, Xfce, Puppeee, ROX, PCManFM, USB hubs, 3G modems, CD players and rechargeable Duracell batteries. You have been warned.
I encountered a tiny problem with Charm: it couldn’t actually publish posts. After looking a little at the errors, the source code and a Python shell, I found it was because the “datetime” module wasn’t being loaded (around the first lines). Simply moving “import datetime” above the “try:” block worked… like a charm, actually.
By the way, I am now posting from Charm on the Ubuntu machine. It’s simply better than WordPress’ web interface and I can post HTML from imagehost.org directly.
Remember I mentioned Xfce above? Well, let’s start with the obligatory screenshot:
That is Xfce under Ubuntu 10.10 running Thunar, Mousepad and htop inside GNOME-Terminal. Note that GNOME-Terminal is focused, although Mousepad partly covers it. That’s how RISC OS does stuff.
Xfwm4 uses the theme here; its only defects are the semi-broken titlebar and the undragably (is that a word?) slim borders. I guess I’ll use Alt+Button3 more.
GTK theme can be found here. I’ve also created a Firefox persona which is awaiting approval. Edit: the persona got approval, it’s here.
Panel: clock, battery, notification area, pager, icon box, separator, some shortcuts, GNOME Disk Mounter applet (theoretically, using Xfapplet), lock, quit and the Xfce menu.
I now have to find a way to hide those ugly window menus. I tried using Appmenu Indicator, Xfapplet and an auto-hiding panel, but it looks and behaves ugly.
Feel free to post your opinion about it in the comment section presumably below.
On to Puppeee. I’ve switched to PCManFM as desktop, then back to ROX, and now again to PCManFM.
Let’s compare them. On one hand, you have ROX, which has nice MIME icons for everything, is a lot more customisable and supports actually dragging desktop icons (PCManFM, at least the version Puppeee ships, doesn’t do that), but can’t be customised with a tree sidebar and has icons added at every startup on the desktop which break the appearance.
On the other hand, you have PCManFM, which doesn’t have nice MIME icons, can’t drag desktop icons and is a pain to customise even basically, but fits the look perfectly and, to be honest, makes the limited file management I do easier.
Well, in the end, I chose PCManFM. It’s not perfect, but for what I do it’s great.
So today me and Dad went to an electronics store called “TechnoMarket” or something and we bought a Hama 4-port USB hub and 2 Duracell AAA rechargeable batteries. The hub is for the old Gericom laptop, which has only one USB port and I want to boot Puppy 4.1.2 from a pendrive while having some form of Internet connection. Maybe also plug in a printer.
Well, the problem I have is with the ZTE modem. I tested it on Puppeee, but wvdial simply refused to connect without a username and password (my carrier doesn’t prompt for those, leaving wvdial hanging). I posted a thread about this in the Puppy Linux forum here; let’s see if I get any replies.
The Duracell batteries are for my old Sanyo CD player, a Christmas present I got a long, long time ago. Well, it’s designed to work with 4 batteries, but I discovered 2 are enough. It works pretty well, except I just broke one of its hinges. I am now listening to an Armin van Buuren CD. Well, I was listening 2 seconds ago, but the batteries died.
So, this is the end of a long, long post detailing my weekend. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go charge the batteries and prepare myself for the disastrous history exam tomorrow.
You might have heard about Puppy Linux, a really nice lightweight Linux distro for older PCs and netbooks. A couple of days ago I decided to leave the ProBook for a while, take the Eee PC (a 701) out of the closet and install the latest version of Puppeee on it.
Installing didn’t exactly go as planned (because of a leftover install of GRUB), but I managed to get a fully working system after two tries. The default browser is Chrome 5: old version, AdBlock is incompatible with it and it doesn’t even display pages properly on the Eee’s small screen, so I installed Seamonkey, NetSurf and trusty old links. I’m posting from Seamonkey right now, but I think I’ll switch to a blogging tool like Charm because WordPress’ web interface looks like it’s designed for 1920×1080 screens, not 800×480 ones. The fonts have to be reduced to something unreadable to be able to properly write a post.
All in all, I recommend Puppeee for netbooks and regular Puppy for everyone who has a relatively old PC that Ubuntu can’t properly run on. My only complaint about Puppy (actually, about most distros nowadays) is that it’s getting more and more bloated with every new version: the last one that would properly boot, run and be usable on my Gericom laptop (a 2000-ish Celeron) was 4.1.2. Also, I really hated the Pwidgets thing in 4.2.