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|A heartfelt thank
you to all, especially those who've downloaded and tested Lighthouse!
I appreciate your support and feedback on
the forum. I've been away for a while and
haven't written any updates lately. I continue to use LighthousePup
Beta 5 on
all my machines, at times dual-booting into Kubuntu 7.10. Lighthouse
215 Beta 5 works so well for me I haven't felt the need to update it...
patting self on the back.
on thorough testing and feedback, I think the latest version, Lighthouse215SeaM_Beta5.iso is
solid and ready for final release--'as is'. Even though it was a 'Beta
release', don't hesitate to try it yourself. Are you looking for a
Puplet based on a newer Puppy 3.xx core? Please try these, in no
Nice digest of current Active Puplets here:
Here's my current 'wish list' for Lighthouse or another Puplet:
Have a Happy Holiday Season and a
wonderful New Year,
Release or re-label LHP 215 Beta5==>Final.
Improved support for the latest Xorg/XWindows 1.3? and nVidia-based
display adapters. I haven't had time to test either on Lighthouse.
Loading SFS software add-on packs from LiveCD without rebooting. (Is
this possible and realistic, or problematic?)
Streamline first 'Connect to the Internet' procedure.
Xscreensavers and Really slick screensavers. I enjoy Skyrocket, Lava
Lamp, 3-D Engine and Molecule screensavers!
Compiz-fusion or XGL effects.
10/02/2007 LighthouseBeta5 release
Comments welcome at Puppy
Linux Discussion Forum | Puppy Derivatives | LighthousePup 215Beta5
toward a final release, I've changed Conky ~/.conkyrc: commenting out
terminus font line, added 'use_xft yes' and 'xftfont
LiberationMono:size=11' for improved readability. Also permits finer
adjustment of font size. Prior terminus font was practically limited to
12 or 14.
9/28/2007 LighthouseBeta5 release
It's been a long time coming--more than two months of work since Beta
4; most updates and new features are described on this page. Flash 9 is updated to 9,0,48,0. Also includes updated 'tips-lhp.htm' with frugal
install changes for the additional file 'verify-md5-lhp' described
in 9/20 post below, additional troubleshooting and updated autostart
from LighthouseBeta3/Beta4 to
usual please reboot with Lighthouse CD-Rom and at the boot menu enter
'ram' or 'lhp pfix=ram' or 'puppy pfix=ram' and copy or move your
pup_save.2fs file to another folder before doing anything else.
If desired, you may then try booting from the LighthouseBeta5 CD-Rom
with your existing pup_save.2fs in place. However, for best results I
recommend a 'clean install': boot into ram / livecd as above, move the
to another folder, copy (overwrite) Beta5 files from CD-Rom: initrd.gz,
pup_215.sfs, verify-md5-lhp, vmlinuz and zdrv_215.sfs and create a new pup_save.2fs
at shutdown. After restarting you can open the folder with your backup
copy of pup_save.2fs, right-click | Mount-data0 and restore any files
that you need.
More refinements: additional user feedback and logging for the error
conditions I've come across so far. Log window now opens with app and
displays output during processing, start to finish. Not as much as I'd
like, but better than before. Custom error codes 64-68 logged and
included with exit command at completion of shell script.
Further improvements to Xonclock alpha-blending, both in Xorg and
Xvesa, and when changing desktop background. New Lighthouse core file
verification 'verify-md5-lhp' on the ISO allows checksum verification
of base files from a running Puppy/Lighthouse even after the ISO has
been burned or files copied to other media, if that file is copied
New Recent Tracks List app ideal for audio streams. The list uses cover viewer XMMS
plugin. In Lighthouse the track list
remains after XMMS is closed but are cleared at system shutdown--or by
enabling 'Clear Tracks' and selecting 'Refresh' in the new application.
New Aero-BlackCoffee and Aero-BlackPearl GTK 1&2 Theme files. Fixed
taskbar and title bar quirks in elox and IceVista-mod theme files.
Fixed several missing icons in JWM menu system. Games--broken Shanghai
replaced with Xmahjongg.
Fixed problem with Logoff/Shutdown disappearing from Icewm menu. Now
scans for that at logon and runs /usr/sbin/fixmenus if it is not
present. I've been trying to sort out intermittent software and
hardware problems with my CD burner; checked the jumpers and
I decided to disconnect it. So far, so good. Maybe it's a goner. My DVD
burner seems fine. Also
looking at newer versions of K3b 1.02 and 1.03 and KDE 3.57; probably
not compatible with Lighthouse 215 but maybe with upcoming Puppy 2.20.
Progress seems slow but steady. I grabbed pmount drive mounter from
Puppy 2.17.1. Looking through the script I was concerned about a
dependency but it works very fast now with Barry's updates and is more
reliable as well--I really like it. Not yet tested with Lighthouse on a
few less common drive types, but I think the improvements far outweigh
Inspired by the new filemnt by SunBurnt in Puppy 2.17 I updated the
scripts in Lighthouse that mount .2fs, .sfs (mount-data) and .iso
(mount-virt-drive) files. Successful mounts now pop-up a handy unmount
window along with the Rox-Filer window. The pop-up gives some
information on a successful mount and serves as a reminder to unmount
when user is finished with the file system. Clicking 'Yes' will close
the Filer window and unmount the drive.
Minor updates to Defaults Wizard placing a tip on opening suggesting to
use 'which' in a terminal to locate the path to be used in the wizard.
Changed the title 'GUI_STRING' to 'DefaultsWizard'.
pgs_K3b: K3b does not recognize mkisofs or
genisoimage in pgs_K3b-12.17-02_215.sfs
although 'which' command does see them. I was able to burn ISOs created
outside of K3b. Looking for a solution to this and maybe readcd and
transcode also. Comments welcome at Puppy forum I monitor this thread: Puppy
8/12/2007 K3b and pgs/Gimp ready! SFS tested
in Lighthouse215 and Puppy 2.17 pgs_K3b-12.17-02_215.sfs 116M
For Puppy 2.17, make a symlink to it that ends with '_217', e.g. pgs_K3b-12.17-02_217.sfs
Last updates to above K3b SFS: In /usr/bin/ I renamed k3b to k3b-bin and call it
from a new script k3b after exporting the LD_LIBRARY_PATH noted
yesterday. Also exported Java paths in Art of Illusion's apprun to fix
Java not found error.
is getting better. All icons now show in .desktop files and menus, in
both LIghthouse and Puppy 2.17.1. Found out how to enable dnd of mp3 files
into an audioCD project, by adding /usr/lib/KDE3 to
LD_LIBRARY_PATH. Now I need figure out how to make that happen
when the SFS loads...
you have a full grub boot loader installed already,
consider a frugal install of
/mnt/home dual booting with
Puppy 2.17.1 in
/mnt/home/boot/pup217, separate pup_save.2fs files, sharing SFS files
with a symlink, if desired. Details on
this forum post.
I do not recommend a full install nor 'saving files and settings to a
partition'. The latter alternative option seems to be offered when
booting from grub without a pup_save file or first time. So I always
choose the default 'save to a file' instead.
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8/10/2007 For LighthouseBeta5 I moved the numlockx-on
script (turns on NumLock key at startup) from ~/.xinitrc to
~/autostart/DisabledItems for laptops that may not want NumLock enabled
by default. To enable, just move numlockx-on
Updates to Edit-SFS-LHP.
Note the new suffix '-LHP', to
separate from Pizzapup's dotpup so that either version can be
installed. Now uses mksquashfs-gzip, if present
for improved version compatibility. Currently testing in both LIghthouse and Puppy 2.17.1.
I found a good Flash 9 test
page today www.adobe.com/products/flash/about.
Scrolling down the page I see a new version for Linux 9,0,48,0. I
haven't tried it yet; am currently running 9,0,31,0.
7/27/2007 Mariner SFS Squash
File System for LighthousePup only (Screenshot, above right.)
252 MB is an OpenOffice / Web / P2P
expansion pack including Firefox 2.0,
Opera 9.22, Flash 9, Java 1.5.0_11, Thunderbird, KompoZer, Bluefish,
Azureus, mysticmarks' OpenOffice 2.2 Full, CUPS Installer, selected
mplayer and XMMS skins. Keep Firefox up to date with automated updates.
in FF and lix-1.5 in Opera, improvements to look and feel in both
Numerous extensions and themes available for Firefox and Opera. Featured in
Mariner Screenshot above:
Underdog at disney.com on Opera, Widgets: TouchtheSky (Weather),
Multfunctional Analog Clock.
K3b 0.12.17 CD/DVD Burner, GIMP 2.2.13 with pgs
(Graphics Package for Puppy 2.15CE)
pgs_K3b-12.17-01_215.sfs is available for testing K3b.
Continued work on LighthouseBeta5.
Fixed outdated links
in PuppyHome.htm browser start page. Added checks in
/usr/local/bin/cups-printing-system to see if cupsd is present &
running, if not try to start or check for installer and suggest user
what to do, instead of opening Dillo to a blank window! CUPS is just an
installer dotpup in the above Mariner SFS file. I noticed Barry
integrated CUPS into Puppy 2.17; that's even better, but I haven't
managed that in Lighthouse. Edit-SFS
informs the user if more space is needed to successfully edit or
rebuild a squash file. Tweaks to improve Xonclock, Rox background and IceDock startup.
I'd been favoring dark backgrounds because the clock didn't alpha-blend
before. So far it does now--I'm crossing my fingers. Tip: If the clock
doesn't blend just double-click it. Added the missing
binary /usr/bin/bc for pmount.
Removed my code from ~/.xinitrc that
adversely affected Xvesa
resolution. Conky now updates less often in Xvesa to reduce screen
flicker. Default RXVT-LHP Terminal prompt changed to standard long (.
psl) instead of extended color (. psc) because of wrapping issue on
long lines. Only the prompt itself is affected, terminal still has
colors. Three mode prompt switching still available as before. Included
zmixer in autostart (minimized
Xvesa Interim Fix see this
post at Puppy Derivatives. Lighthouse will have a folder /root/autostart/DisabledItems.
Just like it sounds, anything inside this folder is not autostarted,
it's just a place to keep them in case they are needed later. I edited the 7/21 post below for the newly disabled item, xmms-p autostart, and more.
7/21/2007 dWLkR, 8-bit, Subito Piano
on the Puppy forum noted problem with
Xvesa extremely low resolution.
(Edit 7/24 Interim Fix above.) Don't use Xvesa with Beta4. I will try to
fix this or work around
before next release. If
you have chosen Xvesa, press Ctrl+Alt+BackSpace. Then type 'xorgwizard'
and select Xorg. If still no luck, reboot with lighthouse CD typing
'ram' at the prompt.
I'm thinking that it would be best to disable the Xmms autostart
feature. Really only works for always on network connected boxes, which
leaves out many traveling laptops. I moved the
'xmms-p' shortcut from
/root/autostart to /root/autostart/DisabledItems. So you can
move it back if you wish to restore the autostart
in frugal mode.
I got Opera 9.22 and FireFox with Flash9 and Java working in a web apps
squash file that I hope to release soon. Flash9 works at www.adobe.com/shockwave/welcome
and www.disney.com. (Edit 7/24 Ignore
the shockwave indicator and install prompt. As of this writing,
shockwave requires MS Windows or Macintosh. The Flash test below that
is what to look for. Hopefully it will indicate the installed version
when pointing toward the right side.)
is on the download page. More on Puppy
Forum at Puppy
7/13/2007 Ok, got some other
responsibilities taken care of and today back I'm back at it. Edit-SFS now
checks to see if it is already running. I found out the hard way that
two instances isn't a good idea! Same check now in CopyToEdit-SFS. Minor
updates to Muppy Icedock, wmfire-coronal. pupver now recognizes versions of:
LighthousePup, Puppy, everything in /etc/rc.d/PUPSTATE, 1st 7 lines of
/var/log/Xorg.0.log and [IceWM, Qt, KDE, K3b, kicker] if present.
was happy to see an email today from Nathan Fisher about a couple of
beautiful wallpapers, ephemera4.jpg
the revolution. Ephemera4 is by Pete
maintains a blog and gallery at penguinpetes.com.
If you haven't already take a look at grafpup.org.
You'll find a fantastic Linux
distribution designed especially, but not only for graphic artists and
a squash filesystem editor
Pizzasgood I updated for Lighthouse. I also wrote CopyToEdit-SFS for
right-click access in Rox-Filer. InLiveCD
/tmp is used for working directories (limited by available RAM memory.)
frugal install PUPMODE=12 a symlink from /tmp/tmp-starting-dir to
/mnt/home/tmp is used so that larger SFS files may be accommodated. I
CopyToEdit-SFS so that it
only uses the /mnt/home file system if
it is ext2, ext3, reiserfs or reiser4. Don't use Lighthouse 0215
CopyToEdit-SFS on a vfat/ntfs drive unless you bypass CopyToEdit-SFS
Edit-SFS directly. This fix will be in Beta 4.
Lighthouse Beta 4 progress: bugfixes, Xmms
autoplay issue, cleaned up ~.packages to improve petget quirks, pupver
removed gtkboard game, a few unneeded files.
working on Mariner SFS and Voyager SFS. Got latest ver of K3B from
working with KDE 3.55 libs. Needs Mariner SFS. I hope to have a Beta 4,
Mariner and a testing (pre-alpha) Voyager K3B SFS available this week.
Fourth of July!