The SyrinxOS Journal

SyrinxOS Debussy 2012-04-27 Wheezy released

It seems like only a few short days ago that I released the first Wheezy version of SyrinxOS. Wait, it was just a few days ago! After more testing I’ve changed a few things - for the better, I might add - which I think justifies another release. As usual, we’ll get right to the links:

And now to the details. After flip-flopping a few times, the Midori browser has now been permanently included in the SyrinxOS Linux distribution. After much thought I’ve come to the conclusion that we need at least a minimal browser in SyrinxOS, if only to make it easier to find an appropriate browser to install. And besides, the Wheezy version of Midori finally obeys the system font rendering settings, so I can endure using it. :)

I’ve also switched from using grandr for monitor setup to lxrandr. For some reason, grandr isn’t included in the Wheezy repositories. I’m trying to use only packages in the official repositories for my distribution, though that may prove to be difficult in the long run.

For some reason, the default “bubble” notifications that worked fine in Squeeze were no longer showing up in Wheezy. I tried out xfce4-notifyd and it worked like a charm. As a bonus, it can be themed like any other GTK application and it includes volume notification! As a result, I’ve included that and removed xfce4-volumed, which I was using for on-screen volume change indication. I may delve into why the old notification system didn’t work, but this will definitely do for now.

I added a couple of Thunar plugins that make the system a little more convenient to use: thunar-media-tags-plugin and thunar-archive-plugin. Their names give away their functions, so I’ll just leave it at that.

In the miscellaneous category, I added zip and unzip for use with either the squeeze utility or from the command line. They join bzip2, added with the initial Wheezy release.  And last but not least, I added a32-libs to the amd64 release to make it possible to install and use 32-bit software on a 64-bit system.

That should be it for a bit. I’m going to concentrate on bringing sos-squeeze up to speed with sos-wheezy. Hopefully they can be almost identical.


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