Archive for the ‘fluxbox’ Category

Compaq Presario 15.4" Widescreen Notebook PC (V6120US) CPQ V6120US + Linux == Success!!

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Well I posted about the hardships I had trying to get linux installed on my new laptop the other day. I would just like to sy that I now have everything working, and even have the nvidia drivers working on my video for the 3d functionality. Here is what I did to fix:

linux noapic

I stuck in my fedora core 6 DVD and at the boot prompt thats what I typed. Please note that this is not the same as noacpi (the power management stuff). I must thank my good buddy Joe Burnett for doing some googling for me while I was sleeping and posted some info he found which gave me the step. If you have this laptop passing this option at install time will fix the random locking and freezes. I verified this with Fedora, Ubuntu, and Gentoo. I hope this will help someone out there.

Fluxbox Pod Cast

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Hey I was in #fluxbox IRC the other day when a buddy of mine came in and told us about a fluxbox pod cast. We all had to go tune in and give it a listen. The guy did ok but he sure missed on some of what I feel are the best features, like the keys and apps file. If you give it a listen please make sure to investigate what he says because not all of it is true, he says fluxbox doesnt support icons and it does.. Other minor things like this are said though out the show, but over all publicity is publicity. Oh and there is an ogg of the show too. If you enjoy his show make sure to visit his forums and let him know.. can he do better..? if so let him know, he is a very good guy. Its got to be hard working putting a show up like that.

Fluxbox RPMS for Fedora

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

I started building RPMS for Fedora Core 3 4 5 and 6 of the latest versions of fluxbox. Right now I have SVN versions of fluxbox built for Fedora Core 5 and 6, and will have RPMS for version 3 and 4 by weeks end. I will also have 1.0rc2 release packages up sometime tonight for core 5 and 6 with 3 and 4 to follow.

Fluxmod is Back!!

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Well, after who knows how long of being gone an old site so many fluxbox users grew to love for styles and an overall community is back. This time fluxmod is not run by ikaro though. This time a small group comprised of Meltir, Tenner, and my self are in charge of whats going on. As many of you already know Tenner is famous from his wonderful styles he makes and excellent tech support in IRC, Meltir is famous around the fluxbox IRC chat room for being an excellent tech support guy and over all great fellow, and I am just known for always being in the IRC room (hey someone has got to hold down the fort 😛 ). Right now there is already a large ammount of styles up for download. We will be working on getting forums, and other features added as soon as possible. We are looking forward to building a solid stable community for the worlds best Window Manager fluxbox.

fluxbox news

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Well I am not exactly sure how this slipped my mind but back around the 1st of November G.A. Heath and I started hosting a new site for fluxbox. Fluxbox has been in need of its own wiki for some time. Many other wikis had a page dedicted to fluxbox but there is so much stuff for fluxbox that really it needed its own site. So started http://fluxbox-wiki.org/ The site has filled with content really fast. It started with only a couple of people working on it, and now who knows; lots of people are making changes and adding helpful tidbits of information everyday. It has with out a doubt become the most active site we are hosting right now. The fluxbox community has really stepped up and helped make the wiki a great resource.

How to start Fluxbox with a random style

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

In #fluxbox yesterday someone asked if fluxbox could be started with a random style everytime. The simple answer is no. I told this person I did feel it would be a simple thing to whip up a script to set the style to be random everytime, and well….it was pretty easy. If you would like to have fluxbox start with a random style try my script in the downloads section. Its in the perl section. Right now the styles must be located in ~/.fluxbox/styles and I dont really have plans to do anything else to it unless someone sends a patch.

Fluxbox Patch

Monday, April 4th, 2005

I was on IRC the other day in #fluxbox talking with some of the guys when one of them mentioned something about a run tool in the toolbar. I thought that sounded like a good idea so I wanted to add it to my fluxbox. I went to the place I find all the coolest patches for fluxbox. The name of the patch that I added was runtool-svn.diff. ak|ra is the author of this wonderful patch. I think this is a great patch. I hope to see it make it into the next release, and better yet I hope it is commited to SVN soon so I dont have to remember to apply the patch when I build. If you wonder how it looks here is a shot of what mine looks like

Fluxbox Menu Creator

Friday, March 25th, 2005

I have been wanting a version of fluxbox-generate_menu that I could use that would only update my background dir. Also I didnt want anything but the few minimal tools I like to use. I could have used a method built into fluxbox to put all of my images in the menu and it would even dynamicly update…but (and this is a big stinky but for me) it would put all the images into 1 sub folder. No big deal if you dont have alot of background images. I have over 300 and yeah I like to have them all in my menu to choose from. So during the night I got bored and as usual I couldnt sleep, then to top it off it was dead in #fluxbox on IRC so I wrote my-menu_gen.pl If you want a menu that will be like mine and only have the things you want and use in your menu with out alot of editing then this may be for you.

thanks to Zan for the spell checking of the app.

A nifty app

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

Today after I ran svn update on my fluxbox I realized it had been a few days since I had last read through the Changelog. As I was reading through it I noticed some cool new features added to fluxbox-generate_menu. If you didnt know Fluxbox now has support for png icons in the menu. You need to build with ./configure –enable-imlib2 to enable the support in fluxbox because it is default off as of this posting current svn is Revision: 3890. So I see that someone named Dung N. Lam has added support to find .desktop files as well as lots of icons too. Here is a screen shot (pic removed sorry) of the menu that got generated on my gentoo system. I thought that was a pretty impressive addition to fluxbox-generate_menu Its a really long shell script that will run on any platform fluxbox will. The old version always lacked finding a lot of apps, but this one gets the job done much better. I decided to send Dung an email with a link to the screenshot. He responded pretty quickly and told me its missing alot of icons it should have and I have been trying to help him by sending output of commands so he can improve the script for the gentoo users too. He also told me about another project he has called tablaunch its a sweet little app… The whole point of this long story 🙂

I installed tablaunch about 2 hours ago. Its very small, but does have a dependencie of imlib 1.9.14 (required) Imlib2 1.0.6 (recommended). setup is a snap. The default for this app is to look for icons located in ~/.icons/48×48/ so what I did was:

ln -s /usr/share/icons/gentoo/48×48/ ~/.icons/48×48

and created a symbolic link to the snazy looking bubble icons that you get if you emerge gentoo-artwork (iirc) you can get them from here if you want. I did the same for the 64×64 icons too. Next I created my ~/.tablaunch file here is mine if you just want to use it. Make sure you have the right files in the right place for it to work though. 🙂 Next all you have to do is start it. I used a couple of the command line args,

./tablaunch -fg white -bg black -fn snap -sfn snap -sfg white –iconhome ~/.icons/64×64

I wanted the larger icons so I used the 64×64.

Here is a Screenshot of what it looks like in action I didnt fully install the app. If you wish to test it out with out installing it like I did then you can download the source to ~/src/ then unpack it

tar -xzvf tablaunch-0.4.tar.gz && cd tablaunch-0.4/src && make

If all goes well it will create an executable that you can envoke with the command above.