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Mepis 8.5 USB Release - Community Help Requested

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#21 Postby m_pav » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:30 pm

1) First and foremost, I'd like to see the return to a fuller set of locales to stop the Live-CD and installed system messing with the system clock. I have not seen any other Live-CD system screw with the system clock as Mepis does, consistently resetting the CMOS clock to US time, and outside of the US, if there is one thing only that really, really stinks about the Mepis Live-CD and installed Mepis (in a dual boot environment, then this would have to be it.
2) Kernel sources installed (m-a prepare && m-a update) prior to release to facilitate proprietary driver and application introductions like VirtualBox installation.
2) Gimp with a fuller set of accessories such as gimp-data-extras, gimp-gutenprint, gimp-quiteinsane and gimp-plugin-registry.
3) A fuller OpenOffice.org installation that includes extra plugins like pdf-import.
4) ftp and torrent support ootb
5) digikam with kipi-plugins and all requirements met to use the most common tasks such as creating a mpeg slidesow, which requires mpg123, vorbis-tools graphicsmagick-imagemagick-compat and mjpegtools
6) midi playback OOTB, enabled to allow some sites, emails and apps as used by musicians to work, and to keep those happy, who like to send and receive e-cards and email forwards with attached midi.
7) Better support for DVD menu playback using available FOSS like libdvdnav4 and libdvdread4 and posibly VLC
8) Amarok
9) Inkscape
10) Thunderbird

I am a PC technician and most of what I requested above I believe relates to adding more polish and finishing touches to the existing Mepis system, as would be required by 70% of my customers. Granted that most of my work is on damaged windows systems, as are most of my customers, but I have a few that have requested what I have and of those that do, they want a better match in terms of OOTB capabilities to the system they have been used to running.

I am also the main presenter at the Tauranga BOP LUG and I hear often what people say about other distributions, what they like, what they don't like and I have rarely seen something that can not be introduced to the Mepis Live system that will not accommodate the bulk of their desires.

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#22 Postby 79spitfire » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:00 am

My list:
kaudiokreator (or similar)
Google Chrome (if possible)
Open source type vid drivers (as they become more available)
Open Office (full suite)
continued development making wireless more "user friendly"
kernel headers/dev packages

As far as me, I'm a "regular" type power user who likes to get dirty from time to time. When I'm not at the comp, I'm a Mechanic and a part time Instructor at the community college.
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#23 Postby Davo » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:09 am

1. Marble (just 230kB extra) especially with marble-data files (11.6MB) already being included by default. Maybe include the app too then?
2. Skanlite (KDE4 replacement for Kooka) - one of the default KDE4 app's that's (somehow) missing from Mepis 8.5 Repos - debian has it.
3. Kamera - allow any KDE4 app to access cq manipulate digital camera images
4. Any webcam app, maybe wxcam or guvcview - might be tricky re: dependencies as most require multimedia libs.
5~8 Calc, Amarok, Digikam, Thunderbird
9. Few extra KDE games - no preferences here, just some light amusement options available.
10. A default firewall option for those not behind a router would be nice.

Guarddog (QT3) and Firestarter seem to be abandoned as projects though - last activity ca.2~3 years ago.
Options here might be ufw (Ubuntu's offering and actively developed ) or firehol.
ufw is tiny and (basic) set-up is easy, just # ufw default deny && ufw enable
gufw is available for GUI config, but brings in a few Gnome libs.

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#24 Postby LnoyBoy » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:33 am

My "usual" installs are:


My computer usage:

80% browsing/email
10% personal bookeeping
5% learning programming
5% other

Probably puts me in the lightweight category.

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dvd :hmm:

#25 Postby loco » Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:46 am

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gimp, open office... chrome, firefox, arora... deluge, devede, vlc...

gkrellm, conky...

heh heh, lxde, e17 ;) give the bloggers something to rave about.

can we get java – nvidia? → easy-user → even lighter
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#26 Postby MrJohnBravo » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:09 pm

1) FireFox
3) OpenOffice (Full)
4) Kontact (Full)
5) Amarok
6) Gwenview
7) Basket Note Pad
8) Kopete
9) Twinkle
10) Chrome

I spend 98% of my time in those apps. I am an SMB Network Admin.

Language support= php. I do a lot of scripting in php if I had a second choice it would be perl.
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#27 Postby Topher » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:04 pm

I mostly use the following:
OpenOffice Suite
Whatever tools are needed to make wireless work well
Whatever tools are needed to make graphics cards work well

I am just an average American home user.

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#28 Postby timkb4cq » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:52 pm

Here's what I end up installing quickly as I miss them:

Kasablanca (FTP/SFTP program)
Midnight Commander (mc)
Image editing (Gimp or Krita)

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#29 Postby Brooko » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:58 am

Ok - here's mine:

Additional apps for USB key

  1. Digikam + kipi plugins
  2. Thunderbird/Icedove
  3. Ftp app - I prefer filezilla
  4. Torrent app - deluge
  5. Skype
  6. Amarok
  7. VLC
  8. Kmymoney - I don't use it but we should have a personal finance app
  9. OOo Calc
  10. Backup Application
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Netbook - Ubuntu 12.04 64b, Asus 1015PED 2Gb Ram

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#30 Postby Brooko » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:13 am

Thank you all for your feedback. The results are listed below. I did this quickly - so I may have got a couple wrong - but it's a good start.

Please note - I removed following either because they are already on the live-cd or they cannot possibly be put on it:
gwenview, firefox, kopete, krdc, Okular, OOo Impress
lame, devede

I also removed fluxbox - only got 1 vote, but a second DE is not going to happen :wink:

I left Opera in - but I doubt that would happen either - maybe something we could add to mwelcome.

The Top 21 apps were:

  1. 17 Votes OOo Calc Office
  2. 15 Votes Thunderbird/Icedove Internet
  3. 14 Votes Gimp Graphics
  4. 13 Votes Digikam Graphics
  5. 11 Votes Amarok Multimedia
  6. 9 Votes Showfoto Graphics
  7. 9 Votes OOo Base Office
  8. 6 Votes chrome Internet
  9. 6 Votes Opera Internet
  10. 6 Votes Torrent Client Internet
  11. 6 Votes Yawp Sys-Monitor
  12. 6 Votes Guarddog/Firewall System
  13. 5 Votes ftp app (kget, gftp, kasablanca, filezilla) Internet
  14. 5 Votes Audacity Multimedia
  15. 5 Votes vlc Multimedia
  16. 5 Votes kmymoney Office
  17. 5 Votes GPU Support? System
  18. 4 Votes wxcam/gucview Multimedia
  19. 4 Votes Xine/Kaffeine Multimedia
  20. 4 Votes Wine Other
  21. 4 Votes luckybackup System

I'll be sending Warren the list - by category and by votes. Am closing this thread now. You are welcome to continue a discussion thread on it in "general" if you want.
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