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Media Room / Re: Just listened to
« on: February 01, 2015, 10:03:25 PM »
I like Testament, I love this song, but I really melt when she sings it!

VSIDO Discussions / Re: I'm thinking Iceweasel replacement
« on: February 01, 2015, 09:43:03 PM »

If you look at my screen-shot, you will notice that my adobe flash player is
The following steps will show you how I did this.

1. If you don't already have, download and install either Google Chrome or
Chromium. Doesn't matter which one. We need the PPAPI (Pepper) Flash player.
Then run the program at least one time.

2. Next we need Rinat Ibragimov's wrapper.
To read more about it go to

WARNING: This IS alpha software! You use at you own risk! To date, I've had
minor issues which he seems to correct rapidly. Latest version seems very stable
with some DRM issues.

Go here to download... 32 and 64 versions are available.

Look for - freshplayerplugin - 0.2.2+git20150114-1mcr120+1

Download the deb file you need.

3. Then using your favorite deb installer. I use Gdebi, there should be 2 other
files it will need to satisfy dependencies.

4. Now open your Mozilla browser and test your installation. I assume this works on most Mozilla
based browsers.

I've tested it on Firefox, Nightly, Iceweasel, and Icecat. I've seen no issues
with the current version.

Hope this helps somebody with Flash issues.

My 2 cents... I like IceCat.


WM Designs and Discussions / Re: Using FLUXBOX as a Window Manager
« on: March 04, 2013, 04:26:17 AM »
Interesting it is...  I've used FB for quite awhile, this seems to be an issue only with certain programs.
When I installed Darktable, it auto updated to the menu but, with the install of Digikam it did not update into the menu. Did the same thing in Ubuntu and #!.
Don't remember which program in #! as I have always manually added them in the past no matter which distro.  Be curious to see the fix for this.


General Support / Re: Debian or Liquorix Kernel
« on: March 03, 2013, 05:45:55 AM »
Now, onto your avatar.. Is that you playing?  I play guitar and piano...

Yep... that's me about 10 years ago. A friend of mine snap that pic while I was struggling to keep up.
I'm playing an Ibanez acoustic, also have an Ibanez Musician electric. Like my photography, I'm the definition of amateur in amateur guitarist! :-[

Have a good ear tho! And my music tastes are super eclectic. Anything of yours online I can listen to?

Thanks again for the help!

General Support / Re: Debian or Liquorix Kernel
« on: March 03, 2013, 05:24:32 AM »
Did the upgrade to the Liqourix kernel.
Did some stress testing.
Found a glitchy DDR2.
Pulled a pair DDR2. (may have been the cause of an impromptu crash a few days ago!)
Reran tests to verify solid hardware.
Opened Iceweasel, Digikam, Gimp, bash, Synaptic, and SpaceFM.

Really,REALLY solid performance from a 6 year old machine. This has to be the best OS I have ever had, bar none! ;D

Now I need to find another stick of DDR2 to bring it back up to 8GB to be back in top form. ;)

Gotta build that new machine!!!

Awesome distro VastOne... Kudos!


General Support / Re: Debian or Liquorix Kernel
« on: March 03, 2013, 03:39:29 AM »
You will note from your info that you have

Debian 3.7.8-1~experimental.1

Which is not very far behind the 3.7.10 that Liquorix is now at... But do not be confused at all by revision numbers... Liquorix is a totally different compile than the debian kernel

The reasons I use Liquorix is

Uses less ram
Uses less cpu
Is well maintained
Works great on all multimedia need I have and use

Exactly what I needed to know!!!
I'm going to give it a try and I'll report back any significant performance changes.

General Support / Debian or Liquorix Kernel
« on: March 03, 2013, 03:18:04 AM »
Which does VSIDO use? In the smxi tutorial, VastOne made mention to adding the Liquorix kernel sources and choosing Debian or Liquorix. How do I know which one I have?
If I have the Debian kernel, do I want to run the Liquorix?

Info on my machine:
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Kernel : Linux 3.7-trunk-amd64 (x86_64)
Compiled : #1 SMP Debian 3.7.8-1~experimental.1
C Library : Unknown
Default C Compiler : GNU C Compiler version 4.7.2 (Debian 4.7.2-5)
Distribution : VSIDO 1_2


Media Room / Gimp, Darktable, and Digikam
« on: March 02, 2013, 08:26:49 PM »
In other posts I made some references to my most used software to repair photographs. The following link takes you to see some of my work in progress.

I use Gimp to repair damage, Darktable to correct color and exposure, and Digikam to manage my photos.
None of the above software really is suitable for the pure beginner but... the truly interested can find tons of tutorials online.

Digikam caveat... If you install you will find it has a ton of KDE dependencies. Also, it's a heavy user of memory and processing power. To date, on this machine, VSIDO has been the only distro to run it without crashes!  ;D
btw... (haven't tried it on the #! machine)


Feedback & Suggestions / Re: I am bored!
« on: March 01, 2013, 04:51:03 AM »
Well smxi and Linux in general seem to be more nvidia graphics friendly than AMD but then again I'm running an older HD 4850 card.
Really confused... I've been out of the hardware loop for about 6 years. Don't know smxi or how it works. AMD does graphics? I thought they only did processors.

I'm interested to learn more about the Gimp plugins you're running, I'm kind of new to Gimp but am growing quite fond of it.  :)
I do a lot pattern removal and repair of old photographs and newspaper clippings. The plugins I use rely on fourier transform (for pattern removal) and frequency separation to remove and/or repair blemished areas on old photos. The G'mic fourier transform is a good one for patterns (moire) and Wavelet Decompose is good for blemishes. There are a lot of tutorials online on how to use Wavelet Decompose to do facial repairs. Scars, pimples, and wrinkles to name a few.

Gimp runs rather well in VSIDO hence my interest in building a VSIDO specific machine.


Feedback & Suggestions / Re: I am bored!
« on: February 28, 2013, 04:43:06 AM »
Hey Jmagick

Where you said 'Whatever you do to improve, tweak,  or whatever, please keep me in mind.' I am going to reverse that back on you.. Tell me what is needed for what you want to do and I will try to accommodate you. My daughter is a professional photographer and I picked her brain about the apps she uses (Windows world) and we came up with the graphics selection that is installed now.  If there are others that can be used there, let me know

As for music, that is one of my riving passions and I am pretty sure you will find everything you need for any music/multimedia needs.. I did not put pulseaudio on, there was a discussion about it (I lost !)and although I miss some of the tools in pulse, alsa is doing a fine job..

Go ahead and discuss whatever you want over in the multimedia area, if it is deemed to be better suited somewhere else we will move it...

Thanks for the feedback!

I may have asked for more than I can hope for. What I really need to do is "build" a new fast machine.

When using Gimp, I use a couple of plugins that will literally max out the processor. Memory load has been as high as 6Gb. The DDR2 and old dual core processor may not be enough.
What has improved with VSIDO is the lack of crashes. In Ubuntu, 100% processor load was the prelude to a crash.
Debian was the same way. In #! Statler, I'd have to jump through a couple of hoops to have the software I need. Haven't tried his latest yet.
For some reason or another VSIDO is very well behaved and fast. I think what I asked for was better processor management  to do those heavy tasks.
Is this beyond what you can do?

I will be building that new machine soon. Any thoughts on Processor, MB, Video? What kind of machine would you like to see VSIDO on? Anyone who has an opinion of what would work well would be greatly appreciated! :)


WM Designs and Discussions / Re: Using FLUXBOX as a Window Manager
« on: February 28, 2013, 01:45:46 AM »
After figuring out the transparency of Fluxbox, I was able to turn off Compton...

Booting now with the Liquorix 3.7.0-9 kernel and Fluxbox, I am down to an eve 100 MiB on boot and now claim Fluxbox as my default WM

Now onto figuring out the Slit mess, if I am reading it correctly it is somewhat akin to Conky

It's a dock. Not sure exactly how it works, but I have always had it center top and out of the way. I thought you was using it already, didn't know it was specific to fluxbox.
Feeling really stupid right know! ??? I've been using fluxbox with Ubuntu for a couple of years. It's small and quick. When I downloaded #!, I tried OB then returned back to FB. Just more familiar with it I guess. With Vsido, I  used XCFE for awhile then switched back to FB. I THOUGHT you were using the slit to anchor Conky to the top! DUH Not in XFCE.

The best way I can describe the slit is that it is a relocatable dock that you can fasten Conky or whatever you want to it. I have Conky and bbrun fastened to it at the moment. I loved your Conky just the way it was but I added the date and time to the end of it. I used the slit to move it back up and center were you had it originally in XFCE.

Hope that helps.

Feedback & Suggestions / Re: I am bored!
« on: February 27, 2013, 02:11:52 AM »
Thanks for the feedback Jmagick, it is greatly appreciated!  :)

And post anything you want here, I am especially looking forward t what you have to say and your insight.

Just so you know where I come from... I have used Gimp heavily on Ubuntu, had issues, but tolerated it.
I'm using #! on another machine that is identical to the one I've installed Vsido. Awesome distro! I use it for all my music needs.
The programs I use most on Vsido are all graphics based. Gimp, Darktable, and Digikam are my commons.
Whatever you do to improve, tweak,  or whatever, please keep me in mind.
In the near future I'll be building another machine to put Vsido on! ... Suggestions from you or others would be greatly appreciated as to the perfect MB/Processor combo for graphics.
BTW I don't game, so 3D rendering is not a concern.

Is the multimedia forum for discussions about software?
I thought I might post my thoughts on graphics software there.

Feedback & Suggestions / Re: I am bored!
« on: February 26, 2013, 04:34:23 AM »
Since the the install, I've had one crash. Seemed to be hardware related. With an older computer... acceptable by any standard.
Now to the good part...
Not really... I've been running the ever living loving daylights out of it!
Themes are not really my thing. But I do like your preload!
Loading up a 500 meg photo file (one of the smallest I have) and editing uo to 20 layers deep in Gimp, has been truly a joy!
This distro has handled a lot intense processing! The crash I mentioned, was with only a browser open.
Could I post some of my experience with the graphics software I use in the multimedia section of this forum? I might be able to offer a little insight.

Vsido... So far... Simply great!


Introductions / Re: New to VSIDO but not to the groups posts.
« on: February 10, 2013, 10:10:00 PM »
Have them already, I do use Digicam on occasion. Didn't look yet... but I believe it's in the repos.
Side note... Haven' tested VSIDO with Gimp yet, haven't been able to set up shared folders in the vm. Some issue that's being address about the current sid kernel?
Dedicated drive will solve this.

About seeing my work? I put the amateur in Amateur Photography  :)
My claim to fame is restoring old photographs. When I have a little more time, I'll post some of them. Before and Afters.

Introductions / New to VSIDO but not to the groups posts.
« on: February 10, 2013, 09:40:36 PM »
Saying hi and thanks to all who help and don't even know it. I have read most of your posts both here and at CB. So much knowledge!
Presently running VSIDO in a vm, looking for a hi-performance, low resource distro to do my photo editing. I only have one issue which soon will be solved by loading to a dedicated drive.
Thanks again and kudos.

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