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Artwork & Screenshots / Re: May 2013 Screenshots
« on: May 15, 2013, 05:04:32 PM »
The (my?) HP2000 has some overheating issues; so far the Core heat has not gone above 60 C running custom kernel 3.9.2 and VSIDO - you're my new hero   8)

Cool - I was thinking you would also remove some xfce4 library files as well and make a significant drop in size of the iso.

Terminator allows the terminal be split horizontally and vertically as well as tabs - so you can have multiple sessions in multiple tabs. Very similar to the containers that are created in i3. Again though, I was thinking you could unload a bunch of xfce4 libraries if you swapped out some apps.

Artwork & Screenshots / Re: May 2013 Screenshots
« on: May 15, 2013, 04:36:32 PM »
Just a couple shots of video playback on the recent build - no overheating on the HP2000 with VSIDO - impressive.

Some first impressions:

Excellent piece of work, fully functional Sid distro; runs really smooth on my HP2000 laptop; most distros run a bit hot but this one is slick. Will test the video multimedia later.

 - some deviations from the KISS principal though:

FileZilla and gFTP are installed by default - select one and drop the other; both are in the repos so easy enough to switch on the user end.

You dropped Thunar, but kept a lot of other Xfce apps; is there a way to replace a lot of these and decrease the size and O&M of the iso? Just off the top of my head:

Fluxbox has fbrun internally so xfrun4 is redundant
Terminator replaces xfce4-terminal - this would also give a tmux-like interface to the terminal
alsamixer-gui replaces xfce4-mixer

Don't know if there are easy swaps for the other apps - and I usually install xfburn on my systems - but it seems to me you can drop some apps.

Keep up the awesome work.

Edit - O&M = Operations and Maintenance for anyone scratching their head.

Artwork & Screenshots / Re: May 2013 Screenshots
« on: May 14, 2013, 10:11:07 PM »
^ impressive; you have a link for that wallpaper?

Fvwm and printers installed without a hitch - another awesome effort by vastone:

Artwork & Screenshots / Re: May 2013 Screenshots
« on: May 14, 2013, 01:41:44 PM »
VSIDO with systemd; fluxbox and i3 - because there are days you just need to tile  ;D

dropped tint2 and went with fluxbox's own iconbar, clock, system tray.

@Vastone - have you been in contact with the fluxbox dev's; I think that either on their website or wiki they maintain a list of distros that use fluxbox as default.

Artwork & Screenshots / Re: May 2013 Screenshots
« on: May 13, 2013, 11:24:31 PM »
The adventure begins:

WM Designs and Discussions / Re: Fluxbox Styles
« on: May 13, 2013, 02:19:48 PM »
Fluxbox with systemd - then VSIDO would be "bringing something new to the table" as they like to say.

How To's / Re: How To : systemd on VSIDO
« on: May 11, 2013, 08:47:04 PM »
Worked as advertised on my Debian Sid install; using a custom build 3.9 kernel.

Now that you have been using it for a while, have you noticed any performance improvements other than boot and shutdown times? I distro hopped to OpenSuse and Arch just to get a look at systemd. I wasn't on those distros that long, but it looked like administration would be easier once you're past the learning curve.

WM Designs and Discussions / Re: Fluxbox Styles
« on: May 09, 2013, 02:52:33 AM »
<Snip>... Having found FluxBox, I cannot see why it did not get as much fame as OB or if it did, why it died out...

I am grateful for the choices..!  ;D

I attribute it to marketing -- fluxbox hit the scene in 2001, by then mainline linux distros were using KDE and Gnome in part - my opinion anyway - to shorten the learning curve for the users they wanted to attract from Windows and Mac. Red Hat Linux 5 actually went so far as to use Fvwm95 to simulate a Windows 95 interface - it was still an option to install in RH 6.

Fluxbox has never really gotten the respect it deserves as a minimal window manager - came out too late to be popular and too early to be trendy.

VSIDO will change all that  ;D

Edit - Ouch! --

Although it did motivate me to compile Fvwm as my window manager on Redhat 6 - first software I ever compiled from source.

WM Designs and Discussions / Re: Fluxbox Styles
« on: May 07, 2013, 04:52:00 PM »
Well, that was easy enough. Modification to the $HOME/.fluxbox/keys file:

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ChangeWorkspace :Exec "$HOME/temp/conky$(xprop -root _NET_CURRENT_DESKTOP | awk '{print $3}').sh"
configures fluxbox so that the conky and wallpaper are changed whenever I switch desktops. Above method requires that the scripts be keyed to the desktop number:, ...

Note that fluxbox internally starts desktop numbering at 0.

Typical script:

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pgrep conky &>/dev/null; [ $? = 0 ] && killall conky

fbsetbg -c -r "$HOME/wallpaper" &

conky -p 2 -d -c "$HOME/temp/conkyrc0" &

exit 0

kills all instances of conky, randomly sets the wallpaper, starts the conky of choice.

The results:

interesting feature of fluxbox - enjoy

WM Designs and Discussions / Re: Fluxbox Styles
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:40:50 PM »
Found this command when following up on a post/thread over at #! -

ChangeWorkspace - gets invoked every time you switch workspaces in fluxbox. It can be used to execute a command/script whenever you switch workspaces - like resetting the wallpaer, which is the example given in the fluxbox wiki -- -- scroll down a ways to find it.

I have set it up to randomly select a wallpaper whenever I switch desktops. I placed this at the end of my keys file:

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ChangeWorkspace :Exec fbsetbg -c -r "$HOME/wallpaper"
There is no noticeable lag time when the wallpaper changes.

Since ChangeWorkspace is already called when changing workspaces, do not append it to any binding that switches workspaces, tabs etc .. like ALT-Tab

In addition to switching the wallpaper, I think it should be able to execute scripts so you could also - for example - change conky and have a specific conky for each desktop by modifying the example in the wiki.

Rumor has it that it never happened unless there is a screenshot:


WM Designs and Discussions / Re: Fluxbox Styles
« on: April 29, 2013, 01:17:51 AM »
This is the light colored style I like to use. As usual, no pixmaps. It  does use the Amble font --

Code: [Select]
! This work is licensed under the Creative Commons
! Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.
! To view a copy of this license, visit
! Style Name: Mint
! Style Author: PackRat
! Style Date: 1-Jan-2013

*font: Amble-9
#*.font.effect:  shadow
#*.font.shadow.color: #535353
#*.font.shadow.x: 1
#*.font.shadow.y: 1

toolbar.bevelWidth: 1
toolbar.borderWidth: 1
toolbar.borderColor: #808080

toolbar.height: 18
toolbar.justify: center
toolbar: raised bevel1 gradient vertical
toolbar.color: #E7E7E7
toolbar.colorTo: #E5E5E5

toolbar.shaped:                     false
toolbar.clock: parentrelative
toolbar.clock.justify: center
toolbar.clock.color: #E7E7E7
toolbar.clock.colorTo: #000000
toolbar.clock.textColor: #0F0F0F
toolbar.workspace: parentrelative
toolbar.workspace.justify: center
toolbar.workspace.color: #E7E7E7
toolbar.workspace.colorTo: #000000
toolbar.workspace.textColor: #0F0F0F
toolbar.button: parentrelative
toolbar.button.color: #E7E7E7
toolbar.button.colorTo: #000000
toolbar.button.picColor: #0F0F0F
toolbar.button.pressed: flat
toolbar.button.pressed.color: #3C3C3C
toolbar.iconbar.empty: raised gradient vertical
toolbar.iconbar.empty.color: #E7E7E7
toolbar.iconbar.empty.colorTo: #E5E5E5
toolbar.iconbar.borderWidth: 0
toolbar.iconbar.focused.borderWidth: 1
toolbar.iconbar.focused.borderColor: #808080
toolbar.iconbar.focused: raised
toolbar.iconbar.focused.color: #BFCFA8
toolbar.iconbar.focused.colorTo: #000000
toolbar.iconbar.focused.textColor: #0F0F0F
toolbar.iconbar.focused.justify: center
toolbar.iconbar.unfocused.borderWidth: 1
toolbar.iconbar.unfocused.borderColor: #808080
toolbar.iconbar.unfocused: parentrelative
toolbar.iconbar.unfocused.color: #E7E7E7
toolbar.iconbar.unfocused.colorTo: #000000
toolbar.iconbar.unfocused.textColor: #0F0F0F
toolbar.iconbar.unfocused.justify: center


menu.bevelWidth: 0
menu.itemHeight: 18
menu.titleHeight: 18

menu.borderColor: #303030
menu.borderWidth: 1

menu.bullet.position: right
menu.bullet: triangle




menu.title: flat
menu.title.justify: center
menu.title.color: #BFCFA8
menu.title.colorTo: #000000
menu.title.textColor: #0A0A0A

menu.frame: flat
menu.frame.justify: left
menu.frame.color: #E7E7E7
menu.frame.textColor: #0F0F0F
menu.frame.disableColor: #9B9B9B
menu.hilite:    flat
menu.hilite.color: #BFCFA8
menu.hilite.textColor: #0A0A0A

window.bevelWidth: 0
window.borderWidth: 2
window.borderColor: #4F4F4F
# window.roundCorners: TopLeft TopRight
window.justify: center

window.title.height: 18

window.title.focus: raised bevel1 gradient vertical
window.title.focus.color: #E7E7E7
window.title.focus.colorTo: #E5E5E5
window.title.unfocus: flat gradient vertical
window.title.unfocus.color: #E7E7E7
window.title.unfocus.colorTo: #E5E5E5

window.label.focus: raised
window.label.focus.color: #BFCFA8
window.label.focus.colorTo: #000000
window.label.focus.textColor: #0A0A0A
window.label.unfocus: raised gradient vertical
window.label.unfocus.color: #E7E7E7
window.label.unfocus.colorTo: #E5E5E5
window.label.unfocus.textColor: #0F0F0F

window.button.focus: parentrelative
window.button.focus.color:      #E7E7E7
window.button.focus.picColor: #8F8F8F

window.button.unfocus: parentrelative
window.button.unfocus.Color: #E7E7E7
window.button.unfocus.picColor: #8F8F8F
window.button.pressed: sunken
window.button.pressed.color: #C6C6C6
window.button.pressed.picColor: #0F0F0F

window.handle.focus: raised
window.handle.focus.color: #E7E7E7
window.handle.focus.colorTo: #000000
window.handle.unfocus: raised
window.handle.unfocus.color: #3C3C3C
window.handle.unfocus.colorTo: #000000
window.handleWidth: 3

window.grip.focus: raised
window.grip.focus.color: #BFCFA8
window.grip.focus.colorTo: #000000
window.grip.unfocus: flat
window.grip.unfocus.color: #3C3C3C
window.grip.unfocus.colorTo: #000000

slit: flat
slit.color: #3f3e39
slit.colorTo: #2a2927
slit.bevelWidth: 0
slit.borderWidth: 0
slit.borderColor: #2a2927


Artwork & Screenshots / Re: April 2013 Screenshots
« on: April 10, 2013, 10:33:50 PM »
^ thanks for the tip - that may be the way to go.

Artwork & Screenshots / Re: April 2013 Screenshots
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:47:30 PM »
today's fluxbox project - i keep trying to get something to work with earth tones:

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