domingo, 27 de julio de 2014

PicarOS Diego Revision C Is out!

After my successful upgrade from GalPon Minino Artabros 2.0 to 2.1 RC, I downloaded the new version of PicarOS Diego, revision C.

After using dd to make a bootable USB, the first thing I noticed when booting Diego was a new GRUB 2 screen.  Unlike the previous one, this one shows Diego's face.  Too bad its colors are too dark for a children-oriented distro, but I take it the idea is that children won't get to see it too often (or ever!)

Soon enough, I was greeted by PicarOS desktop.  I did notice a few extra icons there, and a new feature added with the purpose of making computing more fun to children: the little oneko that appears on your desktop and chases your pointer while the computer is thinking.  This little cat also morphs into a dog, a little girl, and even Tux! It will surely keep children thrilled!

So far, those are the most evident changes I've noticed.  I have to keep testing version C to see what else is new.  I'm glad to see the positive development of MiniNo and PicarOS!

sábado, 26 de julio de 2014

Upgrading My MiniNo Ártabros 2.0 to 2.1 RC!

It was great to know that GalPon MiniNo, one of my favorite lightweight distros (I'm not sure if I should call MiniNo lightweight, but it is designed to run on old computers) made a RC available for download.

What's new?  Maybe among the changes, the new version comes with LibreOffice 4.2.1.5 (I had 4.0 installed).  Also, now MiniNo uses 57 MB of RAM instead of the 74 MB it used in the past.

Still, something that caught my eye was that the developers also made available a script to upgrade from version 2.0.  My Artabros is performing the upgrade right now while I type this.

According to the devs, the script won't mess with my system because it works with «-o Dpkg::Options::="--force-confdef" -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-confold"».

I have to say that it was fun to see the script's countdown on MiniNo's console:

Hope everything goes well.

By the way, I noticed that there's also a new revision of PicarOS Diego!
Gotta download it!!!

martes, 15 de julio de 2014

News about My Favorite Linux Cats

I am a supporter of two little-known distros that are named after cats: Pisi Linux and GalPon MiniNo Linux ("pisi" means "kitty" in Turkish and "minino" is the same word in Spanish).

What has happened with these two Linux cats lately?

Pisi developers are working hard squashing bugs and polishing the distro for its first release.  The process has been slow, but steady.  Right now, Pisi is 92% ready.  Go, Pisi!!!

Minino, similarly, is baking a new Release Candidate of its Artabros version.  The new 2.1 release candidate will be based on Debian 7.5 Wheezy and will come in two flavors: minimal, (that fits on a CD) and full (that must be placed on a DVD).   The minimal release will include a script which, once the distro is installed, will let you upgrade to full.

I'll wait for both, then...

miércoles, 2 de julio de 2014

A Requiem for Vivaldi and other Thoughts about New Devices

I was struck by sad news today.  My long awaited Vivaldi tablet has become a canceled project.  Too bad!  That was the only tablet in which I could say I was truly interested.

Open hardware seems to be quite a tough goal to reach.  My ZaReason's ZaTab ZT2 is the closest thing to such ideal I own...and it is not even truly open!

Well, I guess I'll have to give up on the idea for the time being and wait for a Firefox OS tablet...

True, there are other open hardware projects.  The Novena laptop project seems to be doing pretty well, but those prices are prohibitive for me.  If I had $2000 to spend on a laptop, I'd go for ZaReason's new Mir 640

Well, I could always get a Surface Pro 3.

No, I don't think so.  Call it cat wisdom. 

jueves, 5 de junio de 2014

Quick News

1- The MX-14 developing team is planning a point release in mid-June.

2- GalPOn MiniNO has released a new version of Alguadaira.  It is now at version 1.2.3

3-  Antonio Sánchez, PicarOS lead developer, is thinking about:
    a.  Adding a new file manager to the distro:

    b.   Creating a PicarOS version for high school students.  Its name?    MozOS!

jueves, 29 de mayo de 2014

Quite a Surprise!

We had a School Assembly today.  Usually, the speakers use a netbook or laptop loaded with Windows 7 (which has caused already several embarrassments and delays) and use MS Office PowerPoint during their presentations.

However, today was a bit different.  When the speaker double clicked his document to open it, I saw an old friend:

That was a delight!  The computer used LibreOffice's Impress to do the job!

Little by little, our university's migration to Free Software is advancing.



domingo, 18 de mayo de 2014

Elive 2.2.2 Beta Is Here!

Yay!  Elive has a new beta release: 2.2.2!

It finally comes with my long awaited feature: an installer!

Gotta download it ASAP to start testing it.

The release anouncement is here.