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Old 06-20-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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[Announce] Third time's the charm: new MLED repository


Hello everybody,

After two false starts, here's the solemn announce for the new MLED (Microlinux Enterprise Desktop) repository:

http://www.microlinux.fr/slackware/

Here's a detailed README with step by step installation instructions:

http://www.microlinux.fr/slackware/M...bit/README.txt

The repository provides binaries for 32-bit and 64-bit Slackware, as well as build scripts and full sources.

It also sports metadata for all packages in order to be fully compliant with slackpkg+.

Special thanks go to Eric Hameleers, who has been very helpful with this, and also with providing a mirror site for everything:

http://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/people/kikinovak/

You can post comments, suggestions, bug reports and everything either in this thread or on my personal blog, in the Comments section: http://www.kikinovak.net

Last but not least, some screenshots:

http://www.microlinux.fr/desktop_linux.php

Have fun!

Niki
 
Old 06-21-2013, 05:34 AM   #2
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Thanks for the work! Gonna try it on my oldest laptop.
 
Old 06-21-2013, 07:54 AM   #3
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This looks awesome indeed, and very easy to setup, even from a freshly-installed basic Slackware 14.0 system.

Instead of using the tagfile installation as described in the README.txt, I did it by going telinit S, getting the goodies from http://www.microlinux.fr/slackware/MLED-14.0-32bit/ (the packages and the tools dir, mirrored via lftp,) then ran the trim-desktop-base.sh first to prepare the system for installation, then running upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new on the packages; afterwards I followed the rest of kikinovak's README.txt especially changing the local from French to English, and switch back to multiuser to startx.

One more note: if you already have a desktop user account, do remove your $HOME/.config before launching X, and get an updated one in /etc/skel/.config (as well as /etc/skel/.openoffice.org and /etc/skel/.bash* if you're using bash.)
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for giving this a spin! The screenshot illustrates a successful operation. Just tell me if there are some unclear details in the documentation, and I'll try to be more specific.

Cheers,

Niki
 
Old 06-21-2013, 08:25 AM   #5
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One more note: if you already have a desktop user account, do remove your $HOME/.config before launching X, and get an updated one in /etc/skel/.config (as well as /etc/skel/.openoffice.org and /etc/skel/.bash* if you're using bash.)
On a side note: do install the updates from http://www.microlinux.fr/slackware/M...32bit/patches/
 
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:20 AM   #6
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Yep, just updated, got the new Terminal in with the updated settings (just tweaked it a bit more to my preferred transparency.)

As for the documentation, I find it to be quite clear actually; I suppose a "quick install" from a base system (without using tagfiles) might be useful, as I did that myself. On the other hand, I have speedy enough internet to get half a gigabyte of packages in under 30 minutes...
 
Old 06-21-2013, 11:39 AM   #7
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I'm getting an HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found error when I attempt the wget. Network is working fine, and I can wget other things...

Looking forward to testing this!
 
Old 06-21-2013, 11:55 AM   #8
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Hmmm... Seems the MLED-14.0 should have -32bit or -64bit appended to it.
 
Old 06-21-2013, 12:25 PM   #9
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Hmmm... Seems the MLED-14.0 should have -32bit or -64bit appended to it.
But it does. See above. Here's the link again, just to be on the safe side.

http://www.microlinux.fr/slackware/MLED-14.0-32bit/

And for Slackware64:

http://www.microlinux.fr/slackware/MLED-14.0-64bit/
 
Old 06-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #10
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Right-o. The problem is that I was following the directions in the README you linked to, which doesn't include the 32bit part. Also, -32bit is missing in the get-MLED.sh script, and as far as I can tell, there is no "pkg" directory for 32bit; I modified the script to use the "slackware" directory instead. I'll let you know how it goes from here. Please ask any questions you might have; I'm eager to help test this and very grateful to you for your work!

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Old 06-21-2013, 02:23 PM   #11
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Turned out fine with those changes. There are a few other things that are slightly confusing near the end of the README, but no roadblocks. Nice looking desktop, Kiki! I look forward to using it.

Thanks again!
 
Old 06-21-2013, 02:30 PM   #12
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Right-o. The problem is that I was following the directions in the README you linked to, which doesn't include the 32bit part. Also, -32bit is missing in the get-MLED.sh script, and as far as I can tell, there is no "pkg" directory for 32bit; I modified the script to use the "slackware" directory instead. I'll let you know how it goes from here. Please ask any questions you might have; I'm eager to help test this and very grateful to you for your work!
OK thanks for reporting it. I'll correct it tomorrow with a clear head.
 
Old 06-23-2013, 03:39 AM   #13
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Some Sunday morning news.

Yesterday Eric & me spent some time fiddling with server synchronization, and there were some inconsistencies. The culprit was apparently my FTP client (Filezilla) who sometimes switches to ASCII transfer, which causes some errors. I had to wipe everything from the server and now I'm uploading everything from scratch again. With my low bandwidth, 2.6 GB takes about a day and a half.

Good news: the installation procedure is now even more simple. Eric suggested I use the nifty slackpkg+ plugin, which comes in very handy for managing third-party repositories. I'm currently rewriting the relevant bits of the documentation, but the general idea is that once slackpkgplus.conf is correctly configured, installing the whole MLED desktop will be a one-liner. I've already tested this successfully on my local repo, and well... the Ubuntu Software Center is complex in comparison (just kidding).

Everything should be ready by tomorrow. I'll keep you posted.
 
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:18 PM   #14
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MLED

Nice job with this. I just installed on my hp tower that is running -current. No problems with the install. Looking forward to trying out your slackpkg config once it is running. I'll try that out on my laptop. Keep up the good work! And thank you for your work.

Justin
 
Old 06-23-2013, 01:26 PM   #15
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Nice job with this. I just installed on my hp tower that is running -current. No problems with the install. Looking forward to trying out your slackpkg config once it is running. I'll try that out on my laptop. Keep up the good work! And thank you for your work.

Justin
One word of caution. All packages are built on Slackware stable and meant to run on Slackware stable. I don't know how it works on current (might eat your hamster).

On the other hand, you can expect a new updated version for Slackware 14.1. Present versions will remain online and will continue to receive updates, though.
 
  


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