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Giving eOS Luna Beta 1 a test drive
Now that eOS Luna Beta 1 was released, I decided to switch to it completely. Awhile ago I gave some nightly builds a try, I liked what I saw, but it had too many rough edges for me at that time and I switched back to Debian. How long will it last this time? We’ll see.
Machine: ASUS EeePC 1015PN
Process itself was very smooth, I was able to browse the web during it, really nicely done. I missed couple of settings, though I do get, that these are mainly Ubuntu limitations and since eOS is based upon it… Well, what can I say? (:
Talking about rough edges is something different, than while I was testing nightly builds. At that time, some applications were just unstable etc. etc. Now, only rough edges I can see is focus on more powerful users. There’s lack of alternate installer (I’d call it “Debian alike installer”), which means, that you can’t install eOS on LVM by default. This, in my opinion, is really nasty, especially when you want to encrypt whole disk (excluding /boot, of course), not to mention desktop users, who have more than one disk etc. Sure, I can’t see the point to use eOS on server, but still, LVM is just so common these days, that not supporting it is just… wrong. There’s solution to this, just install minimal Ubuntu 12.04 from netinstall CD, configure LVM the way you want to, and use eOS repositories to populate elementary DE afterwards. But, wouldn’t it be a lot easier, to just have that option in eOS installer?
Sure, there are some smaller things too. I’m really missing little tool to view images — I don’t really need Shotwell, cause I’ve collection of my photos already the way I want, just need something fast to view them. I do however understand the logic standing behind it — why would you need two applications to do the same job?
Another small one is Pantheon-Terminal, which is just too crippled for my needs. Absolutely no option to change anything, starting with colors, finishing on fonts (these can be changed, but you will need to do it in “wonderful” dconf-editor instead of app option dialog window). Double click on words/paths doesn’t work like in any other terminal emulator and it’s just freaking me out. You know how it’s like to fight with your habits, right?
Wish I could see Maya (calendar) integrated with Google Calendar, something like online-accounts in GNOME (so you don’t have to select same options/accounts for each app separately) and much, much more stable Noise (music player). My music collection is not the biggest one (~70G), but it was able to pretty much kill it.
If you find GNOME 3 not customizable enough, try elementary OS and think again. I can only guess, that Linus Torvalds would be even more amazed how much crippled DE you can find in Linux distribution. There’s actually nothing (except wallpaper and icons size in the dock) you can customize in Luna. Whatever suits you however (I find it both good and bad at the same time), but if you are customization freak, Luna is not for you. That being said, I have to admit, that Luna is basically the most compelling visual experience any Linux distribution can offer you at current date. The ideas standing behind eOS as a whole are great too. I also really enjoy the fact, that elementary aims to be much more, than yet another Ubuntu’s fork. Development of their own applications seems to be going into very good direction, I love HID and the fact, that all of the default applications are following it.
Once I read comment stating, that eOS is the only Linux distribution, that you can put screenshot of with default settings and call it beautiful. I need to agree with that. Not everybody will like it though, it’s just a matter of taste. I had some struggles with graphic drivers, but I have them all the time, no matter which distro I’m using. Underneath lovely DE however, there’s still powerful Linux there and I was able to use my “hackish” workaround to use Intel graphics only (cause I really don’t like, when my netbook is unnecessarily heating up).
There’s one more thing, though I can’t really promise anything, as it’s the first time I’m writing about it. Still, the thought itself might be not bad to share, cause maybe I will find others to help with it. Pantheon is quite independent from Ubuntu itself and it should be possible to port it… No, not port it — to make it compatible with Debian. By saying making it compatible, I mean preparing packages in such manner, that all Pantheon components from official eOS PPAs would be installable on pure Debian (let’s say testing/unstable) machine. Can you imagine this combination? I even have a name for this project: rolling eOS Debian power user flavor. Although, it might not exactly follow the eOS HID, still, it’s describing exactly what it could be (:
PPA status: latest audacious, deja-dup, midori & uberwriter
- audacious 3.3.2: bugfix release, available in experimental.
- deja-dup 2.40.0: first stable release of 2.40 branch, available in experimental.
- midori 0.4.7: latest upstream release, available both in unstable and experimental (GTK+3).
- uberwriter 12.10.02: first public beta, available in experimental branch (be careful with this one and report any encountered bugs).
PPA status: UberWriter 12.08.28
If you, like me, need distraction-free editor to create proper content, then you will love UberWriter! I started (successfully) porting this app to Debian and you can find 12.08.28 release in my experimental branch. Be cautious however, cause this release by default installs under /opt/extras.ubuntu.com/uberwriter path. If you want to help me, then please grab package (*.deb should be sufficient) from here: deb.ianod.es/debian/incoming. The only difference is the usage of the default installation path (/usr/bin, /usr/share etc.), but I didn’t had time to test it myself. Have fun and please report any problems you will encounter! (:
PPA status: Midori 0.4.6
In official Debian repositories there’s pretty old version of Midori available. In my PPA you can find latest, 0.4.6 release — in unstable without GTK+3 and in experimental with GTK+3 support. Remember to use mirror site located here: deb.ianod.es/debian.
Official ICS 4.0.4 on Galaxy Tab 10.1 (GT-P7500)
This is just an quick heads-up. Sure, Android 4.0.x and 4.1.x was available for quite some time via CM9 and CM10, but for the official one Galaxy Tab 10.1 users needed to wait really long time. Now, you can go and grab ICS 4.0.4 from SamMobile for example. Few things worth noting:
- CWM 188.8.131.52 by Pershoot is working without any issues (older ones from 5 series should work too).
- Rooting is easy as always, though you will need to install both packages for ARM CPU from this site (in CWM, of course): http://androidsu.com/superuser/
- Reverting from 4.1.x (CM10) to official ICS is not an issue, as long as you make factory reset.
- Basically 4.0.x line is much faster, smoother and more responsive than HB 3.2.
PPA status: Deja-dup 23.90
Another quicky, cause I found a spare moment: latest deja-dup release (23.90) is now available in experimental branch of my PPA. Remember to use mirror site located here: deb.ianod.es/debian.
PPA status: Audacious 3.3.1
Just an quick update — latest stable release, 3.3.1, of Audacious media player is now available in experimental branch. Keep in mind, that you still need to use mirror to obtain packages: deb.ianod.es/debian.
PPA status: Audacious 3.3-beta1, Revelation 0.4.14 and Xournal 0.4.7
It’s been awhile, I know, but there were few reasons for that and I will write about it somewhere in the near future.
Mostly what I’ve done in the last few days:
- Lots of cleanings — all old and no longer supported packages were cleaned from repositories.
- Preparation for movement to a new server — thanks to that, repository will be much more reliable, properly backed up and blazing fast (I kid you not!).
- Bringing up new build environment — much more powerful machine (which saves me a lot of time on building packages), pretty much no space limitation for my needs.
So, not a lot of actual building, isn’t it? But even though, for purposes of this post, I’ve build three new packages (I wanted to test new environment too): Audacious 3.3 Beta 1 (Beta 2 is already released and I will build and upload it tomorrow), Revelation 0.4.14 (latest upstream release) and Xournal 0.4.7 (latest upstream release).
If you have any package suggestions, that you would like to see in Debian, leave a comment, tweet me or drop me a line on e-mail/facebook/g+ with suggestions (: