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#1 2018-02-27 07:05:00

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[OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

Beta ISO image now available: https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?id=4698

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Finally we have an iso file for you to try. smile
It's now numbered at alpha-4 because it's already had a couple of bits fixed, but if anyone would like to give it a try and report any problems or things that could be improved, then please!
(Keep improvement suggestions to tiny tweaks please - anything bigger can go in package upgrades, or the Lithium release which will come out with Buster.)
Bugs, on the other hand, we want to squash as thoroughly as possible.

One request - please don't share this with your friends and family, it's still a testing iso. Two reasons:
1) The apt BunsenLabs source is still set to the experimental repo. The official BL repo will be set up soon, and then the experimental repo will be closed down, so /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bunsen.list will need to be edited. Later isos will have the official repos set.
2) This file is hosted on my personal Google Drive, and might not stand up to too much traffic.

Here:
MD5: 6dcb91986f4101c318adad07ece0ed6b
https://archive.org/download/helium-alp … -amd64.iso
https://archive.org/download/helium-alp … ve.torrent

And a 32 bit iso here:
MD5: 298c8d5b34a7dbb502b4388e2389f524
https://archive.org/download/helium-alp … 5-i386.iso
https://archive.org/download/helium-alp … ve.torrent

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#2 2018-02-27 07:26:42

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

I had tested the virtual installer in virtual good, physically gave me failure.

the test if possible with the installer, in live it works, but the installer gives failure as Debian live.

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#3 2018-02-27 13:22:10

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

^^ Works excellent. Simply everything!
Tested here on a laptop T500. The optics is excellent.

2018-02-27-11-53-13_scrot.th.png


This is the case with Live ISO's.
Unfortunately, I don't want to install it, because:
- I only have the American keyboard layout
- the installation in english with the installer I don't dare to do / that I don't understand.   ops

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... I have practiced in Qemu for the time being  tongue

I probably have to install Bunsenlabs more often, because I searched "too early" in the ISO with F2 for the language settings.  monkey
I was not successful with the GUI of the installer, as I suspected.
I didn't want him to put the already existing swap in place again.
After all, CLI installation was easier.

"Long story short", everything's fine!  big_smile

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#4 2018-02-27 14:06:32

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

Downloading now...will feedback with any relevant observations... wink

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#5 2018-02-27 17:52:46

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

testing!
a direct link would be nice. not possible with the big G, i guess...

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#6 2018-02-27 22:27:28

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

The dialogs during installation of the LAMP stack are not readable, especially the one where you choose which web server phpmyadmin will be installed on.  The colors make the text unreadable.

Also the last question about two possible configurations of Apache, one of which is for use by multiple users, is not clear.  I was not sure exactly what I was choosing to do if I chose "Yes".

[installed into a Virtualbox VM] running on Windows 10.  HP Elitebook i7 NVidia Quadro K4000m

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#7 2018-02-27 22:32:34

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

Thanks for the feedback everybody!

hathor wrote:

the installer gives failure as Debian live

We use the same installer as Debian so it will inherit the same problems.

What errors did you see?

unklar wrote:

I didn't want him to put the already existing swap in place again.

You can do that with the installer.

It is tricky though, the partitioning section is confusing.

I have some observations myself:

  • Our "no tofu" font isn't doing it's job — twoion's glyphs are nothing but tofu... We need more fonts, sorry about that.

  • The sources use https except the Security repositories, oddly. It may be better to use the sources given by deb.debian.org[1]

  • Terminator takes an eternity to launch, screencast here (the mouse is moved away from the launcher immediately after clicking on it): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JiRyb … fVbELFoNLC

I do appreciate that the last point is flogging a very dead horse but it does make the live system look bad, IMO.

[1] These will hit the mirror behind the redirector without the extra hop:

deb https://cdn-aws.deb.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free
deb https://cdn-aws.deb.debian.org/debian stable-updates main contrib non-free
deb https://cdn-aws.deb.debian.org/debian-security stable/updates main contrib non-free

EDIT: and the clock font in tint2 is almost unreadable because it is too similar to the wallpaper, I think a grey text would be best (as I have mentioned before).

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#8 2018-02-28 02:08:41

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

I notice the iso says it is 64 bit. I guess you don't have a 32 bit one to test, and I wonder if when Helium is released, will it have a 32 bit release?

Thanks,
David

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#9 2018-02-28 02:57:01

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

Using VirtualBox 5.2.6.  Helium has problems with the VM window resizing that are not present in the Deuterium version.  Sometimes there is a lag, sometimes it won't resize and sometimes the menu does not stay to the right but ends up in the center of the screen.  This is with the Virtualbox Extensions and the Guest Additions both installed.

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#10 2018-02-28 06:46:01

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

The installer chooses languages, partitions well when it starts to install from there is a little jumps the error. I did it in the main notebook and I had to reinstall deuterium. The tests I think you have to do them in real installation, is not the same as the MV the touchpad, energy or other things does not have the same behavior.

The ISO either breaks down or fails something in the recording is also possible if other users can try. Although with Debian the same happened to me and download the no live.

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#11 2018-02-28 07:38:12

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

hathor wrote:

with Debian the same happened to me

If it is a problem with the upstream installer then we can't do much about it, you should probably file a bug report with Debian (about your problems with the Debian installer) if you want to get it fixed.

dmontaine wrote:

This is with the Virtualbox Extensions and the Guest Additions both installed.

From where did you obtain the Guest Additions?

Security support in VirtualBox is sufficiently terrible that Debian dropped it completely just before the stretch freeze and so there are no such packages in Helium-dev, AFAIUI.

I strongly recommend that you do not use VirtualBox, it is awful.


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#12 2018-02-28 08:16:28

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

dmontaine wrote:

The dialogs during installation of the LAMP stack are not readable...

This is indeed pretty bad. The issue seems to be with the colour palette that we are currently setting for Terminator. If the old CrunchBang colours are substituted then the dialogues become readable. I will do this in the next upgrade of bunsen-configs. Meanwhile, if you install rxvt-unicode and invoke 'urxvt' as a terminal, such dialogues are readable.

Graphics experts: if you have any better colour schemes to offer, please do so. smile

Also the last question about two possible configurations of Apache, one of which is for use by multiple users, is not clear.  I was not sure exactly what I was choosing to do if I chose "Yes".

Sorry, but such dialogues are generated by the packages being installed, and are beyond our control.


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#13 2018-02-28 08:49:50

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

Our "no tofu" font isn't doing it's job — twoion's glyphs are nothing but tofu... We need more fonts,

We could add fonts-noto-cjk which supports Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters, but it's not a trivial install:

john@helium-net:~$ sudo apt-get install fonts-noto-cjk
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  fonts-noto-cjk
Need to get 76.9 MB of archives.
After this operation, 126 MB of additional disk space will be used.

So it's a balance between the users who want to see CJK out of the box, and those who don't care...
Opinions?

The sources use https except the Security repositories, oddly. It may be better to use the sources given by deb.debian.org

Yes, it's ironic that security.debian do not support https! There's no particular delay with the dns redirection that deb.debian use (with apt on stretch+) but anyway, I'll try configuring live-build to use https://deb.debian.org/debian-security with --mirror-binary-security.

Getting the iso to use https was not as simple as it might have been. Debian Installer's preseed file needed some entries which are documented only in Debian bug reports. roll It might turn out to be necessary to add a preseed of
'd-i apt-setup/security_host string deb.debian.org' but there's no apparent setting for the necessary subdirectory /debian-security/ so we'll see what live-build can do by itself first.

Terminator takes an eternity to launch... I do appreciate that the last point is flogging a very dead horse but it does make the live system look bad, IMO.

Really?? You call that an eternity? I'm no terminator fan either, because back in the day it really took an eternity to open (several seconds), and I've used urxvt ever since, but no, I've no taste for reopening that Topic Going Nowhere. For every terminator-hater there seems to be a terminator-lover.
Enough already!


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#14 2018-02-28 08:52:16

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

dbickin wrote:

I notice the iso says it is 64 bit. I guess you don't have a 32 bit one to test, and I wonder if when Helium is released, will it have a 32 bit release?

Yes a 32bit iso will come too, and also a cut-down version that will fit on a CD-ROM.

I'll build a 32bit test file soon - it's a simple config switch - so people like me with old laptops can try it. smile


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#15 2018-02-28 13:47:53

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

I really like it, my Asus is pretty new and needed the latest kernal for touchscreen and mouse.

Shortcut keys work but in live mode brightness did not. Power setting and laptop lid setting worked. It really nice

Wifi found networks but i am quite far from router so did not connect.

Anyway for just live mode testing, its great, i really miss Bunsenlabs and this new version will take it to current modern PC standard.

Colours look pleasant, is there some new alpha fading of windows, either way i love it for its speed and functionality.

Thank you, will keep an eye out for when Helium is on the main Downloads page, i will check daily.

Again Thank You !!!

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#16 2018-02-28 16:46:23

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
unklar wrote:

I didn't want him to put the already existing swap in place again.

You can do that with the installer.

It is tricky though, the partitioning section is confusing.

yes, the trick with the CLI installer is to select the existing swap and deselect it ("do not use").

Here is my installation:

 inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: T500 Kernel: 4.9.0-6-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 6.3.0)
           Desktop: Openbox 3.6.1 Distro: BunsenLabs GNU/Linux 9.3 (Helium)
Machine:   Device: laptop System: LENOVO product: 20564QG v: ThinkPad T500
           Mobo: LENOVO model: 20564QG BIOS: LENOVO v: 6FET83WW (3.13 ) date: 03/15/2010
Battery    BAT0: charge: 54.0 Wh 96.2% condition: 56.2/56.2 Wh (100%)
           model: SONY 42T4777 status: N/A
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo T9400 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10107
           clock speeds: max: 2534 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 4 Series Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.2 drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1680x1050@59.98hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Mobile Intel GM45 Express
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 13.0.6 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.9.0-6-amd64
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection
           driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 1840 bus-ID: 00:19.0
           IF: enp0s25 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN [Shiloh] Network Connection
           driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (1.8% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: HITACHI_HTS54501 size: 160.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 23G used: 2.7G (13%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda8
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: 37.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A fan-1: 2004
Info:      Processes: 147 Uptime: 13 min Memory: 320.6/3850.1MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: N/A Client: Shell (bash 4.4.121) inxi: 2.3.5 

The bootloader Grub detected all OS (arch; siduction; mageia) and starts it from the menu.
As I said, everything works, both networks; audio; Bluetooth;
Fn buttons (Volume, Brightness); Touchpad and TrackPoint.   big_smile


In Thunar you can mount the partitions, I can work as root by right-clicking on them.

Personally, I would have liked to see the possibility of setting up a root and user password during the installation (sudo I don't like)
Well, you can't have it all.   wink

Good work!

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#17 2018-02-28 17:41:43

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

johnraff wrote:
Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

Our "no tofu" font isn't doing it's job — twoion's glyphs are nothing but tofu... We need more fonts,

We could add fonts-noto-cjk which supports Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters, but it's not a trivial install:

john@helium-net:~$ sudo apt-get install fonts-noto-cjk
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  fonts-noto-cjk
Need to get 76.9 MB of archives.
After this operation, 126 MB of additional disk space will be used.

So it's a balance between the users who want to see CJK out of the box, and those who don't care...

Opinions?

In response to the font question, I feel like we have sufficient enough users that would need those fonts to justify them in the install. I try to keep in mind that our user base is pretty much worldwide and international in nature.

In response to the bl-welcome font readability issue, I'll look into it. I'm not 100% sure what the final config looked like but am not seeing any issues with the last config that I posted. Likely it is just that the palette needs a bit of tuning. I feel like I will be able to do some testing this evening or in the morning possibly.

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#18 2018-02-28 18:15:23

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

johnraff wrote:

Really?? You call that an eternity?

Yes I do, it's only a terminal emulator ffs and that was on my powerhouse X201 — the crappy family AMD laptop takes a good four Mississippi's to open it and that's two Mississippi's too long in my book tongue

johnraff wrote:

Enough already!

+1

I was just reporting what I consider to be an obvious problem with the live system, that's all; it would be remiss of me not to mention it and it will probably crop up again when we test the Lithium ISO image.

johnraff wrote:

fonts-noto-cjk

I agree with tknomanzr — I think we need to provide font support for all users OOTB, it's just a shame the package is so big.


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#19 2018-02-28 18:19:02

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

pamir wrote:

Shortcut keys work but in live mode brightness did not

That's a shame, perhaps a kernel regression has claimed that functionality.

You could try some kernel command line parameters (in the installed system) and see if they help:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ba … ne_options

Apply them with this method:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ke … eters#GRUB

Thanks for testing!


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#20 2018-02-28 18:29:01

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

unklar wrote:

I would have liked to see the possibility of setting up a root and user password during the installation

You can do that in the "Expert" installer, find it in the "Advanced options" sub-menu wink


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#21 2018-02-28 23:16:54

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

Hi, I downloaded the ISO and burned a DVD with it, it starts properly on my barebone. Next will be to do a physical install on the harddrive.
What do you want me to try?.
I started Synaptic and found a very few apps there, I use OpenSCAD (among other apps) but I don't see it there. Other apps I use are Arduino, FreeCAD, Cura, Repetier Host. Will try to install them and see what's going on.
Would it be possible to replace Thunar by Caja?. the two panes of Caja are really useful.
Otherwise, nice look and feel, so far no problems found after an hour work.

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#22 2018-03-01 00:10:30

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

Ignoring how impossibly tiny everything is, this is Helium Alpha IV running in LIve mode on a Surface Pro IV (with Secure Boot disabled for the time being). I am almost comfortable putting BL on bare metal with this machine.

The tiny fonts and everything else is a side effect of the Hi Dpi display. I pretty much have ot edit themes, fonts, etc to pretty much double everything. It is something that has been on my mind, how we can approach handling hi dpi displays. Atm,  I just hack the themes up til I get them looking good enough.

Screenshot_2018-02-28_17-43-17.th.png

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#23 2018-03-01 03:27:58

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

I have Helium Alpha IV running on the Surface Pro IV through a virtual machine now. This will be my notes on this iso:

The terminator config is outstanding imo. But I can see where it might not offer enough contrast for some people. So the solution that I propose is that we append Hydrogen's terminator confing into the profiles section. The code below would serve to offer both Heliums blue defaults and Hydrogen's old defaults. Swapping from one to another is as simple as selecting a different profile in the config dialog.

[global_config]
  dbus = False
  title_font = Monospace 11
  title_inactive_bg_color = "#2e3436"
  title_inactive_fg_color = "#888a85"
  title_receive_bg_color = "#2e3436"
  title_transmit_bg_color = "#2e3436"
  title_transmit_fg_color = "#6daaaa"
  title_use_system_font = False
[keybindings]
  hide_window = <Shift><Control>a
[layouts]
  [[default]]
    [[[child1]]]
      parent = window0
      type = Terminal
    [[[window0]]]
      parent = ""
      size = 680, 535
      type = Window
[plugins]
[profiles]
  [[default]]
    background_color = "#082b4a"
    background_darkness = 0.9
    background_type = transparent
    cursor_color = "#6ab3b3"
    cursor_color_fg = False
    font = Monospace 22
    foreground_color = "#add8e6"
    palette = "#5f5f5f:#d96468:#a2d964:#d9c964:#64a2d9:#9a64d9:#64d9d5:#989898:#828282:#d98f93:#b8d98f:#d9cf8f:#8f99d9:#b08fd9:#8fd9d5:#c5c5c5"
    show_titlebar = False
    use_system_font = False
  [[Hydrogen]]
scrollbar_position = hidden
    palette = "#000000:#cc0000:#4e9a06:#c4a000:#3465a4:#75507b:#06989a:#d3d7cf:#555753:#ef2929:#8ae234:#fce94f:#729fcf:#ad7fa8:#34e2e2:#eeeeec"
    background_darkness = 0.83
    background_type = transparent
    scrollback_lines = 5000
    use_system_font = False
    cursor_color = "#d8d8d8"
    foreground_color = "#d8d8d8"
    scroll_on_output = False
    show_titlebar = False
    color_scheme = custom
    font = Monospace 10
    background_color = "#2e3436"
scrollback_infinite = True

Additionally, while we were working on the terminator config, I found htis little gem of a terminator plugin. https://github.com/EliverLara/terminator-themes. It basically goes out and downloads the terminator theme, then writes a new profile into the config. It offers life 100s of them. Unfortunately it does not have any way to preview the colors. The plugin is written in python though, so it might be a candidate for a fork in the future wink This implementation is where I drew inspiration for the idea that we can offer some backward compatibility for terminator configs for those that just don't wanna change  big_smile

I think I found the problem
This phpmyadmin dialog looks hideous.
Screenshot_2018-02-28_21-12-13.th.png
We are going to need to tweak the palette somewhat. The red on grey is particularly hard on the eyes. Ill see what I can come up with.

For whatever reason, the internet in this part of the world has been terrible at best. I know it is not a problem with a particular provider because it is terrible across providers, so I suspect an infrastructure issue. However, it does make me notice the lack of any kind of progress indicators in bl-welcome for apt-get operations. Would it be possible to get some?

More screens to show yo the theme really is great we just need to adjust the lesser used colors in the palette so they dont clash so bad:
Screenshot_2018-02-28_20-23-08.th.png
Screenshot_2018-02-28_20-21-27.th.png

Also, the new graphical installer was pretty enough to make me actually want to use it. I typically prefer the ncurses inerface because it is so quick to zoom through ut loved the Bunsenlabs eye candy in the graphical install.

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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

<Terminator is slow!>I was just reporting what I consider to be an obvious problem with the live system, that's all; it would be remiss of me not to mention it and it will probably crop up again when we test the Lithium ISO image.

I really don't know what to say. We've been through this discussion so many times, and while at one time I thought a mid-range terminal like xfce4-terminal would be a good compromise between speed and features, we just couldn't get any kind of consensus. Plenty of people like Terminator, and lots like rxvt-unicode too, and in between everyone else has their favourite just right terminal. There are so many, too. ...sigh...
Eventually we all got tired of it and decided to stay with the traditional Terminator. It seemed as many people would be pissed off if it was changed as would be happy.

If you want to start it all up all over again, just don't expect any input from me. If you manage to get anything looking like a consensus this time, let me know and I'll edit the package list. roll

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johnraff wrote:

fonts-noto-cjk

I agree with tknomanzr — I think we need to provide font support for all users OOTB, it's just a shame the package is so big.

OK I'll put it in. Anyway squashfs is so powerful the iso size shouldn't go up anything like the full 126MB.

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tknomanzr wrote:

...how impossibly tiny everything is...

The tiny fonts and everything else is a side effect of the Hi Dpi display. I pretty much have ot edit themes, fonts, etc to pretty much double everything. It is something that has been on my mind, how we can approach handling hi dpi displays.

I don't suppose adding 'Xft.dpi: 180' (or whatever) to ~/.Xresources helps at all? There ought surely to be some way of globally setting the dpi so that fonts etc are displayed at the right size?

Oh, Arch Wiki has a page: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/HiDPI#X_Server
Along with Gnome, Kde and much else, a bit about the X server settings. It all looks quite complicated anyway.

Also: https://wiki.debian.org/MonitorDPI

(I don't know if BL might want to think about xsettingsd some day?)

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tknomanzr wrote:

The terminator config is outstanding imo.

Yes I think it (and urxvt) looks quite nice now.

But I can see where it might not offer enough contrast for some people. So the solution that I propose is that we append Hydrogen's terminator confing into the profiles section.

Why not, indeed? It's just a bit of code to add to terminator/config. Nice idea!

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This phpmyadmin dialog looks hideous.
We are going to need to tweak the palette somewhat.

For now, I put back the previous CrunchBang/Hydrogen palette, and have already uploaded a fixed bunsen-configs (9.3.7-1) with that. I thought it was somewhat urgent, considering those dialogue boxes (for example, try 'sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales') were almost unreadable. The #! palette doesn't affect the basic appearance - text, background, etc - but has made the prompt that nasty lime green again neutral

If you can come up with something a bit more civilized while keeping the boxes readable, that would be great!

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progress indicators in bl-welcome for apt-get operations. Would it be possible to get some?

Apt (as opposed to apt-get) does progress bars I think. We could switch in the apt functions in bl-include.cfg. They would all have to be tested that the surrounding code works as well with apt as apt-get, though, so getting it in Helium OOTB might not be on.


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Re: [OUTDATED]Please help us test the Helium alpha iso.

johnraff wrote:

There ought surely to be some way of globally setting the dpi so that fonts etc are displayed at the right size?

I would enforce the correct DPI through the `startx` command, like this:

# ~/.profile
[ "$(tty)" = "/dev/tty1" ] && exec startx -- -dpi 180

For BunsenLabs, an Xorg configuration file would be best (works with LightDM) plus a GRUB kernel parameter for the console screen.

The recommended approach is to force the monitor dimensions in the configuration file becuase otherwise X will set DPI to 96 and derive the physical size from the resolution, which is always wrong.


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