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1  Assistance / Software / Clipboard for XFCE on: April 05, 2011, 05:44:56 AM
Hi. I installed the Pardus 2011 Xfce build tonight.

I love it. Everything I tried worked, and worked beautifully.*

My only concern is that there does not appear to be any clipboard utility in the repos. (I looked through the unofficial repos in the Download/Repos | Repos for 2011 thread, too, without success.) It appears that Clipman, Xfce's clipboard manager, has not yet made the transition to Xfce 4.8. I know that Parcellite can be used with Xfce. I don't know anything about Parcellite's fork, Clipit; I just learned of its existence tonight.

Is there any chance of getting a PiSi package for Parcellite, or even Clipit? Or are there other creative solutions?

Thanks for reading.

* (One exception: this forum wouldn't let me log in via Opera; I had to come in via Firefox. But I don't think that's a Pardus problem.)
2  Assistance / Configuring Pardus / Re: Pardus 2009 with GNOME on: September 13, 2009, 04:41:11 AM
I can confirm half of MacLone's last post. There is no printing configuration in Pardus GNOME, at least that I can find. However, Pisi is there, under System | Administration | Package Manager. Unlike its performance under KDE, though, it is very slow to load; and it appears as an icon in the panel, and you have to click that before it opens up.

I run Arch Linux on another computer, and Pardus GNOME is quite reminiscent of Arch GNOME, e.g. the two-step shutdown method (you can't shut down right from the GNOME panel; you have to log out and then run sudo shutdown -h now from the prompt; in Arch, I have to log out from the prompt and then log in as root, so this is at least a little more streamlined). Even the wallpaper seems to have come from the same place Arch got its default wallpaper.

It is nice that the GNOME menus aren't cluttered with KDE utilities.

and then, open ‘/etc/env.d/45kde4paths’ file like we did before(as admin) and change ‘XDG_DATA_DIRS=/usr/kde/4/share:/usr/share’ line to ‘#XDG_DATA_DIRS=/usr/kde/4/share:/usr/share’.
finally you are ready to go, just restart you system and gdm will start. with this, you can select which graphical environment to use.

Michiel, what does that commented-out line mean? Does that link X to KDE somehow?

On edit: I just saw in the XFCE thread that that line keeps the KDE utilities out of the GNOME menu.
3  Assistance / Configuring Pardus / Re: Am I missing a FF file? on: July 26, 2009, 18:30:12 PM
I had this myself. It is because Firefox defaults to Turkish in the dialogue boxes. To change this, right-click in the text box (underlined red) and go to the bottom of the list, select Languages.

That's the ticket! Thanks!
4  Assistance / Configuring Pardus / [Solved!] Am I missing a FF file? on: July 26, 2009, 00:16:37 AM
When I type in a text box (like this one), every word is underlined in red. That kind of indicates that I'm missing something in the spelling configuration.

When I typed a subject in the subject line (above), I didn't get the red underlines.


1. I installed aspell from the repo. I configured it for use with Emacs, but haven't touched it otherwise.

2. I also have a FF add-on called It's All Text!, which allows me to use a third-party text editor (in my case, Emacs, though you can use Vi or just about anything) in a Web text box. It's All Text! has produced no side-effects in any of the other distros I've tried. But none of them had FF 3.5.

Does anybody know what I'm talking about? I feel like I'm doing a lousy job explaining this. I'm wondering if Firefox is linked to ZPSpell, the Turkish-language utility. I don't know how to change that if it's so.


(Edit: typo.)
5  Assistance / Configuring Pardus / Re: Compose key on: July 25, 2009, 23:15:48 PM
Thank you, mpie!

That's an interesting tab. I never in my life saw a setting option for Esperanto circumflexes.
6  Assistance / Configuring Pardus / [Solved!] Compose key on: July 25, 2009, 22:40:21 PM
In some other distributions, it was possible to assign a compose key. That is, in Ubuntu, I could type [LeftWinKey] ' e (consecutively, not as a chord) and come up with é.

I finally discovered that

Tasma | Peripherals | Keyboard Layout | the tab that says Xkb options

would lead me to the same thing.

In Pardus 2009, we no longer have Tasma, and I can't find how to enable the compose key.

Does anybody know?
7  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: Accessing non-standard characters on: January 01, 2009, 03:51:25 AM
I found what I was looking for; it was in Pardus all along, but I didn't know where to look.

Tasma | Peripherals | Keyboard Layout | the tab that says Xkb options.

Click on an empty checkbox that says "Enable xkb options". That will allow you to access the list below there. Scroll down about a third of the way, and you'll see "Compose Key Position". Click on the empty checkbox to the left. You'll notice that the seven boxes below "Compose Key Position" also light up; you may want to deselect most of them and concentrate on using one.

I chose the left Windows key (LWinKey). Now, by hitting LWinKey ' e (consecutively, not as a chord), I can produce é. LWinKey and two spaces produces a non-breaking space. LWinKey s s produces the German letter ß.

There is a huge list of these things here.

8  General / Tips and tricks / Re: Keep organized with Emacs! Try org-mode for notes/tasks + gnus for mail! on: December 07, 2008, 03:57:28 AM
Is this what being an emacs mode developer does to one's brain?

Yeah. I think it's fumes from spray-painting meta all over their Alt keys. That arcane dialect known as Emacspeak was fine back when Emacs was young and there really wasn't a standard lexicon for anything, but at this point it's got to be scaring off generations of users who think Emacs is one of those weird things old guys do, like Edlin.

Thanks for the heads-up on .bbdb and the Worg. Sounds like something to keep me occupied in between shoveling the snow.
9  Assistance / Software / Re: Go-OO? on: December 07, 2008, 03:13:31 AM
Azra, unfortunately I have no idea what the trouble is. I have three computers that I use regularly, and I sometimes exchange files through a Windows 2003 server. (We have one of those in our basement. My wife does most of her work on a Neoware thin client and Windows Terminal Services.) So it could be a problem with one of the OpenOffice installations that I use regularly (two Parduses and three Ubuntus, one of which also is a Kubuntu), or, like I said, it could be the way font information is handled; that might be different in KDE from Gnome. There are a lot of variables, and it would be really difficult to narrow it down.

But I do know I've had more file corruption this year, with OpenOffice, than I've had in 16 years of WordPerfect, for instance. My wife and I keep up "the big to-do list" in WordPerfect now, she on Windows and me in 6.2 in DOSEMU, and it's working out better.

It may be something about the .odt format itself (Calc workbooks seem pretty stable), but I've never heard very many complaints about data loss or big problems in .odt, so more likely it's something going on here. I wish I could be more help.

I agree that FOSS at its best works for better compatibility. But OpenOffice has been a side project for Sun for years, not their money maker, and it's obviously not anywhere near being Novell's main priority. And there's no guarantee that the developers on either side have the time to talk to each other. (And from that guy's attitude in the interview, a lot of people at Sun wouldn't want to talk to him about anything.) There are volunteer developers who have helped with OOo, but they can't carry the load by themselves.

Makes a fellow kind of wish that the government agency in Ankara that is sponsoring Pardus would hire a few more programmers and take on OOo. Not that I have any desire to spend Turkish taxpayers' hard-earned money, but it sure would be nice....  Smiley
10  Assistance / Software / Re: Go-OO? on: December 06, 2008, 20:52:49 PM
Just a heads-up: The link on linux.com sends you to the last page of a 3-page interview. It's kind of hard to tell that from the layout.

I've apparently tried go-OO without knowing it, since the version that came with Ubuntu 8.04 didn't have the database component. I remember being puzzled by that, since with OpenOffice it's always been all or nothing.

I don't recall installing any extra OOo components in Pardus, so I'm thinking that Pardus has the unadulterated Sun OpenOffice and some of the other distros around here have the Go-Go OO. This may explain why I've been getting a lot of "This file is corrupted. Do you want OpenOffice to try to repair it?" I was thinking that it was inconsistency in the way different distros (or Gnome vs. KDE) handle fonts, but it may be something else at a low level. I haven't really lost anything, but I do get more corrupt file messages than I ever did.

I know the Pardus developers don't have time to address this question, but it would be nice if one of them did  Smiley

The Novell developer being interviewed sounds like a bit of a bastard. Despite the words, I got the idea he'd love for Sun Microsystems to pick up its marbles and go home.
11  Assistance / Configuring Pardus / Re: Not sure if this is a problem, but... on: December 06, 2008, 03:36:18 AM
It took me a while to get back to this one, but here it is:

Changing ntfs-3g to ext3 in the line
/dev/sda1            /mnt/sda1        ntfs-3g   dmask=007,fmask=117,gid=6,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0

didn't work; I exchanged one error message for another. As I'd suspected, that dmask/fmask/&c. was probably a Windows leftover.

The command update-fstab didn't do anything, either, until I commented out the above line. Then I ran update-fstab again; it deleted the commented-out line and replaced it with the lovely

/dev/sda1            /mnt/sda1        ext3      noatime              0 0

And everything's cool.

This probably isn't earthshaking news, but it was an open, if minor, problem and I wanted to wrap it up.

12  General / Tips and tricks / Re: Keep organized with Emacs! Try org-mode for notes/tasks + gnus for mail! on: December 05, 2008, 03:34:40 AM
Thanks for that. I use Emacs for my job, and I got so far as to install the org-mode eLisp files, but I haven't tried it yet. I do some fairly intensive text processing at work, and Emacs is just incredible.

As for Gnus, I'll look at that link. I agree that some Emacs/Gn* documentation reads like a direct translation from ancient Coptic brain surgery reports. I actually like Stallman's _GNU Emacs Manual_ and I'm starting to work my way through the eLisp book, but some of the docs for the ancillary modes makes me feel like a dope.

I don't know if you've had time to figure this out yet, but does BBDB create a single-file address book that I could move from one computer to another, for instance work computer to laptop on a flash drive?
13  General / General topics / Re: English PardusWiki on: December 05, 2008, 02:24:46 AM

Hey, that's really cool!
14  Assistance / Bugs / Problems playing music? on: December 05, 2008, 02:20:37 AM
The last few times I have tried to listen to an online radio station, I've had the sound cut out and have been unable to restore it. I mostly listen either to Live365 or to Naxos Music Service (a streaming-audio site for a vast array of classical music). I saw one message about "redirecting sound output to null device" but was unable to transcribe the exact phrasing.

The sound card for this particular computer is a Turtle Beach USB device. There is no inboard sound card. As far as I can tell, there's nothing physically wrong with the USB device; I have a Ubuntu partition on this same computer and it works fine there.

This is a recent problem. I suspect that one of the upgrades didn't take quite right. Pardus was the premier multimedia distribution I'd ever tried, and everything was great until a few weeks ago. (Multimedia is overstating it; I don't watch much video except for a few YouTubes, no movies, mostly streaming audio and some of my own .mp3s.) The first few times it happened, I thought, "Ahh, one of those things," but it's becoming frequent.

Any ideas, anybody?

15  General / The Pub / Re: What are you listening to? on: November 06, 2008, 04:36:17 AM
I don't think I ever heard of any of those people, except for Franz Josef Haydn! I know I never knew about Mafia K1 or Panic at the Disco. But I'm out of it.

I'm just finishing up listening to the Savoy sessions of Wilbur Harden and John Coltrane. Next, it'll be Bruckner's 3d Symphony.
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