Ideas for improvements in future releases

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  • #50990
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    ModdIt

      @dortega If I remember rightly below fixed a language issue after install

      apt-get install language-pack-de (change from de to needs)
      dpkg-reconfigure locales

      #50991
      Member
      PPC

        Following dortega’s post:
        I agree with all that was said about the “good stuff” with the exception of the (first layer of the) not being overcrowed… It’s it’s a matter of personal taste and the way each brain processes information…

        About the suggestions:
        1 and 3- Yes, I agree- I even wrote a tiny “welcome screen/ Control Panel” (search for welcome screen here in the forum) that presents the most used sections of the Control Centre in a more human readable layout, with helpful tootips- but the Dev team shot that idea down
        4- About the Workspace switching- yes, I’ve been there, same for most antiX Fluxbox users, I guess, It’s not very intuitive but you can turn that behavior off in fluxbox’s “keys” file, commenting out these 2 lines:

        OnDesktop Mouse4 :PrevWorkspace
        OnDesktop Mouse5 :NextWorkspace

        5- There’s probably a workaround that, something like changing the locale and restarting, or something similar..
        EDIT; Moddit “nijaed” me on this one, with a far better advice
        6- Agreed, Some stuff comes up on Google searches, most does not…

        P.

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        #50992
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        BobC

          On a core system without X11, aptitude is still available.

          #50997
          Moderator
          Brian Masinick

            On a core system without X11, aptitude is still available.

            Yes, aptitude, apt, apt-get, and the lower level dpkg package programs are available. I personally use apt or apt-get for most of my package management and they have never been missing on a functional system, regardless of which antiX version is used.

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            #50998
            Moderator
            Brian Masinick

              Also if you switch to the root (system management) user when you are updating your system, from root type the command alias and you can see several package command aliases for running apt-get update, apt-get dist-upgrade, etc.

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              #51005
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              Brian Masinick

                Example: after switching to root, these package alias commands are provided:

                root@antix-alpha:/home/masinick# alias
                alias aa='apt autoremove'
                alias ac='apt clean'
                alias ad='apt dist-upgrade -V'
                alias ag='apt-get update;apt-get dist-upgrade'
                alias aga='apt-get autoremove'
                alias agc='apt-get clean'
                alias agd='apt-get dist-upgrade'
                alias agu='apt-get update'
                alias au='apt update'
                alias aud='apt update;apt dist-upgrade -V'

                Even from my user account, I can see these aliases:

                The first four require you to have root access:

                alias agd='apt-get dist-upgrade'
                alias agu='apt-get update'
                alias au='apt update'
                alias aud='apt update;apt dist-upgrade -V'

                I created these additional aliases that I can run from my own user account with sudo access:

                alias inst='sudo apt-get update;sudo apt-get install $@'
                alias ug='sudo apt-get update;sudo apt-get dist-upgrade'
                alias ugb='sudo apt-get update;sudo apt-get dist-upgrade;sudo update-grub'
                alias ur='sudo apt-get autoremove'

                Either way, there are a lot of possible ways to maintain your own system. I usually use the last four; I use inst to install one or two packages. I use ug to do a typical upgrade. I use ugb;ur to do a system upgrade and autoremove any packages that are not needed anymore, plus update the boot loader.

                Find something that works for you; synaptic can be installed if you do not already have it installed and that is a graphical way to manage your system. I use that sometimes; it’s easy to locate packages, but on a regular basis I just use the aliases I set up since they met my own personal needs. Choose a way, or try them all and then decide what you understand or what is most convenient for your own use.

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                #51008
                Anonymous

                  Nice alias list. Thanks Brian

                  #51017
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                  Brian Masinick

                    Nice alias list. Thanks Brian

                    Half of those come from anticapitalista, though I think that I had a few of my own before I noticed the ones he put together.
                    Aliases, especially one to three letter aliases, are great ways to do almost anything that you do often.

                    Make up your own for commands that you like to run, and you may find yourself using the command line interface (CLI) more and more often.
                    Don’t forget key sequences either. Set them up on whatever window manager (or even desktop environment), and if you don’t use the ones that are provided, overwrite them in your own scripts and use them to make for starting common activities with one key press!

                    Check out file in ~/.config too.

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                    #51020
                    Anonymous

                      Don’t forget key sequences

                      key “chains”?
                      That’s a fine candidate subject for a tips-n-tricks tutorial, hint hint

                      #51022
                      Moderator
                      Brian Masinick

                        Don’t forget key sequences

                        key “chains”?
                        That’s a fine candidate subject for a tips-n-tricks tutorial, hint hint

                        Depending on available time, I may write something. Meanwhile, people can examine the configuration files for whatever window manager they use. That might be a useful “hunt” for those who know how to search for information, but I agree with you; having an easy to read tip on accelerators, mnemonics, key press sequences, etc. – checking and using the “correct” terms – and IF I write something I will look for proper use of each phrase and term to describe each technique.

                        Meanwhile, the astute reader can also research, and if someone beats me to writing a helpful tip I welcome it!

                        Good idea skidoo!

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                        #51705
                        Forum Admin
                        Dave

                          6. Make this forum searchable by search engines. If I google something specific about AntiX it only returns results from the old forum making it look like there is no current support. You can find this forum only by following the link on antixlinux.com page.

                          Should be searchable now I think.
                          Seems the site was set to disallow (disapprove of?) robots/crawlers. Still running through some optimizations for crawling / indexing; however using
                          workspace site:http://antixforum.com
                          Now yields results. Previous testing in this way showed no results found.

                          Computers are like air conditioners. They work fine until you start opening Windows. ~Author Unknown

                          #53896
                          Member
                          marcelocripe

                            Dave,

                            Thank you very much for making this forum searchable. I did some research tests on Google and Bing search engines, the results were excellent, I managed to find several topics of subjects that I had missed and that are of great interest to me. With this feature available, when someone searches for information about antiX on an internet search engine, they will surely arrive at this forum.

                            Thankful.
                            marcelocripe
                            (Original text in Brazilian Portuguese)

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                            Dave,

                            Muito obrigado por tornar este fórum pesquisável. Eu fiz alguns testes de pesquisa nos buscadores Google e Bing, os resultados foram excelentes, eu consegui encontrar vários tópicos de assuntos que eu havia perdido e que são de grande interesse para mim. Com este recurso disponível, quando alguém pesquisar informações sobre o antiX em um buscador da internet, certamente chegará neste fórum.

                            Grato.
                            marcelocripe
                            (Texto original em Português do Brasil)

                            #59320
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                            banned

                              I’m new here, but I already had a few ideas:

                              1. Menu -> Preferences

                              Example: Task Bar

                              Do not open a submenu but a window with all the settings. The user chooses how he wants it. 4 buttons: set deafault / preview / save / cancel

                              or / AND

                              integrate in “IceWM Toolbar Icon Manager”

                              2. More options for the time format, for example 24 hour display without date

                              3. Better menu editor, click right on menue entry and edit it.

                              4. Update manager with settings, for example weekly updates, then info in the toolbar.

                              #59343
                              Member
                              PPC

                                I’m new here, but I already had a few ideas:

                                You talk about some features some/most heavier Distros have. Some can be implemented, some can’t:

                                1- The submenu is part of the ICewm window manager- not created by the antiX dev team… I was thinking about making a small GUI script to allow users to perform some changes to the icewm toolbar from a single window (most can be done via the menu, but it’s a convoluted way- you have to select the changes, save the changes and restart icewm)-
                                it would be a GUI way to manage the toolbar position, auto hide status, clock and also feature a button to open the toolbar icon manager, and maybe even a theme selector – that’s in my to-do list, but not important- since you can configure all that from the menu (the clock, not so much), and I’m not even sure that anticapitalista would like to include such a tool in antiX. There have been similar GUI tools before (example: http://sourceforge.net/projects/icesoundmanager/ it is unmaintained for over a decade, but some features- click the GUI to change time and date, still work, unfortunately the “menu” editor does not work)…

                                2- You can edit the way the clock is displayed in the icewm toolbar by right clicking the clock (you can select, for example “%H %M” to display only hours and minutes), look around in the forum for selecting a 24 hours format, (for example here: https://www.antixforum.com/forums/topic/short-essential-how-to-list-for-the-complete-linux-newbie/page/2/#post-57002)

                                3- You are right about the current menu editor not being the easiest tool to use, but as far as I know, right clicking the menu entries on any of the Window Managers antiX uses does nothing (Icewm is always evolving, but I think that is still applies). Consider that part of the functionality you lose, when using a Window manager and not a full blown Desktop Environment- it’s a trade off, you get speed and low resources use, and lose some (none essential) features.

                                4- We already have a configurable updater that sits in the system tray and displays warning- it’s “Apt notifier” – search for it in the Package Installer (to make sure it always launches every time you start antiX, open ~/.desktop-session/startup (by running, for example the command: geany ~/.desktop-session/startup) and uncomment (remove the “#” sign that’s in the start of the line that says apt-notifier, and save the file)

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                                #59353
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                                banned

                                  @PPC

                                  Could do the thing with “Apt notofier”, works fine.

                                  Clock solution is not working. I can just choose 2 formats, %H:%M:%S or %d %H:%M. After boot the first is set. I changed to the second and saved in Preferences. But after reboot it is set back to the first. Maybe there is a way to edit a file? And maybe I can make my on format like %H:%M (H in 24 hours format)?

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