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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: i3 PeppermintOS
« on: May 23, 2017, 06:16:00 am »

GNU/Linux Discussion / i3 PeppermintOS
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:57:34 am »
I have really been getting into tiling window managers lately - Spectr, bspwm, i3 in particular. I love Peppermint, but on some of my netbooks the system is too heavy and on others I just don't see a need for a DE (Peppermint/hybrid, MATE, XFCE or other). From this came the idea of trying to create something that resembles PeppermintOS, just as minty, but less so. It seemed to me (and others on the forum) that Microwatt (WattOS/Ubuntu 16.04) would be a good base. For my first experiment, I don't need something light as such as I have a lot of relative resource demanding DAWs related stuff installed on a relatively powerful home built tower system. The principle is however, still the same. I don't want to just rice the system, I would like to include PeppermintOS's fonts, prefs, scripts, fonts, themes etc. as well as a similar look and feel  The question is how to do this. I don't like the current PCManFM and some of the other bits... If I copied the PeppermintOS apt sources list, updated and upgraded my system, would that hose it? Most of my choices would reflect PeppermintOS as it is now, just without the extra bits that are needed when you have the PeppermintOS hybrid DE. This is all pretty new to me, so I could use some advice as to whether and how to get started with such a project.

Software & Applications / Re: Applets missing in i3 bar.
« on: May 23, 2017, 02:42:37 am »
Well, I solved this, but am not sure why. I decided to re-install the latest PeppermintOS to make sure there wasn't a problem with the install. Next, I installed all of the necessary i3 bits, including i3blocks. Lastly I replaced the default command with this command that MicrowattOS uses in its i3 config file:
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status_command i3blocksJust to clarify, the above command replaces the very last command in the PeppermintOS i3 .config file. Then your applets will dock properly.

General Discussion / Re: How to strip down Peppermint 7?
« on: May 21, 2017, 07:39:15 am »
I see I haven't been receiving notifications when someone has posted on topics. I think I will close this for now and try some lateral thinking when I try this again. Probably use Microwatt as a base and try to make it more like PeppermintOS.

Software & Applications / (Solved) Applets missing in i3 bar.
« on: May 20, 2017, 10:32:17 am »
I have installed i3 on a new PeppermintOS install. Unfortunately I am unable to get the applets to appear in the i3 bar at login. I have followed the documentation and ensured that the tray_output is set to "primary".
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# show tray icons on the primary monitor
bar {
    tray_output primary
The documentation also suggests to run
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xrandr --output <output> --primaryIn my case
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xrandr --output  LVDS1 --primaryUnfortunately, still no applets... Any ideas?

Peppermint 7 already has an icon for musescore at


so just point the


line in the .desktop file you created at it ;)

as in either:-
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Icon=/usr/share/icons/Peppermix-7/scalable/apps/musescore.svg(the first of these 2 options would be best because the Numix icon set also has a musescore icon .. so if you switch to the Numix icon set the icon will change.

Cool. Thanks :)

Software & Applications / Re: Stupid printer driver mistake.
« on: May 19, 2017, 04:48:01 am »
Yup, that did it, but weirdly enough, despite the MuseScore in Nemo having an icon, nothing shows up in the whiskers menu. Not sure how this works with AppImages. Do I have to find a real .png file someplace to get an icon to appear next to the name in the whisker menu?

Software & Applications / Re: Stupid printer driver mistake.
« on: May 19, 2017, 04:33:42 am »
Is it not easier to just print the pdfs?
:) I thought about that, but as it is, I am saving scores as .mid (midi) files for importing into LMMS, which doesn't have a notation editor but which I find easy to use. Then there are the MuseScore files for separate instrument parts so that I can easily create a .mid file for an individual instrument part... I think you get the picture - with .pdf files in the mix, it gets to be one big pile of files.

With regards to Dmenu, it seems to have added the AppImage version of the app to the menu itself. I assume with the whisker menu, I will have to create a *.desktop file and it add it to /usr/share/applications.

Software & Applications / Re: Stupid printer driver mistake.
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:33:08 pm »
Hi PCNetSpec. I tried a new install on another computer with the same repos. It turns out that KXStudio has chosen to include the first version of the Musescore 2 series, which only supports printing to .pdf as it doesn't recognize printer drivers for some reason. So, the only alternative that I can see is to create a /bin folder in my home folder and download the Appimage version of Musescore. The question now is how to get that Appimage in my system path so that it will be included in both the PeppermintOS whisker menu and Dmenu (which I use most of the time.

OK, here's the thing. I was trying to multi-task and without thinking, I installed a printer driver while I was working in another program - MuseScore. I tried uninstalling and re-installing the program, but to no effect, it only has the choice of printing to .pdf file. Not sure if this is a MuseScore thing or if all programs act this way when you do something stupid like I did, but I really could use some help in trying to fix this. I have a hybrid system with Peppermint as the base, but with KXStudio repos for audio creation/production goodness. MuseScore comes from the KXStudio repo and is version 2.0.0 revision 6e4f7f74. My other programs seem to work fine, but they weren't open when I was installing the printer driver.

General Discussion / Re: How to strip down Peppermint 7?
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:53:33 am »
OK, it looks like I could use some help getting my wireless up and working. My wireless card is a Qualcomm Atheros AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01), which should work right out of the box, but I am unsure as this was not a "normal" Ubuntu install. When I ran
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$ sudo apt install network-manager-gnome I received the following output:
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The following network interfaces were found in /etc/network/interfaces
which means they are currently configured by ifupdown:
- enp4s0
If you want to manage those interfaces with NetworkManager instead
remove their configuration from /etc/network/interfaces.
I have commented the two lines out in /etc/network/interfaces that contained "emp4s0 "and replaced them with two exacct sames lines so that they contain "wlp3s0", which is my wireless card identification. Being uncertain if this would work, I tried running:
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$ start nmcli, but was told that "start: Name "com.ubuntu.Upstart" does not exist" I also get:
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$ nmcli device status
Error: NetworkManager is not running.
I need some help with this :(

I am not really sure where to go from here until I get some help getting my wireless network functioning.

I finally found the following instructions, which work like a charm for now, but will probably have to be changed:
The immediate goal however, is to get wireless and battery applets running down in the lower right corner of my bar, so that this won't only be a cli configuration deal.

General Discussion / Re: How to strip down Peppermint 7?
« on: April 24, 2017, 01:48:46 am »
I have just upgraded to a newer version of i3:
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$ /usr/lib/apt/apt-helper download-file keyring.deb SHA256:460e8c7f67a6ae7c3996cc8a5915548fe2fee9637b1653353ec62b954978d844
# apt install ./keyring.deb
# echo 'deb xenial main' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/i3-autobuild.list
# apt update
# apt upgrade i3
If you run into trouble with adding the repository, the file can be created manually. I did this first thing in the morning and forgot to add "sudo" to the command, so I had to create the file with contents manually.

General Discussion / Re: How to strip down Peppermint 7?
« on: April 23, 2017, 01:10:15 pm »
Something to watch out for... at some point I installed enough of a desktop that I can't get a terminal by pressing alt-f1 after boot so that I can log in and holding ctl-alt-1 at boot doesn't work either. I guess I should have installed a log in manager or edited /etc/default/grub. How do I log into my system?


OK, I have it working now.

General Discussion / Re: How to strip down Peppermint 7?
« on: April 23, 2017, 11:03:28 am »
The latest with regards to installing a mini.iso system, is that I have the basics up and running on a computer with an i3 Intel processor and 4 GB ram, so it isn't a anemic computer, but I am still trying to keep this experiment lean, so it can be a point of departure for anyone wanting a lean system that is user friendly, reliable and looks good, like Peppermint OS.

After installing the minimal system, i installed the following, but not all at once:
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sudo su apt-get install xorg i3 synaptic  gksu pcmanfm surf aspell-da pluma clipitI started with xorg and then went step for step to see how much extra got pulled in. It may be possible to limit how much gets pulled in, but so far I have just let it happen, to see how lean it will be compared to a system like Microwatt.

General Discussion / Re: How to strip down Peppermint 7?
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:55:38 am »
Which EeePC is it (model #) ?

I know some had SSD's and RAM soldered to the motherboard, but I thought they all had a RAM expansion slot too.

Have you tried plain Debian .. it's gonna be more work and a bit rougher round the edges, but possibly a smidgen lighter.
(I'd assume okay with UEFI, though in your particular case I could be wrong)
It doesn't say anything, but I think VinDSL is correct. Fortunately, I was eventually able to install Microwatt on the EeePC and it seems to be fine. I haven't tried using Midori as web browser yet, but rather sticking to the stock surf web browser on the EeePC.

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