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Re: The Distribution
George Bonser wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Jan 1998, Rick Jones wrote:
> Note that I might not have been clear in my language. corsica's
> /pub/debian directory is an NFS mount over the internet from another
> debian mirror. If you have a resonably fast net connection and a static IP
> I can export it for you but I am simply mounting the /pub/mirrors/debian
> from ftp.kernel.org so you can do the same thing and cut me out.
I see. I didn't know there was a Debian NFS mount location. Public
You said something about creating space for SEUL also. You meant
mounting it from their server?
> > I don't know if we should use unique package names. I was trying to
> > compile a windows manager to check out and found imake was missing. It
> > isn't called the imake pkg any more under Debian but is in the README
> > for compiling. There must be some standard naming convention someplace
> > to use. At least accepted naming conventions to go by.
> We are going to need unique names if we change anything. For example ...
> fvwm2_X.YY.Z-N.deb might become fvwm2_X.YY.Z-N_SEUL.deb. This prevents
> someone from having their SEUL package overwritten accidently if they
> connect to a debian archive. We make the SEUL package conflict with the
> Debian package so it will throw you into a conflict resolution and alert
Why not do it the same as Debian - fvwm2_x.yy.z-n.sul <- Does the job.
> So far from what I have seen in the /etc area, fvwm2 seems to be the most
> extensible and the most easilly auto-updated and the most easilly
> customized. The dotfile generator also allows user configuration.
Take a look at Afterstep, WindowMaker, and Enlightenment.
> See above. I am not against anything but I truely feel that the fvwm2
> package is currently our best option. One problem I had with WM on my
> system was that it displays something down in the lower left corner of the
> screen but I can not make out what it is. Fvwm2 displayed fine, icons,
> pager, even representations of apps in the pager. It is a Cirrus CG-5428
> card. If we go with wm, I am going to have a broken display until I can
> figure out what is wrong. wm was broken at all resolutions.
The last call is for the *installation wm* not the *main wm*. WM2 will
be replaced by whatever the main is decided to be upon completion of
installation. I chose it because it's footprint is less than 53k while
the others are many times more, yet it presents a fair display which can
be enhanced with a background jpg, and looks nothing like Windoze. It's
the bare minimum, which is exactly what we want for the install process.
I'm still researching choices for the *main* window manager.
Enlightenment, WindowMaker, Afterstep, FVWM2
are the choices I'm looking at, in order of current preference.
There are pro's and con's to each of them. I think that when that WM
opens in front of them for the first time, it should blow their mind.
Many have seen a Mac, Unix, OS/2 interface before. They are expecting
the same old dull interface with a few differences. When a WM like
enlightenment pops on screen, the eye candy will make their tongue
drop. It's like a movie with great special effects opposed to obviously
Before you say it, I am also considering function. Eye candy is
worthless if it doesn't get the job done. I'm shooting for the best of