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Updated: 34 min 29 sec ago

Re: Simple screenshooter?

34 min 29 sec ago
After replacing gthumb with mirage as the image viewer for my now very
hacked up LXDE desktop, I decided to have another go at the screen-
shooter, just grabbing what I could from mirage. It works, I like it
(for now), and I don't need scrot, imlib, or giblib.
"""
Screenshooter2.py
A simple screenshooter, modified from mirage and uses its

Re: [NORLUG] .deb question

34 min 29 sec ago
You can always break apart an existing deb file with ar:
[link]
This might help decipher (teachers would hate me as I am using wikipedia!):
[link])
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Kelly

 

Re: [NORLUG] .deb question

34 min 29 sec ago
Its pretty easy. I would start with looking at some sample packages
(apt-get source whatever) and see the structure of the "debian"
directory in the source. You basicly just need to duplicate that,
then run: dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot
(you need at least the dpkg-dev and fakeroot packages installed)

.deb question

34 min 29 sec ago
Anybody got any experience with creating .deb packages? I could use a
few pointers on where to get started.
Cheers,
Grant

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 29 sec ago
It's surprising how well just the stock Ubuntu LTSP install works on
low-end hardware. My terminal server is a Dell Optiplex GX240 with a
Pentium IV 2.6GHz processor, 1.5GB of DDR RAM, and a Gigabit Ethernet
card (cost me a pretty pesewa, but was totally worth it). My thin
clients are a smattering of Pentium Pros, Pentium IIs, and Pentium

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 29 sec ago
For a lightweight desktop, you might look at LXDE. Much lighter on resources
than GNOME or XFCE, but no auto-mounting of USB flash drives. Not sure of
the status of Lubuntu; I'm running the Fedora spin, which still pulls in too
much GNOME stuff for my liking. WM is openbox.

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 29 sec ago
I was using IceWM in my lab build before I switched to thin clients.
Most of the heavy lifting is done on the server side, and the few apps
that do benefit from being run locally are installed in the ltsp pxe
image.
Also, I like the on-the-job training I get in how to lock down Gnome.
Makes me think I might actually be able to get a job doing this stuff

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 29 sec ago
Not from me, but have you considered switching to IceWM or something like
that. I know that the memory usage of WMs isn't much compared to browsers,
but every little bit helps. :)
A

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 29 sec ago
Holy gzip, Batman! Opera Turbo kicks ass! Why didn't I try this before?
My one gripe is that it doesn't support Offline Gmail. Or Gears. But
whatever; I have Firefox for that. Any more bandwidth-optimizing tips?
As for the computer lab, I'll install it for next term and see how it works.
2010/3/10 Grant Dobbe <grant.do...@gmail.com>:

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 29 sec ago
12 simultaneous *clients*. Usually, the students sit 2 to a computer.
Makes for 24 simultaneous users, but only 12 clients. Makes life
interesting. :)
I'm downloading Opera for Ubuntu, and will give it a try. If it works
well enough on my own box, I'll try it in the lab. If nothing else,
it'll make my own web browsing experience more pleasant.

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 29 sec ago
Admittedly, I have no experience trying to shoehorn 12 connections through a
cell-phone modem. I feel for you.
OT is an external proxy, but a pretty good one. For very slow connections
it implements image downsampling, compression, and a bunch of other things.
I've had nothing but good experiences with it, but I've never been on a

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 30 sec ago
I looked at the Opera Turbo description; it looks like it'll be faster
for one connection, but doesn't tell me much about multiple instances
of Opera on the same connection are handled.
That's my big problem. I've set up a terminal server using Ubuntu LTSP
(which works wonderfully, by the way). I then connect the terminal

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 30 sec ago
Did you try the Opera Turbo stuff? There's no configuration, no need to
install or maintain anything.
A

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 30 sec ago
To clarify: I'm looking for something the next computer teacher/IT guy
at my school can continue to use after I leave Ghana in 6 months.
2010/3/9 Grant Dobbe <grant.do...@gmail.com>:

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 30 sec ago
Webmin would make it easier for managing Squid, but then I run into
the problem of explaining how to install squid *and* webmin.
Also, you have to tweak squid to really get the most performance out
of it. I'm looking for something that runs as a service, that you can
pretty much just turn on and forget.

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 30 sec ago
Could the Webmin module make it easier?

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 30 sec ago
I need it to work for 12 computers. Hence, squid.
2010/3/9 Adam Gurno <adam.gu...@gmail.com>:

Re: [NORLUG] Caching proxy server

34 min 30 sec ago
Is Google Web Accelerator still available? ... Nope.
Opera has built-in caching. It's pretty nifty. Have you tried it?
A

Caching proxy server

34 min 30 sec ago
I've a bit of a problem.
I need a caching proxy server to help reduce that nagging dial-up
feeling for my computer lab's one GPRS internet connection. I've been
using squid, but it proves to be a bit hard for a normal user to
maintain.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a simple caching proxy server

Re: [NORLUG] Re: Simple screenshooter?

34 min 30 sec ago
I want the filename prompt (and want to keep the screenshots on my system)
so:
scrot -s -b $(zenity --entry --text "Image filename:" --entry-text
"$HOME/Desktop/" --title "ScreenShooter")
Well worth the extra 625K of disk space for scrot, imlib2, and giblib.
Thanks