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HRH_H_Crab
post Jul 28 2008, 10:58 PM
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O.K.
After just a few hours of Debian EABI and Yongun 2.6.24 on my Z I think I have found the best Zaurus distro yet.
Only problem is, I really don't like Icewm!
Has anyone got GPE working properly?
Ive got it installed and the login application seems to work, but I can't figure out how to set it up properly.
A few people on the forum seem to be experimenting, but I've not yet found anything in the way of a useful guide to how to get GPE working on Debian EABI.

If anyone knows of one, or fancies posting their experiences, please use this thread! biggrin.gif

(Just for the record - if I can figure out why my battery drains so quickly, I'll be using Debian EABI even if I am forced to use the horrible Icewm for gui apps - its really that good!)
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matthis
post Jul 29 2008, 03:46 AM
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About the battery: I find my battery dies quickly with Debian as well. I am using yonggun's andromeda image.
I have two suppositions:
- we need to make lower the backlight level, which is easy in X but I don't know how to do it in console.
- maybe by default the cpu is overclocked.

Anyone knowing more about this?
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Capn_Fish
post Jul 29 2008, 05:41 AM
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Unfortunately, neither of those is the cause AFAICT. I have my backlight at the lowest level (run "display-brightness down") and using cpufreq-info shows that my CPU is at the usual 416 MHz.

Debian DOES eat battery while the Z is suspended, though. I'd like that isssue fixed (and anything that improves battery life is OK with me).

EDIT: Why would you want to add GPE? Surely there are better WMs/environments for you?
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HRH_H_Crab
post Jul 29 2008, 06:58 AM
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QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Jul 29 2008, 02:41 PM) *
EDIT: Why would you want to add GPE? Surely there are better WMs/environments for you?


I find GPE looks nicer and is much simpler for a pda style machine.
GPE is very forgiving for one mouse button too, I don't like that little widget to simulate the other mouse button.
Im actually more of a command line than gui guy anyway!

But to be honest, I can live with Icewm if forced to (ugh - having to "mouse" almost below the physical extent of the screen to click taskbar widgets would not be fun on a bumpy bus!).

The battery issue is another matter though. ;/
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post Jul 29 2008, 08:44 AM
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If you like the CLI, what about EvilWM? It's keyboard-controlled, and has a dedicated terminal-launch key-combo (plus a simple design, no eye-candy to clutter your screen or eat up precious pixels). It's also really fast!

For right clicking, have you tried the xbindkeys method?
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HRH_H_Crab
post Jul 29 2008, 09:20 AM
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Can't really be bothered. My attraction to GPE comes from being a long term OZ and Angstrom user - I really like it and all the gpe apps.
If I can't get GPE working I'll slum it with Icewm and just use screen for non gui stuff (thats really the best wm ;P).

The problem is this battery issue though, if there is no solution then sadly there is no future for Debian on my Z, which is a damn shame, because its by far the best thing I have tried.
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post Jul 29 2008, 09:53 AM
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Maybe stealing the config files from Angstrom would help? I'm not familiar with GPE at all (all I know is that it's one more thing to get rid of), so pardon me if that's a horrible suggestion.
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post Jul 31 2008, 07:16 AM
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Have you tried LXDE? Its similar to GPE and has a launcher thats like GPE also.
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HRH_H_Crab
post Aug 1 2008, 04:27 AM
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No, I haven't. Thanks for the suggestions of alternate desktops everyone, but I must stubbornly adhere to GPE!
I really like it.
If I can't get it working I'll persist with the console and *shudder* Icewm for my quarterly adventures with a browser! wink.gif
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