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Old 5th March 2016, 05:31 AM
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E16 ... two years and four fedoras later

The best test of any system -- beyond suitability for intended purpose -- is its durability. Adaptability runs a close second, because longevity can and usually is a function of being able to roll with the punches. For reasons that are not particularly critical to this, for the last three years I’ve been in a situation where I had far less time to “tweak” and play with my computer(s); instead needing them to be fully functional and trouble free daily and long term. For that purpose, my weapon of choice was e16 over Fedora (x).

Speed, simplicity, dependability were all big parts of that. It isn’t heavy on resources, and it “just works”.

For the longer duration journeys, I lugged what is best described as a “desktop replacement”. An i7 HP 17.3 inch “laptop” is a laptop in name only. It’s not something you casually whip out of your briefcase in an accountant’s office, or in a negotiation meeting with a realtor. But to be honest, I found even a strong tablet to be unequal to the task as well. That means a small laptop, and that means you have to lighten up on the resources. And that neatly kicks KDE and Gnome 3 to the curb.

I only considered an inherited MacBook Pro for six or seven seconds. Nice they are, but heavy, too. So the Samsung ATIV series 9 got drafted. The problem there turned out to be the high resolution screen. At 3200 x 1800, on 13 inches of screen, things get a wee bit hard to read. The wrinkle there was the fact the only sane 16:9 entry in the xrandr available list was the native 3200 resolution.

Enter Duck-Duck-Go, and thence the Arch WIki. A while later, I’m the proud owner of a new 10-monitor.conf file, chugging along at 1920 x 1080, and life is visible again.

So it went. As the miles and time stacked on, e16 over F20 faithfully did what I asked them to do, and did so trouble free. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a had act to follow.

But you just know the story doesn't stop there, right? <..::..>
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Old 5th March 2016, 05:31 AM
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Re: E16 ... two years and four fedoras later

Once things in my life started to slow down a bit, and I had a chance to get back to theming, I noticed several Settings Menu items had disappeared from recent editions, and no matter what I tweaked, I couldn't get 'em back. One of those was a favorite called, "Transparency". So after I quit slingin' snot and kickin' rocks, I took my hat in my hands and contacted the developer. Sure enough. Pseudo-transparency had been slowing things down, so Kim had shut it off.

Aw, dang. <....>

But ... in it's place, he turned me on to some other options, such as real Alpha channel transparency in theming elements. Ergo, I'm back in business! <....>
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Re: E16 ... two years and four fedoras later

Some recent tweaks and twiddles:
  • Using small scripts to launch multiple apps with a single menu item.
  • New graphics for tooltips
  • New graphics for start/restart throbber.
  • True Alpha channel theme elements.

Samples tomorrow ... sleep tonight.
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Old 5th March 2016, 06:03 AM
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Re: E16 ... two years and four fedoras later

This is the most recent theme and effort.

Figure 1 -- Screen 1



Figure 2 -- Screen 2



As before, it's a work in progress ... but I kinda like it.
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Old 5th March 2016, 05:12 PM
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Hey... Dan is back... With more stories.
I really enjoy reading them. Waiting for the next update.
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Old 5th March 2016, 05:28 PM
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Re: E16 ... two years and four fedoras later

Thanks! Just updated the new theme screenshots above. The jpg crunching to get them into the forum albums didn't do 'em much justice, though. But I think you can see them well enough to get the idea.
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Old 5th March 2016, 09:01 PM
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Re: E16 ... two years and four fedoras later

And here are the afore mentioned tooltips graphics edits.

Figure 3 -- Tool Tips
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Old 9th March 2016, 01:20 AM
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Re: E16 ... two years and four fedoras later

And ... in anticipation of St. Patricks day ...

Figure 4 -- Green and Brass -- screen 1



Figure 5 -- Green and Brass -- screen 2
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Old 9th March 2016, 05:51 AM
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Re: E16 ... two years and four fedoras later

BTW how is the Samsung working for ya... I'm on the lookout for a lappi...
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Old 9th March 2016, 07:59 AM
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Re: E16 ... two years and four fedoras later

I've been tickled silly with it. I may eventually replace the SSD with a 256 or bigger, but for what I need it for (that being a light and portable unit) it has been doing fine.
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Re: E16 ... two years and four fedoras later

Code:
Last login: Fri Apr 15 08:57:04 2016 from 192.168.0.17
Sun Microsystems Inc.   SunOS 5.10      Generic January 2005
You have new mail.
-bash-3.00# uptime
  9:34am  up 1640 day(s),  3:23,  1 user,  load average: 0.18, 0.17, 0.17
-bash-3.00#

It's not pretty, but it runs. Last boot was due to a power outage, and interestingly, PHP doesn't leak memory on Solaris.

I do however run fedora on absolutely everything else I got.

Last edited by bobx001; 15th April 2016 at 10:40 AM. Reason: forgot something
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