Friday, June 29, 2007

Linux Mint Repos

This is my /etc/apt/sources.list on Linux Mint 3.0 Cassandra (Feisty Fawn):

## UBUNTU REPOSITORIES
## -------------------
##
## Feisty (Ubuntu 7.04)
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu feisty main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu feisty main restricted universe multiverse
##
## Proposed Updates
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu feisty-proposed main restricted universe multiverse
##
## Bug Fixes
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu feisty-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu feisty-updates main restricted universe multiverse
##
## Security Updates
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu feisty-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu feisty-security main restricted universe multiverse
##
## Backports
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu feisty-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu feisty-backports main restricted universe multiverse


## LINUX MINT REPOSITORIES
## -----------------------
##
## Cassandra (Linux Mint 3.0)
deb http://www.linuxmint.com/repository cassandra/
##
## Romeo (Linux Mint Unstable)
## deb http://www.linuxmint.com/repository romeo/


## OTHER REPOSITORIES
## ------------------
##
## Canonical (RealPlayer10, Opera, DesktopSecure etc...)
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu feisty-commercial main
##
## Medibuntu (Codecs and extra applications)
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ feisty free non-free
Everything is default, except for the Medibuntu repo, because they have changed the address since the release of Cassandra.

If you are using Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn, and want to get the Mint menu (or other Mint packages), simply adding the repos to sources.list and apt-getting mint stuff doesn't work.

Ricardo (sistemico on UbuntuForums.org) wrote:
I download the mintdisk package browsing Bianca repository:
http://www.linuxmint.com/repository/bianca/

I installed mintdisk*.deb, then you should use synaptic again and mintmenu would be installed.

(I'm Feisty Fawn user).

It works for me, Good luck!
I've yet to test that.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Faster Mozilla Firefox

Getting Mozilla® Firefox® faster and faster:
GNU IceCat - GNU's version of Firefox

  • Limit RAM usage. If Mozilla® Firefox® takes up too much memory on your computer, you can limit the amount of RAM it is allowed to us. Again, go to about:config, filter “browser.cache” and select “browser.cache.disk.capacity”. It’s set to 50000, but you can lower it, depending on how much memory you have. Try 15000 16384 if you have between 512MB and 1GB ram.
  • Reduce RAM usage further for when Firefox is minimized. This setting will move Mozilla® Firefox® to your hard drive when you minimize it, taking up much less memory. And there is no noticeable difference in speed when you restore Mozilla® Firefox®, so it’s definitely worth a go. Again, go to about:config, right-click anywhere and select New --> Boolean. Name it “config.trim_on_minimize” and set it to TRUE. You have to restart Mozilla® Firefox® for these settings to take effect.
  • Use Swiftfox® Swiftweasel: a pre-compiled Mozilla® Firefox® for your processor.
  • Use Swiftfox® Swiftweasel + Fluxbox Openbox on Arch GNU/Linux, ...

Bon Echo IceWeasel

Bon Echo logo

On Arch GNU/Linux, the "Mozilla Firefox" application is called "Bon Echo", just like it's called "IceWeasel" on Debian GNU/Linux. They also use different icons.

The reason for these various re-branding names/icons is because of the Mozilla Foundation, umm I mean Corporation. They've started insisting that no one uses the name Firefox for Mozilla Firefox if it didn't come as it is from their source/binary.

Their point is, if you take the source and change it and do something bad with it, then package it as Firefox, other users may get confused and think that the bad stuff came from Mozilla.
This has to be done because a distribution may only use the name "Firefox" and its artwork if there are no unofficial modifications (i.e. no custom patches).
(from Arch Wiki)
Yes, they now have a good name to keep its reputation, and while this is fine in general, it produced a war between Debian and Mozilla.

Now if you are using one of those re-branded versions, here are two tips to call it Mozilla Firefox back as it should:

A. The useragent:
  1. Open the following address: "about:config"
  2. Type in the Filter bar: useragent
  3. Look for: general.useragent.extra.firefox
  4. Replace "BonEcho" with "Firefox".
Thanks to IceRAM on Arch Forums for this tip.

B. Title of the application and About:
  1. cd /opt/mozilla/lib/firefox/chrome
  2. sudo unzip -q en-US.jar locale/branding/brand.*
  3. sudo sed -i "s/Bon Echo/Mozilla Firefox/" locale/branding/brand.* [Instead of "s/Bon Echo/Mozilla Firefox/" it can be whatever you want, like: "s/Bon Echo/Firefox/" or "s/Bon Echo/Foxy/" etc...]
  4. sudo zip -q -0 -u en-US.jar locale/branding/brand.*
  5. sudo rm -rf locale/
Thanks to Firmicus on Arch Forums for this tip.