A sbopkg GUI

An interesting post appeared in LQ, announcing a graphical user interface for sbopkg based on PyQt. It is described as being similar to the Synaptic Package Manager, just simpler. The developer is Gernot Walzl and his web-page contains a lot of interesting stuff, among which the sbopkg_gui can be found.
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Install an older Google Earth release

I like to have Google Earth available. One of the features I like is the ability to view photos from almost any location. Unfortunately, the version available at the moment from SBo (7.1.4.1529) has some bug that prevents it from displaying places photos. This did not happen with version 6.2.2.6613. Unfortunatelly, finding an older version of Google Earth turned out to be quite difficult.
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Thunar: do not execute shell script files

Every time I need to open a shell script file that is executable (typically a SlackBuild), I right click on it in Thunar and select my editor from the Open with sub-menu. I miss the functionality of Nautilus, where I could tell the file browser to directly open such shell script files in a text editor when double clicked.

I searched a little and found several discussions about it. Read the rest of this entry »


Virtual machine settings 2

This is ridiculous. Some time ago I ‘fixed’ the setting of my VirtualBox. However, I experienced segfaults again. I am using VirtualBox version 5.0.14 r105127 on Slackware64 14.1 -multilib. The host machine is running Slackware64 -current and the program in question is Ugene version 1.21.0. I managed to make it build fine after I set the following options for the VM: Read the rest of this entry »


Precompiled third-party packages

Many Slackware users avoid installing unofficial precompiled packages on their systems. I find this understandable, since there has never been (IMHO!) a big and trusted repository for third-party packages. I used to install just a couple of packages provided by AlienBob (like LibreOffice and some of its dictionaries) and then compile everything else from SlackBuilds.org. Read the rest of this entry »