Tidbits – Ember News http://futuramerlin.com/news Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:58:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Wreathe 7.3 development update http://futuramerlin.com/news/2016/08/14/2798-wreathe-7-3-development-update/ Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:53:10 +0000 http://futuramerlin.com/c/?p=2798 Screenshot_2016.08.14_14.38.31
Wreathe 7.3, in its current rough-working-draft state.

Wreathe 7.3: Elegiac is coming along (note the new version numbering — it’s now “7.3” instead of “7r3”). There’s a screenshot at the right, although some aspects of the user interface will change before release.

Anyway, some system requirements for the eventual 7.3 update (subject to change):

  • Intel Core 2 Duo CPU or compatible
  • At least 64GB available disk space
  • Compatible GPU
  • Colour display, LCD (minimum 1024 pixels in each direction) recommended
  • At least 8GB RAM
  • Compatible keyboard (any standard IBM-compatible should work, such as the IBM SpaceSaver II)
  • Compatible pointing tool (mouse, TrackPoint, etc.)

It will probably be possible to install Wreathe 7.3 on computers that don’t meet the recommended system requirements, but that will not be supported.

Wreathe 7.3 will probably focus on creating a stable and maintainable base OS, while new features will probably not appear until Wreathe 7.4. The next major version will be Wreathe 8, which will represent the convergence of the Wreathe  and Ember Computing Environment projects.

Wreathe 7.3 will probably become available sometime between 2016 and 2018.

Check out the overlay on GitHub!

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Web site update is live! http://futuramerlin.com/news/2016/03/06/2778-web-site-update-is-live/ Sun, 06 Mar 2016 07:15:21 +0000 http://futuramerlin.com/c/?p=2778 Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 02.13.50.08200.-0500
The new Web site, as seen live 2016 Mar. 6 (UTC−5) using Firefox! (Developer Edition 46.0a2)

The Web site update has now been published to the main site. It still has some issues, and I will work to resolve them over the next while….

Enjoy! 😹

 

If there are problems you want to let me know about, feel free to post an issue to GitHub (or email me at e.wallace@futuramerlin.com). :)

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News http://futuramerlin.com/news/news/ Sun, 06 Mar 2016 03:36:57 +0000 http://futuramerlin.com/c/?page_id=2773

Wreathe 7.3 development update

Screenshot_2016.08.14_14.38.31
Wreathe 7.3, in its current rough-working-draft state.

Wreathe 7.3: Elegiac is coming along (note the new version numbering — it's now "7.3" instead of "7r3"). There's a screenshot at the right, although some aspects of the user interface will change before release.

Anyway, some system requirements for the eventual 7.3 update (subject to change):

  • Intel Core 2 Duo CPU or compatible
  • At least 64GB available disk space
  • Compatible GPU
  • Colour display, LCD (minimum 1024 pixels in each direction) recommended
  • At least 8GB RAM
  • Compatible keyboard (any standard IBM-compatible should work, such as the IBM SpaceSaver II)
  • Compatible pointing tool (mouse, TrackPoint, etc.)

It will probably be possible to install Wreathe 7.3 on computers that don't meet the recommended system requirements, but that will not be supported.

Wreathe 7.3 will probably focus on creating a stable and maintainable base OS, while new features will probably not appear until Wreathe 7.4. The next major version will be Wreathe 8, which will represent the convergence of the Wreathe  and Ember Computing Environment projects.

Wreathe 7.3 will probably become available sometime between 2016 and 2018.

Check out the overlay on GitHub!

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Web site and Wreathe updates

Following up on the previous post on the Wreathe GNU/Linux distribution:

  • No Wreathe versions except Wreathe 5: Rain and Wreathe 7r2: Elegy are currently supported; users running other versions of Wreathe are advised to update to Wreathe 7r2: Elegy.
  • Wreathe 5: Rain support will end 1 October 2016; users currently running Wreathe 5: Rain are advised to update to Wreathe 7r2: Elegy before that date.
  • Wreathe 7r3: Elegiac is now being actively developed, and will be based on the Gentoo GNU/Linux distribution. Driver issues are currently blocking development (the OS crashes before boot completes when using the proprietary NVIDIA drivers).

Regarding the Futuramerlin Web site:

  • A new design went live on 6 March 2016.
  • User acceptance feedback indicates that the new design is suboptimal.
  • The new design renders the Web site unusable in current versions of the Konqueror Web browser (the menu covers the page content).
  • I plan to change the way the design is implemented so that all browsers are served a basic HTML page, and then JavaScript is used for visual styling in browsers that support it. This should make most or all users able to access the Web site's content, but will detrimental effects as follow:
    • Users with JavaScript disabled and a browser that supports the site's CSS will see an un-styled version of the site.
    • Users with JavaScript whitelisting may be prompted to enable JavaScript for the site, even though using the site does not require JavaScript.

    Unfortunately, I do not know how to resolve those two issues without making the Web site harder to use on mobile computers.

  • I may change some aspects of the design, or make it customisable, to increase user acceptance.

General updates:

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Web site update is live!

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 02.13.50.08200.-0500
The new Web site, as seen live 2016 Mar. 6 (UTC−5) using Firefox! (Developer Edition 46.0a2)

The Web site update has now been published to the main site. It still has some issues, and I will work to resolve them over the next while….

Enjoy! 😹

 

If there are problems you want to let me know about, feel free to post an issue to GitHub (or email me at e.wallace@futuramerlin.com). :)

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Wreathe

Important update for Wreathe OS users

Wreathe

Update on the status of Wreathe (a GNU/Linux operating system provided by Futuramerlin):

Summary:

  • All versions prior to Wreathe 5: Rain will become unsupported after 1 April 2016. I suggest migrating to the latest version, Wreathe 7r2: Elegy.
  • Wreathe 5: Rain will become unsupported after 1 October 2016. I suggest migrating to the latest version, Wreathe 7r2: Elegy.
  • Wreathe 7r3 is currently in development. An update regarding its status will be posted before 1 July 2016.

Details:

  • The following versions of Wreathe will become unsupported after 1 April 2016:
    • Wreathe 1: Frost
    • Wreathe 1r2: Frost
    • Wreathe 4: Blossom
  • Wreathe 5: Rain will become unsupported after 1 October 2016.
  • The following versions of Wreathe are development versions, and while they have never been supported, they will become explicitly unsupported after 1 April 2016:
    • Wreathe 2 dev: Mist, aka Wreathe 2a: Mist
    • Wreathe 3 dev: Unicorn
    • Wreathe 4 dev: Blossom, aka Wreathe 4 dev 1: Blossom
    • Wreathe 4 dev 2: Blossom
    • Wreathe 5 dev: Rain
    • Wreathe 7a: Elegy
    • Wreathe 7r2a: Elegy
  • Wreathe 2e: Mist is an unofficial version, and while it has never been supported, it will become explicitly unsupported after 1 April 2016.
  • The following versions of Wreathe were cancelled before release, and while they have never been supported, they will become explicitly unsupported after 1 April 2016:
    • Wreathe 2: Frost
    • Wreathe 3: Unicorn
    • Wreathe 6: Forest
    • Wreathe 7: Elegy
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Another update on the Web site update. Don't get too excited, I guess.

Chrome seems to have a problem with my site. Of COURSE it's not something I coded wrong, that's just silly.
Chrome seems to have a problem with my site. Of COURSE it's not something I coded wrong, that's just silly.

As it turns out, once I thought the new design was pretty much good to go aside from a couple of minor tweaks, a few big issues presented themselves, most notably that the logo has a scrollbar in Google Chrome. Here's the list of what's left to get done:

 

  • Blocking release:
    • Fix logo having a scrollbar in Chrome.
    • Fix broken positioning / media queries in Safari.
    • Finish the content.
  • Not blocking release:
    • Content changes:
      • Add "All Topics" link to Categories tab in blog.
    • Layout bugs:
      • Make Close button on blog menu dropdowns not collide with dropdown contents.
      • Make first and last items in toolbar not draw their edge borders all the way down the toolbar when there are multiple rows of buttons on the toolbar.
      • Fix lines in the fancy buttons' backgrounds in Chrome (also slightly affects Firefox).
      • Clear the floated images in blog-test.htm.
      • Fix entry-title not wrapping around entry-meta.
      • Fix blockquote end quotation mark not being inset.
      • Fix buttons not showing the highlights correctly (use SVG instead of PNG).
      • Fix "Telephones and Tags" header being indented unexpectedly in blog-test.htm.
      • Fix zoomed-in media query bug (? As of this writing, 2016 Feb. 17, I don't remember exactly what this was or how to reproduce it).
    • Features:
      • Make toolbar and pagination sticky / always visible (feature request).
        • I think this probably wouldn't make much sense when using a small screen, because the toolbar and pagination would perchance risk obscuring the content entirely, which would rather defeat the point of me having a Web site in the first place, I dare say. Maybe have this be a togglable option? It could be a button at the bottom of the navigation menu, perhaps.
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