Sunday, December 15, 2019

ArcticFox 27.9.19 release

Arctic Fox 27.9.19 has been released!

Plenty of enhancements, still supports your trusty Mac from 10.6 up and Linux PowerPC!

Arctic Fox on Devuan amd64

Code has been fixed to support newer compilers. On Linux, currently, the highest supported compiler remains gcc 6.5, more recent versions do compile now with this release, but fail to link afterwards with errors on very standard symbols. Help appreciated! On NetBSD gcc 7 now works fine instead.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

ArcticFox has working DevTools again

The past release of 27.9.15 ArcticFox has the Developer Tools working again, they were broken previously because of excessive work on Private browsing.

You can see them here in full action:

ArcticFox continues the work as a fork of PaleMoon trying to catch up with past releases of FireFox.
It has been succesfully backported up to MacOS 10.6 SnowLeopard, is working reliably on Linux x86, amd64 and PowerPC 32bit and 64bit.

If you like the browser, we need your help!

Thursday, February 07, 2019

GIMP 2.10.6 working on MacOS Leopard!

My white MacBook is a perfectly fine computer, has an excellent screen and keyboard (superior to later models I have) so even if it is running a legacy OS version, I'd love to continue using it and, perhaps, other of you are in the same situation.

Besides ArcticFox (which I got running on 10.6, but not on 10.5 yet) and various developer tools, the most essential tool I like to have is GIMP, also given the excellent LCD this Laptop has.

Some work from macports to get up-to-date tools and dependent libraries, I patched its package.

Little work was needed in GIMP itself, I shared all the patches upstream and I hope they will be accepted. The remaining issues are in GEGL, but different solutions are available: essentially realpath doesn't like a null argument.

Enjoy this screenshot as a proof.

Next question: will it work on PowerPC too? I hope so! Getting GIMP to work on 10.5 opens this possibility.

P.S.: this post was written directly on the MacBook i386 using TenFourFox running natively on Intel!

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

ArcticFox on 10.6

ArcticFox, currently in my own fork, succesfully compiles natively on MacOS 10.6 Snow Leopard and runs! 64 bit currently.
Great news for those who use older but still perfectly capable Macintoshes....

ArcticFox derives from PaleMoon 27 which in turn is FireFox derived.

I tried Facebook and even WebGL samples as this screenshot shows.

This Blog entry is written natively on my MacBook and ArcticFox.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

first release of StepSync!

I'm proud to announce the first release of StepSync, a file sync tool for GNUstep and MacOS (even for venerable PowerPC).

StepSync allows synchronization of folders, optionally recursively descending in sub-folders. It allows thus various options of performing backups: pure insertion, updates and including full synchronization by importing changes from target to source.

After months of development and testing, I consider it stable enough, I tested it with thousands of files and folders.

You can find it at the GNUstep Application Project. I already have plans for new features!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Graphos 0.7 released

Graphos 0.7 has been released a couple of days ago!

What's new for GNUstep's vector editor?
  • improved Bezier path editor (add/remove points)
  • Knife (Bezier Path splitting) instrument fixed and re-enabled (broken since original GDraw import!)
  • important crash fixes (Undo/Redo related)
  • Interface improvements to be more usable with Tablet/Pen digitizer.
Graphos continues to work on GNUstep for Linux/BSD as well as natively on MacOS.

Graphos running on MacOS:

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Graphos GNUstep and Tablet interface

I have acquired a Thinkpad X41 Tablet and worked quite a bit on it making it usable and then installing Linux and of course GNUstep on it. The original battery was dead and the compatible replacement I got is bigger, it works very well, but makes the device unbalanced.

Anyway, my interest about it how usable GNUstep applications would be and especially Graphos, its (and my) drawing application.

Using the interface in Tablet mode is different: the stylus is very precise and allows clicking by pointing the tip and a second button is also possible. However, contrary to the mouse use, the keyboard is folded so no keyboard modifiers are possible. Furthermore GNUstep has no on-screen keyboard so typing is not possible.

The classic OpenStep-style Menus work exceedingly well with a touch interface:the menus are easy to click and teared-out they remain like palettes, making toolbars not necessary.
This is a good start!

However, Graphos was not easy to use: aside from typing text, with no keyboard, several components requried typing (e.g. inserting Line Width).
I worked on the interface so that all these elements also had a clickable interface (e.g. Stepper Arrows). Duplicating certain items available in context-menus in regular menus, which can be detached, provided also an enhancements.
Standard items like the color wheel already work very well

Drawing on the screen is definitely very precise and convenient. Stay tuned for the upcoming release!