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Re: UnlockMe App for Linux Lite
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2018, 01:39:40 AM »
 

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Re: UnlockMe App for Linux Lite
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2018, 02:10:35 PM »
 

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@Scott you're most welcome!


Here goes another tweak I will be committing to UnlockMe @Github soon:


Compton Compositor - Compton Compositor for beautiful tear free compositing in Xfce


This is the one display compositor that has saved my old machines running Linux Lite. The default compositor does not provide tear free compositing for many old (and some new) video cards, e.g.: Intel G33 or Nvidia 9800GT in my case. With Compton, there is not only beautiful and lightweight animations in LL but also a really nice tear free compositing in Xfce - no more choppy Youtube videos... the other route is compiz but that's an entire different beast.


I've read posts in the forum from users asking how to install and configure compton. While the installation is not difficult at all, the configuration is what makes compton usable. So, UnlockMe tweak will handle this out of the box :)


What the tweak does:
- Installs compton and provides a functional/tested/optimized configuration out of the box.
- It disables the default compositor during installation (if enabled) to prevent display compositing conflicts.
- Compton configuration is installed and available for all user accounts on install.
- Compton Autostart is installed and available for all user accounts. Each user account can enable or disable compton compositor individually.
- Elevation is only required for install/uninstall. It uses pkexec so that it can be installed or removed from any account with proper elevation.
- When user enables compton it sets itself to autostart. When disabled, it removes itself from the autostart to prevent conflicts with other display compositor the user may enable.
- If compton was installed prior to UnlockMe, a configuration file will be set for the user in those cases if it doesn't exists.
- GUI displays Compton status Enabled/Disabled and hints whether it is set for Autostart or not.


Now we can just point and click to get it all done and done. No more copying config files after installing compton, no more manually adding autostart. The list keeps on growing :)














What's not included but already in my ToDo's:
- Option to backup compton configuration
- Better detection of compton config - Instead of installing the config included in UnlockMe, prompt the user if a previous compton config exists and provide options to backup the previous config or to overwrite it.
- GUI to manage compton parameters (this is way down at the bottom of the list because each config file can be directly edited by the user with no admin privileges required).


I'm pushing it up to github by the end of the day  ;D


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Re: UnlockMe App for Linux Lite
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2018, 09:24:53 PM »
 

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im just got it on my machine- im loving it so far
hey guys im Bluzeo and Linux Lite user that got his own open source company!
 

Re: UnlockMe App for Linux Lite
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2018, 11:40:03 AM »
 

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im just got it on my machine- im loving it so far


Glad you like it @bluzeo . That makes it two of us  ;D


Please run UnlockMe updater (install.sh) once again to get the latest updates. There was a small but important bug fix pushed to Github and a set of features added for Compton:









* Fixed retrieving/storing username for non admins executions
* Added new features for Compton Compositor
- Check if APT processes are running before compton install/uninstall
- Check if compton.conf file exists during install/uninstall and prompt user to backup config file.
- Added “Backup configuration” GUI option
- Added “Restore from backup” GUI option
- Added “Use Unlockme default config” GUI option
- Added “Push config to all users” GUI option


Admins can login into a non admin accounts and configure or edit the compton.conf for that account and then push it to all users accounts in the computer. That makes making changes  for all users in the configuration really easy if ever necessary.
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Re: UnlockMe App for Linux Lite
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2018, 02:51:15 PM »
 

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UnlockMe is an awesome tool set and keeps getting better and better!  That's why I linked it in my signature.

 

Re: UnlockMe App for Linux Lite
« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2018, 01:27:18 PM »
 

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UnlockMe is an awesome tool set and keeps getting better and better!  That's why I linked it in my signature.



Thank you for the compliment @RandomBoy !


I just pushed a big update ( hopefully I didn't break too many things  :P


unlockme-appearance had been left behind and it needed quite a few features it was missing.


- Updated the Appearance section from list selection to checkboxes, which is something I was asked for a while ago. Now it is ready to throw at it all those themes we want to have just a click away.
- Checks were added to detect Synaptic/APT processes before attempting to install a theme or icon theme where necessary and prompt the user before killing the processes.
- Appearance section now shows icons from user's active icon theme instead of static images.
*** I consider this a test drive - will wait for some feedback. The icons are only 16x16; yad takes this icons size by default. I do not know how to tell yad to use 22x22 icons instead, for example  :-[  - haven't found a way to make it happen!  :-\
- Code cleanup - removed many dpkg -l, cat, echo, etc. to optimize the code and make it more readable.


I'm now considering moving the Appearance section. Maybe it makes sense to run it unprivileged and only elevate when the admin wants to install a specific theme for all users... as it is right now the script runs with privileges by default. Moving it out will take quite a bit of work... we'll see, I think I can pull it off with time.


Also, I need to find more generic icons for themes and icons (in Faenza icon theme) - Looks like Faenza uses the same icons for themes and icon themes by default.













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Re: UnlockMe App for Linux Lite
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2018, 10:01:35 PM »
 

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And now that Linux Lite forum is back, let me share the latest additions with you all :)


UnlockMe app received yet another feature addition; Compton Settings Editor. Compton is not only a lightweight compositor but it can also bring a little extra eye candy to your desktop.


To access Compton Settings Editor, launch UnlockMe, select Compton Compositor and a new Config button will be there for you. You will be able to manage all the options compton has to offer right from the GUI.





Below you can find a video that even though it was not created in Linux Lite specifically, it does show Compton in action and some of the features you will be able to install and use with UnlockMe out of the box.





Cheers!



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Re: UnlockMe App for Linux Lite
« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2018, 07:26:26 PM »
 

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UnlockMe support for Linux Lite 4.0 is currently in the works. The upcoming version will include a Details panel to provide additional information regarding each tweak. I'm also planning on packaging it so that it can be  installed and updated with apt install/update. That will make it easier for users to keep up with updates.



If someone is interested in helping out by simply writing tweaks descriptions, please pm me. Thanks!

Cheers!
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Re: UnlockMe App for Linux Lite
« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2018, 07:53:20 PM »
 

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So Screenlets can be used with it? and will it work with LL3.8 32 bit?

http://www.webupd8.org/2017/02/screenlets-desktop-widgets-fixed-for.html
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Re: UnlockMe App for Linux Lite
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2019, 03:58:30 AM »
 

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This app is no longer supported. 
It was good while it lasted, but "real life" has intruded itself on the developer to the extent that @ralphy has virtually abandoned it.  Hopefully in time he'll be able to resume and restore his excellent work.
 


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