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Barry Kauler on Debian Bookworm-'Based' EasyOS

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  • mksquashfs in initrd updated with lz4 support

    I mentioned in a recent post, that QuickSetup has a checkbox to rebuild 'easy.sfs', changing from xz to gz compression. Would prefer that to change to lz4, for much faster decompression when in use.

    I also mentioned that the kernel 5.15.39 has been compiled with lz4 support in the squashfs driver.

  • Galculator missing dep in Easy Bookworm

    Galculator is a calculator, found in the "Business" menu. It won't run, because 'libquadmath.so.0' is missing. I found that to be package 'libquadmath0' and installed it via the package manager.

    However, as Debian Bookworm is a very long way from being released (mid-2023), the online repository is a moving target. Click on "pkgget" on the desktop, then go into configuration and click the "Update" button.

  • Celluloid deps missing in Easy Bookworm

Another one today

  • easy.sfs recompress with LZ4_HC

    Thanks to forum member rufwoof, who got me thinking about this. File 'easy.sfs' has the entire EasyOS filesystem -- we don't split up into smaller SFS files as is done in Puppy. Except, still have the separate 'devx' SFS.

    To keep the download file small, easy.sfs is xz-compressed. This is the smallest file-size; however, decompression when in use is also slower than other compression methods. With a fast CPU, you probably won't notice it, but with a somewhat older CPU there may be noticeable sluggishness, perhaps in app startup.

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