Development in the face of COVID-19

These past couple of weeks have been crazy. I’m sure that’s one sentiment felt around the world right now as SARS-CoV-2 wracks the globe. Thankfully the software industry hasn’t been nearly as affected by this as some other industries. So, lets look at what has gone down with Drauger OS in the past couple weeks.

Working from home, we released Drauger OS 7.5.1 Beta 1 a couple weeks ago. Since then I have been tackling the influx of bugs from this release. These bugs range from live USB drives not booting to incorrect default wallpapers. Some of these bugs are simple fixes, such as the two mentioned beforehand. Others required huge amounts of work, such as desktop icons not working.

So, in order to help everyone, here are some of the fixes you can do yourself.

 

Live USB not booting

If you have a live USB that refuses to boot saying something to the effect of:

`/vmlinuz': file not found

Try remaking your live USB with balenaEtcher.. Etcher works on Linux, Windows, and MacOS so feel free to use whatever OS you prefer to burn a live USB.

 

Incorrect Wallpaper

If you boot the Drauger OS beta ISO and have a blue wallpaper, as shown below, you have this bug.


While you can navigate to Settings > Desktop and choose whatever wallpaper you want, if you send us the file at:

/home/live/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-desktop.xml

We can fix the bug on your system in the next ISO refresh. Just send us the file through any of the methods on our Contact Us Page.

 

Desktop Icons not Working

If you have desktop icons enabled (Settings > Desktop > Icons > Icon Type) and keep getting errors that there is no File Manager service, we made a package specifically to address this issue. Both on Drauger OS 7.4.1 and 7.5.1, you can run:

sudo apt install xfce4-desktop-service

And that will install the package you need. It takes a couple seconds to launch when you login. But once it does, it fixes all operations on the desktop, except for operations with the trash.

If you would rather not install another package, or do not have access to the internet, the easiest solution is just do disable desktop icons.

Thanks for checking our latest blog post! Be sure to check out our most recent podcast episode, episode 28, where I interview one of our new contributors, Mark Dougherty. We had a great discussion about Linux, gaming, and what the future holds for the Linux platform.

Sincerely,

Thomas Castleman

Lead Dev, Founder

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