A sbopkg GUI

An interesting post appeared in LQ, announcing a graphical user interface for sbopkg based on PyQt. It is described as being similar to the Synaptic Package Manager, just simpler. The developer is Gernot Walzl and his web-page contains a lot of interesting stuff, among which the sbopkg_gui can be found.
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Four years for Slackalaxy…

Four years passed since my first post…

This makes total of 133 posts, including this one. Recently I switched back to Pilcrow, the theme that I used the longest. I think I will keep it, since I like the simple appearance and the green code highlighting :)

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Install an older Google Earth release

I like to have Google Earth available. One of the features I like is the ability to view photos from almost any location. Unfortunately, the version available at the moment from SBo (7.1.4.1529) has some bug that prevents it from displaying places photos. This did not happen with version 6.2.2.6613. Unfortunatelly, finding an older version of Google Earth turned out to be quite difficult.
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Multi-threaded MPlayer

I want to make MPlayer utilise more than one core. I searched a bit and found a tutorial and a discussion about this. The solution is to run the mplayer executable with the -lavdopts option like this:
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Thunar: do not execute shell script files

Every time I need to open a shell script file that is executable (typically a SlackBuild), I right click on it in Thunar and select my editor from the Open with sub-menu. I miss the functionality of Nautilus, where I could tell the file browser to directly open such shell script files in a text editor when double clicked.

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