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Default BareGUI Development

This thread is for BareGUI development and was started for the following reasons.
At this time a tarball for the 7.2 release is here.

I found myself continuing to make edits to the BareGUI thread. New users would be frustrated to find
an error and not have it addressed. Although I appreciate feedback/code contributions, it tends to
spread out what should be concise content.
Part of this is my fault as I have not explicitly set project goals.
Goals:
  1. Function over eye candy.
  2. Applications that have ongoing security support and are popular in the Unix/Linux community - migrate from gtk+2/python2
  3. Use OpenBSD base apps when ever possible.
  4. Avoid redundancy
  5. Provide a stable base install that an experience user can customize
  6. Be friendly to new users while introducing package management and configuration.

What's been done so far:
Since 7.2, work has gone into migrating apps; python2->python3 and gtk+2->gtk+3
x11/openbox, x11/tint2 recently updated to gtk+3/python3.
OpenBSD is working on gimp and the package install list has gimp-2.99 (development) which is in testing.
x11/tray-apps is still gtk+2 and the maintainer has emailed me that he is working on it.
The Russian/Ukraine war is impacting his work so other options for a gtk+3 volume slider should be looked at.
I have a x11/yad (gtk+3) script which generates an audio volume slider.
Other options are importing the FreeBSD gvolwheel(gtk+3) port to OpenBSD sndio and using pnmixer
with pulseaudio. I would prefer to utilize OpenBSD sndio server rather than pulseaudio but Gnome/KDE/Xfce4
volume controls are all pulseaudio based.

The openbox menu.xml file was throwing alot of xsession-errors and was removed.
OpenBox and Tint2 configuration files were moved to DejaVuSansMono which is in the base xorg install.
The arc-theme-solid was added in an attempt to migrate from gnome-themes/gnome-themes-extra. The gnome themes
currently have a gtk+2 dependency. There is an openbox-arc-theme for consistency.

18Nov2022: Developed a sndio, system tray slider using {oport]x11/yad[/oport]. The relevant scripts are:
~/Scripts/
Code:
yad_sndioctl.sh
yad_tray_audio.sh
Compared to x11/tray-app it utilizes the icons from the default theme and sizes the icons. Depending on your
monitor resolution you may have to adjust --posy in the yad_sndioctl.sh script. This script also controls audio levels through
OpenBSD's sound server, sndio, rather than pulseaudio. Also removed gnome-mplayer (gtk+2) in favor of
multimedia/mpv (gtk+3) With this BareGUI, with the alt packages, is fully migrated to gtk+3/python3.

I have provided two lists of recommended apps.

You can install both lists but be aware you would have redundant functionality

BareGUI_recommended_gtk3_apps are mouse driven apps that meet
gtk+3/python3 criteria. An alternative BareGUI_recommended_ncurses_apps replaces some apps with ncurses
applications. The chosen ncurses applications are highly functional and in some cases more functional than the gtk+3 apps;
eg calcurse will import Calendars using a standard format. Many College computer science departments still provide
instructions for alpine although development/unix popularity is not on pace with mutt/neomutt. Some consideration
is being given to mutt as the ncurses email client but setup is far more challenging for new users. editors/nano
was chosen over vim/vim-gtk3 as it is essentially the same editor included with alpine.

If this is being used in current, www/ungoogled-chromium is getting frequent updates. It remains to
be seen if releases will get the same updates. Ungoogled-chromium does have one quirk, it does not write imported
Bookmarks to ~/.config/ungoogled-chromium/Defaults/. If you have pre-existing chromium/ungoogled-chromium, you can
copy ~/.config/chromium/Defaults/Bookmarks over from a working system.

29Nov2022: jgmenu updated to 4.4.1. This provides internal menu generation and is faster than using menu-cache.
The syntax was changed in ~/.config/jgmenu/jgmenurc for 4.4.1. The old syntax was commented out for those who
want to apply the development snapshot to 7.2 release.
x11/menu-cache removed from core pkglist.
www/ungoogled-chromium works but will not start after an upgrade unless ~/.config/ungoggled-chromium is
deleted and rebuilt. Replaced ungoogled-chromium with firefox-esr in recommended_apps and recommended_alt_apps.
Replaced lxappearance with xsettingsd in BareGUI_recommended_alt_apps and provided ~/.config/xsettingsd for arc-solid theme
and paper icons. Added xsettingsd in ~/.config/openbox/autostart.
Changed ~/.config/tint2/tint2rc panel background to flat dark grey to match arc theme.
Added a system configuration to provide a system wide openbox arc theme.

01Dec2022: General cleanup. Renamed recommended alt_apps to recommended_ncurses_apps. Provided *.desktop files for all ncurses apps. If you choose to not install a particular ncurses app, you can either delete the corresponding *.desktop file or append NoDisplay=true to the desktop file.


Projects:
  1. Update audio volume control to gtk+3.
  2. Update x11/jgmenu to the latest version. Upstream wrote their own menu cache parser which is significantly faster than using the external menu-cache application.
  3. Test mail/mutt-wizard in regards to a new user setting up a basic imap muttrc.
  4. Seeking input on expanding weather scripts for non-us users. Preferably without having to register for a Wunderground API key.
  5. Look at scripts to parse web content (json, xml) for news, weather and finance markets.
  6. Look at installing arcbox either manually or as a new port.

The latest BareGUI tarball:

BareGUI_01Dec2022.tar.gz

Ongoing community development/testing would be useful. If there is enough interest, set up a git repo.

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