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Openbox and gnome-control-center

As I am trying new ideas for PostX GNU/Linux 0.6, I decided to see how is gnome-control-center working in Debian Buster. Being an Openbox user, I encountered some issues. Documenting them below in hopes that they can help others.

First time launching gnome-control-center from terminal:

gnome-control-center:24141): dbind-WARNING **: 16:23:03.199: Error retrieving accessibility bus address: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.a11y.Bus was not provided by any .service files
ERROR:../shell/cc-shell-model.c:458:cc_shell_model_set_panel_visibility: assertion failed: (valid)

Now, lets install one package that is needed:

sudo apt-get install at-spi2-core

If I run gnome-control-center again I get this:

ERROR:../shell/cc-shell-model.c:458:cc_shell_model_set_panel_visibility: assertion failed: (valid)

Previously this solution used to work – but it is no longer valid on its own. Doing it anyway just to make sure.

sudo rm -r .local .cache

And finally, exporting GNOME as environment variable. After this: gnome-control-center command should work as expected.


I did not go further on my tests this time. I discovered that gnome-control-center integation to Openbox would require some more work. Still, I might integrate gnome-control-center more fully to PostX Gnu/Linux 0.6.

Five private search engines worth looking at

These days it seems to be all about collecting data. Pretty much everybody does it. If you value your privacy then this post is for you. Personally, I love things related to computer security and here are my top five picks for the best secure search engines of 2017.  The order is based upon my personal preferences. All of these seach engines are really good and should deliver very well.

Disclaimer. This post is based purely upon my own opinions. I have no relation to any search engine or a third party that might influence my viewpoints.

1. Privatelee:

This search engine does not offer fancy graphics. It is very good though: what it lacks in looks it delivers in functionality. This is my current personal favorite. Loads up really fast too.

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Audax 0.1.4 renamed to 0.2 due to some extensive changes in design.

After some considerations I decided to rename the upcoming new version to 0.2 since the design of the system has changed somewhat noticeably. For example, installer derived from Linux Mint Debian Edition is now a default, 4 new/improved Audax programs are also appearing along with  new wallpapers, which have short-key instructions integrated to them. The underlying design has also changed as a newer kernel brings some stability and performance for programs like Abiword, which used to be troublesome in the past.


The fact that Audax now comes to be more command line oriented (but not harder to use) also contributes towards the case that 0.1.4 should be renamed as 0.2. One of my original milestones was to build a usable lightweight system and my original idea was that I would likely complete the steps I now have done towards the end of 2015. As many of you might have noticed Audax has undergone quite a rapid development from its initial release, which happened during November 2014. I must admit that I have found developing and improving things to be quite nice and educational – but certainly my rapid approach to things has been somewhat unorthodoxical.  All the previous having said, I hope you will enjoy Audax 0.2. The development will continue but the rate of it will slow down towards more sensible release ratios in the future – since now the majority of the distribution’s issues, which really troubled me have been fixed in 0.2.