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stu90


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Location: England. Dell Inspiron 1501. Dpup

PostPosted: Thu 01 Dec 2011, 07:59    Post subject:  

DaveS wrote:
Bert wrote:

Can I please ask what are the specs of the machine you've been testing Xubuntu on?
Any idea about ram usage?

Thanks!
Bert

PS Nice to see your name again, after the forum intermezzo Wink


Hi Bert. Acer laptop, Pentium Dual-core T2330 1.6Gh CPU, 1 gig of ram. Not enough for Ubuntu/Unity but a pleasant surprise with Ubuntu/Xfce. Dont know about ram usage, probably not very much as it does not load programs into ram on boot like Puppy, and things therefore load more slowly the first time I open them, but it never feels ram challenged.
I failed to mention similar problems with the Broadcom wifi as with 3. series kernels Puppies. Not the easiest to fix either, but once I got it going it has been bullet-proof. Still Puppy (Racy or Slacko) is my main distro though. The new Mint sounds interesting but I think it will need a lot of ram.


There must be some fix for broadcom wifi issues in 3x kernels - Bodhi has 3.0.0-12-generic and the b43 wireless in my laptop is picked up and works first time with out problems.
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DaveS


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PostPosted: Thu 01 Dec 2011, 08:11    Post subject:  

Here is what I had to do... might provide some insight.


open the ‘Synaptic Package Manager‘ and search for ‘bcm’
uninstall the ‘bcm-kernel-source‘ package
make sure that the ‘firmware-b43-installer‘ and the ‘b43-fwcutter‘ packages are installed

type into terminal:
cat /etc/modprobe.d/* | egrep '8180|acx|at76|ath|b43|bcm|CX|eth|ipw|irmware|isl|lbtf|orinoco|ndiswrapper|NPE|p54|prism|rtl|rt2|rt3|rt6|rt7|witch|wl'

(you may want to copy this) and see if the term ‘blacklist bcm43xx‘ is there
if it is, then type cd /etc/modprobe.d/ and then sudo gedit blacklist.conf put a # in front of the line: blacklist bcm43xx then save the file (I was getting error messages in the terminal about not being able to save, but it actually did save properly).
reboot

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nooby

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Dec 2011, 10:25    Post subject:  

Today I tested to boot Vector 7.0 Std Gold Live.

That it is live is important for it told me that as a live user
I was not allowed to change the menu.lst despite it being on
ext2 and the files on ext3.

People have told me to get rid of NTFS and to use ext2 or ext3 instead
and all my problems will be gone.

What them really mean but don't realize is that that only works if
your do a full install and does not work if you do a frugal install of a "Live"
version.

The Devs have restricted the "Live" so it does not even help to be root
when you are "Live Session User" You don't have the permissions to save edits.

Now Vector is Slackware or a variant of Slackware.

The cool thing about Slax varieties like Proteus OS or CDLinux OS is
that both of them is more slack than Slackware themselves.
Proteus OS does allow me to save things being root.
Do you remember the Linux is Not Windows slogan?
Well Linux Live is Not always behaving like a Linux Full install either.

I did only test the first of these menu.lst entries


title Vector V7
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz init=linuxrc ramdisk_size=8666 root=/dev/ram0 rw changes=/dev/sda2
initrd /boot/initrd.xz




title Vector V7
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz ramdisk_size=7000 root=/dev/ram0 rw max_loop=255 init=linuxrc load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 changes=/dev/sda2
initrd /boot/initrd.xz

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linuxbear

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Dec 2011, 16:01    Post subject:  

SUSE @ work
Bodhi Linux on the old lappy
Super OS on my maim machine @ home
Mac on the wife's machine
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James C


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Location: Kentucky

PostPosted: Mon 05 Dec 2011, 03:31    Post subject:  

Had my old AntiX P3 box running so I installed Exprimo 5.X.10.2 which is working fine.Long story short,went ahead and installed Vector 7 too..Full install on Ext 3 partition.Pretty quick on this old computer.Using good old legacy Grub too.
Cool logging in as "root" ..... everything has that red WARNING color, wallpaper included.. Laughing

Pretty good triple-boot I guess....Exprimo on sda1, AntiX on sda5 and Vector on sda7.Something to do on a dull rainy night. Smile
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec 2011, 16:01    Post subject:  

I tried Vector 7.0 Gold, and it worked OK for a couple of weeks before the sound died on it for some reason so today I installed Salix 13.37 (LXDE version) instead. So far Salix is working well and seems quite fast and very stable.
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nubc


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Location: USA

PostPosted: Mon 19 Dec 2011, 08:39    Post subject:  

Anyone have an opinion about Archbang 2011.11? How user-friendly? How much extra configuration needed? Forum support? I notice there is a "i686" in the ISO name, does this mean only for recent computers?

EDIT: Sheesh, I can't even get it to boot from CD. Fergit it.
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harii4


Joined: 30 Jan 2009
Posts: 444
Location: La Porte City, IA , U.S.A.

PostPosted: Wed 28 Dec 2011, 23:20    Post subject:  

i'm down loading Livarp-xs, the nonoobs Debian-based distro
livarp-xs-dwm
livarp-xs-echinus
livarp-xs-evilwm
livarp-xs-dwm
i'm going to try the evilwm one- all the screen shots look great Very Happy
http://arpinux.org/x/doku.php/start:livarp:livarp-xs_gb#livarp-xs-evilwm

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livarp-xs is not a full-featured ditro for everybody, livarp-xs is not attach to any distro-community, the only support is me Very Happy
i'll be happy to answer to your questions, but only if you've search by yourself first: livarp is a distro for people who prefer a single command line to 5 clics Wink.

wish we had pups like that. Very Happy

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nooby

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Dec 2011, 04:00    Post subject:  

Haha The AntiNoobyOS that would be cool to have.

I am not supposed to be using this OS it is set up to be against me. Smile

Hey did it work for you. What is it like? What can you do?
Is it like being at an old UNIX screen say 1990?

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Aitch


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PostPosted: Thu 29 Dec 2011, 13:24    Post subject:  

harii4 wrote:
wish we had pups like that. Very Happy


techno's microsaurus? [He might want to think about the name, as it's already in use by a webdesigner!]

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=590822#590822

Aitch Smile
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harii4


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PostPosted: Thu 29 Dec 2011, 21:22    Post subject:  

thanks Aitch Very Happy
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techno's microsaurus? [He might want to think about the name, as it's already in use by a webdesigner!]

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=590822#590822


plus pUPnGO are real small but i meant pup with minimalist window manager.
one could always add it - Wink right

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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Sat 31 Dec 2011, 12:33    Post subject:  

I've just installed Frugalware 1.5, one of two multi-DVD distros I received in the post today from OSDisc.com (the other being CentOS 6.2). So far it seems to be working well; it's a sort of cross between Slackware and Arch, but with the bonus that all the major desktop environments (KDE, Gnome and XFce) are included.
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ajlec2000

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PostPosted: Sat 31 Dec 2011, 13:31    Post subject:  

I use Vista on one machine just to run Photshop CS4. XP on another machine for Photoshop 7 and more importantly Painter IX. Win 98 preSE out of nostalgia as its on my first ever computer. PUppy 431 on yet another machine cause I like it and it just works. Of course numerous Puppies on various flash drives and CDs cause most of them just work.

Until recently my usual OS on my favorite computer, a Dell laptop, was Ubuntu Ten Four because of the deeply stocked repositories. However over time the amount and frequency of updates increased and a week ago it borked after an update. Naturally I used Puppy to rescue the few items not yet backed up. Rather than fix or re-install Ubuntu I thought I'd try Lucid 5.2.8.

And I'm happy for it. Beautifully done and so far everything works great!
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Dec 2011, 23:22    Post subject:  

i guess this is the right area to ask ,

does anyone know , which download or whatever is the lxde version of unity linux??

http://unity-linux.org/

their site is rather confusing... Laughing

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James C


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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jan 2012, 02:32    Post subject:  

Just installed Vector 7 Light Beta 1 on an even slower old P3 (733 Mhz/256 Mb ram).Pretty quick and no problems so far.Choice of JWM or ICEWM instead of XFCE4 and lighter default apps.Not Puppy but not bad either.
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