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SwitchPup - puplet for the severely disabled
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 14:02    Post subject:  

Updated 26th July 2013

AUTOSTART version

I have made an "Autostart" version based on Precise 5.6.1 with the intention of making it possible for the disabled user to get started without waiting for someone else to do the configuration. In the simplest case, just place the CD in the drive, boot the PC and wait for the desktop. The "firstrun" wizard completes by itself and leaves the desktop ready for use.

It can be run from a LiveCD or installed as a frugal and run without a savefile.

This is set up to ignore any savefiles at boot time - which has the advantage of better safety during trials, as well as some disadvantages like inability to add new bookmarks etc(although it includes a small list of useful ones...) but I am hoping this 'Live boot straight to desktop' proves useful because of the simplicity of booting a PC without having to tinker with configuration screens. (Actually you don't even have to be disabled to derive benefit from that feature. I'm hoping to finetune this to be a good general purpose Live pup for other users too...)

****New version :****

August 1 2013
Switchpup_precise561_AutoStart_RAMonly_0.0.5 available here:
http://www.mediafire.com/download/gozne5ldwtwz7ua/switchpup_precise561_AutoStart_0.0.5_RAMonly.iso
md5: 80fe83361ecbf43454c80cae911d45f6

- fixed problem with second boot failing start of X server due to pupdesk.flg incorrectly set.
- moved screenlock icon.
- flsynclient modified to turn off tap-to-click
- Added a couple of Oneswitch links to bookmarks


This version now contains the "keyhunter" function from SFR - which means that you can use the internal keyboard, external keyboard or a hotpluggable oneswitch interface plugged into any usb port and keyhunter will identify the "event number" and "keycode" straight after booting. No external help is necessary. Very quick to get functional with this release.

On my system (hooked up via network cable to a normal ADSL router) the internet connection is immediately available without any configuration requirements, so that should be the case for most other people as well I expect. Just click on the browse icon and you are online. Obviously wireless connection would require use of the internet connection wizard.

I recommend users click on desktop 1 for activities requiring the keyboard, and desktops 2 and 3 for mounting/unmounting, file manipulation and other activities (especially when using smaller screen resolutions)

The inbuilt "quicksetup" routines during the boot process seem to do a very good job of selecting resolutions (at least on my machines...)

I am keen to receive any feedback regarding which machines this works well on (it is mostly targeted at PCs around 5-10 years old...) and would also like to know what features users would like added in (preferred bookmarks, window positions etc etc). It seems to work reasonably well but there is a lot of further finetuning to do...

(Thanks SFR for the scripting help, ETP for MagooPupV6 which I use for remastering and initrd.gz editing, and Mikeslr for ongoing ideas)


Previous versions:

July 26 2013
Switchpup_precise561_AutoStart_RAMonly_0.0.4 available here:
http://www.mediafire.com/download/95uma8czaoo43xd/switchpup_precise561_AutoStart_0.0.4_RAMonly.iso
md5: 615e1196013fe8cbfb6fbf677cd08c05

Switchpup_precise561_AutoStart_RAMonly_0.0.3 available here:
http://www.mediafire.com/download/ob1pk0p8iw0t3ip/switchpup_precise561_AutoStart_0.0.3_RAMonly.iso
md5: 09d5fee7793a29c30af7a879710ae80d
(This version needs to use the internal or ps/2 keyboard defaulting to event0 and keycode119 unless an external user adjusts the oneswitch settings to accomodate any other keyboard. The newer version handles other hotpluggable keyboards automatically)
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ally


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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 16:42    Post subject:  

FYI, unable to download

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greengeek

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 16:59    Post subject:  

ally wrote:
FYI, unable to download
Hi Ally, not sure why that is. I'm seeing other downloads going out ok. Could you give it another go please? thx.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 17:14    Post subject:  

hey GG

get the following:

You are not authorised to access the web page at http://199.91.153.250/tr8g5zaxaamg/q0ulcvsd08xdnxj/SwitchPup_RacyNOP532_Radar0.8_Basic.iso. You may need to sign in.
HTTP Error 403 (Forbidden): The server refused to fulfill the request.

I have tried clearing browser cache and alternative browser too, will keep trying

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 18:03    Post subject:  

Nicely done. Smile
And no probs with d/l here.

@Ally: long shot - maybe right-click & save as..?
Or try through http://www.anonproxy.eu/

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 18:08    Post subject:  

Coming down ok here too, when done I'll upload.

SFR's idea is good, there may be some weird UK filter .. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 18:17    Post subject:  

hey sfr

thanks for the proxy link, worked a charm - wan't able to get to webpage previously

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 19:37    Post subject:  

Hi greengeek

Here's another download link:

http://smokey01.com/01micko/greengeek/SwitchPup_RacyNOP532_Radar0.8_Basic.iso

I couldn't see a checksum so here it is: (checked after successful boot and seems working ok)

30dbd28412e611e603bc507c1277a10d SwitchPup_RacyNOP532_Radar0.8_Basic.iso

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 20:20    Post subject:  

Thankyou. Much appreciated.
I have also been trying to remaster THINSlacko2012 with radar and xvkbd, but not quite there yet. I keep getting "sfs not found" error during boot. I am wondering if it might be that I am using mksquashfs with only default parameters and maybe I'm getting incorrect block sizes or compression or something. Will come back to it and try again soon after a bit more research.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 20:24    Post subject:  

Why don't you put the extra packages in an Adrive? (which is just an ordinary sfs with the special "adrv_slacko_5.5.01.sfs" name and it will autoload on boot.)

I can't quite understand why a manual remaster isn't working though.. Confused

edit: OH, you mean the older thin based on 5.3.3?

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Apr 2013, 20:28    Post subject:  

01micko wrote:
edit: OH, you mean the older thin based on 5.3.3?

Yes, I love that 5.3.3t version. It runs great on all my gear, even recent netbooks.
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PostPosted: Tue 09 Apr 2013, 15:01    Post subject:  

Added a "navbar" version into my second post above. Designed as a simple communicator, or for broader usage with browsing etc, it works nicely as either a live CD or installed.

In this version Navbar is configured for slow speed and simplicity. Other versions to follow later.
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PostPosted: Wed 10 Apr 2013, 16:07    Post subject:  

Great project.

I have a friend who has limited upper body strength. He can't sit up to use a keyboard but can use a game controller. Could this pup be adapted to work with a game controller. Also, is there a program for zooming in to the part of the screen? the best I've seen is a hack using xrandr modes.

Currently he can uses the PS3 browser interface well. But his computer is sitting unused.

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PostPosted: Wed 10 Apr 2013, 16:09    Post subject:  

Updated first post to add a new version of SwitchPup radar using SFRs radar1b script which has an "xvkbd" mode to automatically scan over the keyboard, and also has the gui for finetuning radar parameters.
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PostPosted: Wed 10 Apr 2013, 16:15    Post subject:  

darkcity wrote:
Could this pup be adapted to work with a game controller. Also, is there a program for zooming in to the part of the screen? the best I've seen is a hack using xrandr modes.
Hmmm, good ideas. I think some sort of "Joystick_Pup" would be a great idea.

With regard to the zoom function, all I can think of at the moment is the slide control at the bottom right of recent Opera browsers - it does a fantastic job of smoothly zooming what you are viewing in the browser. This control is active in the version of Opera that is included in these Switch_Pups, so may be worth a look. I recommend the new version I have just added (first post). (Also worth installing the Opera font pet I have included in /root - just doubleclick then use "menu, restart WM")

When I get back on deck I will follow up with the idea of a joystick pup. I like the idea.
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