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Puppylinux for the OLPC laptops: XOpup
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eph.zero

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Mar 2013, 21:27    Post_subject:  

I researched the problem to death some time ago, and never found a solution that worked. I recall finding something out there that suggested it was an OFW bug, but don't quote me on that. It was a couple of years ago, so I have no idea where I might have seen that.

I've tried changing fonts in the boot script, including SUN12x22, but it seems that it has no effect.

mavrothal wrote:
eph.zero wrote:
I wouldn't mind going all-CLI on it, but it's been impossible to increase that font size without the GUI. A bug in open firmware, I think.

Why would you say that is an OFW bug?

Are your fonts particularly small? SUN12x22 is one of the bigger fonts and pretty comfortable usually.
I'm not sure if any bigger font is compile into the kernel but I could check.

In this page you can find a lot of things related to console fonts.
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mavrothal


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Mar 2013, 02:08    Post_subject: Racy-, Precise-, Slacko-5.5 for the XO-1 and XO-1.5  

Three brand new puppies version 5.5 came out in March! Racy, Precise and Slacko.
So here they are all 3 adapted for the XO-1 and XO-1.5

Racy-5.5_XO.tar.gz (114.11MB - md5:27d4adec48b19c3c3ea891072eb6c974)
Precise-5.5_XO.tar.gz (167.67MB - md5:c5882f4bc48f4694fd99398abafc9c49)
Slacko-5.5_XO.tar.gz (171.81MB - md5:4660d8d7d2645b9c51c1917c5719333a)

Racy is indeed the faster on the XOs but does not have the compatibility with the huge ubuntu package collection that Precise has. Their functionality OOB is comparable though and will both update successfully previous Racy-5.3.x and Precise-5.4.x, XO builds.
Slacko is the most updated, feature rich and nice looking Cool of the 3 and is compatible with the extended slackware package collection. Is bigger and has some issues with audio/video recording. Also since is Slackware14-based, will NOT update Slacko-5.3.x builds.

NON of the 3 will update XOpup-2.x (which I still find the fastest Smile )

To install, expand (one Laughing of) the downloaded tarball at the root of a USB stick or SDcard and boot your unlocked XO.

Known issues: 5.5 builds have the new frisbee-1.0 instead of the original Frisbee-beta2. If it fails on anything for no "apparent reason" just hit "Restart Networks" button Wink

Note:The files are in Sendspace so they will be taken down after some time of inactivity. Let me know if you can not find them.
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Mar 2013, 02:33    Post_subject:  

eph.zero wrote:
I researched the problem to death some time ago, and never found a solution that worked.

Try to ask at the olpc devel mailing list. Will be hard to justify since on OLPC releases you never get to console, but you can say something related to debugging or using it as a server (music server Very Happy ) etc.

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Mar 2013, 06:23    Post_subject:  

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Mar 2013, 06:55    Post_subject:  

simargl wrote:
Congrats for this 3-in-1 release, they look nice although it's kinda funny to see same icons on different OS versions.

Thanks.
Regarding visual similarities, all I can say is that GNOME/KDE/XFCE/LXDE etc, do look similar across distros. That is actually the idea! Consistency, familiarity and functionality.
They are of course easy to customize through one or more GUI apps, exactly as the above ROX-JWM puppies are.

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PostPosted: Sat 20 Apr 2013, 02:35    Post_subject: batalarm_xo  

With the aging XO batteries I though a battery alarm might be handy.
So I heavily modified Xbatalarm to suit the XOs.
The alarm is set at 15% battery level (at <10% the XO will auto shutdown)
If you want to change that limit, edit line 19 of the /usr/bin/xbatalarm_xo script

Will work with any puppy build for the XO-1 and the XO-1.5
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PostPosted: Fri 31 May 2013, 13:07    Post_subject: Precise 5.6.1 for the XOs  

Not sure if anyone (in the wild) is still using Puppylinux on the XOs (or the XOs altogether Shocked ) but since I made it thought to post it.
So, if you like the latest and greatest ( Razz ), here is Precise-5.6.1_XO

In addition to the latest puppy is also using the 3.3.x olpc kernels (instead of the 2.6.x of the previous versions).
Will update older Precise-5.x.x_XO installations but no the original or other "XOpups"

As usually, to install expand the tarball at the root of a USB stick or SDcard and boot your unlocked XO.

(The "mandatory" picture below shown a bunch of other goodies running on my XOs. Ask if interested)
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Shiseiji

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PostPosted: Sat 15 Jun 2013, 08:31    Post_subject: or the XOs altogether
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Well, I just got my XO back out and look what I found!

Thanks.
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157

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PostPosted: Sat 15 Jun 2013, 17:41    Post_subject:  

Hey, sorry for what's almost certainly an incredibly stupid question, but how do I install Puppy Linux on an SD card that I already have a different version of Linux I no longer want on? Since there's already a boot folder at the root of the SD card, I booted Precise 5.6.1 from a USB stick and it worked great, but I'd like to install it straight onto the SD card instead. What would be the best way to do this? From what I understand, formatting an SD card is generally a bad idea.
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jun 2013, 00:22    Post_subject:  

157 wrote:
Hey, sorry for what's almost certainly an incredibly stupid question, but how do I install Puppy Linux on an SD card that I already have a different version of Linux I no longer want on? Since there's already a boot folder at the root of the SD card, I booted Precise 5.6.1 from a USB stick and it worked great, but I'd like to install it straight onto the SD card instead. What would be the best way to do this? From what I understand, formatting an SD card is generally a bad idea.

If you want to keep your other linux just rename the boot folder. Puppy will live happily with it if you save to a file (not "save to the entire partition").
Otherwise just "rm -rf" everything in the card and then you can do whatever you want.
No need to reformat.

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jun 2013, 19:26    Post_subject:  

mavrothal wrote:
157 wrote:
Hey, sorry for what's almost certainly an incredibly stupid question, but how do I install Puppy Linux on an SD card that I already have a different version of Linux I no longer want on? Since there's already a boot folder at the root of the SD card, I booted Precise 5.6.1 from a USB stick and it worked great, but I'd like to install it straight onto the SD card instead. What would be the best way to do this? From what I understand, formatting an SD card is generally a bad idea.

If you want to keep your other linux just rename the boot folder. Puppy will live happily with it if you save to a file (not "save to the entire partition").
Otherwise just "rm -rf" everything in the card and then you can do whatever you want.
No need to reformat.

Alright, thank you, I'll try that!

One other thing, though, is that when I ran it off the USB stick I got an error saying there was no free memory left constantly, even when doing basic things like opening the file manager. Will that not be an issue with the SD card, or will I need to make a swap file? I'm hesitant to do so because it's quite a large capacity card and I don't want to burn it out.
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jun 2013, 01:04    Post_subject:  

157 wrote:

One other thing, though, is that when I ran it off the USB stick I got an error saying there was no free memory left constantly, even when doing basic things like opening the file manager. Will that not be an issue with the SD card, or will I need to make a swap file? I'm hesitant to do so because it's quite a large capacity card and I don't want to burn it out.


Is really hard to run anything on the 250MB of XO-1 nowdays.
If you do not want the messaging just remove the /root/Startup/freeramdaemon.sh file and will not bother you again.
Regarding swap and SDcards I have 2 cards with swap partition and 1 with swap file. The oldest is 4-years old and the youngest 2. No problems yet.

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PostPosted: Sun 23 Jun 2013, 19:38    Post_subject:  

mavrothal wrote:
157 wrote:

One other thing, though, is that when I ran it off the USB stick I got an error saying there was no free memory left constantly, even when doing basic things like opening the file manager. Will that not be an issue with the SD card, or will I need to make a swap file? I'm hesitant to do so because it's quite a large capacity card and I don't want to burn it out.


Is really hard to run anything on the 250MB of XO-1 nowdays.
If you do not want the messaging just remove the /root/Startup/freeramdaemon.sh file and will not bother you again.
Regarding swap and SDcards I have 2 cards with swap partition and 1 with swap file. The oldest is 4-years old and the youngest 2. No problems yet.
Sorry for the late reply, I'm afraid I didn't have internet access for a few days.

Would there be a risk of the computer being damaged via overheating or something of that nature if the warning messages were removed? I assumed that might be the case and stuck with the XO's default GNOME desktop in the past few days. Attempts to create a swap file on a smaller SD card using the instructions from a saved version of the OLPC wiki's "Swap" page were unsuccessful, unfortunately. Not quite sure why. I'd have tried a partition, but the proper tools didn't seem to be available. May have just missed them, though.
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun 2013, 00:42    Post_subject:  

157 wrote:

Would there be a risk of the computer being damaged via overheating or something of that nature if the warning messages were removed? I assumed that might be the case and stuck with the XO's default GNOME desktop in the past few days. Attempts to create a swap file on a smaller SD card using the instructions from a saved version of the OLPC wiki's "Swap" page were unsuccessful, unfortunately. Not quite sure why. I'd have tried a partition, but the proper tools didn't seem to be available. May have just missed them, though.


All XOs have builtin thermal protection. The XO-1 in particular does not overheat even when overclocked.
Without the warning (and swap) the XO-1 will just run even slower but no harm will come to the machine.
To make a swap partition you can use gparted to re-partition your card. However you should know that SDcard partitioning can be tricky.
Alternativelly just choose "mkswap"when the warning comes up.

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jun 2013, 02:48    Post_subject:  

mavrothal wrote:
All XOs have builtin thermal protection. The XO-1 in particular does not overheat even when overclocked.
Without the warning (and swap) the XO-1 will just run even slower but no harm will come to the machine.
To make a swap partition you can use gparted to re-partition your card. However you should know that SDcard partitioning can be tricky.
Alternativelly just choose "mkswap"when the warning comes up.
Oh wow, really? That's great, I didn't know that.

And I'll give partitioning with gparted a shot, thanks. I'm not expecting much success at this point, but might as well keeping trying.
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