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Malware, autoexec, mouse speed, auto-mounting
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rwilliams

Joined: 26 Sep 2005
Posts: 24
Location: Big Island of Hawaii

PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2005, 19:27    Post subject:  Malware, autoexec, mouse speed, auto-mounting  

As a moderately experienced DOS and MSWindows refugee and Linux Puppy Newbie, I have installed Puppy, read some help stuff and some tutorials and the forum rules.

CIRCUMSTANCES:
Retired in remote Hawaii rural area on solar power, cellphone, and high-speed wireless Internet antenna and modem feed to my 196MB AMD K-6 via my LAN port. To conserve, I only power up external modem when using Internet. I use computer only for word processing and Internet and make a hard copy of anything I want to save so personal stuff backup is not an issue (except for system settings of course). Inspite of trying various firewalls etc. malware has several times messed up my Windows system files. I am trying to learn Puppy because it boots from external read-only, runs in RAM, and has only one file (pup001) to backup. If malware gets in RAM I can just re-boot, or if malware infects pup001 could just revert to a recent clean backup of pup001. No fuss no muss. Nes pas?

QUESTIONS:
1- Under limited usage noted above, why would I need any firewall or other malware fighters?

2- Puppy does not seem to save my mouse speed setting or mount the floppy so I learned to do this manually with every boot. Is it legitimate to edit .bashrc with floppy mount command so it will auto-mount at bootup?
What would the command syntax be for setting Fast mouse speed?

3- Except for pup001, all of Pupy vanishes at shut down so why bother unmounting my floppy after using it?

4- I often do word processing and then want to use the Internet without re-boot so I reach over and power up my external modem, but Puppy seems to only initialize my LAN Internet connection if it sees a live connection at boot-up. Is there a way for me to initialize without having to re-boot after powering my modem?

Thank you all for the Forum and your willingness to help beginners. I hope to learn enough to contribute someday.
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Pizzasgood


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Location: Knoxville, TN, USA

PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2005, 20:19    Post subject:  

1. You don't Smile

3. You don't Smile EDIT: Or, maybe you do. See rarsa's post below Embarassed

Solar power, eh? Cool. I assume Puppy likes the sunlight?

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rarsa


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Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2005, 21:31    Post subject: Re: Malware, autoexec, mouse speed, auto-mounting  

rwilliams wrote:
1- Under limited usage noted above, why would I need any firewall or other malware fighters?
I don't know why, I don't use one, but I'm careful with what I read and open.

rwilliams wrote:
2- Puppy does not seem to save my mouse speed setting or mount the floppy so I learned to do this manually with every boot. Is it legitimate to edit .bashrc with floppy mount command so it will auto-mount at bootup?
The file that you should edit is /etc/rc.d/rc.local
Just add the following command at the end:
Code:

mount   /dev/fd0   /mnt/floppy


Question: Why do you want to automount the floppy? Do you use only 1 floppy ever? Please note that to remove the floppy and insert a new one you must unmount before ejecting and mount the new one after inserting it.

Quote:
What would the command syntax be for setting Fast mouse speed?

Code:

# To set it to acceleration 4.9 with a threshold of 4
xset m 49/10 4
# To set it to acceleration 5 with a treshold of 6
xset m 5/1  6


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3- Except for pup001, all of Pupy vanishes at shut down so why bother unmounting my floppy after using it?
Because if you don't unmount it the file system may get corrupted or files may not be completely written to the disk. They may remain in cash.

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4- I often do word processing and then want to use the Internet without re-boot so I reach over and power up my external modem, but Puppy seems to only initialize my LAN Internet connection if it sees a live connection at boot-up. Is there a way for me to initialize without having to re-boot after powering my modem?

Puppy cannot initialize what's not there Wink.
Windows does some nice things for the users, but that's what makes it slow and unstable. That's the trade off. In linux you can do the same thing, just have a program running in the background checking every now and then if there is a connection (it's called a daemon). If you are expecting to have a connection most of the time, then that's the solution.

If you want to turn it on and off at will, then:
1. Create a simple script with the commands puppy needs to bring up the connection
3. Set it to be executable (replace <thescript> with the actual script name
Code:
chmod +x   <thescript>
.

4. Drag the script to the desktop.

When you want to connect, turn on the modem and click the icon on the desktop.

I have wireless, and sometimes I forget to insert the card before starting the computer. I just click on my script.

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Thank you all for the Forum and your willingness to help beginners. I hope to learn enough to contribute someday.
You'll be helping in no time. I'm sure.
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Lobster
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2005, 22:39    Post subject:  

Wot no pictures? Smile

Well you made the Puppy Wiki news for 8 October 2005
http://www.goosee.com/puppy/wikka/LatestNews

Talking of alternative power sauces here is my recipe:

Laptop + Windup clockwork radio (windup mecanism removed)
. . . well I can not wait for that $100 dollar prototype

Cover in solar panels and leave to bake in the sun . . .

Who is up for it?

Cool

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rwilliams

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PostPosted: Sun 09 Oct 2005, 21:18    Post subject:  

To Pizzasgood and rarsa:
Aloha and Mahalo (thanks) for your replies. Your suggestions were exactly what I was looking for. In answer to rarsa's question as to why I might want to auto-mount my floppy and then not necessarily unmount it, I now have new insight as to some differences between Windows and Linux. With Windows I got used to the luxery that once windows booted and scanned my devices I could just exchange and read or write to floppies with a mouse click or two. As a Linux Newbie I had not yet realized that mounting means a "File" as much or more than it means a physical device, somewhat like the Windows "open" and "close" commands. So if I want a similar convenience I guess I could use your example of writing an executable to place on the desktop and code it to let me select whether to mount or unmount the floppy with just a click rather than typing a manual command line each time. This will be a fun challenge for me after I dig into some script writing tutorials.
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GuestToo
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Oct 2005, 22:05    Post subject:  

to mount/unmount a floppy, you can hold the shift key and click the floppy folder in /mnt (in a Rox window)

to mount a floppy in the newer versions of Rox, like Rox 2.3, just click the floppy folder in /mnt ... to unmount, just close the Rox window

you can do the same thing with the CD drive
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Alucard_the_dex


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PostPosted: Sun 09 Oct 2005, 22:25    Post subject:  

i still think a simple malware and virus scanner should be included just to be on the safeside i mean it couldnt hurt puppy but then would pple feel puppy is unsafe if those features are included>? is security also a selling point in puppy>?

I got morizot firewall installed but idk how to tell its running or at that if its dong what its supose to do im so use to Sygate on windows alerting me when somthing trys to access my comp or the internet

P.S. if anyone has a link to a site that lists all the viruses out there for linux id be gratefull for a PM of it thanks

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