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belham2

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PostPosted: Sat 11 Feb 2017, 16:42    Post subject:  

Colonel Panic wrote:
My computer needs a service at the moment and has difficulty booting, so I've gone for the conservative option; Slackware (14.1, 64-bit) with Fluxbox as the window manager and Gkrellm for system info. It looks as though it's 2005 again, but at least it all works (oh, and Quirky does too)!



Colonel,

Is the Aspire dying?? Or just the storage means/devices needing a good wiping?? Sorry to hear if it is the former. I'm always fighting trying to keep these circa 2000-2006 systems I have up and running, though to be fair, 2 of them are ~2008-2009. But the late 90s Pentium I have, and some old AMDS, man, talk about your tempermental ladies Rolling Eyes
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Sat 11 Feb 2017, 19:05    Post subject:  

belham2 wrote:
Colonel Panic wrote:
My computer needs a service at the moment and has difficulty booting, so I've gone for the conservative option; Slackware (14.1, 64-bit) with Fluxbox as the window manager and Gkrellm for system info. It looks as though it's 2005 again, but at least it all works (oh, and Quirky does too)!



Colonel,

Is the Aspire dying?? Or just the storage means/devices needing a good wiping?? Sorry to hear if it is the former. I'm always fighting trying to keep these circa 2000-2006 systems I have up and running, though to be fair, 2 of them are ~2008-2009. But the late 90s Pentium I have, and some old AMDS, man, talk about your tempermental ladies Rolling Eyes


Thanks for asking. As far as I can tell it just needs a good wiping / de-dusting and a new CMOS battery, but I can't get the side panels off to clean it so it looks like a professional job.

I'd also like to bump the RAM up to 4GB; it's asymmetrical at the moment with a 1 GB and a 2 GB stick installed.

In other news; I've recently installed Slackel 6.0.8 (Openbox version). It works well except that the selection of software is lightweight for my taste; for example, the default browser is Midori and Claws Mail is used for the e-mail program, whereas I mostly tend to use the more fully-featured Mozilla programs such as Firefox and Thunderbird. (Actually, Claws is more than adequate for me but I find it harder to set up than Thunderbird).

I also finally got round to installing Salix 14.2 (32-bit). It's working well but Salix now comes with XFce by default, and I'm missing the attractive sheaf of blue wallpapers the Mate version of 14.1 came with. It also has no pdf viewer (evince, my first choice, kept segfaulting in my system so I installed xpdf instead).

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Billtoo


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PostPosted: Tue 21 Feb 2017, 14:15    Post subject: Other Distros  

I like Dpup Stretch so well I thought I give the 64 bit Debian a try:

System: Host: Aceri3 Kernel: 4.9.0-1-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3
Distro: Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)
Machine: Device: desktop Mobo: Acer model: Aspire X3950 BIOS: American Megatrends v: P01-A3 date: 05/05/2010
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i3 540 (-HT-MCP-) speed/max: 1200/3067 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
Display Server: X.Org 1.19.1 drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz, 1920x1080@60.00hz
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ironlake Desktop GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 13.0.4
Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169
Drives: HDD Total Size: 508.1GB (2.1% used)
Weather: Conditions: 41 F (5 C) - Overcast Time: February 21, 12:49 PM EST
Info: Processes: 170 Uptime: 1:14 Memory: 522.3/5836.7MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.5

I like this one too, I installed Kodi-17.0 and a few other
applications.
No problems so far.
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb 2017, 15:26    Post subject:  

I'm posting from Alienbase's excellent live spin of Slackware 14.2 (64-bit edition). It's working well and some of the more difficult sites which still rely in Flash to show animations are displaying well too.

(Not to mention the fact that networking sets itself up automatically and works with no trouble, unlike the installed version of 14.2 where I can't get netconfig to work at all).

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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Feb 2017, 16:21    Post subject:  

I've now installed the latest (February 2017) version of Zenwalk 8. It's working well (including networking, which didn't work on recent editions of Zenwalk) and has the very latest version of LibreOffice and the beta version of Firefox 52.

It does though have a smoky dark blue/black theme in XFce by default, with transparent terminals, which mightn't be to everyone's taste. Credit to the Zenwalk devs for trying something bold and different though. Also, as I've found before in Zenwalk the spellchecker in LibreOffice doesn't work; I'm sure there's a fix for it, but many first time users simply wouldn't bother trying to find one.

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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Tue 28 Feb 2017, 17:45    Post subject:  

Further update; I've taken a hint from a thread in LQ (Linux Questions) and, by using the command 'dhclient eth0', somehow managed to get networking operating in Slackware 14.2 (at least for the time being).

Trying to set up and configure networking manually in Slackware is seriously hard work though (apart from needing in-depth knowledge about how networking works in Linux that I don't have), and I'm glad that for the time being I've managed to avoid having to do it.

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nubc


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PostPosted: Wed 08 Mar 2017, 11:53    Post subject:  

Has anybody tried the new (Sept 2016) Raspbian PIXEL OS for PC s and MAC? It can be run as a live DVD. The image is free for download.. Some commenters have pointed out the likelihood of a trademark dispute with Google over the use of the name PIXEL. In the latest version the old Epiphany browser has been replaced by Chromium, custom-built for Raspberry Pi.

PIXEL FOR PC AND MAC
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/pixel-pc-mac/

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Location: Worcestershire, UK

PostPosted: Wed 08 Mar 2017, 11:59    Post subject:  

nubc wrote:
Has anybody tried the new (Sept 2016) Raspbian PIXEL OS

see http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=109326

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nubc


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PostPosted: Wed 08 Mar 2017, 12:12    Post subject:  

LXDE, ugh. Why wouldn't Raspberry devs use a light OS like Puppy instead of a huge Ubuntu-based OS as a base?
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jcoles

Joined: 08 Mar 2017
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Mar 2017, 18:21    Post subject:  

I use VirtualBox to try out different distros. My host system is Linux Mint MATE.

I also like the other flavors of MINT. Ubuntu is generally good, except for Unity, which leaves me feeling boxed-in with no idea about the applications available to me (Menus are indispensable as an inventory of the available functionality.)

Distrowatch alerts me to new distros to try. Most don't last more than a day or two on my system. Some aren't even installable. There's a lot of awful stuff out there. It makes me appreciate well-designed distros that much more.

I have used Puppy releases on USB drives for recovery/rescue type purposes. Now, I'm taking another look at them because I notice the more responsive performance they provide. Too many distros, including Mint, slow the system down with eye-candy that I don't care about. When I have to wait for a menu to drop down, I lose patience. UI response should be blink-of-the-eye quick.

Playing with Slackopup today, I'm having some second thoughts due to the sheer awkwardness of its UI. I wanted to add Firefox to the auto-hide tray they provide at the left screen edge. Haven't figured it out yet. (Can anyone make sense of that Tray Configuration tool?) In MATE, this is trivially easy: right-click, Add to Panel.
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Thu 09 Mar 2017, 13:09    Post subject:  

I've just downloaded the latest version of Refracta (which is based on Devuan) and it's rapidly becoming one of my favourite distros. It's lightweight and runs from a CD and yet does pretty much everything the bigger and more demanding distros do.
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PostPosted: Sat 11 Mar 2017, 17:12    Post subject:  

I'm upgrading the 64-bit version of AntiX 16 to 16.1. For others here who use the same distro and are doing the same thing, there's some information you need to be aware of;

antix.freeforums.org/post50618.html

BTW, if anticapitalista's reading this; sorry but I reserve the right to install non-free software on his distro, especially if (as in the case of Softmaker Office 2016) I've actually paid for it. I daresay the free software's debate's been done elsewhere on here but that's my view anyway.

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mcewanw

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PostPosted: Thu 16 Mar 2017, 03:01    Post subject:  

dCore-xenial. HowTo with screenshot of build:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=109859

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Moat


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Location: Mid-mitten, USA

PostPosted: Sat 18 Mar 2017, 19:00    Post subject:  

Having a play with Exton Defender Fedora 25 - Cinnamon;

http://defender.exton.net/

Runs (surprisingly) really well from an 8 GB micro-SD card/USB adapter (w/persistence). Big .iso @ ~2.2 GB, fairly complete with the LibreOffice suite, Thunderbird, Firefox & Chrome. Yum Extender package manager works quite well (reminds me of Synaptic) and successfully installed a bunch of stuff (including GIMP and extra plugins).

Fedora + Cinnamon 3.2.8 is a nice combo... might keep this on the SD card as a second OS for this old dual-core Pentium E5400 desktop...

Bob
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Sun 19 Mar 2017, 04:24    Post subject:  

^^ That looks good (I like the desktop clock).

I've just installed SolydX (201701) and it's working well. It has an option to install both Flash and CSS on completing installation to your hard drive, an option I wish more distros had.

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