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Old 09-21-2004, 01:35 AM   #1
skruf_man
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Amigo software packages


Hi !

Have used Amigo on my Toshiba Satellite Pro 4200. Works great. I take a lot of digital pictures, great to have an operating system not taking all disk space, and GQview works also on Amigo to watch the pictures. I can also connect to internet with my cell phone modem to check mail when travelling.

Anyway, software is one of the most important things to make an operating system survive... Could wish that packages for Amigo were available as Amigo Linux packages, ready to install included necessary files and dependencies. E.g. I would like to have Abiword installed, but are afraid of all other files to install, fiddling and struggling to get Abiword working. Therefore great to have an Amigo Linux "Abiword" package. This only as an example.

Anyone?
 
Old 09-21-2004, 11:56 PM   #2
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Well, you can extend your installation by using regular Salckware packages. Just have a look at /etc/slackware-version to see which version you are compatible with. Amigo uses some packages from linuxpackages.net also.
I've been working on finding small-to-medium desktop applications to 'round out Amigo into a real midsize distro, at least optionally.'
I just recently worked out the depends for abiword. abiword is not really a gnome program and doesn't need much to run, AFTER switching to gtk2.
Run pkgtool and you'll see that Amigo only has gtk+1.2. To convert to gtk2, you need to add these packages:
gtk2, glib2, glibc(ouch!). Then for abiword add libglade and libaspell. You may need atk and pango as well, for gtk.
 
Old 09-22-2004, 08:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for your answer.

Still hope Amigo Linux remains a _small_ distro, with the possibility to download and install other software. We have enough medium sized distro's out there. Anyone have opinions on this matter?
 
Old 09-22-2004, 03:14 PM   #4
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I still plan to offer small bundles. Actually, there are nearly NO mid-sized distros out there -I mean in the range of 300-800MB say. Vector, another Slackware based distro may be the only one that calls itself mid-size. The first thing I noticed when I started looking for a linux to learn on, ewas that there didn't seem to be any middle ground between the 1-6 floppy distros and the 1-6GB distros. The core principle of Amigo is minimal, but comfortable system capable of making a net connection so that YOU make it what you want. I have been working on finding lightweight alternatives to KDE and GNOME programs.
 
Old 10-12-2004, 03:58 PM   #5
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Would also agree that Amigo is best when sleek as a small-sized distro, with the added option to compile extensions making it a mid-size distro as required/needed. This user really appreciates the AmigoLinux Developer's choice of size-ranges and logic behind these size-reqs, from the Minimal Installs to the mid-sized Amigo 2.0 w/ extensions (see documentation at http://www.amigolinux.org).
IMHO, hope that this very useful flexibility will continue to be refined and improved upon as intended.

FYI, there actually does exist a mid-sized and fully-extensible Slackware distro besides Vector Linux mentioned above. SLAX (http://slax.linux-live.org/ ) is a bootable live-CD that is itself compressed into less than 190MB disk space on a CD.
SLAX is not as easy to install onto a hdd as Amigo Linux and its memory requirements are indeed higher than Amigo Linux; it takes
30 MB to boot slax.
64 MB to run Xwindow with fluxbox (guifast)
128 MB to run Xwindow with KDE (gui or guisafe)
vs. 16MB RAM for AmigoLinux

SLAX does, though, have optional extensions to improve the functionality/productivity of the distro to make it more mid-sized similar to AmigoLinux 2.0 SLAX terms these extensions "modules" (see http://slax.linux-live.org/modules.php for the list of these) Eventually, SLAX too may offer a hdd-install like AmigoLinux (maybe similar to the liveCD hdd-install options for DamnSmallLinux and Knoppix)

-nycace36
 
  


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