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Old 11-01-2009, 08:33 PM   #1
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503box-Live aka Lenny & 3/4 OR Debian-Live on Gas!


Ha!

I just made perhaps the Greatest representation of Debian-Live you've never seen!
and the Greatest Fluxbox mods you've never seen!

heres a couple pics!
http://multidistro.com/deb/root.png

http://multidistro.com/deb/apps.png

http://multidistro.com/deb/audio.png

http://multidistro.com/deb/menu.png

http://multidistro.com/deb/sky.png

http://multidistro.com/deb/iceweasel.png

http://multidistro.com/deb/fluxmenu1.png

http://multidistro.com/deb/fluxmenu2.png

and heres all the packages!
http://multidistro.com/deb/packages.txt

there are docs and stuff in the download
gotta go to bed so will drop more here tomorrow!

USERNAME: root
PASSWORD: 77

USERNAME: guest
PASSWORD: 55

it is installable to hd or usb via Unetbootin

The iso also includes Plop bootmanager and NetbootCD-3.1.2
which can net-install any major distro!
http://multidistro.com/deb/boot.png

Download link and md5sum

698MB iso & docs + persistent stuff in zipped file
http://multidistro.com/deb/503live.zip

md5sum for iso
59153454046b861fac3c2e193e7fd292 503box-Live-rc1.iso

Here are some of the apps included

Aqualung
Audacious
Mplayer/SMplayer
K3B
Geany
Screem
Abiword
Gimp
Photoprint (lots of printing/text stuff)
HPLIP toolbox
PCMANFM
Synaptic
Unetbootin
GFTP
Iceweasel
Opera
Flash 10
WICD
xchat
writer's world maker
qemu
fantasdic
isomaster
leafpad
live-magic
quicksynergy
xarchiver
gparted
mp3blaster
alsa mixer
and more!
1154 packages in all!

somehow I got all that into 685MB!

enjoy!

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Old 11-02-2009, 05:22 AM   #2
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OH
I need some feedback on this one too?

I made it to boot from all media, usb,cd,hdd
if you like it/hate it or have ideas
please post!
 
Old 11-02-2009, 07:33 AM   #3
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Downloading the iso now.
I'll burn it to a disc and see what's what.
Love the black Fluxbox theme,which one is it?,and more importantly where can i get it?.
 
Old 11-02-2009, 08:50 AM   #4
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well: first of all: congrats and thanks.

ok, im downloading it atm, so i gotta let you know as far i ran it and am not sure if i will be able to today.

is it debian-stable, 5.03, a stock debian-live you created with live-helper/similar or is it a grmlx or such derivate?
The boot-screen makes me think it in fact is a real/pure debian.

Why dont you post that info over at forums.debian? might be you get the business, but it would be cool for the ones looking for a live.

ok, as far as i tried i`ll let you know,
greetings

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Old 11-02-2009, 09:11 AM   #5
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Hey Linus,
Good work fella!!.
I'm writing this from your creation.
Booted off the disc in non-persistent,and had to use the 'noapic' boot parameter to get it boot.
Strange it needed the boot parameter as i haven't had to use that with this machine since Etch,but hey it worked.
The only slight criticism i'd make is that gkrellm is out of position on my machine,i'm pleased to see you installed scrot so i took a screenshot.
Other than that all appears good.
As i said in my last post i love the black theme,and also i'm intrigued to know how you are changing wallpapers on-the fly from the menu?.
I use nitrogen myself,just wondered how you do it?.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg desktop.jpg (226.7 KB, 8 views)

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Old 11-02-2009, 03:30 PM   #6
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Ahhhhhhhhh!!

I thought you guys would like it

To answer your questions...

1) the black fluxbox themes, assuming you mean the root fluxbox blackglass style?
or the gnome themes?

I gathered the fluxbox styles from grml, hag linux, puppy Fluxpup-4.12, and PLD live
and from some of these sites
http://fluxbox.sourceforge.net/themes.php

http://tenr.de/styles/

http://customize.org/fluxbox

http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fluxbox_Style_Guide

http://sleekmason.wordpress.com/fluxbox/fluxbox-styles/

http://wiki.debian.org/FluxBox

The gnome black gtk themes I pilfered from my Ultimate Edition 2.3 themes folder.
Ultimate has some bad ass themes, over 1GB installed! just the themes and icons!
so, they wont show up in synaptic..

2) its/was Debian Lenny 503, I added lenny backports and any other good repos including hag-linux repo
and from here too
http://hag-linux.eu.org/wiki/HagRepository

http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/

initially I downloaded Remastersys LXDE 2009.07 and then uninstalled most stuff, added fluxbox and it kinda snowballed!
http://geekconnection.org/remastersys/index.html

http://geekconnection.org/remastersys/rll.html

http://geekconnection.org/remastersys/downloads/

I skanked the flashplayer .so in /home/guest/.mozilla & /root/.mozilla from partedmagic 4.6 and thru synaptic, kinda double insurance

its got alot of stuff huh?

As for gkrellm, I noticed it do that when I installed it into my 160MB lappy
just move gkrellm to where you want, use xkill to kill it then reopen gkrellm via menu and it should remember where you put it
it runs good on 160MB ram surprisingly
theres alot of gnome stuff.

you will notice in ~/.fluxbox folder, the startup script has some things starting and others commented

heres a piece...
Code:
# Applications you want to run with fluxbox.
# MAKE SURE THAT APPS THAT KEEP RUNNING HAVE AN ''&'' AT THE END.
printinfotext "Running startup apps..." &
#yeahconsole --perl-lib ${HOME}/.urxvt-perl/ -pe tabbed &
#systray-volume-control &
xset r rate 250 40 &
# xflux -z 22942
 lxpanel &
#fbpanel &
 gkrellm &
# conky -d &
so, xflux changes the color temp of your monitor according to your zip code or latitude/longitude settings
its commented ause you might not wanna use it...
you can start conky by commenting gkrellm and uncommenting conky
you know

most of the fluxbox stuff I stole from grml and especially hag linux
and then tried to modify to what I wnated

the wallpaper changer and whatever is in ~/.fluxbox and theres the main menu and then sub menus

main menu

Code:
[begin] (Fluxbox)
  [include] (~/.fluxbox/ulubione-menu
  [include] (~/.fluxbox/root-menu)
  [include] (~/.fluxbox/magic-menu)
  [include] (~/.fluxbox/handy-menu)
  [include] (~/.fluxbox/fluxbox-menu)
  [separator]
  [include] (~/.fluxbox/hag-xrandr-menu)
  [include] (~/.fluxbox/hag-baseconf-menu)
  [separator]
  [include] (~/.fluxbox/hag-exit-menu)
  [include] (~/.fluxbox/logout-menu)
[end]
so, it just goes to others

uhmmm...an app called ulubione does most of the flux menu stuff
also from hag linux

BIG notes
I heavily modified the remastersys script in /usr/bin and modifies everything
in /etc/remastersys

I did tyhis so it would boot from usb easily via Unetbootin or by just copying to usb which already has syslinux installed

I also added netbootcd-3.1.2 and plop bootmanager to /etc/remastersys so it will transfer all that to the livecd it makes

I also include 2 scripts in the isolinux folder, one for genisoimage and one for mkisofs, whichever you may have
genisoimage is what it uses cause of k3b
k3b rocs!

oh, I also included 2 persistent .zips too
503box-rw, one is 250mb, one is 500MB

did you read the docs?

I also edited the remastersys script so when you make the livecd it gets dpkg to output "packages.txt" to the livecd/docs folder

heres the part of remastersys script I changed...

Code:
if [ "$CDBOOTTYPE" = "ISOLINUX" ]; then
rm -rf $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/boot
mkdir -p $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux
mkdir -p $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/docs
mkdir -p $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/syslinux
else
rm -rf $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux
mkdir -p $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/docs
mkdir -p $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/boot/grub
fi
and here

Code:
# copy isolinux folder & stuff to working area (/home/remastersys)
sed -e 's/__LIVECDLABEL__/'"$LIVECDLABEL"'/g' /etc/remastersys/isolinux/isolinux.txt.debian > $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/isolinux.txt
cp /etc/remastersys/isolinux/isolinux.cfg.debian $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/isolinux.cfg
cp /etc/remastersys/isolinux/menu.c32 $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/menu.c32
cp /etc/remastersys/isolinux/vesamenu.c32 $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/vesamenu.c32
cp /etc/remastersys/isolinux/make_iso.sh $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/make_iso.sh
cp /etc/remastersys/isolinux/gen_iso.sh $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/gen_iso.sh
cp /etc/remastersys/isolinux/plpbt $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/plpbt
cp /etc/remastersys/isolinux/debix.png $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/debix.png
cp /etc/remastersys/isolinux/reboot.c32 $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/reboot.c32
# now the syslinux folder & stuff
cp /etc/remastersys/syslinux/syslinux.cfg.debian $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/syslinux/syslinux.cfg
cp /etc/remastersys/syslinux/menu.c32 $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/syslinux/menu.c32
cp /etc/remastersys/syslinux/vesamenu.c32 $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/syslinux/vesamenu.c32

# now the docs folder & stuff.
# find all packages installed and output this as a text file into the iso.
dpkg --get-selections > $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/docs/packages.txt

# now finish up by copying boot cheats text & netbootcd stuff.
cp /etc/remastersys/docs/persistence.html $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/docs/persistence.html
cp /etc/remastersys/docs/parameters.txt $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/docs/parameters.txt
cp /etc/remastersys/isolinux/kexec.bzI $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/keexec.bzI
cp /etc/remastersys/isolinux/nbinit3.gz $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux/nbinit3.gz
else
now, if you install to hd and then do remastersys backup
it will make a folder named "live" as per default debian live
you must edit the initrd.gz to change boot params
I tell you all about that in next post!
 
Old 11-02-2009, 04:06 PM   #7
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OK
before I talk about the initrd.gz
I gotta mention that to save weight and get it under 700MB I had to do some tweaking

first, when remastersys makes the filesystem.squashfs, for some reason it's "bloated"
meaning the process seems to be inefficient

example, when I made the last iso via remastersys backup
it comes out to about 750-760MB!

so, first I unsquashfs'd it, then I simply redid the mksquashfs procedure
Code:
mksquashfs squashfs-root filesystem.squashfs
this produced a squashfs that was now about 700MB!
?
I dont know...

so, i then squashed the doc folder in /usr/share
Code:
mksquashfs doc docz.squashfs
I stuck that back in the /usr/share/doc folder
make sure you unsquash it if installing to hd

after doing that I got it down to like 685mb somehow?

OK, now about the initrd.gz

debian, ubuntu, sidux, etc have a script inside the initrd.gz named "live", "casper" and "fll" respectively.
so, when you see the code "boot=live", "boot=casper" or "boot=fll"
in your isolinux.cfg, syslinux.cfg etc
its booting the script itself
not the "live" or "casper" folder

heres the part of the script "live", found in initrd.gz, in /scripts folder

Code:
#!/bin/sh

# set -e

export PATH="/root/usr/bin:/root/usr/sbin:/root/bin:/root/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/bin:/sbin"

echo "/root/lib" >> /etc/ld.so.conf
echo "/root/usr/lib" >> /etc/ld.so.conf

mountpoint="/live/image"
LIVE_MEDIA_PATH="live"

root_persistence="live-rw"
home_persistence="home-rw"
root_snapshot_label="live-sn"
home_snapshot_label="home-sn"
so, yopu can see the media path it goes looking for a folder named "live" and a persistent file named "live-rw"
I simply changed these to "503box" and "503box-rw"

you can edit yours to say like trooper and trooper-rw
then rename 503box folder to trooper!

to edit the initrd.gz
open PCMANFM and go to the 503box folder
make a folder named "tree" or what ever, then go into that folder
right click and pick "open terminal here"
now enter this code and it will extract the initrd.gz into the tree foler
Code:
zcat ../initrd.gz | cpio -i -d
edit the script live in scripts folder
then in same terminal, dont close the initial term
enter this to compress back to initrd.gz
note that it will overwrite the original initrd.gz!

Code:
find . | cpio -o -H newc | gzip -9 > ../initrd.gz
heres what mine looks like

Code:
#!/bin/sh

# set -e

export PATH="/root/usr/bin:/root/usr/sbin:/root/bin:/root/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/bin:/sbin"

echo "/root/lib" >> /etc/ld.so.conf
echo "/root/usr/lib" >> /etc/ld.so.conf

mountpoint="/live/image"
LIVE_MEDIA_PATH="503box"

root_persistence="503box-rw"
home_persistence="home-rw"
root_snapshot_label="live-sn"
home_snapshot_label="home-sn"

did I leave anything out?
OH
actually, most of the bash history is still in the root terminal
just push the up arrow after opening root lxterminal

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:48 PM   #8
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ok, linus72, a few notes from me. I had a short look, so take it that way:
I like it.

I like the look & feel very much. awesome. the ability to change ones backgrounds easily is very nice on a fluxbox-live. and you added some nice wallpapers and styles. just like before (ThorsHammer?).
Its a heck lot of apps, a bit of an overkill, but its cool that way. Good thing to get to know things i never heard before in my life :-).

What i like much is the magic-menu; qemu-launcher and all that. very handy for whatever will come to my mind. lol. should be unetbootin in the end.

one thing: i usually use vim, and i think some others do that to. not that it would be a problem to install it (even from a live), but for "us" it would be a positive "surprise" not to have to. its your choice, just a thought of mine. minor issue, so to speak.

well done,
respect.
 
Old 11-02-2009, 05:09 PM   #9
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Actually I didn't even realize vim wasn't installed..
sorry

I can fix that easy enough
I goota fix some of the menu stuff anyway
its like a beta you know

I made a 9.04 one too
its really cool with LXDE and alot of stuff too

I like the dark themes as its easier on my eyes

I really made it to help me with my writing, my web page making and distro making and listening to heavy metal!

I dont think I couldve fit much more in there
if I took out k3b and kde libs, and used brasero...
but, k3b is bulletproof for me vs brasero or any other

I'll add vim and see whats up

EDIT: synaptic says vim-common and vim-tiny are installed...
will install maybe all?

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Old 11-02-2009, 05:25 PM   #10
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OK
I added vim-gtk, vim, vim-gui, and vim-runtime
heres Gvim editor

http://multidistro.com/deb/vim.png
 
Old 11-02-2009, 07:11 PM   #11
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OK
I added vim-gtk, vim, vim-gui, and vim-runtime
heres Gvim editor

http://multidistro.com/deb/vim.png
Now that is what i call good service. I got further wishes?
ok, kidding aside: thank you.
if starting vi-tiny (or what its called ) incidantly from a live i get a shock and am in a bad mood for five minutes. so i got an excellent live-distro now, which i may use for what i need it.
thank you for that.
once people will answer "have a look at linus72-edition" if people are asking for what apps to use...
 
Old 11-02-2009, 07:13 PM   #12
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What about mc - Midnight Commander? In my book it's essential for CLI troubleshooting, & mcedit (included) is a really simple basic editor.
 
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Damn!
Metallica's jammin on aol radio!
Call of Ktulu!
http://multidistro.com/deb/metallica.png

I can't believe MC doesn't come standard with Deb?!
I added it though

I'll try an upload the new iso by morn

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Old 11-02-2009, 07:32 PM   #14
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LOL
any suggesstions for what to uninstall as now after adding vim stuff and mc and ding
its at 706MB no matter what I do?
OH do you want vimerator for iceweasel?
makes iceweasel look/act like a big vim browser??

I could replace k3b with Brasero and save about enough to get under 700MB

OR I could get rid of netbootcd part and then you could have everything cept netbootcd??

what should I do?
I like k3b more than I like/need netbootcd or what?
 
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I like k3b more than I like/need netbootcd or what?
i for one would keep k3b. whenever the subject of burnig comes up lots of people do like it.
on another note: one doesnt burn that much when using a live, does one?

i seem to recall that ding is quite big, so its a good candidate.
perhaps synaptic followed by an apt-get autoremove.
if you talk of di-netboot-assistant, well: away with it.

how much space to you need to win?

---
different question:
how would i install it or put it on a stick ? i know you explained such stuff different times, at minimum once to me: so a link is fine for me.

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