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Old 08-12-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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Easy Peasy's "temp" version (including FF issues)


I've been wanting to try a new distro for my eee pc (currently running Ubuntu 9.04. The distro'd be great if it was on a desktop). I just got Easy Peasy up and running from my usb thumb drive, and it's not too bad, aside from me not being 100% happy with the menus... except that Firefox seems to crash waaaay too easily. Is this because I haven't officially installed the OS? I'm sitting here, biding my time while I "test" it out by running crappy "how well do you know your friend" quizzes on Facebook, and I can get through a test or two before Firefox disappears for no reason. In addition, things that seem to demand high resources also seem to crash Firefox (lots of flash stuff, I'm noticing).

In addition, I installed Opera (on this usb version), and I got one webpage open (actually, it was lq.org haha) before it suddenly disappeared (which seems to be the easy peasy version of crashing). Is Easy Peasy tempermental like that? Things crash because they want to, and they just disappear? I'd like a little more warning/explanation....

In addition, if anyone has a suggestion for a semi-easy somewhat-GUI-driven flavour of Linux to suggest, I'm looking for ideas. This version seems like it'd be fun, but my desktop's MB is fried and I can't just use this to "play around" with. (I've currently got Ubuntu 9.04 on the not-usb-drive).

Note: My Linux skills are mediocre at best (I know what sudo is, I know that I flounder without a GUI on the laptop, and I enjoy nethack and long walks on the beach. Not necessarily at the same time). Anything strictly GUI is easy, and anything without GUI confuses me too much to enjoy/work things out. Oh, and I've had a couple bacardi + dr. peppers... so if I'm obviously an idiot at the moment, please feel free to inform me of it (hence all the facebook friend tests crap thingies

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 08-12-2009, 03:43 PM   #2
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What's up Asinine!

Errr...you should check out BrowserLinux0908 (a puppy puplet)
it's main function is browsing etc
it's got firefox 3.5 + flash10 and works good too it's like 66mb!
http://www.browserlinux.com/

I suggesst USB install, as then you can make a pup_save and save your sessions, apps, etc to usb at reboot/shutdown

Since I suspect you already have syslinux installed to USB?
then here is syslinux.cfg (mine) fro browserlinux
just copy/paste this into a text file and name it "syslinux.cfg"
or just add these entries to existing syslinux.cfg

Code:
label pup1
menu label BrowserLinux0809 RestoreSave
kernel /vmlinuz
append initrd=/initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash pfix=copy

label pup2
menu label NoRestore
kernel /vmlinuz
append initrd=/initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash pfix=ram

label pup3
menu label RestoreSave No X
kernel /vmlinuz
append initrd=/initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash pfix=copy,nox

label pup4
menu label NoRestore No X
kernel /vmlinuz
append initrd=/initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash pfix=ram,nox
To install puppy to usb, by hand, use a Linux cd/usb (almost any)
download iso and copy/extract it to usb

open a terminal, become root, and find out where usb is mounted
with "mount"

it should say "/dev/sdb1 /media/disk"
or similar

assuming USB is sdb1:

Code:
mkdir mnt
mount -o loop browserlinux0809.iso mnt
cp -a mnt/* /mount/point/of/usb
mkdir mnt (makes a folder named "mnt")

mount -o loop browserlinux0809.iso mnt (mounts the iso on mnt)

cp -a mnt/* /mount/point/of/usb (copies contents of iso to usb)

assuming usb is mounted on /media/disk it would be

Code:
cp -a mnt/* /media/disk
can you dig that or need more help?
 
Old 08-12-2009, 04:32 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by linus72 View Post
can you dig that or need more help?
Hmm, *seems* to make sense... but actually one reason I hadn't previously chosen Puppy was that 1) there's no root (not a terribly big issue... seeing as how Ubuntu has no access to root until you're typing sudo for everything) and 2) I read a few post about there being no GUI (feel free to correct that). The GUI is a biggy for me right now, since my desktop is kaput and I have no way to know what's going on if I don'd understand the OS. If my desktop was up and running, I could find the commands to load up things I need without a hitch.
I suppose I'm sounding like a total wannabe-linux tool here by asking: Does puppy allow for a boot from the usbdrive to let me test out the system beforehand?

I'm safe to assume that if I'm not installing the distro you're advocating, your syslinux.cfg should be significantly different... right?
 
Old 08-12-2009, 06:11 PM   #4
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Okay, I tried Puppy, and graphically, no issues. But I've now got internet issues. It sees my eth0 (wired), it goes through the motions and finds an internet connection, but when I try to ping or use seamonkey or any other web utility, it doesn't find a connection.
 
  


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