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bendib 04-23-2010 11:07 PM

Pipsqueak Linux: A new minimalistic distro.
 
Well, I like TTYLinux, but it's not perfect, so I have decided to make a spin. I have completed the first prototype, which has everything I need so far. It will be changed much more, but this is it for today. I call it Pipsqueak Linux. To download Pipsqueak, visit here: http://geekinsnthings.homelinux.org/pipsqueak
I now have a good news page that is visible through the above link.

bendib 06-25-2010 03:28 PM

I have completed Pipsqueak Linux 1.0 stable! Download it here!

DavidMcCann 06-26-2010 05:52 AM

I've just installed Pipsqueak on the guest partition of my desktop. I'm not sure why I want to try a text-based mini distro, but it might be interesting to see what I can persuade it to do.

I'm a bit puzzled why the installer asks for a partition and, when I tell it "/dev/hda3", asks what disk it's on.

It might be an idea for the installer to ask if the user wants the MBR altered. I checked and altered the script before running it, luckily; I'd have been a bit peeved if it had overwritten my Fedora bootloader without asking permission.

linus72 06-26-2010 06:14 AM

very cool bendib

But, could you put a link to packages it has?
also, assuming it uses pacman?
EDIT: how do I install it?
EDIT again; I found it on iso, "pipinstaller"
thanks

bendib 06-26-2010 11:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DavidMcCann (Post 4015519)
I've just installed Pipsqueak on the guest partition of my desktop. I'm not sure why I want to try a text-based mini distro, but it might be interesting to see what I can persuade it to do.

I'm a bit puzzled why the installer asks for a partition and, when I tell it "/dev/hda3", asks what disk it's on.

It might be an idea for the installer to ask if the user wants the MBR altered. I checked and altered the script before running it, luckily; I'd have been a bit peeved if it had overwritten my Fedora bootloader without asking permission.

It asks for what disk it's on so it can tell where to write it's extlinux MBR. I will add a seperate script for bootloader installation in the next version.

bendib 06-27-2010 01:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by linus72 (Post 4015529)
very cool bendib

But, could you put a link to packages it has?
also, assuming it uses pacman?
EDIT: how do I install it?
EDIT again; I found it on iso, "pipinstaller"
thanks

It has no functioning package manager as of 1.0, and I'm afraid I can't post that list. Most of this (excluding the kernel) was not compiled from source, and was not installed on a bare image. I took a ttylinux image and modified it to my liking, replacing various components and adding others. I will update the software by either compiling individual components, redoing the rootfs.gz image with my seperate components on the latest ttylinux, or just ripping the binaries and required libraries out of my fedora systems. It's crude and somewhat pathetic, but it's easier, and has caused no issues as of yet, excluding the fact I forgot a component of the eject application, which will be fixed (or removed if it requires more libs) in the 1.1 release. This is more or less a custom distro, but I put it out because I thought others might like my changes.

Happy trails.

-Ben

bendib 06-27-2010 11:06 PM

ATTENTION:DynDNS WebHop is down at the time I am writing this. THE SITE IS NOT DOWN. It is still accessible. To download Pipsqueak in these troubled times, go to the site's alternate URL here. This should always work when the main URL is down.
EDIT: Service has been restored. Both URLS are functional.

bendib 06-02-2012 10:13 PM

Now, for the biggest necro post in history:

Pipsqueak Linux was discontinued all the way back in 2010 I believe, and on top of that Pipsqueak probably violated the GPL.
Back then I was a Linux noob with no idea what I was doing, but I have grown much better since then. I've learned so much, and so,
I'd like to try and give a distro another shot. I now go by the name Subsentient in most places.

I have a new text-based distro that attempts very hard to comply with the GPL, and is built completely from source for the i586 and up, therefore not a ttylinux derivative.

It inherets many ideas from Pipsqueak, and is not too much bigger. Unlike Pipsqueak, it tries to use the very latest versions of everything every time, so it's bleeding edge I suppose. It's got WEP and unencrypted wifi support and a good wrapper for wifi, and while the kernel does support kernel modules, it doesn't use any by default because the CD boots from a ramdisk. Full source and optional compiled object code and makefile tweaks are available on the site. We are currently at a semi-stable release, Proto 3 (Tribbles), which will be the last release until 1.0.

Some features include:

Elinks browser with/and OpenSSL, full OpenSSH, ntp, bash, glibc based, busybox with all the bells and whistles (includes it's own vi editor), udev, the nano text editor, util-linux's fdisk and cfdisk and mount utilities, a good installer for installing to your hard disk, the obpk addon installer (which should not currently be used until 1.0 stable (Bew) is released, because the 1.0 version will be vastly superior and incompatible with proto 3 addons), among other features. 1.0 will not have work began on it for about a week.

Additionally, there is a very simplified filesystem layout that some see as convenient and others unwise, but nonetheless:

/usr is a symlink to /, /local is a symlink to /, and /sbin is a symlink to /bin. If you opened /usr/local/sbin/derp, you'd really be opening /bin/derp. The distribution and all software for it is compiled to natively use this layout, excluding /sbin, which is needed for init anyways. There are no known reliability or stablity issues as a result of this.

Try Oblong Linux if you like, and report back to me on the Oblong Linux Forums on your feedback.

The site is at http://universe2.us/oblonglinux/


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