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Old 06-11-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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Question myDSL - Open Office Install


Hello,
I have recently done my first Linux install on a Dell Inspiron 4000. Memory per SysStats = 328 MB. It was DSL and then I successfully used Grub to move it to my hard drive.

I opened MyDSL and found I could download OpenOffice. I did so. Now when I boot I see reference to Open Office. MyDSL shows icons for Writer, etc. But when clicked, nothing happens.

What can/should I do now to get it to execute.
Thanks, Dave
 
Old 06-11-2009, 10:33 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!
first, did you do a frugal-grub install or frugal-lilo install or dsl to hd install?
below is for frugal-grub install
OK, DSL is pretty cool, but needs to initially be told where to save it's Mydsl apps/settings to.
So, I would need to know the output of "fdisk -l" in a root shell, from the menu.
just enter fdisk -l in root terminal.
assuming you are using grub frugal-install, use "nano" to open your menu.lst and add bootcodes
to it. Mount hda1 at desktop, it might already be, and open root terminal and enter.
"nano /mnt/hda1/boot/grub/menu.lst"
Your menu.lst should pop-up.
add this to the kernel line "restore=hda1 mydsl=hda1 home=hda1 opt=hda1"
to use nano the commands are at bottom of screen. ^X means cntrl+x
so, to save after editing, press control + o to save and control + x to quit
that's a little o and a little x.
then reboot and dsl will create those folders in hda1, open the apps browser and start downloading and apps will be deposited in hda1/mydsl folder.
full bootcodes here
( http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/i...hp/Cheat_Codes )

Tinycore is the new DSL, made by the guy who made MyDSL.
More up to date to
 
Old 06-11-2009, 12:56 PM   #3
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[quote=linus72;3570473]Welcome to LQ!
first, did you do a frugal-grub install or frugal-lilo install or dsl to hd install?
I did a frugal-grub install. I followed the instructions "Notes on Frugal Install with Grub by Brian @damnsmalllinus.org/f/topic-3-26-8732-0.html

So, I would need to know the output of "fdisk -l" in a root shell, from the menu.
just enter fdisk -l in root terminal.

dsl@DSL1: ~$ fdisk -l returned "cannot open /dev/hda"

Per DSL Tips & Tricks I have 3 partitions
/dev/hda1 for image & bootable
/dev/hda5 for swap
/dev/hda6 for /home. mydsl etc.
hda5 & hda6 came up I think because I tried the partition a couple of times and it would not reset to hda2 & hda3.

I appear to be getting a clean boot except for the request for passwords and it keeps going after pressing enter.

When I get to the desktop and display the mount window, I see that hda1 is unmounted and hda6 is mounted. I mounted hda1 so now both had1 & hda6 report as mounted, but the fdisk -l results are the same.


nano /mnt/hda1/boot/grub/menu.lst displays the menu.lst

The non commented out kernel looks like this.
kernel /boot/linux24 root=/dev/hda1 quiet vga=normal noapci noapm noscsi frugal dma toram dsl mydsl=hda6 restore=hda6 home=hda6 opt=hda6 host=DSL1 secure

That's probably enough for you to guide me to the next steps.
Thanks for your time and effort.
Dave
 
Old 06-11-2009, 01:51 PM   #4
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OK, so is there anything in the MyDSL folder that is on hda6?
If not, reboot and start installing apps.

You do know that dsl is basically a dead distro?
Not saying that to run you off dsl, it's a great distro, but sadly there won't be anymore after
4.4.10

I don't see what could be the issue-is it working now?


Want something cool you can practice doing installs and hacking dsl?
goto my site and download one of the portables, like mydsl or dsl2hd
here is a link of shots of me playing with dsl portable in dsl!
( http://multidistro.com/shots/scrnshots.html )
and heres the portables
( http://multidistro.com/downloads/por...portables.html )
I suggest either mydsl or dsl2hd OR the kit is best for you cause you already have
the iso of dsl.
read the how-to here
( http://multidistro.com/downloads/portables/INFO )
They may even run on that 328MB lappy!?
note the big diff in ram usage between mydsl and dsl2hd
it's cause frugal install basically runs like th cd-in ram
whereas the hd install doesn't
please note that the portables dsl's will decompress to 500MB!
this is cause the vhd's compress down to only what's really in there-50mb dsl.
you should like it.

Another note-I suggest if you want modern dsl go with tinycore-1.4.3 or testing vrsion
which is 2.0
I already have some tc stuff here
( http://multidistro.com/downloads/tc_...c_flavors.html )
however I am still workin on 2.0 superpack
( http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=731806 )
and it should be done today.
hit me back with your thoughts...
 
Old 06-11-2009, 01:58 PM   #5
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Oh, big note, just double-click either mydsl.sh or mydsl.bat(windows) and qemu should run
if you choose install it will overwrite the other install.
also, this was made before I learned how to fix up the grub menu, so check out the tc menu.lst
for how to add a splashimage and colored text.

uh-huh...I just downloaded portable-mydsl and was checking out
openoffice mydsl
says it needs 384MB RAM to run!
this may be your whole problem......

Last edited by linus72; 06-11-2009 at 01:59 PM.
 
Old 06-11-2009, 02:47 PM   #6
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ok, i tried installing both versions of O office and they didn't show up on mydsl menu
some mydsl apps do not work, etc cause it's a dead distro.
Robert Shingledecker, who made MyDSL, etc, now heads Tinycore.
Tinycore is made so yuo can add dsl themes and stuff to it too/.
TC also has open office.

However, that computer has 328MB ram, which is pretty good.
I have a toshiba 7000CT lappy with 160MB ram and have slack-12.2
in it using XFCE4 WM.
It runs great.
So, if not tinycore, go with slackware or even a debian net-install
and just install xfce4 or lxde and some light apps with openoffice.
CrunchBang-8.04-up is also a great choice as the font size, etc is made for small screens and battery-powered lappys.
what are your thoughts?
 
  


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