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Old 06-01-2004, 03:16 PM   #1
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fast booting linux to play videos?

is there any really fast booting version of linux that i could use to jus play movies, mp3s. audio cds and such? i want to try it out on my laptop, thanks for the time
Old 06-02-2004, 12:11 AM   #2
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Maybe there is a speacialty distribution out there since theres about a bazillion of em...But I would have to say look into choosing a clean-type distribution such as slackware and compiling your own kernel after stripping out all the bulk...The slack forum has some great threads on compiling new kernels specifically for slackware.
Old 06-02-2004, 02:24 AM   #3
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Make sure you only start the services you need for playing mp3/video/etc at boot time, the 2.6 kernel seems to boot faster than 2.4

I prefer cut down versions, they tend to have less services enabled by default and more bare basic init scripts, thus a faster boot. Vector linux is a good one, if you stick a 2.6 kernel on it.
Old 06-02-2004, 02:39 AM   #4
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Hey ya go

Old 06-05-2004, 08:51 AM   #5
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hmmm.... is there anyway to boot linux with 2 sets of services to load? using fedora core 1...and i need the services enabled for me to be able to use the network and stuff for college and other stuff...but having a seperate section to play jus movies mp3s and stuff would be cool as most of the time its irritating waiting for them to boot
Old 06-05-2004, 09:15 AM   #6
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change the contents of /etc/rc.d/rc4.d to suit your multimedia services. Then place 2 seperate entries in you lilo.conf one with the boot param INIT=5 and the other with INIT=4.

Then just boot into runlevel 4 when you want your multimedia.
boot into runlevel 5 when you want the rest.

You can even change between the two while the system is running with a telinit 4 or telinit 5.

If this is confusing for you or you need more info on the rc directories, let me know and I will find you a link.

Old 06-07-2004, 01:55 AM   #7
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That MoviX is a very interesting thing . It goes on to show the power and flexibility of Linux.
Thanx for the link.


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