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Mat, about that distro you recommended..

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Mat, about that distro you recommended...
24th Sep 2007, 23:59  

Rich says:

your doing it wrong


25th Sep 2007, 00:18

mat says:

My copy of slax has vi. You must be doing something wrong. :)

Anyway, if you want vi/emacs/whatevar, install it. I recommended slax as a good livecd for auto-detecting weirdy hardware and so on. I don't use slackware myself, day-to-day, but I do know a good livecd when I boot one.

25th Sep 2007, 10:03

ladislav says:

"Anyway, if you want vi/emacs/whatevar, install it."
How? The live module installer doodad stubbornly refused to do anything except emit usage messages.

It also didn't include smartmontools (despite claiming to on the website), and didn't boot into a GUI properly (see here for what happened).

On the other hand, it did allow me to jump through the hoops that the IT guys had asked me to (fsck hard drive and back up all data, again), so it did what I needed. Now, hopefully, I can get a new hard drive and get on with some serious procrastination work.

25th Sep 2007, 11:39

mat says:

that's 'cos you can't install stuff onto a livecd. duh.

I recommend Slax 'cos it's good at detecting and using various bits of hardware. It also automounts anything remotely drivelike and allows you to do stuff to it. It boots quickly and into a light fluxbox-like GUI (should you so desire) rather than the bloat of a full ubuntu/gnome/kde session.

25th Sep 2007, 12:28

ladislav says:

My understanding was that "installing" was code for "uncompressing onto RAMdisk", but maybe I was just being stupid.

It was extremely good at automounting, which was the important part of the functionality I needed. So, thanks.

Repaired computer ready today!

26th Sep 2007, 10:42

mat says:

Normally, the ramdisk is mounted as /boot and just contains the running kernel, and /usr and /bin and stuff are a ro mount onto the cd, so there would be some fairly involved gymnastics to compile/install (I think slackware is source-based rather than binaries) into a liveCD situation.

computer fixed, which is what counts! good stuff.

26th Sep 2007, 10:47

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