Tuesday, February 26. 2013
Updates to the Graphical Installer, dialogues, etc.. easier to install
Same old system but with just enough updates to be "usable" KDE-3.5.10, Xorg-7.7, GLIBC-2.17, GCC-4.7.2, Kernel 184.108.40.206 PERL-5.16.2, SKYPE-220.127.116.11 (MSN/Windows Live! support). Main web browser is Frefox-17.01. - Distro. is optimized for i686 now. Kopete has been removed and replaced with (pidgin Messenger) Its still a distro. aimed at computers from the past (mine included), so if you're looking for the latest bleeding edge, you won't find it here, but if you're looking for something a bit more complete from a past "yesterday" Operating System that still manages to work with 2013, this may suit you. I still have no DVD burner so I never was able to test the DVD install, but I did manage to grab a USB flash drive so I installed aLinux 15.0 to it and bingo! its fast and installs in less than 5 minutes, (note:) you don't have to install to hard disk or a storage device, you can run it comfortably from the Live! USB or DVD media until you decide whether its even worth your time
Again, you'll find the KDE translations here: KDE desktop translations
New WiFi and Wired Internet connection utility (Wicd), replaces RutilT Works hassle free, re-connects on its own after, resume, suspend and reboot.
aLinux aLive! 15.0 released Feb 22 2013 - aNews
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wow.. kde 3.5.10
i'm using kde 4.10 right now, but after watching your screenshot i miss 3.5.10 again...
Thanks, but I'm glad KDE-4.10 finally removed strigi indexing support that search engine made my computer crawl at times : )
The only thing that stops me using this on my machine
& also on all my school lab machines is (300)
Network-manager with modem manager
WiCD does not supports modems
Works with both my DSL modems. Perhaps you were just missing firmware and/or the kernel was to blame. I've noticed its a hit n' miss with many distros (mine included) where you install a distro, try to configure internet--to no avail, because of a missing firmware. Modems shouldn't be much of a problem, its usually the internal/external Network Card that's not being picked up by the OS. For what its worth, aLinux still has command-line setup for DSL, Cable Modem and PPP dial-up but typing 'setup' after the install but make sure first 'lspci' or 'lsusb' is picking up your Network Card and that will show kernel at least sees it, but firmware might not be loaded still. You can check that with "dmesg | grep firm" if you see empty output, you probably need the correct firmware but aLinux has quite a few already installed as default but we are using an older kernel still so ymmv.
Since you decided to use the old KDE 3.5, you'd better pick up Trinity (http://www.trinitydesktop.org/).
I've been playing around with Trinity for quite a while, the last one I partially built was 18.104.22.168. I like the CMake scripts but once I hit, I think kdeamin-3.xx, kipi-plugins, etc; it changes back to auto-tools and that's where it bombs out on me.. unless I use Debian auto-tools, I'd be able to generate ./configure; but aLinux fails at that point; I've tried using newer auto-tools as well but it seems hard coded for Debians which I would probably requires there patches to get the macros correct. Not a biggie and I didn't fuss around with it enough.. but hoping tde-3.6x will be 100% converted to CMake or back to auto-tools, one or the other but they've done lots of amazing work, its a solid desktop with many improvements over 3.5.10.
Does the installer give the option not to install a bootloader?
Can aLinux be booted by the existing Grub2 in a multibooty? Just 2 know before downloading ..
Yes, you can skip the bootloader during setuo, and all aLinux needs after you install it, is the kernel 'vmlinuz' added to your Grub2 menu, you don't even need the initrd image, and just point Grub2 to where aLinux installs too, e.g. /dev/xxxx; and you're good-to-go. Drives me bonker when a distro over-writes my boot-loader as well ....... lol but just for the record, aLinux will pickup Windows XX and all other Linux distros previously installed if you do decide to use Grub or Lilo during the install.
Useful to know.
Thank u kindly for that.
I'll give it a try next week.
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I have tried to install this on two separate computers. One is running i810 and another i686 and both give the same error:
INIT: cannot execute "/sbin/agetty"
INIT: ID "c2" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
Hi, sorry to hear that. Sounds to me like a bad download. Always check the msd5sum first when something like this pops-up. In this case the md5sum of aLinux-15.0.iso should exactly match: 576b1ab72ea8189c7c5d97c0d66e9711
Are you installing from DVD or storage device, e.g. USB-stick? and is this happening during the install or after you have installed?
I have checked teh MD5 and it is a match. Still you could be right about a flawed DVD because I burned it at maximum speed.
This is happening before the install. It happens right after I get to chose the screen resolution where every thing looks good and than this happens!
That's good, you checked it. We know the ISO is not truncated. I haven't been able to test the install from a DVD yet but you might try burning it at slower speed 2x or 4x .. I know its painstakingly slow and I never really had problems myself, but I've always used small ISO's that were under 700MB's and I thought aLinux 15.0 was going to be around 500Mb since i removed GNOME and some graphic applications.. but somehow it compressed to 1.4Gb...anyhow.. I have no DVD burner, but finally ordered one yesterday... so I'll be able to test the install from DVD.. I just never thought this cheap laptop would last this long ... If you have any Linux distro already installed and you have USB-stick that's at least 2 Gb and of course BIOS support for booting from a USB Storage device.. you could try "cat aLinux-15.0.iso >>/dev/xxx (where xxx is either sdb, sde, etc..), but make sure you get it correct and make sure to save anything on the USB-stick before hand, as it will be erased and over-written, else try the DVD at slower spd Good luck.
Well I have tried it at 8x and 4x but I got the same error. The thing though is that I had issues with other linux distros as well. For instance I tried it with Frugalware but I ran into an issue with that one as well even though it was meant for i686 processors. The funny thing is thought when I installed ubuntu that was not meant to run on an i686 processor and with the minimal RAM resources of my 12 year old computer it worked. I also successfully installed another linux distro which I can not remember right now that albeit did not work for me because it was very minimal and I would have to spend hours sitting there resolving some issues from the command line. So I mean the computer works and I know how to make the hardware work but the two computers that I mentioned here one with the i810 processor (my old one) and another one with the i686 processor are not some thing that I badly need for work but they are reserved more for play. I mean to run one as some type of a honeypot/IDS on my LAN and the other one as a seedbox. What I am saying is that I do not want to bother you too much with this. I believe that I need to mention this to you since you brought up your old laptop and you use this distro for it since of course it wont run with just any other out there. That is not the case with me. I have a new computer available to me that I am using at the moment. I have another computer as well that I need to fix some thing in the BIOS and it is a very technical and specific issue that I just need to make some time for it. So I just want to thank you for the time you invested so far into this and I do not want you to feel no more need to help me out on this because I am just going to be on a look out for another distro that I may have more luck with!
A 12 yr old one : ) u sound like me.. I still have a 386 but I can't add any more memory to it.. and the internet requirements today brought that one to halt but anyhow, good luck with another Linux distro. being there so many out and about, you should find one that works.. there basically all-the-same anyhow, just some are buggier than others
You mention you had the problem recently with a few other distros..and what could be the problem is were using hybrid mode on the ISO's so they can boot from a USB-stick. It tricks the BIOS into thinking its a CD/DVD-ROM drive but that's not the true problem, its after adding hydrid to the ISO is ..some BIOSs are hard-coded to a 1024 block limit ..anything beyond that..they cannot read.. so in our case aLinux-15.0.iso = 1040 ..just over the limit.. I notice many distros are using this same technology today.. so I took a gamble with it as well.. but I had too.. as I have no way in installing aLinux to my own PC.. and it worked for me.. but I hope I didn't break the DVD install... I did do virtual testing both DVD and USB install and they passed.. but real-world-test I just hope for anyhow..it may or may not be that cause I'd think it would work on at least one of your 2 PC's.. but just to be safe, maybe look around for ISOs below 1024Mb then surely there not limited to this hybrid thing..but it might just be the aLinux kernel is incompatible with both your computers or my installer needs more work.. anyhow.. sorry about that.. but I'm sure you'll find a good one distribution out there. Take care.
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