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    I'm posting this out of AntiX


    I got rid of Arch today. Sorry, Oz, but I never really warmed to it. Maybe that was because, unlike all the other distros I have installed, I didn't want it for its own sake; I just wanted a binary version of Crux, and of course Arch isn't that.

    Installing AntiX wasn't difficult (you get cfdisk to do your partitioning - not as friendly as parted but a damned sight more so than the pretty graphical abomination you get with the Ubiquity installer). Rebooting wasn't so easy, as the kernel options that were automatically installed weren't consistent with my hardware. I had to remove them from Grub's menu.lst by hand. Fortunately this was grub-legacy so it was editable.

    I don't have graphics yet so I'm writing this in elinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazel View Post
    I got rid of Arch today. Sorry, Oz, but I never really warmed to it. Maybe that was because, unlike all the other distros I have installed, I didn't want it for its own sake; I just wanted a binary version of Crux, and of course Arch isn't that.
    Hope antix works out well for you, hazel.

    Speaking of posting from something different, I'm posting this reply from crux, but the new 2.8 release certainly has a few problems of it's own. I, too, grow tired of the source compile distros after a while but I don't plan to update this installation very often so maybe crux will work out this go around.

    Good luck to you with that antix install and hopefully you'll get some working graphics soon!
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    I'm posting this from a newly installed Siduction. Could this be the try something different weekend?

    I have Antix installed in a VM (it's alpha so isn't going near real iron yet) and it seems to be very nice from what little use I've given it.
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    Welcome to AntiX, Hazel!! I hope that you like it.

    I'm posting this from my just installed Seamonkey browser in my recently
    installed discontinued PCLinuxOS Gnome disto; which I intend to use for my
    long neglected websites.
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    I don't have graphics yet so I'm writing this in elinks.
    Sounds like you went for the core iso install. Ceni for connecting. mc for file manager. elinks for browser. Don't dazzle me with Jargon. But. Hazel is a hard core linux user IMO.

    smxi will give you some kernel uninstall/install options also if wanting to explore smxi script. It will update grub also automatically after a kernel unistall also.

    I'd be curious to see your
    Code:
    inxi -Fxz
    readout also in elinks post also.

    Same for
    Code:
    inxi -r
    to see what repos you are running also.
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    I've got a desktop now. But my xterm is using a ridiculously small font at the moment. I made this file for you using a virtual console.

    I'm not using grub. The first thing I did was to replace it with lilo.
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    Code:
    121.7/246.6MB
    That FUJITSU SIEMENS runs 256MB of ram, huh. 697.773 MHz Celeron (Coppermine) CPU.

    Apt uses

    Code:
     http://www.daveserver.info/antiX/debs testing core main
    http://www.daveserver.info/antiX/debs testing base main
    which is the server for antix specific applications and antix kernels.

    Code:
    http://ftp.gr.debian.org/debian/ testing main
     http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main
    Those are the main debian servers apt is using. You can change them to stable if you wish Hazel.

    Code:
    harry@bikertest:~
    $ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list
    # Note:If you want maximum stability, only use the soon to be stable/wheezy repos.
    # Wheezy 'froze' on June 30 2012 and Debian 7 (Wheezy) is roughly scheduled to 
    # arrive in early 2013.
    # During the freeze (June 30 2012 to early 2013), Testing and Wheezy repositories 
    # will be the same, but once Debian 7 is released, wheezy becomes the new stable 
    # release and will only recieve security updates, while Testing will be 'rolling'.
    
    # Debian Testing. Default for antiX.
    # Testing enabled for 'rolling' release.
    deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free
    deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free 
    #deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free
    
    
    # Debian Stable
    # Use for maximum stability INSTEAD of the 'rolling' TESTING release concept.
    # So, for max stability, UNCOMMENT the next two 'deb' lines and
    # COMMENT-OUT the corresponding 'deb' lines in TESTING above.
    #deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free 
    #deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
    #deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free 
    
    # Multimedia Stable and Testing
    # Use to install libdvdcss2 and codecs.
    #deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org testing main non-free
    #deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org wheezy main non-free
    
    ###### Debian Unstable/Sid##########
    ###### Use at your own risk! ########
    #deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
    #deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org unstable main non-free

    But my xterm is using a ridiculously small font at the moment
    I run roxterm myself in this 64bit base install. What desktop did you install? I am running Fluxbox with rox desktop (for the icons).

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    I don't mind using Testing. I've used it before when I was a regular Debian user and it never did me any harm. I sorted the font problem but there is still a lot of configuration to do. And my printer has gone on the blink (ink problem).

    I decided to use the default desktop: icewm plus rox-filer but I haven't worked out yet how to get icons onto my desktop. Ice looks very similar to Fluxbox to my eyes.
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    Just drag and drop from rox file manager to Desktop to get Icons Hazel. Applications can be dragged from /usr/bin to Desktop. Then you can set a icon for them via right click on the application.
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    Well, things look a lot more civilised now. The fonts problem is solved, I have completely rewritten the icewm menu (the original was a mess), I have a nicer theme for slim that I found online, and I have a rox pinboard with a pretty blue colour. As it shows up the same on all 4 desktops, I'm only using it for stuff that I want on all of them: xterm, links, xpdf, and gvim. Being able to post data files on it will come in useful when I am editing/proofreading for ODF authors.

    Rox has some funny wrinkles. For example, it will only launch programs that it considers executable; having the exec bit on isn't good enough, it must have the right mimetype too. And if rox has chosen the wrong one (as sometimes happens for scripts), you have to reset it by hand - once you have worked out why it just won't run!

    I have my own kernel now - the stock kernel was too slow to load for my taste. And I have found that, although AntiX uses sysvinit, it has systemd too. So perhaps I shall migrate to systemd; I liked using it under Arch, and Arch has a good wiki article on how to migrate.

    Yes, I think I like this system.
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