Posts Tagged ‘Puppy Linux’

Good Puppy!

April 15, 2010

I have played with Puppy Linux a bit in the past; it’s another live distro, with the option of saving your settings, to a flash drive, or hard drive, or the CD.  The other day I picked up a few 2G SanDisk Cruzer sticks, and today I tried saving my Puppy settings to one.

When you reboot your computer from Puppy, you have the option of saving to the CD, saving elsewhere, or not saving.  If you choose the second option, you are presented with a list of locations to save to.  Hint – do NOT save to a NTFS partition, as this could seriously mess it up.  You can give your saved config a unique name.  In my case, I supplied my name, Neil, and a file pupsave-neil.2fs was created.  You select a size for your file – I chose 512M.  You also have the option of saving pup-431.sfs.  You are then given one last chance to review your options before proceeding, or going back to square one.  As my USB port is 1.1, it took about 10 minutes to write.

You can store a number of configurations on your flash drive, hence the option of unique names.

On subsequent boots,  stick the flash drive in first, then boot Puppy, and it will automatically find the saved configuration.

This means that you can save bookmarks (which I imported from bookmarks.html, which I exported from Firefox on Windows), as well as resolution, desktop, etc.  You can also install more software up to the limit of your USB jump drive.

I will definitely be playing with this for the next while.

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Repairing Linux

July 5, 2009

After installing an old Sabayon Linux, I found myself unable to log in due to the X server not starting.  I decided to see if I could look at /etc/X11/xorg.conf, the X configuration file with a live Linux distro.  I tried knoppix 5.1.1 on CD, and the latest Puppy.  I was able to edit xorg.conf and /boot/grub/menu.lst with both distros, but with knoppix I have to use sudo vi …, as root permission is required, and Puppy has that automatically.  With Puppy, you just mount the drive, a desktop command, that shows the partitions, including partition type, i.e. NTFS or ext3, etc.  You can then open the file with a text editor.

In this case, I had to adjust HorizSync and VertRefresh in the Monitor section.  Once I got that fixed, it started fine.

I have to go back and check my username and password, but I know that Puppy is definitely the easiest distro to use if you need to fiddle with config files in a Linux partition that isn’t starting up.  Puppy is easy to start up, and all the defaults were correct.

Linux to the Rescue!

October 1, 2008

Just another example of how a live Linux distro can save your bacon. My mother was buying a new computer finally. Her old beast was an old Compaq, 10G hd, 96M ram, with Windows 98. It has a USB port in the back, a 3 ½” floppy drive and a read-only CD-ROM drive. She bought an HP with 3G ram and Windows Vista, from Best Buy. The problem being that she wanted photos from her old PC copied over to her new machine, but Windows 98 couldn’t plug-and-play the USB stick. I popped Puppy Linux in her CD-ROM drive and rebooted. Puppy is a neat, small Linux distro, with JWM desktop, an older version of Firefox, 2.0.0.7, and Abiword, and boots into a 64M ramdisk. All drives are unmounted by default, but there’s a nice little wizard that allows you to mount them with a simple click.

If I had known that Windows 98 didn’t even recognize the USB stick (a 2G one – that might have been the problem), I would have taken Puppy along with me. As it was I offered to take the old machine off her hands, took her USB stick with me, set it up at home, after a good cleaning{!}, and copied everything in a few seconds.

And the moral of the story is – when doing tech support for relatives, always take along one or more live CDs.