I just posted about Wolvix this morning around 1:30AM and I’m already posting about it again. The version I downloaded and reviewed (if you can call that) was 1.0.5 Beta. Now less than 12 hours later the official version of 1.0.5 has been released. I’m currently downloading it now and its running very slow. Perhaps I should try the other mirror. [Five minutes later] Just tried it. Didn’t help. Either way though I suggest you download the new version since it has been deemed stable. I personally plan on making a few modules of my own since I can’t find them on the Wolvix site or on the SLAX site. I’ll report back on how that goes. Do it!
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I’m a Gentoo guy. I really like Gentoo, and I have very few complaints about it as of right now. I see room for improvment in some areas, but overall I really like it. So why is a Gentoo guy’s favorite LiveCD based off of Slackware? Because no good Gentoo liveCDs exist, not counting the install disk, which I don’t honestly consider much of a liveCD.
Enter Wolvix. Wolvix is actually just just a SLAX clone, but there are enough subtle differences between SLAX and Wolvix that I actually like Wolvix better. For example, Wolvix uses XFCE or Fluxbox instead of KDE or Fluxbox. This is important. I like KDE for what KDE is, but anyone who claims that KDE is lightweight is out of thier mind. I feel that XFCE is much better suited to the liveCD enviroment than KDE is. Fluxbox is probably the best choice really, but I feel like XFCE provides the best middle ground. Your lightweight, but your still nice looking and functional. So as of right now Wolvix is my new favorite LiveCD. It has replaced SLAX which replaced Knoppix. Knoppix is like a desktop replacement on a DVD. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but to me is totally unrealistic. Why carry so much crap? In the dictionary beside bloat there is a picture of a Knoppix liveCD. Go ahead look it up.
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Since installing Gentoo on my laptop I’ve spent the past several days making it “mine.” Just like I would with any OS I go through and install the programs I want, uninstall the ones I do not, and configure and tweak it till it runs exactly the way I want it to. I don’t how I could ever use anyone else’s computer at this rate being so picky with my own.
The first thing that I have noticed with my laptop is that I do not feel like the compile times are any where near as slow as I hear people complaining about constantly. My laptop has a 1.6GHz Pentium 4 M, 512M of DDR RAM, and a 30G 4200RPM HDD. Those are relatively slow specs considering the average new machine or my desktop computer that is almost a year old now. To me though it doesn’t feel like compiling a kernel takes any more time. It compiles in under 30 minutes on either computer. Obviously is it much faster on my 3.7G desktop, but my laptop is not slower by much, no more then 10, 15 minutes tops. Another thing I hear a lot of Gentoo-ers complain about with older hardware is sync time for Portage. My laptop syncs within the same amount of time as desktop does. Again no more than 5, 10 minutes more max. That is not that great amount of time. Not in my opinion anyway. Perhaps these people are running even older hardware than mine, I don’t know.
The only thing at the moment that is truly broke is my sound. Its really making me mad too. Because the live CD knows which drivers to use. My SLAX live CD knows which drivers to use. Yet my install with the drivers built into the kernel can’t seem to figure out how to setup ALSA to use the right drivers for my sound card. It makes absolutely no sense. I would guess its all my fault, but that doesn’t help any. Either way I don’t have sound, and I don’t know how to fix it. As of this writing I’ve posted on the forums and I have yet to find a answer. Wish me luck!
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Since coming back to school, the install of XP on my laptop has gone to pot. I can’t log in as admin. Thats as good as gone as far as I’m concerned. Imagine not being able to su to root in Gentoo (on your box mind you, not cracking!)? Think of all the things you couldn’t do? Well that’s what happened to my XP so its gone. That install of XP was less than a year old, that’s what pisses me off the most. It usually takes me at least 2 years to ruin an XP install.
With that in mind I decided to trash Windows totally and just go all Linux. Which means I now need a distribution for my laptop. After a bit of thought on the topic I decided to go binary. With the number one complaint about Gentoo being the compile times and my laptop being in the neighborhood of 4 years old, that sounded like a valid complaint. My first choice for binary distros has always been Slackware. I use SLAX (for now) as my live-cd why not have its parent distro go on my laptop. The only problem with that was I wanted a 2.6.xx kernel, so I went looking for a slack derivative that could get the job done for me. The first one I found that I felt suited my needs was Zenwalk Linux. It got the job done actually, I won’t lie to you. It did everything I needed it to do. I did not stick with it though. My biggest issue with it was its package manager. It still feels very “beta” and the selection of packages they have for you is small to say the least. It basically boils down to if its not on your install CD, then its probably not in the online repository. That really bothered me. I would like a larger selection of hardware. The next thing that bothered me was it more or less forced me into using XFCE. I have no problems with XFCE, its very nice, but its not my bag. I have my favorites and XCFE isn’t one of them. Between the two of those I gave up. I’m going to have to go with something else. I will note though that Zenwalk is an excellent distribution, if they continue on the track they appear to be on, don’t be surprised if I try it again some day or even whole heatedly recommend it to other people. I liked it a lot, but for now its just not for me.
Well, it’s official, school has started. Which is great because I was getting tired of being home to be honest. I love my home, but I need something to do besides play on my computer. If I were working on my computer from home I would have no complaints, but all I really do is goof off, so I’m glad to be back at school.
Sadly, because you only pack so much stuff in one Jeep along with four people, I couldn’t bring my Linux desktop computer to school. Have no fear though, because Linux is such a versatile operating system, I can still have Linux, even though it isn’t installed on my DELL laptop. Which by the way I think is dieing. I keep getting “ntfs.sys” errors on boot. Seeing the “blue screen of death” before your computer even finishes booting is an all time low for Windows. I’m sure Windows has done worse, but in my experience with it, this is about the worst the I’ve seen.
So since I can’t have my Linux computer here, and I haven’t made a Live-CD of my Gentoo install, which I plan on doing first chance I get, I’ve started using SLAX. I’ve actually reviewed SLAX in the past and now that I’ve burned my own copy of it, I can honestly say it is definitely worth it. After downloading and burning a copy on a CD-RW, I started reading the page on modules. Well it took me all of two seconds to realize, I wanted to try it! So I copied my CD to the hard drive, erased it, downloaded my modules, placed them inside the /modules folder on the hard drive copy of my CD, and then re-made the ISO. Its that simple to add the modules of your choice to your own custom ISO of SLAX. I wish all distros were that easy! Its very small too. I have four modules on my custom SLAX, and it is still barely over 300MB (303MB to be exact). So if you haven’t tried it, try SLAX I think you’ll like it, even if you are a hard core Gentoo-er, SLAX will hold you over till you get home.
Enjoy the Penguins!