Month: June 2016

Fedora 24 on Multisystem USB

I tend to keep installers for a number of distros I like on a USB drive so I can quickly boot them up on different hardware. To do this I use Multisystem. I have been using it for quite a while and have learned it is not always the most friendly thing but it is the only program I have found that can accomplish what I want the way I want it. After testing out Fedora LXDE 24 recently I decided I wanted to keep it ready to go on my drive. I loaded it in Multisystem like normal but I kept getting an error when I tried to boot it. The error said that it could not find /fedora1/isolinux/vmlinuz0. So I checked that folder and found out that file didn’t exist and it was actually named vmlinuz (no 0 at the end). I took a quick look at the grub code and made some adjustments.

Original:

linux /fedora1/isolinux/vmlinuz0 live_locale=en_US.utf8 live_keytable= rd.live.dir=/fedora1 root=UUID=337A-2EB5 rootfstype=auto ro rd.live.image quiet rhgb rd.luks=0 rd.md=0 rd.dm=0
initrd /fedora1/isolinux/initrd0.img

Fixed

linux /fedora1/isolinux/vmlinuz live_locale=en_US.utf8 live_keytable= rd.live.dir=/fedora1 root=UUID=337A-2EB5 rootfstype=auto ro rd.live.image quiet rhgb rd.luks=0 rd.md=0 rd.dm=0
initrd /fedora1/isolinux/initrd.img

Looking at the code I saw initrd also had a 0 at the end. I removed the zeros from both filenames and updated grub. It then boot like normal. I just wanted to put this trick out in case anyone else ran into it. I’m still having issues getting Peppermint 7 to work with Multisystem but if I find a fix I will post it as well.

Fedora LXDE 24

Fedora LXDE 24.png

It is all the greatness of Fedora without having to deal with Gnome. It is lightweight and runs like a champ. Unfortunately it does not come with a screenshot tool or a graphical package manager. It’s not hard to search for and install a screenshot utility through dnf commands but I can see some people being lost at this point. Since this is LXDE I kept it simple and went with scrot. I also had to install gvfs-smb to get to SMB locations. While this is a great distro I would definitely not recommend it to someone new to Linux.

ReactOS 0.4.1

ReactOS 0.4.1

Big time fail on this one. I tried to boot the livecd and got a BSOD. If they are trying to copy Windows they are spot on with this one. It turns out that giving your virtual machine too much VRAM will cause this to happen. From searching around it looks like this has been a bug for a while. After cutting it down to 32MB of VRAM it boot. Once boot I tried to install it but the installer immediately crashed. I reboot again and boot to the livecd which worked. While I was able to get into the OS I couldn’t get out to the internet. The NIC showed as connected and had a valid IP but I couldn’t ping out. With the way nothing seems to work it seems like the made a great clone of Windows ME. I took the immediate pile of problems as a sign that this was not for me and decided to bail.

Manjaro JWM 16.06.1

Manjaro JWM 16.06.1.png

If you have been following the Manjaro JWM releases you will notice the theme has changed again. I have used the last 3 releases and it has gone from red, to orange, and now green. This time though it now fits in with the other Manjaro spins. Unlike most of the Manjaro versions, JWM still uses the Thus installer rather than Calamares. This doesn’t bother me as I actually like Thus better. What I don’t like though is the Conky widget. It’s not a bad widget but it lacks an easy way to set the weather. I comes set to Brazil and in Celsius. After some digging to find out the code for a nearby NOAA station I got it set where it needed to be. Unfortunately at this point I was irritated and didn’t feel like figuring out what needed to be done to get it switched to Fahrenheit. While on minor gripes, why isn’t fakeroot installed by default? I was getting annoyed try to get Chrome to install from yaourt when it kept failing (if you bother to read the error it only takes a minute to fix). These are minor though. I can replace the Conky widget and install fakeroot on my own. Big issues? There are none. I had the up and in use in no time. The only issue I have with this distro is do I upgrade my old Manjaro JWM physical install or start clean and get the new theme. Oh and the cursor blends into the background…

VSIDO 08Apr2016

VSIDO 08Apr2016.png

I like Fluxbox and I like sid so this should be great right? Well right away I realized the installer needs some work. It kept hanging like there was a window stuck open somewhere but I couldn’t find one. It took some time but I did get it installed. After getting it installed I still couldn’t get it to feel right. It just felt hacky and not thought out. The dock decided to hang over on the left due to a bunch of empty space and the network would not stay up. At that point I decided it wasn’t worth the effort. If Fluxbox is your thing Manjaro is your best bet. If Debian Sid is your thing go with siduction.

OpenElec 6.0.3 on Raspberry Pi 2

OpenElec 6.0.3 RPi2.png

This is my main SD card for my Raspberry Pi 2. OpenElec takes Kodi and cuts out all the unnecessary OS crud. This is perfect for a Raspberry Pi and its limited specs. Its also low maintenance and easy to upgrade. I’ve been running this since OpenElec 5 and updates involve dropping a couple files in a folder and rebooting. If you have a Raspberry Pi this is definitely worth a try. If you are not familiar with Kodi I’d suggest getting used to it on a normal PC first so you can quickly bounce around (trust me, don’t try to figure Kodi out on Android).

Manjaro 16.06 XFCE

Manjaro 16.06 XFCE.png

I’ve been using this since pre1 as my daily OS and it has been great. I’m now fully updated and it still runs great. To test the final release I spun it up in a VM. The first thing I had to do was switch it to the dark theme. Vertex-Maia-Dark is nice but regular Vertex-Maia just feels off. After that I removed some programs, added some programs, and was all set.