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Whew! Sorry, this one took a little longer than expected (plus the YuyuYoumu stuff on which I was working got stalled too… not that anyone cares); it is because my laptop kinda, well… broke, ha ha ha!
Editing: Shijima, me (Huge thanks to Shijima for cleaning this one! Given the circumstances, it was a real lifesaver.)
I must admit, I couldn’t possibly sympathise more with Yae. Kind of reminds me of my own school days… *shiver* If something doesn’t look as good as you or me would expect it to look, this is because I was forced to switch to my dad’s PC – with its 4:3 CRT monitor and an utterly terrible keyboard… For now I got things in a more or less working state; I was planning another release of Hanjuku for the next week, but then remembered the next ViVid is probably gonna turn up soon, and I’d like to get some YuyuMyon done at last… so, Hanjuku 13 might have to wait another ten days or so. -_-
Actually setting up GNU/Linux on dad’s old machine was quite a task, mostly because of it lacking free space on hard drives and my dad not being here to possibly do something about it for another month… before I realised, half of the week was gone. @_@
(Of course I could just send my dad an e-mail and wait patiently for the reply, but… dunno about you, but sitting idle and waiting isn’t really my style, especially when there is work to be done!)
Then I remembered how I used to play around with installing Debian on removable media; the Sidux live CD came to play. Dusted off my shockproof 8GB Pretec, format to ext2, then a quick
debootstrap --arch=i386 squeeze /mnt/winterdeb; chroot, applied a few pendrive-specific tweaks from this fine tutorial (didn’t bother with the encryption though; it’s not like I store any top-secret data ^-^;), installed the 2.6.30-1-686 kernel, Xorg, and some extra utils:
lynx, nano, less, most – should I ever need to get stuff done in the OH-NOES command line!
All well so far, except… oh look, my dad’s PC doesn’t support booting from USB, and the floppy drive doesn’t seem to work too well either. But we all know that Linux goes anywhere, so with the help of this page I was able to make a custom boot CD for my flash disk, with the 2.6.30 kernel and required USB drivers.
I had to modify a couple things though… apart from grabbing my desired kernel from the Sidux repos, if you take a look at that tutorial’s menu.lst, you’ll notice it is rather ugly; that’s because it is for Ubuntu rather than Debian – following the path of least resistance, I simply put the below lines in mine:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.30-1-686 root=LABEL=WINTERDEB ro
Where WINTERDEB is the label of my pendrive. Note that this isn’t a very clean way, as it runs the kernel from the CD rather than the root disk itself, but… oh well. On the other hand, now I can use this CD to boot any media with the same label, anywhere. ^-^
All right; connect the pendrive, boot up the cd, and… “fsck died” – oops! After several minutes of panic (it was kinda my last blank CD, and all the stores were already closed…), I realised, the silly me, that while moving some config files over from my laptop, I also dumbly copied the /etc/fstab. -_- Back to a Sidux session… again, in order not to divagate too much, I simply made it read just
/dev/disk/by-label/WINTERDEB / ext2 rw,noatime,errors=remount-ro 0 0; another boot, and – yay!
Hmm… 29% memory usage with Firefox and an image in GIMP opened – not too shabby, I guess. For the GUI, I settled on a combo of Openbox, Idesk for desktop plus icons, lxpanel (due to its neat start menu), and XFCE’s Thunar for file management; while Openbox is still kinda in beta stage and the seek/load times are terrible at times (USB 1.0…), the whole thing is running quite well in my opinion! At least better than WinXP, which my dad for some reason chose to install on this 600MHz/600MB RAM machine…
…Uh-huh, another insanely excessive rant. Anyways, I guess it’s another proof that GNU/Linux not only runs anywhere, but also keeps bringing you people the releases. :3