Linux Distros What Else Can I Use

Acer Aspire 5515-5187 notebook
March 7, 2011 at 20:53:54
Specs: Puppy Lucid 5, Unknown / 3gb
This is hard to explain as a subject but I have a laptop with 3gb ram that can't use a hard drive because where it connects to the motherboard it's cable is broken and well just isn't fixable. It's an Acer 5515. So I run on it Puppy Lucid 5 livecd with my session saved on an 8gb usbpindrive it also will not boot from a usbpindrive. So with my current setup I can surf the internet with the built in wireless and fire fox installed. Ever thing works okay but I am looking for alternatives to Puppy Lucid, that can also load from a live cd into ram and save the session onto my pin drive with out actually being installed. With my laptop there just is no way to fix it to have a hard drive, but I still won't to get some use out of it as is because everything else works on it. I read somewhere that Antix could be installed in the same way as Puppy but I am not sure about it. I am looking for something that is more of a full distro than puppy lucid or a derivative that has Gslapt built in and perhaps one that has the pb_debianinstaller too as default programs. Just one that is based on Puppy lucid 5 with Gslapt would be better than what I have currently. Please help..

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March 8, 2011 at 00:24:03
GsLapt is for Slackware.

Antix is based of Mepis and still in developement.

Puppy Linux does have a PET Package Manager and it should also be feasible to isnatll extra packages from other sources, but ned to be careful of dependicies....

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March 8, 2011 at 05:00:42
yes, I know that Gslapt is for slackware but I need a puplet that has it already configured along with the other default package mangers. The default package mangers for Puppy Lucid just aren't enough don't have the programs that one needs most things are slackware and it is suppose to be compatible with Ubuntu but that is a lie none the packages work you can install them not that it does any good though, Unless they are built for puppy none of them work, your only other option is installing slackware packages because they still are compatible with puppy lucid.

I know what antix is based on, but I am just looking for distro's that can run from a live cd and save my session on a usbpindrive where I can make changes and save them with out the need to install the system because I don't have a hard drive and can't boot the pindrive. Or well distro's that work like puppy does cause as far as I know Puppy is the only Linux that can be used that way with out actually being installed. A frugal install or what ever they call it.

I would like to be able to install the RPM or Slackware version of FireFox 4 beta in puppy lucid.

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March 8, 2011 at 07:41:57
..are you using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx packages ?

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March 8, 2011 at 12:50:19
..are you using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx packages ?

nope it doesn't do any good to use them they don't work in puppy lucid 5 at least not the ones I've tried before like the thunar package. maybe they will now though using the latest version.

I fixed my one problem I was running puppy lucid 501 so I got the latest version 520 and it had firefox 4 beta as an installable package. So now I have firefox 4 beta 12 running after it updated the installed package version.

I still would like to have Gslapt maybe I can install it now with the latest version of puppy lucid.

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March 8, 2011 at 17:46:34
You have all sorts of choices.

If you have 3 gig then try plop to boot to a live usb. Dunno why you say a usb can't boot but it may be old enough.

You can boot to network. See gpxe. see, and other ways to boot http.

See knoppix and it's terminal server.

Basically you can run any major distro. All have ways to make it work.

grub4dos and grub24dos can allow one to boot to almost anything.

Almost any disto could be used in an external usb flash or hard drive if you setup some grub or plop boot cd.
That being a real install versus a pendrive install.

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March 9, 2011 at 09:27:44
it's just that my bios doesn't allow booting from a usb and I couldn't install windows on it. If there is a way around that I don't know the bios won't allow my usbpin as a bootable device. I'll look in to other ways of booting I think I can use Zenwalk and save the session from the live CD I am fairly impressed by this latest version of puppy lucid though, it has lots of things that the old versions lacked, it goes well with firefox 4 all though both are not that different then there previous it's the little things that make them awesome. Wishes I could add a slackware repository to the puppy package manger the manual method doesn't make since and is to complex even for an advanced user. The Ubuntu ones still don't work anything you try to install from them is missing dependency's or won't down load I don't know why they claim it is built on Ubuntu when nothing from there will work in puppy unless someone rebuilt it specifically for puppy lucid. they did that for Thunar built it for puppy if it didn't have lucid on the end of it the one from the Ubuntu repository will install but doesn't work in puppy lucid.

Thanks for the advice but I think I am going to take my further questions to the puppy forums. best regards.

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March 9, 2011 at 13:52:19
I said plop or slitaz cd would boot a usb.

Run qemu on a flash drive.

Boot to a networked install.

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March 12, 2011 at 15:20:40
I recomend You the Agilialinux (iso-image of new version), prepared in ubuntu boot flash maker (not unetbootin, but other, in folder with administrative tools). It will ask You for size of place for saving data of work. Make more the 1 partition on flash - for example, the first(bootable) in fat32, and the second - in ntfs.

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