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Re: Electric sheep? on DSL?
« Reply #105 on: August 28, 2011, 10:48:21 am »
Should I go start a thread in the programming section of this site, asking someone to help me with that?

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Re: Electric sheep? on DSL?
« Reply #106 on: August 28, 2011, 10:53:10 am »
You can certainly start a thread... you never know your luck, I know the site owner (Mad Penguin) is a programmer, but he is an extremely busy guy, so don't expect a fast response.
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Re: Electric sheep? on DSL?
« Reply #107 on: August 28, 2011, 11:09:20 am »
Another thought is that anything that keeps an eye out for keyboard/mouse input (and/or lack thereof) would need to be *permanently* memory resident, which is kind of contrary to Puppy's ethos of keeping the memory footprint small... that probably explains the lack of a conventional screensaver in Puppy.

And as you are only playing with 16MB, I would have thought that Xlock as it is now (just a mouse click to start) is probably a better idea, where it ONLY loads into memory when called.
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Re: Electric sheep? on DSL?
« Reply #108 on: August 28, 2011, 11:22:21 am »
Good point, Mark... I guess I'm just so used to computers automatically having screensavers that I was expecting something more from Linux than I'm seeing in Puppy, and trying to get it up to a standard that the laptop itself can only barely handle at the best of times is probably asking too much of it...

I'm posting in the Programming side, to see if there's a way of automating Xlock. Thanks again for your help in getting me running.

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Re: Electric sheep? on DSL? (Marked as solved/sorted)
« Reply #109 on: August 28, 2011, 11:32:21 am »
It's not a Linux issue as such... if you wanted a more fully featured distro, there are plenty with all the bells and whistles of Windows (and more)... but you'd need more memory ;)

At least Linux gives you the choice of light, or fully featured... to tell the truth I'm amazed at what Puppy is managing to do with only 16MB.

I've been told that X should probably take more than 16MB for the GUI, so I'm surprised there's anything left for running *anything*... I'd say Puppy have done one hell of a job :)
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Re: Electric sheep? on DSL? (Marked as solved/sorted)
« Reply #110 on: August 28, 2011, 11:34:10 am »
Oh, DEFINITELY!!! Puppy ROCKS!!!

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Re: Electric sheep? on DSL? (Marked as solved/sorted)
« Reply #111 on: August 28, 2011, 11:46:49 am »
Yup...  Until you joined I'd only previously taken a quick look at Puppy, needless to say I'm impressed, particularly at the "Lucid" variants with their ability to install Ubuntu packages, so you can start off with a tiny memory footprint and then tailor it to your machines capabilities.

(still need to work out the uninstall of Ubuntu packages thing though... I'm sure it will be possible, and just something I'm blind to ATM... maybe it just needs an install of the APT tools)

Not overly keen on it being a "single user" OS (always logged on with root privileges), but I haven't checked whether this can be changed yet... it probably can.

I'm also impressed at its ability to automagicaly boot from a CD or Floppy, then mount the main OS that's on a USB pendrive... I know this is possible in other ways, but I didn't realise Puppy was capable of this from the get-go... VERY handy feature for older systems that can't boot from USB flash drives.

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Re: Electric sheep? on DSL? (Marked as solved/sorted)
« Reply #112 on: August 28, 2011, 12:11:54 pm »
Speaking of "/root"... there is a restricted user named spot, and you can add others if you wish.

There's a README.txt file in the directory "/root/spot" that says how to log in as spot, but it doesn't say how to stay logged in as spot, or how to apply passwords to either account. Lemme know when you've found out about these on your copy of Puppy.

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Re: Electric sheep? on DSL? (Marked as solved/sorted)
« Reply #113 on: August 28, 2011, 12:18:01 pm »
Will do :)
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