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#1 2017-05-28 12:13:28

Mr Green
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News!

I have recently been offered a new job. It will mean that I want to focus on getting settled in before releasing summer iso. However I will update current rc version early next month.

Over the past few months I have had no donations towards hosting and web space which is sad but I understand that Linux should be free as in beer. Any loose change down the sofa would help ?

Looking at Alpine Linux again. A distro that reminds me of early Arch (less systemd). Compact fast easy to install and has a reasonable package database. Did you know it can run pacman package manager?


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#2 2017-05-29 02:12:27

rabbit
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Re: News!

Glad for you MrG.

I successfully installed AB-OpenRC after getting round the Grub2 hiccup. I will have to figure out all the intricacies of setup with OpenRC (as alternative to systemd) to use it. Is there a conveniently accessed list of packages in each ISO (apart from pacman -Qs). It is so long (years?) in-between installs that I cannot remember what is in or out,, or how!

In my opinion about choice of packages: the packages can be installed later (optional to each user), but having openbox plus networking plus base-devel and packer (aur access) is more critical for building a system.  In any case I find Archbang an excellent starting point to build my Linux Openbox system. Thank you very much.

My regards.

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#3 2017-05-30 06:48:09

mips
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Re: News!

Mr Green wrote:

Looking at Alpine Linux again. A distro that reminds me of early Arch (less systemd). Compact fast easy to install and has a reasonable package database. Did you know it can run pacman package manager?

Well I'm trying to install it right now but hitting a brick wall with the installer after selecting the disk and then 'sys',

required by: world[sfdisk]
syslinux (missing):
  required by: world[syslinux]

Sigh, looks like it's gonna be a long day.

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#4 2017-05-30 09:22:53

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Re: News!

Edit /etc/apk/repositories and uncomment edge urls, comment ones with 3.5... do apk update and apk upgrade then do a search for packages.... apk search


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#5 2017-05-30 11:32:02

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Re: News!

Mr Green wrote:

Edit /etc/apk/repositories and uncomment edge urls, comment ones with 3.5... do apk update and apk upgrade then do a search for packages.... apk search

Thanks, got past that issue.

I got an xfce desktop up and running with lots of apps, was gonna get back to openbox later. I could however not figure out how to automount usb drives & get network manager running, but the worst was not having a decent browser. Installed firefox but it simply would not work, all I got was a placeholder in the taskbar but no actual window (apparently it's buggy as hell google search tells me) which leaves one with midori & dillo which are pretty useless to me unfortunately.

So I'm now busy downloading the archbang spring release iso... I know that works smile

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#6 2017-05-30 12:02:34

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Re: News!

I am very close to a full install of Alpine Linux with all the applications from ArchBang (am running i3 window manager). Alpine does take a little more work to get running than arch, you do need dbus installed and running.

Need to get network manager up and running then I can report back.


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#7 2017-05-30 12:23:15

mips
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Got dbus running. Think I'll get back to alpine at a later date.

Are you running the 32 or 64 bit version?

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#8 2017-05-30 13:40:17

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Re: News!

2017-05-30-195927_1920x1080_scrot.png

Network manager applet was not working not sure why yet! Went with wpa_supplicant and have a wifi connection.

As you can see I have Firefox

Sorted audio

You do have to add user to groups to allow things to work, namely wheel, audio, video.

Thinking network manager might be a group thing (will search about that)

Next I will add a login manager lxdm....

Also remember to add tmpfs to fstab


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#9 2017-05-30 16:12:39

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Re: News!

Congrats with new job, Mr Green!


Getting your questions answered here at ArchBang Forums
Please! Always give hardware info, if there is a chance that 's relevant: #lspci -vnn
On Arch(bang) and Openbox: http://stillstup.blogspot.com/

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#10 2017-05-31 05:01:45

seventh
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Congrats Mr Green.

I would donate some coin but i do not use paypal, if any other method available let me know.

I have been successfull in getting to a fully functional alpine virtual desktop with openbox and startx via VirtualBox, only downside is lack of packaging fo openbox. I like to use Obmenu and that doesnt seem to be in the alpine repos. Also aplines vbox video drivers did not seem to work for me to get to higher resolutions.

Im going to try alpine in qemu soon, maybe even bare metal, bare metal is an unknown quantity to me with alpine though, it seems like it would just take over the hard drive and not allow for dual/multi boot.

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#11 2017-06-01 14:01:00

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Only major issue I have is nm-applet, I cannot get it to see local devices. As yet no fix but am working on it....

Are you running edge (and testing) not checked openbox obconf.

Think that for docker,server,nfs Alpine would be fine... desktop applications do seem to be lacking.

Do love using it, Alpine takes up no room is fast, light and best of all systemd.


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#12 2017-06-03 03:28:46

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I was running edge, i no longer have that alpine install in virtualbox, just too much lacking to get to a decent openbox desktop.

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#13 2017-06-03 04:04:26

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Have heard good things about Voidlinux it has runit init and is based on musl. Maybe they have more package you need. Certainly Archlinux has the package base but I am slowly drifting away from using it. Have Alpine installed on my laptop and am currently testing it. As I use i3 have no need to that many gui apps..... prefer to work in a terminal.

As for an alpine based <foo>bang that is going to be more difficult as you know, less packages available.

It really does not matter that some things do not work, with linux there are many ways to do what you need.


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#14 2017-06-03 04:23:47

seventh
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Ive heard some good things about void too, uses the pacman package manager.

In regards to making some things work in linux, it would be just my lack of knowledge and not alpine linux. Im definetly thinking of trying it out as a bare metal install one day.

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#15 2017-06-03 04:34:22

Mr Green
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Re: News!

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Managed to build and install, note I do not use Openbox!!!


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#16 2017-06-15 05:20:25

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Re: News!

Update:

Still testing Alpine Linux, really enjoying a systemd free experience. Am working on a poor mans install (not much progress at the moment). Alpine can be run completely from ram therefore works really really fast. You can at the end of a session save your work/setting/configs/packages using a combination of lbu and a package cache. it is perfect for older hardware that has lower specs....

A AlpBang version? well not any time soon, have less time to work on iso as it is... though you never know wink


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#17 2017-06-25 13:17:36

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Re: News!

Alpine is really nice and although they've made huge progress in the number of supported packages there's still some that I use that aren't supported yet. The one downside of Alpine is they don't really have a user repository (if I'm wrong please correct me).

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#18 2017-07-09 07:21:53

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Re: News!

Hey man, it's been awhile.  Congrats on job !  smile

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#19 2017-07-12 10:19:42

mips
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Re: News!

I really need a new 32-bit linux distro for my ancient laptop. Tried Alpine but no go, think I'll try Void next and see what it's about.

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#20 2017-07-12 10:58:24

Mr Green
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Re: News!

https://news.archlinux32.org/ there is always hope!


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#21 2017-07-12 11:02:24

mips
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Re: News!

Mr Green wrote:

https://news.archlinux32.org/ there is always hope!

Looks interesting but still early days, will wait for next months isos based on this https://bbs.archlinux32.org/viewtopic.php?pid=28#p28

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#22 2017-07-13 02:06:14

seventh
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mips wrote:

I really need a new 32-bit linux distro for my ancient laptop. Tried Alpine but no go, think I'll try Void next and see what it's about.

Void is pretty good, i had no problems with installation. Not using it now but tested it on a miminal net install with openbox, tint2 etc.

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