Meeting – Tinycore

Peter brought what looked like a four port usb hub, which included an ethernet port. This device is intended to turn usb drives and or sticks into network attached storage (NAS). It does this useing usb server software supplied on disk. The supplied software is windows only, and Peter wondered if Linux would detect the hardware, so we plugged it into Unbuntu 10.10, and ….. nothing, not really surprising, given that the work is being done by software. Les did a quick search and found that Linux has a similar software based usb server, and that was left as an exercise for Peter if he felt like following it up.

Next we had a look at macbuntu, a sourceforge project designed to make ubuntu look even more like a mac, including displaying the apple logo during startup and shutdown!

To show macbuntu in action, two different methods of screen capture were used, one hardware based and one software based, but the results were disappointing once processed for youtube.

The hardware device used is called dazzle, purchased from Maplin, and uses usb and svideo, in conjunction with windows movie maker which needs to run on a separate machine to the one being captured.:-
http://www.m2review.com/convert-vhs-to-dvd-with-pinnacle-dazzle.html

The software method uses ‘wink’ http://www.debugmode.com/wink/ which runs on linux or windows, and makes/captures screen shots or video (in flash format) of the machine it is running on.

Wink produced better end results on youtube, but not really acceptable. But this could be down to my lack of experience with the software/hardware/youtube.

Youtube results here:-
http://www.pcrecycler.co.uk/club/node/137

Finally, the long running saga of the ancient IBM thinkpad, which is a win95/98 era machine. Many meetings ago, Colin put DSL onto this machine which only has 32meg memory. Lately though, Colin has become disenchanted with DSL and wants the latest contender, tinycore linux. Unfortunately, tinycore appears to need more than 32meg to run, so Colin has opted for microcore which is tinycore without the GUI, command line only.

The install instructions are here:-
http://www.tinycorelinux.com/install.html
In a nutshell, you copy a couple of files and one folder over to the dsl ‘boot’ folder, add the microcore entry to grub, and that is it.
But it wasn’t. The version of grub in dsl was too old, and needed upgrading, so we downloaded the required version, but ran out of time.
Maybe next week, Colin might have finished it.

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