Archives for the month of: March, 2009

“SLiM is a Desktop-independent graphical login manager for X11” (slim)

You may add a preferred user to be auto-filled each time you start your computer – the username will be filled out, but you still have to accept, and enter your password.

default_user      firmit

But you may also auto-login by adding a new line below the default user:

auto_login       yes

Voila! I am unable to see this in the documentation – I got the tip from SliTaz forum – where I managed to enter the wrong email when I registered…. I had to register as firmitz…

An interesting application caught my eye the other day. As the Acer laptop I installed SliTaz on, is currently working beyond my wildest expectation, it would be a shame if all the work stored on it suddenly got lost. So – I was looking for some sort of backup solution. Of course, Dropbox works like a charm. But there exists other solutions too; rsync may be the most popular cli-tool using a cron-job to sync regularly.

With Box Backup, you set up a server, generate a CA – secure certificate – which you “give” (copy) to the client. The client is the computer which you would like to keep a backup of. You install the client, register an account on the server, install the certificate on the client, choose a pass-phrase which generates a secure key for you – which is used for encrypting the backup data! The data is then transfered via your LAN (if you have personal server setup for this), or the web, to a host providing this service.

So – I now have three options: rsync using a cron job, dropbox and box backup. I think the added feature of getting to the files online is superiour. At least if you use seveal computers regularly.

Acer Aspire 3000 – AMD 2800+ (1.6GHz) , 512 MB ram, 60 GB HD. Yes – my girlfriends laptop – the Windows fanatic. Some weeks ago I booted a liveCD of Slitaz on her laptop, and she totally freaked! But now – the tables have turned!

About two weaks ago, she was preparing a presentation in OO. I suggested she should save it in Gmail – as she did. But she wanted a copy on a usb-stick. Okei – so plug in a usb stick and copy it! But things did not go as planned. In fact – the laptop crashed completely, and never recovered… The system simply froze, and after a reboot and some odd minutes working normal again, it “stopped time” again!

So – after 3,5 years with the same install of Windows (with SP3), a reinstall was in order. But this did not help. The laptop worked for about 5 minutes before the system would freeze again. The mouse was the only thing that worked – the keyboard did not respond, the powerbutton was dead – so the only way of killing the system was by taking out the PS and battery.

Slitaz enters the field

So – I found my trusty companion Dell Latitude 2GHz going on 8 years, running GNU/Debian with LXDE. I installed WinXP to keep the peace and give here a known environment. I still need a workable Windows installation to be able to print satisfactory…

But the Acer was now under my command – and unbelievably – Slitaz runs without any trouble! I dual-booted the laptop just to conclude that the computer had gone Anti-Windows and still behaved irrational. To my satisfaction I found a fully workable, surprisingly-fast computer running a full distro under 25 MB (liveCD iso)!

Slitaz

Slitaz uses Busybox, Xvesa, Openbox, lxpanel and many taz-tools like their own package manager, tazpkg, which works excellent. It runs super fast! It also contains a lot of other lightweight appz like Dropbear, SQLite, lighttp, parcelite etc. A growing community create packages of their favorite FOSS and make it available at http://www.slitaz.org/en. You may install Xorg, if Xvesa does not support your computer resolution, Abiword, Gnumeric, OpenOffice3 (in time) and many other favorites like mpd/mpc. The only big chunk of software on the distro is actually Firefox (Minefield).

I am still quite happy with my GNU/Debian LXDE installation, but I think I will try this on my desktop computer permantly – not just as a secondary distro – but as a primary distro. I am already using the greater part of it, but the backbone is completely different 🙂

Kudos to the guys at Slitaz.org!