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Offline gameblabla

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DellardOS - Lightweight distro
« on: May 19, 2015, 02:39:00 PM »

DellardOS
DellardOS is a a lightweight GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian Wheezy.
It consumes very little memory (about 20-30 MB of RAM idle) and has very low CPU usage.

It comes bundled with emulators, dillo (from mercurial repo), Wine-staging, SpaceFM,
Audacious, GNOME Mplayer and Gpicview.

Recommended for old computers and intermediate *nix users.
(A beginner will probably be able to install it with the documentation though)

Download DellardOS
DistroHunt listing
Wiki
Forum

So the whole story behind DellardOS:
I decided to make DellardOS because all the linux distributions i found
were either WAY too complicated to use, are LIVE-CD only distro (Puppy, RLSD etc...)
and/or eat too much memory/cpu. (Any distros with GNOME, Unity or KDE)

Like everyone, i first used Ubuntu as a base for DellardOS.
But looking at the memory/cpu usage, i quickly realised this was a bad idea.
Not only that but the LiveCD installer required more than 384 MB of RAM !

It took me a while to find an easy way to make a linux distribution
and i was finally able to do it using Debian/BootCD.

The future
A few days ago, i have released DellardOS "Rarity" 0.3, still based on Debian Wheezy.
I want the next version of DellardOS to be based on Devuan.
If it doesn't get released anytime soon though,
i will switch to Debian Jessie, remove systemd and re-compile pretty much everything.


What now ?
I need your suggestions and your feedback. (on a VM or on real hardware, doesn't matter)
Please, tell me what do you think of DellardOS as whole.

Hope you will enjoy DellardOS on your old Pentium Pro !

« Last Edit: July 19, 2015, 04:18:57 PM by gameblabla »

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Re: DellardOS - Lightweight distro
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2015, 03:47:03 PM »
well im downloading it right now and will give you my thoughts oh boy a new toy to play with he he and good luck with what your doing
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Re: DellardOS - Lightweight distro
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2015, 05:20:15 AM »
Looks interesting, though not a gamer, I like the choice of apps.
Have downloaded to try.  :)

Edit: 7z is not that common, might be better to use a standard compression program like bzip2 or even gzip.  ;)

Edit2:
I seem to have hit a problem.
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$ 7z x dellardos_03.7z  

7-Zip [64] 9.20  Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov  2010-11-18
p7zip Version 9.20 (locale=C,Utf16=off,HugeFiles=on,4 CPUs)

Processing archive: dellardos_03.7z

Extracting  dellardOSv03.iso     Data Error

Sub items Errors: 1

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$ ls -lh *.7z
-rw-r-----  1 keith  keith   408M May 20 10:34 dellardos_03.7z
$ ls -lh *.iso
-rw-r--r--  1 keith  keith   394M May 17 12:42 dellardOSv03.iso
« Last Edit: May 20, 2015, 06:32:03 AM by FOSS-user »
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Re: DellardOS - Lightweight distro
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2015, 08:17:54 AM »
removing systemd from Debian would be tasking which is why devuan hasn't come out yet. really removing systemd is more troublesome than it really is worth.

Offline 360animenoscoper

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Re: DellardOS - Lightweight distro
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2015, 12:45:18 PM »
How do you make the distro? As in how you fork it from Debian and put it as your own? You see, I wanted to fork/make a lightweight modified version of Debian, but I just don't want to use the remastersys or something like that, but an actual fork.

Is there a full guide on this?

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Re: Re: DellardOS - Lightweight distro
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2015, 12:56:09 PM »
Sorry guys, the archive was corrupt.
So i put it online again, fixed some bugs and lowered the size.
Sorry for the inconveniance, please download it again from the download page.

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removing systemd from Debian would be tasking which is why devuan hasn't come out yet. really removing systemd is more troublesome than it really is worth.
Removing systemd can be done but its dependencies are problematic.
The reason why Devuan is not released yet is because they have to recompile
the whole debian repository.
But yeah, better wait for Devuan than trying to remove systemd from jessie.

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How do you make the distro? As in how you fork it from Debian and put it as your own? You see, I wanted to fork/make a lightweight modified version of Debian, but I just don't want to use the remastersys or something like that, but an actual fork.
Is there a full guide on this?
I'm using BootCD for the distro.
It's simple and it works like Remastersys :
You make your modifications and once you're done, you run bootcdwrite
and it will build an iso of your distro.
The end-user has to run bootcd2disk to install on the disk.
For DellardOS though, i made a script (called dellardosinstall) that configure the system
and then install it via bootcd2disk.
As you can see, BootCD is not fancy like Remastersys.

And no, no tutorial. I had to figure it out on my own.

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Re: DellardOS - Lightweight distro
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2015, 02:07:03 PM »
Downloaded the new one, extracted & dded to pendrive but doesn't boot, is this version an isohybrid?
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Re: Re: DellardOS - Lightweight distro
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2015, 02:18:54 PM »
Downloaded the new one, extracted & dded to pendrive but doesn't boot, is this version an isohybrid?
DD will not work, i tried it.
I don't think it's isohybrid either probably due to the weird compression sheme used by BootCD.
Try with a real CD or if you have a USB key, a CD emulator. (Like Easy2Boot)
« Last Edit: May 22, 2015, 06:54:06 PM by gameblabla »

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Re: DellardOS - Lightweight distro
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2015, 02:21:40 PM »
OK, thanks, I'll try it under qemu tommorow.

Post Merge: May 21, 2015, 04:32:03 AM
Today: Used isohybrid on it & dded it to pendrive.

I like the fact it runs in ram as a live distro.
The lack of firmware makes it not very usable for internet use.
Noticed touchpad tapping is turned off by default, (not a problem).
May be a good idea to release it set up with a qwerty keyboard.
(I wasn't expecting an azerty keyboard from the off.) :)

Verdict: I like it (from an initial trial run).
« Last Edit: May 21, 2015, 04:32:03 AM by FOSS-user »
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Re: DellardOS - Lightweight distro
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2015, 06:48:16 AM »
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Today: Used isohybrid on it & dded it to pendrive.

I like the fact it runs in ram as a live distro.
The lack of firmware makes it not very usable for internet use.
Noticed touchpad tapping is turned off by default, (not a problem).
May be a good idea to release it set up with a qwerty keyboard.
(I wasn't expecting an azerty keyboard from the off.)
You obviously mean the proprietary binary firmware.
I have decided not to include it by default, too much trouble for me to support.

I will release a new minor fix for DellardOS so users don't have isohybrid it themselves.
Thanks for your feedback.
EDIT : I have reuploaded DellardOS, you don't have to isohydrid it yourself now.

Post Merge: June 05, 2015, 11:22:44 PM

Hello guys !
I've got some news for ya.
Jaromir improved my logo (thanks !) and i have opened a new forum here:
http://dellardos.forumatic.com/

You can talk about anything related to DellardOS or have some good (or bad) time.
You can also post as a guest if you don't feel like you want to register.

As for DellardOS, i have not changed my plans and will work on the next version when
Devuan will be released.

Cheers,
gameblabla

Post Merge: August 19, 2015, 04:25:49 PM
I'm happy to announce the release of DellardOS 0.4 "Pinkie Pie",
now based on Devuan instead of Debian Wheezy.

Here's a small list of changes :
  • GTK1 apps are now available: GTKedit, Beaver, Sylpheed etc...
  • ALSA got replaced with OSS4 from source.
  • Mocp is the now the default music player.
  • An overall lighter software selection.
  • All the improvements that comes with Debian Jessie. (except systemd of course)
Download link
Wiki

Screenshot:


If someone wants to mirror it, please contact me.
DellardOS is far from dead, i will make sure to keep it alive as long as possible !
Opinions are (very) welcome !
« Last Edit: August 19, 2015, 04:25:49 PM by gameblabla »