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New Users / Re: Which Peppermint Under VirtualBox 4.3.40? [ABANDONED]
« on: September 10, 2019, 03:53:59 pm »
I went all the way back to Peppermint One and Two and still couldn't get the VirtualBox Guest Additions to install.  After trying various distros with the same result, it appears Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8 ) isn't the best OS to try this stuff with.  I'm making a clone of my hard disk and will then upgrade to the latest version my hardward supports (10.13 - High Sierra).  I should then at least have the ability to run more modern virtualization software and Linux distro at the expense of not running older Mac software.

If I successfully clone my HFS+ volume to a bootable drive, I may re-partition the hard drive and see if I can't run a multiboot Mac.  Snow Leopard on one partition and High Sierra on another.  But that's a topic for a different board...

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New Users / Which Peppermint Under VirtualBox 4.3.40? [ABANDONED]
« on: September 08, 2019, 10:03:54 pm »
I won't bore you with the reasons, suffice it to say that I'm trying to engineer an old MacBook running Snow Leopard (10.6.8 ) by adding a Peppermint virtual machine.  I need to stick with Snow Leopard, and it appears the last version of VirtualBox to run under it is 4.3.40.  I've been trying to add both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Peppermint 10, but even though I can get a VM running, I can't add the VirtualBox Guest Additions; the process errors out claiming it can't find the kernel headers for the latest version of the guest OS, yet they are there.  I need the shared folders, and without the Guest Additions, no go.

So, I'm guessing I need to get into a time machine and locate a version that was current when VirtualBox 4 was shipping.  Can anyone point me in the right direction? 

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New Users / Re: New-ish User, Older Peppermint
« on: August 14, 2019, 03:29:20 pm »
Well, after spending some time researching and testing, I think I'm going to stick with Peppermint 6 on my EeePC.  I've created a multiboot USB drive with several Linuces and have been comparing them to what I already have.

These are x86 (32-bit) OSes I've looked at, with some of my comments.
  • PeppermintOS 10 - very elegant, but slow on my old hardware
  • BionicPup32 - Nice Mac-like look. It's Puppy, so it needs configuring
  • kolibriOS - fastest of the bunch. But no support for wireless networking.  Sigh...
  • PeachOS - gorgeous UI - the most Mac-like of the bunch - but grindingly slow
  • antiX - Fast, but quirky.  Multiple window managers and themes.
  • xpud 0.9.2 - made for old netbooks. Might be useful in a hurry
  • ReactOS - non Linux, made to emulate Windows NT. But won't run on my hardware
  • Lubuntu 18.04 - Also very polished and elegant. But slow
  • Q4OS - Loaded but not tested
The good thing is that I can boot from the SanDisk Ultra Fit drive, which sits nearly flush to the body (and fits right next to my wireless mouse dongle).   

Here's my disk structure:
   sda1 - mounted on /  (this is the internal, 32GB SDD)
   sdb1 - mounted on /home/me  (this is a 16GB Flash Card)
   sdc1 - mounted on /media (this is the USB 16GB Ultra Fit)

So, I'm have 48GB of storage dedicated to my internal Peppermint 6 and user (me) storage.  The thumb drive has space available for persistence with the multiboot OSes.

Now I find I have to replace my battery.  Again.  $40 for an OEM replacement.  In black (no white available).  I'm spending more money supporting this little machine than I spent on it originally!    :D

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New Users / Re: New-ish User, Older Peppermint
« on: August 12, 2019, 02:52:50 pm »
Thanks!  A couple of years ago I went on a quest to revive my old EeePC.  I searched far and wide and found a replacement battery.  Then, I realized it was too underpowered for most any "modern day" OS (I tried the original, which was abandoned), I tried Puppy Linux (which I still have as a dual-boot), but then I found that someone had mocked up a Peppermint 5 using a theme, MintyMac, and said, "That's for me" (I'm mostly a Mac user).  So, off I went.  I updated the BIOS, added RAM, added storage (both internal and with a tiny SanDISK 16GB USB stick (which is where my Puppy lives).

Here's a brief look from inxi:

System:    Host: lil-sandbox Kernel: 3.16.0-77-generic i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.8.4)
           Desktop: N/A dm: lightdm Distro: Peppermint Six
Machine:   System: ASUSTeK product: 900A version: x.x Chassis: ASUSTek type: 10 version: x.x
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: 900A version: x.xx Bios: American Megatrends version: 1102 date: 06/11/2009
CPU:       Single core Intel Atom CPU N270 (-HT-) clocked at 800.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:27ae
           X.Org: 1.16.0 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x600@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 10.3.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
           driver: ath5k bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 168c:001c
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 Gigabit or Fast Ethernet
           driver: ATL1E port: dc00 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1969:1026
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 64.2GB (17.9% used)
           1: id: /dev/sda model: STT_FMT032JCRM size: 32.0GB serial: S855141-FSW9-521F010 temp: 40C
           2: USB id: /dev/sdc model: Ultra_Fit size: 15.6GB serial: 4C530001190702116024-0:0 temp: 0C
           3: USB id: /dev/sdb model: Flash_Reader size: 16.6GB serial: 058F63356336-0:0 temp: 0C
Info:      Processes: 136 Uptime: 34 min Memory: 149.1/2009.5MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: N/A
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.11 running in cairo-dock) inxi: 1.9.17

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New Users / [SOLVED] New-ish User, Older Peppermint
« on: August 06, 2019, 02:04:34 pm »
Gosh, it's been a while since I was here.  So, I consider myself a new user.  Again.   ;D

I have been happily running PeppermintOS 6 on an Asus EeePC (you know, the little netbook with the Atom CPU).  In fact, I started with PeppermintOS 5 and re-installed when 6 came out.  One of my "pet projects" was to apply the Cairo Dock and the Mac interface items, to make it (mostly) look and (mostly) feel like a Mac.

A couple of weeks ago, after running non-stop for over 250 days, I noticed there were no updates arriving.  A closer look showed that a restart was necessary.  Sigh, there goes my attempt at having a machine running a full year without needing a reboot.  But I digress.

Now I see PeppermintOS is up to v10.  Gads, have I been away that long???

So, my question is two-fold:  1) I suppose there is no upgrade path to v10.  A clean install and tweaks, as before, and 2) Is v10 worth installing on a vastly underpowered "toy" computer like the Asus?  Should I just leave well enough alone?

Thanks for reading.

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Installation / Re: PMOS8 on Asus Eee PC 900A?
« on: September 18, 2017, 10:07:51 am »
Well personally I'd say yes, but then I'm not you ;)
(PM6 is still fully supported, so there''s no reason to switch if you don't want to)

As an aside, you MAY be able to export the MintyMac theme from PM6 and install it in PM7/8, but there's no guarantee it'd work with the shift to a later version of Gtk.

I can always test it for you though if you'd like ?

Otherwise, happy PM6ing :)

That's a very kind offer.  I'm not sure how you would do so, or why (I imagine you'd just spin up a VM and go through the steps?).  As I mentioned earlier, this is just a sandbox project, as the Asus netbook is mostly a forgotten platform in this day of tablets and smartphones.  I just like to tinker from time to time, and it's kind of neat having a working computer that looks and acts mostly like a Mac, but isn't.  :)

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Installation / Re: PMOS8 on Asus Eee PC 900A?
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:21:44 am »
I've decided for the time being to stay with PMOS6.  For starters, the MintyMac theme is no longer available (and MintyMac itself seems to have been abandoned).  I did a USB boot of PMOS8 and it seems to work okay on my Asus Eee PC, but there's nothing compelling there to cause me to want to upgrade.  Is there?

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Installation / PMOS8 on Asus Eee PC 900A?
« on: September 12, 2017, 01:09:33 pm »
I installed PMOS6 on an old Asus Eee PC 900A after the included OS (Eeebuntu) and its successor (Aurora) went belly up.  I liked it so much that I upgraded the netbook to 2GB RAM, 32GB HDD and new battery).  I even "decorated" the desktop per this tutorial, and the machine has been running flawlessly.  Nice UI, and a step up from tablets (IMO).

So, now I'm thinking of moving to PMOS8.  I read in another thread that the latest version has stiffer requirements, and so now I wonder if I'm wise to do so.  If my hardware supports it, I'd like to give it a go, with the following provisos:

I want to preserve my UI enhancements.  I want to preserve my xautolock.  Oh, I suppose I could rebuild/re-install them, but why?  Here's where I add a wrinkle:  I add a 16GB USB drive that I've mounted under /home/<myaccount>.  I also have a 16GB SDHC mounted under /media that contains a bootable puppy linux. 

If I create a bootable USB drive using unetbootin and PMOS8, can I preserve my settings, install the new version, and then restore?

Thanks for accommodating a stupid user.


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What are you running Peppermint on? / Asus Eee PC 900A
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:17:40 pm »
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System:     Host: lil-sandbox Kernel: 3.16.0-77-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Six
Machine:   System: ASUSTeK product: 900A version: x.x
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: 900A version: x.xx Bios: American Megatrends version: 1102 date: 06/11/2009
CPU:       Single core Intel Atom CPU N270 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1600.00 MHz 2: 1600.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller
           X.Org: 1.16.0 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x600@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 10.3.2
Audio:     Card: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.16.0-77-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver: ath5k
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 Gigabit or Fast Ethernet driver: ATL1E
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 64.2GB (15.8% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: STT_FMT032JCRM size: 32.0GB
           2: USB id: /dev/sdc model: Ultra_Fit size: 15.6GB 3: USB id: /dev/sdb model: Flash_Reader size: 16.6GB
Partition: ID: / size: 28G used: 8.8G (34%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 2.14GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 63.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 1420
Info:      Processes: 145 Uptime: 16 min Memory: 258.1/2009.5MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17
This is an old "netbook" that I resurrected (new battery, additional RAM, new HDD) and installed PeppermintOS 6.  I have a USB thumb drive mounted as my home directory, and an SD card on which I have a bootable alternative (puppy linux).  It has been rock-solid stable, but I'm thinking of moving to PeppermintOS 8.  I'll post a separate thread on that.

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New Users / Re: How To: Dual-Boot Peppermint & Simplicity
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:18:08 pm »
Like PCNetSpec said, install Simplicity and then Peppermint and it will take care of itself.
I'm not sure why you'd say this.  Peppermint appears to have the GRUB2 bootloader and Simplicity uses something called Grub4DOS (Simplicity is based on Puppy Linux). 

I already have Peppermint installed and configured on my EeePC (I have a 16GB SDHC that I add and mount it at /home/me, so I have plenty of room) the way I want it.  I first thought of using a mini-USB stick like this one, but I really don't want something hanging off the side of the box if I don't have to (granted, the SanDisk is pretty slick; I have two of them already!).

If I boot from the Simplicity USB stick and launch the install, I'm afraid I'll croddle my Peppermint setup, which took me a while to get it where I like it.

I thought I'd be clever and first try creating a dual-boot virtual machine using Parallels on my Mac, but I can't see to accomplish that (Parallels doesn't have a means to boot a VM from a CDROM/ISO image when an OS is already installed, although I've read I could copy the ISO to a /boot/grub/images folder and run
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sudo update-grub
and boot into the CD image.  I may try that...

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New Users / How To: Dual-Boot Peppermint & Simplicity
« on: August 05, 2015, 10:21:51 am »
First post. Apologies for any irregularities.

I'm not new to Linux, but this experiment is a first for me.  Some brief background:

I have an old Asus EeePC 900A netbook.  Very early in its life, the Eeebuntu OS was discontinued, as was its replacement, AuroraOS.  I shelved  it when tablets became the thing.  Recently, I pulled it out of mothballs and started exploring new Linux options for it.  I installed Puppy Linux, which worked nicely, but it too, was recently discontinued.

I came across Simplicity Linux, which has a netbook option, but it was in beta, and I wasn't comfortable using something not yet released.  I came across Peppermint, and really like the interface.  Installing it permanently was a challenge, due to the netbook's limited resources (1Gb RAM, 4Gb SSD). Even adding a 4Gb SDHC might be problematic.

So I did the only rational thing:  I upgraded the machine.  I bought a new battery, new RAM (2Gb) and a new 32Gb SSD!

Well now, I actually have a machine that no longer REQUIRES a netbook OS...

But I'd like to run both Peppermint and Simplicity as dual-boot options. 

That's the issue:  How to do this?  Install Peppermint first, then add Simplicity?  Or the other way around?  Simplicity has a GRUB boot screen (I'm not experienced with GRUB), Peppermint does not.  Some guidance here would be nice.  By the way, I'd like Peppermint to be the default OS.

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