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Offline new2tc

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Is TC a good distro for this...
« on: February 24, 2011, 09:49:05 AM »
Hi guys. I am a big fan of Robert's work from his DSL days. Awesome distro.

Anyway I am having a problem because I don't have any Windows or 32 bit Linux machines at  the moment and I need skype. I tried various Winbloze under VBox and the mic input doesn't work. I have a 10 year old laptop with 512M of RAM, fast Celeron processor and a dead HD. Can I use TC to [easily] to setup a diskless machine just to run skype? Thanks for the help.

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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011, 10:03:16 AM »
hum, I used Skype until two weeks ago.
I do not know from the repository but from the officiale site just download and unzip the statically compiled version.

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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2011, 10:06:47 AM »
See if Tiny Core is able to boot from a usb drive on that computer. If it is, you can run it from a usb drive.

Another option to consider is to run it from cd.
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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2011, 10:19:45 AM »
Thanks guys. I'll burn a CD and give it a try. Damn thing doesn't boot from USB. Does TC create a ramdisk when booting from CD and can I control the size?

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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2011, 10:23:09 AM »
I used the statically-compilied Skype on a ASUS eeePC 1000 netbook (audio and text chat only) under TC.

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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2011, 10:23:48 AM »
The Tiny Core operating system runs from ram.

You could start by installing Tiny Core on a cd. After connecting to the internet, install the apps you want.

If that works, you may want to make a new cd containing the apps you use.
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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2011, 10:55:30 AM »
Ah great. Thanks guys. I'm downloading now.

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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2011, 12:09:47 PM »
Hi new2tc
If it has a USB port you can leave the CD as is and save your apps to a pendrive. That's
how I run one of my laptops.

Offline new2tc

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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2011, 12:13:16 PM »
Hi Rich thanks I know its the best way but my old laptop doesn't boot from USB :( I burn a lot of coasters playing around with it.

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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2011, 12:44:09 PM »
Hi new2tc
It doesn't have to boot from USB. Stick a pendrive in the USB port, boot from the CD,
and save your apps to the pendrive, unless of course you enjoy making coasters.

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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2011, 12:47:51 PM »
Ah sorry gotcha now. Yeah that's an idea. I don't know that I've got anything to save maybe my skype directory. Thanks mate.

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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2011, 12:51:48 PM »
Hi new2tc
You would save the Skype app and it's dependencies, and maybe you might want
to add a browser or some other apps.

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Re: Is TC a good distro for this...
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2011, 01:11:49 PM »
Thanks guys. I'll burn a CD and give it a try. Damn thing doesn't boot from USB. Does TC create a ramdisk when booting from CD and can I control the size?

By default TC runs in a tmpfs with size 90% of RAM.
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Is TC a good distro for this
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2011, 02:33:22 AM »
Try Puppy. Its light, but has a nice feature set, and isnt as spartan as DSL. You shouldnt need a special "flash" install distro. AFAIK, theyll all install, and the media is irrelevant.