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1  Non-DSL Topics / water cooler / Re: Introduction - a place to say HI E-neighbor on: January 09, 2014, 01:47:09 PM
Hi ms-tux!
Your presentation is very impressive!
I'm a poor little French Medicine Doctor (Physician), leaving near Revermont mountains, and my hobby is about computer science, you guess.
At the end of the eightys, i had my first contact with really advanced informatics (medical image, DEC VAX mini-computers) and wrote my first code (from scratch) for managing medical (chest) scanner images (Operating System VMS, Vax-C language). Planned to work in medical research, but... no way!
Since then, i kept (or tried to keep) my computer knowledges without any effort.
I'm glad to see some projects, like DSL and many others, being totally open source , free, community-built, and full of original ideas. If i can help, i will!

So, enough!
Your turn!

ms_tux, when you speak about Apollo, was it Apollo first graphic station or Apollo guidance computer Huh
2  Damn Small Linux / DSL Ideas and Suggestions / creating arm chroot from dsl? on: December 08, 2013, 09:24:43 PM
Wondering if some geek-brother has already created such an arm chrooted image or partition from within a PC-dsl or dsl-n???
I would enjoy reading you about such tries.
3  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: How do I install Wireless on Damn Small Linux 4.4.10 ? on: November 03, 2013, 04:42:14 PM
Hi thesaka24,
I wrote a few months ago a text about an USB-wifi-device installation on a DSL-Not powered system, very similar to the DSL OS, except kernel version (2.6.12). Both OS support the "ndiswrapper method", ie using the MicroSoft Windows 32bits Device Driver (W2K/XP).

You will find it at this url:

then find chapter about :
USB Wifi Device Belkin F5D7050B installation for DSL-Not

if it doesn't work with DSL, i suggest you to try with DSL-NOT, which may support more devices...

Hope it can help!
May DSL & DSL-NOT be with you!
4  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Persistence problems at HD install on: October 17, 2013, 01:54:24 PM
Hi Pimaster,
If you use the installation script (i'm not sure about that?), take a look at same problem  (in this forum) at this url:


Seems that some install methods don't work:
  -grub bootloader ( => use lilo instead)
  -multipartition method ( => choose one entire partition)
But it means you don't have any swap, so have you enough RAM? (>128MB)

I personaly tested this install method, it works!
Hope it helps.
5  DSL Not / DSL-N / Re: USB on: August 13, 2013, 06:03:20 AM
i'm afraid you can't if you just installed DSL-Not without modifications.
There's an issue with a lacking "usb-storage" module. Without this module, no usb device mounting can be done!
Fixing is easy:
as root, open an administrator terminal (right click on the desktop terminal icon and choose the admin version). Type :
after inserting your usb device. If it appears, your USB chipset is working.
Type then :
if module "usb-storage" is not listed, you have to download it with following command line:
modprobe usb-storage
then type always as root in same terminal:
leafpad /opt/bootlocal.sh
to make this module loaded at boot time (=permanent fixing), add this line at the end of the file:
modprobe usb-storage
Then you have to add some lines in your file /etc/fstab, so edit it as root (same admin terminal as above)
Add these lines before the line beginning with /dev/cdrom:
/dev/sda1 /mnt/usb vfat defaults,user,noauto,showexec,umask=022 0 0
/dev/sda2 /mnt/usb vfat defaults,user,noauto,showexec,umask=022 0 0
/dev/sda3 /mnt/usb vfat defaults,user,noauto,showexec,umask=022 0 0
/dev/sda4 /mnt/usb vfat defaults,user,noauto,showexec,umask=022 0 0
/dev/sdb1 /mnt/usb vfat defaults,user,noauto,showexec,umask=022 0 0
/dev/sdb2 /mnt/usb vfat defaults,user,noauto,showexec,umask=022 0 0
/dev/sdb3 /mnt/usb vfat defaults,user,noauto,showexec,umask=022 0 0
/dev/sdb4 /mnt/usb vfat defaults,user,noauto,showexec,umask=022 0 0
If your system has SCSI or SATA drives, find the letter of the related device "sdx" and remove it from the previous list equivalent
if your system has 4 USB ports, you can add four letters like sda, sdb, sdc, sdd or if -for example- you have two SATA drives sda and sdb, begin your USB enumeration at sdc, sdd,sde,sdf...
Save file /etc/fstab
Don't forget to create the "usb" dir in your "/mnt" folder with command (as root):
mkdir /mnt/usb
For mounting a usb device, open emelfm as root (you finf this entry in the fluxbox menu), insert your device, wait till it lights or blinks, go to /mnt/usb, highlight it,  and with contextual menu select "mount", and that's done. To eject it, same operation except you have to select unmount in contextual menu of emelfm. Don't use mount tool for this task, it is not reliable.

By the way, you could make a permanent fix for the cdrom issue (sometimes you can't mount dvd/cdrom at all). If you have a scsi/SATA cdrom, you should have access to it with DSL-Not. If you have an IDE interface, you should replace the default scsi driver with the -working- IDE one this way:
as root open a terminal and type:
leafpad /etc/lilo.conf
find the line with
append="hda=scsi hdb=scsi hdc=scsi ... apm=power-off nomce noapic
remove the reference to your dvd/cdrom (you can find it in sysinfo (DSL-Not Panel). For example, if it is located on secondary IDE, as master, it will be hdc, if on primary as slave hdb...
For example, if your dvd/cdrom is referenced hdb, previous line will look like that:
append="hda=scsi hdc=scsi ... apm=power-off nomce noapic
SAVE FILE AND RUN lilo AS ROOT to make these mods permanent: DON'T FORGET TO RUN LILO, if not, changes are loosed!
For mounting/unmounting, use emelfm as root!
Have a nice DSL-Not experiment.
6  Non-DSL Topics / water cooler / Re: youtube Linux Sucks LFNW 2012 on: July 14, 2013, 08:36:53 PM
Hi RobM,
Linux has no need of me as a defender, so i will give you only one practical example of the "alternative way" it can be, and much more.
I "had" a Pentium 4 2.8 GHz -originally- powered by MS-Windows XP, since about year 2004 (second hand). At the beginning, it works like a charm, was very fast and really multi-task despite "mono-core". And "Time was NOT on its side" (Rolling Stones are wrong for it), so i had more and more issues, crashes, freezings, blue screens of death, SATA HD deconnexions, with more and more updates, more and more viral signatures to download...
So i took decision of a "final" update for XP: i put the IDE boot disk as slave, and added one more 30GB IDE drive  and installs Ubuntu 12.04. All is working perfectly, AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT.
Of course, i've some more software alternatives to find, but i know i will make it possible. No more antivirus, updates made without "pressure" ...
"Bref", to make short: put a recent Linux in an earlier PC, and you will understand that your hardware can go on for several more years... We call this "développement durable" in France. So we can say Linux powers "Green Computers".
One other example: i write this post from a Celeron450 laptop (1996? 1997?) powered by DSL-NOT...
Just one more thing, as Steve Jobs used to say: Make your own choices before others do these for you. It's my best definition for the freedom, available in many domains...
7  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: internet connection - wired on: July 05, 2013, 04:38:11 PM
Hi RobM,

i'm afraid your hardware is a bit "brandnew" for DSL. As reported on these pages:

Your network-chipset is compatible with Vista, and ndis-wrapper needs XP-drivers for operating...
There's a linux driver on these pages, too, but needing some 3.x kernel version... But, as seen in the readme file attached to the linux driver, you can try compiling the driver for some results with kernel 2.6 (=> DSL-Not) and maybe 2.4 (DSL).

Maybe your chipset will be directly OK with Tiny Core Linux (Kernel 3.x)!
Tell me if you get it to work
8  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: HD install issue on: June 30, 2013, 08:22:00 AM
I tried to install DSL DSL-4.11 RC2
- "over" a Debian 5 partition (ext3): same error;
- on a virgin ext2 reformated partition: same error;

- AND FINALLY, with the "entire partition" method, ie "on hda" (=> this means NO swap partition) IT WORKS !!!

The reboot process after installing does not manage to autoreboot, must help it with "CTRL-ALT-DEL" or "reset" button...

i will make other tests soon...
9  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / HD install issue on: June 30, 2013, 07:45:37 AM
Hi guys!
I tried several times making a full HD Install with last RC2 version (made MD5 checking before burning ISO, booting from CD with Smart Boot Manager on an old P200 MMX-256MB RAM). I get same error at rebooting time (after installing):

GRUB loading stage 1.5.

GRUB loading, please wait...
Error 15

and i'm stuck!

...Problem is that i had selected lilo for booting...
Installation process seems correct till reboot...
Maybe a problem in the installation script?

=> i'm the guy with the murgaLua voice-recognition GUI project, so i need ABSOLUTELY a "hard" installed  DSL. No matter if RC2 does not install now, i'll work with previous 4.4.10. For now, i will try to make an espeak package for DSL... espeak Package for DSL-Not will soon be online...

Good holidays to you all,

"Speak" you soon
10  DSL Not / DSL-N / speech recognition for DSL-N needing some help! on: February 26, 2013, 04:35:33 PM
Hi guys!

If someone could help me, as explained in the dsl4x forum topic "speech synthesis & recognition", i made a "fast prototyping" murgalua 0.5.5 application script which is fully operating in French (not much tested in US-English, but i'm "natively" French, so my US-English accent is horrible!) in a DSL-NOT powered system.
Other systems are fully functional like MS-Windows XP, (MS W2K is not compatible with pocketsphinx), Debian4 (recognition engine is CMU-Sphinx2, present in the default repositories). These OS are supporting MBrola voices for espeak speech synthesis output...

So, i ask for your help for these two problems:

- searching, including and testing a good US-English language model for "Alfreid.lua" script (both versions Sphinx2 & pocketphinx)

- enabling MBrola support for DSL-Not (i tested espeak with default "robotic" voices, but no way for making the system speak with mbrola voices, "piping" the output of espeak to mbrola, then to alsaplayer (aplay). aplay is not present in the default install of DSL-N, i could notice that default sound driver was OSS (not compatible to my knowledge with espeak)

Once done, backporting to DSL 4x (Sphinx2 is in the default woody repositories) should be interesting...
Take a look at my homesite, where you will find all needed info and scripts (updated this 26/02/2013)


Script Alfreid.lua includes a diagnostic part which will help you finding what's missing for a fully usage (either data or binary, Linux or Windows)

Greetings from France to all of you DSL & DSL-N users!

Long live DSL and DSL-Not!
11  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: SPEECH Synthesis and Voice Recognition on: February 05, 2013, 10:51:03 AM
CMU-Sphinx2 builds with MinGW.  I have the binaries if you want them
Yes, please, please, please lm, send me the Sphinx2 MS-Windows binaries at my personal mail (michel.terras@laposte.net). I tried to compile it, but it is a too complex task for me, as i don't know at all this MinGW!

For the speed differences between Linux and MS-Windows systems, there will be always the problem of this increasing "anti-viral" activity, eating always more ressources (RAM and CPY cycles)... But there are some other explanations, too...
Thanks in advance for your mail

PS: Last minute notes
1/ I tried yesterday the debian package wmctrl for DSL-N, allowing (from command line) to give focus to any window of the desktop, and it works without ANY dependancies!!!! So, i quickly wrote a code for calling to foreground the main graphic window of Alfreid - for example, after it has launched firefox, which windows is hiding it -, i will update script on my website soon.
2/ I found marvelous freeware Nircmd, that does the focusing action as wmctrl, and much more (send keyboard token), but this time for MS-Windows version of Alfreid...
12  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: SPEECH Synthesis and Voice Recognition on: February 03, 2013, 10:55:27 AM
Hello everybody!
Project progresses slowly but surely. I got various prototypes "in operation", but as said previously, i focused mainly on the french language model.
So, i got three DSL-Not (kernel 2.6.12) powered systems running Alfreid, with some problems:
    - one P200MMX+256 MB RAM, audio hardware PCI ES1371 compatible with the last version of CMU-sphinx2 (0.6)
    - the second, Celeron500+128MB RAM (HP Pavilion 8545), audio hardware PCI-1371, compatible with sphinx2
    - the third, VIA Samuel2 800MHz+512MB RAM (mini ITX), audio hardware via82cxxx, compatible with sphinx2
    - the last, Celeron 450+256MB RAM (laptop Samsung VM 7000), audio hardware i810, NOT compatible with sphinx2, and giving this annoying message at launching time of cmu-sphinx2:

Audio ioctl(SPEED): 47280, expected: 16000
FATAL_ERROR: "tty-continuous.c", line 219: ad_open_sps failed

I noticed too that,
- because of a "generic" OSS driver in DSL-N, no alsa driver was installed, so "piping" of espeak to use mbrola higher quality voices is NOT possible, you'll have to use available synthetic poor quality voices (with french available)...
- espeak (binaries taken from debian etch repo) is NOT compatible with the VIA Samuel2 motherboard (floating point exception error), so you will have to use festival instead (with no default french voice, i think!?), but i've not tested festival with this machine, while it is implemented in Alfreid!!!!

I go on with the fast-prototyping (Debian4+MS Windows XP), but give up for the DSL platforms (sorry, no time!)... If you're interested, go to my murgalua webpage, and download Alfreid's script, and fine-tune for DSL & DSL-N.


This prototype IS FULLY WORKING for DSL-N users on compatible hardware (see below). CMU-Sphinx2 is accurate and WAY MORE REACTIVE THAN the later pocketsphinx version, that is used on my MS-XP platforms...

LM, if you're still in the corner, what about the MinGW compilation of CMU-sphinx2 to get MS-Windows binaries Huh Possible or not???

I upload my murgalua webpage as soon as possible. (done this 03/02/2013, at 12h25!)

13  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: SPEECH Synthesis and Voice Recognition on: December 28, 2012, 06:43:44 AM
Well, well, from huge, my project went to VHP (Very Huge Project), ie a lot to do!
For "universal" user (speaking US-english language), i decided to extend my project with an us-english language set.
Now, i'm working with:
  • two Operating Systems (Windows & Linux Debian 4), with a very different command line syntax;
  • two Speech Recognition Engines (Sphinx2 for Linux, and PocketSphinx for Windows), both rather easy to setup and use;
  • two language sets (French & US-English), needing some tests for speed, accuracy, related to the selected language model
I've some difficulties to let the code (script) be OS- and language-independent!
My actual work (from 27/12/12) is about writing a better table for handling menus and spoken commands...
Will update soon the Alfreid.lua script on my site... as soon as i get a working prototype!

You all, spend a nice holiday season for this end of 2012!
14  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: SPEECH Synthesis and Voice Recognition on: December 20, 2012, 06:27:45 PM
Hi lm,
You're right about pocketsphinx, and i was currently testing it this evening within a MS-Windows XP powered system.
It's lite (as for the binaries), fast, and as accurate as previous version cmu-sphinx2. Language models & acoustic data (for French as well as for US-English) are easy to find on the sourceforge-CMU sphinx site, and easy to setup, too. The bad side is that pocketsphinx is not in the default and earlier debian repositories (it's mainly in the ubuntu repos, starting from the Lucid version   http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/pocketsphinx-utils ). If you can compile it (i think it's written in C language ?), i will be very insterested getting your binaries for my Linuxes systems (i386 arch).
I will "keep" CMU-Sphinx2 in this project for earlier versions of Linux kernels, like DSL and DSL-Not...
Thanks for your always relevant asking.
15  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: SPEECH Synthesis and Voice Recognition on: December 12, 2012, 06:12:09 PM
Hi lm!
Downloading is working for me with attached "Alfreid.lua" script.
I upload it again as attached piece on this board, and put it on my site NOW!
(http://michelterras.perso.sfr.fr/, section "murgalua"), so you'll can download script from there.
You will have to make heavy changes in this script, as my primary development system was a Debian Etch, and focus was set on the French language model...
There is plenty of command line calls, which is very "system-specific", but with sites like http://ss64.com/, you can find quickly equivalent command-line commands between mac os X, MS Windows & linuxes.

If you're not interested in French recognition, you have just to install "basic" cmu-sphinx2 which comes with an english-american language model & dictionnary.

As for me, i'm very interested if you can send me the windows binaries of sphinx2, and for your codes or executables...
As soon as i have enough time, i'll make my script more "multi-platform", more smart, and more multi-language...

Thanks again for your interest, and for shaking me (i was just about to temporarily leave this project to begin another one!)
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