Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Dec. 12 2006,06:37
Developer Notes & Comments
As you can see I have been very busy improving DSL.
The updated madwifi-ng modules are thanks to JB4x4. This means much improved support for atheros chip based wifi.
I have tested this on the very inexpensive Airlink 101 Super G AWLC4030. I also tested this on the built in atheros
wifi of the Sharp MM10 Ultralight.
I updated busybox to v 1.2.2 with the much asked for larger file support.
Thanks to Ray Tracy for his perl cron script. It is small, simple, and works great.
I setup a link from /etc/crontab to /opt/crontab so that even legacy users can use it.
I made a simple test entry so that when you start it you can see how easy it is.
Just comment out the line or delete it.
Watching the forums lead me to make the checkfs boot option. Using it will file system check all unmounted ext2 filesystems, so with frugal use the toram option.
I spent alot of time to simplify the mydsl system. I chose to use the /mydsl directory as the foundation. The other related directories should be placed below the mydsl dir, i.e., mydsl/optional and or mydsl/modules
As you can imagine this changed alot of programs and docs.
The mydsl GUI used for downloads can now use /mnt/hda2/mydsl or for pendrive /cdrom/mydsl or even /cdrom/mydsl/optional.
The default remains /tmp. But now if you can mount it, you can directly download to it!
I heavily modified the mkmydsl script. Now you can setup your live CD system using the new mydsl directory and then very easily create a new iso with your extensions. So if you can boot from CD with your extensions working just the way you like, you can have an iso of this setup super easy.
The new mydsl layout also applies to Qemu. I updated Qemu to the latest. Gone is the virtual 60MB hard drive. Instead of trying to force the native boot to use the virtual drive, I have it setup the other way around. The Qemu booted DSL can now access the backup and mydsl directory on the pendrive, as used by native!
I also did some small tweaks to try to improve the traditional hard drive installations. But as you all know, my interest shall remain with the live CD and frugals.
Hope you enjoy it.