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Re: [vox-tech] LILO Segmentation Fault

hi shorter,

boy do i have the distro for you.  toss out slackware.

jeff newmiller turned me on to the LEAF distribution, specifically made
for systems like yours.   currently i'm using dachstein-CD which
consists of:

one CD
one floppy

the best LEAF computer has no hard drive.  the floppy is write
protected.  if you even suspect the system was modified by a hacker, you
can simply turn power off (you don't need to shutdown because there are
no read/write filesystems) and on again.  the system boots up with the
same configuration.

it's really the best of all worlds.  it even has a 2.4 kernel and lots
of modules thanks to the CD.

the only downside is that the LEAF project is kind of forked.  jeff
knows way more than i do, but i'd go with the dachstein CD route simply
because it has worked so well for me.

it's so simple that i can even give you a copy of my floppy (the cd you
can get off the web) and with only modifying two or three files, you can
tailor the floppy for your own use (for instance, i opened up the
gnutella and quake3 port since i use them).  dachstein was written for
systems just like yours.  and if your system doesn't meet the
requirements (i can't imagine this), there are even smaller versions of

here's the url:


i'm not entirely knowledgable about LEAF.  just a *very* satisfied user.
jeff newmiller can say more (although i think if you search the vox-tech
archives, you should see quite a bit on the subject).


begin Shorter Rankin <nitehawk999@earthlink.net> 
> On Fri, 2 May 2003 16:16:34 -0700, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> >begin Shorter Rankin <nitehawkNOSPAM999@NOSPAMearthlink.net> 
> >> Hello all,
> >> Can't boot to my hard drive. Brand new install of
> >>Slackware 7.1 [snip]
> >>
> >> Any help appreciated.
> >
> >blind guess: lilo segfaulted when the slackware installer ran it, but it
> >whizzed by and you didn't see the error message.  hence your MBR is in
> >an undefined state.
> Thanks for this. I installed Zboot, multiple os boot mgr
> and it fixed it right up.
> >
> >isn't slack up to something like 8?   that distro isn't known for it's
> >bleeding edge installs.  wasn't 7 still using something like libc5?
> I picked an old distro on purpose. Given the limitations of the
> hardware I have limited objectives for this computer. It has a
> NE2000 clone which is recognized. I've got a hunk of CAT5
> crossover cable and a bunch of laptops with PCMCIA
> 10/100 base 2 cards. I'm reading HOWTOS on firewalls.
> I'm not going to try X windows on this one.
> Say what you want to about Slack I've had better luck
> with their installs than I have had with RH 6.2 or
> Mandrake 9. 
> >
> >if there's a newer version of slackware, i'd *definitely* install it.
> >sounds like an old version of lilo may be to blame here.
> It seems like hardware requirements keep going up.
> Linux to me is a good way to keep doing something
> useful with old hardware. That said, I've got RH 8 on
> a Thinkpad 600 - the ONLY successful install of X
> windows. I'm having some trouble with the builtin
> Mwave "winmodem". And on RH 8 it seems like
> they took the worst features of Gnome and KDE
> and combined them. Until recently I thought I
> was stuck with it that way. 

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