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Because it Rocks!

Post#1 by sean » 18 Jul 2015, 22:05

Friends, where can I download the latest stable Porteus 32 bit LXDE .iso? I realize this DE was bypassed in the last 2 Porteus releases, but I'm hoping anyway, that Porteus has retained an LXDE.iso of some sort.

As I'm constantly trying to convert folks and friends from Windoze to Linux, I feel this particular distro release will be helpful. Oh yes, by the way, I have been successful on several occasions, and I'm hoping to continue with this endeavor.

Thanks, with optimistic appreciation, suggestions also will be appreciated,

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#2 by Bogomips » 18 Jul 2015, 22:09

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#3 by sean » 18 Jul 2015, 22:43

Thank you Bogomips,

Suppose I had a working Porteus on a 4 GiB thumb drive, but needed more room/storage space. How could I copy it to a 16 GiB thumb drive?

Again, many thanks for your help here, I've seen you help many others with Porteus. Many thumbs up to you !!!!!

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#4 by ncmprhnsbl » 18 Jul 2015, 23:12

if you want to try an unofficial porteus 3.1+ lxde version supplied by neko
viewtopic.php?f=75&t=2966&start=60#p35005
Forum Rules : http://forum.porteus.org/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=44

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#5 by sean » 19 Jul 2015, 01:17

Hello ncmprhnsbl,

Nice to hear from you again also. I remember your contributions here from #!, great stuff! And I remember you helping me with other tasks, not forgotten.

As time permits I will be looking into all this information you have supplied along with that of Bogomips.

I'd like to have a Porteus thumb drive tweaked (configured) to fairly universally accepted DE, and be able to simply duplicate it on another thumb drive. So far my efforts to copy to a new thumb drive have not been successful. Like take a Porteus stick to someone's house, boot from their "Windoze" computer, show them Linux, wait for them to beg me for a copy :-), format one of their thumb drives, and duplicate (copy) my thumb drive so they also can enjoy the portability and power of Porteus!

If I'm overlooking something or have forgotten something, I apologize, but so far all my efforts in copying from one TD to another leaves me with the new one being un-bootable.

Success with this would help me immensely, I'm no expert with Linux, but I'm still trying to get friends and neighbors interested. Porteus is the absolute best method for me to do this.

Good to see ya,

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#6 by Ed_P » 19 Jul 2015, 02:49

sean,

After you copy the files to the new drive you need to execute the Porteus install that you copied, either Porteus-installer-for-Windows.exe or Porteus-installer-for-Linux.com, to make it bootable.
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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#7 by blue4meridian » 19 Jul 2015, 02:51

Salutations... :good:

This might help... :wink:
ISO Master
It let's me copy my changes... applications and Porteus.cfg into the original Porteus iso to make a customized one.

Then I use...
UNetbootin

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#8 by francois » 19 Jul 2015, 02:59

From this thread:
https://forum.porteus.org/viewtopic.php?f=81&t=4817
Donald propose to turn you porteus installation to an .iso file and then copy the iso to the usb
1) create an iso of your system:
/mnt/sdXN/porteus/make_iso.sh
2) .dd method:
fdisk -l (to get to know the device occupied by the usb key)

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dd if=/path/to/iso/porteus-version.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M;sync
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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#9 by sean » 19 Jul 2015, 03:26

Wow,

A bunch of rescuers :-)

Thanks fellas, time for bed now, but I will look into your suggestions first thing in the morning.

Thank you, thank you,

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#10 by donald » 19 Jul 2015, 07:13

Hi all
The only method which does work is
dd if=/dev/sdX of=/dev/sdY
and only do this from a small to a large(r) device.
all the other "solutions" wont let me log in as guest.I could only log in as root.
(stopped at the log in screen...Pw don't work...changed Pw for guest..nope, no login)
so what?
1.boot the original thumbdrive in copy2ram mode, to unlock the drive.
2.dd the drive onto the larger one
3.boot the new drive, login as guest or root and create an additional partition,so you
can use the leftover space on that drive.
or
boot the new drive in copy2ram mode and expand the existing partition to fill up the whole drive... 8)

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#11 by blue4meridian » 19 Jul 2015, 10:54

Salutations... :good:

IMHO... :oops: I'm always logged in as 'guest'.
The default (w/out cheatcodes) for the /boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg is 'guest'.
However... if 'porteus.cfg' is altered (syntax error?) you could end up with something else.
With IsoMaster... only files/modules are being copied/deleted to customize the .iso.

It might also be helpful if you hate the black arts (the command line) :no:
as much as I do... to use this (get it from USM) to make the usb bootable...
UNetbootin

This is my altered porteus.cfg 'append' (with boot device 'dir' wildcards)... :wink:

APPEND initrd=initrd.xz changes=/mnt/sda*/porteus/15071700/changes changes-ro fsck norootcopy noswap
ramsize=50% sgnfile=/./../porteus/15071700/sgnfile/porteus-v3.1-x86_64.sgn timezone=US/Eastern utc zram=50%

To stop Porteus from looking everywhere :wall:
I have to use a "dated" boot device folder (15071700... the last 2 digits are incremented to prevent redundancy).

When my system is stable (I'm always breaking stuff :fool: )
I add the cheatcode to boot from an altered IsoMaster .iso (@ /mnt/sda*/porteus/15071700/iso).

Best Regards... :beer:

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#12 by sean » 19 Jul 2015, 15:40

@Ed_P, thanks for replying. I've tried this several times now and the system will boot, but parts are totally unresponsive.

@francois, thank you for replying also. Either "make_iso.sh" does not work on my system, or I am just too dumb to use it correctly. I find the instructions of syntax a bit frustrating for my skill level. Would you perhaps have an example of using it to say, place an *.iso in /home/user/ ?

In the meantime I have tried various flavors of these posted ideas, even changing the file system format. Ed's suggestion works for copying and setting the system to boot, but the lxpanel is simply unresponsive, it's there, but clicking on anything/icons results in nothing.

I have tried "dd if=/dev/sdX of=/dev/sdY and then the finished product is unmountable.

At this point perhaps blue4meridian's message enlightens us ("However... if 'porteus.cfg' is altered you could end up with something else.") I need to view my 'porteus.cfg'.

And I'm simply looking for an efficient & quick way to advance or propagate a working Porteus USB thumb drive via duplication.

I have yet to investigate/try donald's suggestion and am somewhat apprehensive concerning how to go about his step #2. I guess I'll find out soon :-)

These many ways of accomplishing this goal certainly sound plausible. And I have yet to try the various "cloning" techniques, especially using Clonezilla.

Fella's thanks for your suggestions, Porteus has the absolute best user congregation! I shall keep at it! Thanks again to all who have replied to my request!

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#13 by Bogomips » 19 Jul 2015, 16:08

sean wrote: @francois, thank you for replying also. Either "make_iso.sh" does not work on my system, or I am just too dumb to use it correctly. I find the instructions of syntax a bit frustrating for my skill level. Would you perhaps have an example of using it to say, place an *.iso in /home/user/ ?
Use Iso Master gui, under Multimedia. It's as easy as pie. :)
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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#14 by donald » 19 Jul 2015, 18:19

@ sean
Try it, just courage
I post this from within a successfully cloned thumb drive.
2GB ==> 8GB
==========================================================
==========================================================
porteus itself does not create isos in isohybrid format.
That's why simply dd-ing an iso onto a thumbdrive wont boot.
Furthermore dd-ing an (isohybrid) iso onto a drive will boot but
you won't be able to save any files to the drive because it's readonly.
(it will be in the iso9660 = CD format)

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Re: Because it Rocks!

Post#15 by francois » 19 Jul 2015, 18:35

See this (it seems so simple):
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions ... hdd-to-hdd

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cat /dev/sdx >/dev/sdy
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