[Rule] Introduction

chris at idlelion.net chris at idlelion.net
Fri Feb 16 21:55:55 EET 2007

Pine won't properly quote your text, so I'm top posting. Sorry.

Thanks for the welcome, Richard!

I hope KDrive will work with the machine, but Debian seemed to like to put 
the machine into 320x200x1 mode. Not very useful. The machine is not VESA 
compliant. (Windows 95 required a VESA TSR to use 640x480x256.) Since my 
is grayscale, 640x480x16 should be fine. We'll see.

I've used xfce on a 560E since Fedora packages it already, and found it to 
be fine for the kinds of things I hope to do.

Maybe I'll try RULE+FC5 first before jumping into getting FC6 working.

I do not know the pros and cons of running udev.

Slinky seems neat... but my 750P has no PCI bus - it's an ISA machine, and 
I fear not much will be detected. I'm not sure if it has PnP. I'll give it 
a shot this weekend.

I also have a T60 running FC6, so recompiling a kernel should be pretty 
straightforward... I hope.


On Fri, 16 Feb 2007, Richard Kweskin wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:40:11 -0600 (CST)
chris at idlelion.net wrote:

Welcome Chris

Thanks to our hard working crew the problem of getting around Ananconda is 
solved with a script named Slinky. Also, there is a solution to xorg using 
kdrive, a light version of X, and a light window manager like fluxbox 
(there are several to choose from.) What are sticky points in the case of 
your computer are the little ram and the 486 cpu when it comes to using 
the 2.6 series of kernels.

If you want to give Fedora 6 a shot, you will need to recompile Fedora's 
kernel (it has patches that a vanilla source won't provide) so as to run 
on a 486. Another consideration is whether to use udev or not. It will 
crawl on this box.

Go to our site http://www.rule-project.org/ read about Slinky - a niggle 
for you to help us out with is to take the version of Slinky 0.5.05a, the 
last written for Fedora 5, change the package list for the Fedora 6, try 
it out using the kernel from Slinky and the new kernel which you have 
compiled, report back to the list, and then you no longer need to say "I 
am a software developer, but have not done any work on a FOSS project" 


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