Esteemed Forum Participants and Lurkers:
Please indulge me while I explain my situation. I am a retired engineer and so am pitifully anal retentive. I also am my mother's son, which explains why I am so opinionated ... but then "opinions are like noses ... everybody's got one". I am also paranoidly conservative in all matters financial. Finally, I suffer from what is called in Spanish "una problema medico ... Cerebro Viejo".
Cupid came in the form of this article on ZD Net:http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/time-to-ditch-windows-for-online-banking-and-shopping-updated/5813
"Time to ditch Windows for online banking and shopping" blog by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes October 13, 2009
Now in the autumn of my years I have fallen in love with a young beautiful distro ... Helena !!! Although she is not so young as when I first met her and others have written her off, she is the true love of my life and I will not lightly abandon her. I confess I have dallied with even younger distros ... Isadora (she wouldn't even give me the boot), Julia (whom I loved for 'entertainment value' but has defiled the tradition of <Alt><PrintScr>), I hardly even remember Katya, then Lisa, who although she appeared to be a wholesome lass, was unfortunately visually flawed, then Maya (who promises to be faithful for years, but unfortunately is a twin to Lisa's visual flaws), and now along has come flirty Nadia, who, though attractive, I fear is only a fleeting romance.
Thanks ... now for the real post:
At the time I discovered Linux Mint I was angrily struggling with AVG antivirus on XP, and the ZDnet article proposed a blessed relief ... a ROM OS! Even though the boot time from a CD was sufferable, I really appreciated Mint 8 as an ultra-secure (i.e. ROM media) tool for web work. I found some minor irritants in the details, but the functionality was without fault. Since then, I have been watching conscientiously for "that PERFECT distro" with great disappointment ...
Mint 9 wouldn't boot at all on my machine. Mint 10, with the added video codecs, was a sweet addition to my toolbox, but was incredibly slow to boot from a CD and ruined the <Alt><PrintScr> window capture. With the help of the Newbie board I learned how to burn Mint to a lockable SD card, which totally alleviated the slow boot problem. Mint 12 and 13 have problems with the video driver that fouls up Google Maps, so I wrote those off ... I had such high hopes for 13 because of the long term support. And now there is Mint 14.1, which seems to have a reliable video driver and has also fixed the <Alt><PrintScr> annoyance. However, I have found that Mint 8 and 10 are the ONLY Mint distros that boot through (on my machine) to the desktop without operator intervention.
All the while I have been promising to learn how to remaster my own distro to actually implement my 15 item bucket list of enhancements to Linux LiveCD/DVD. My plaintive cries to the forum and elsewhere have fallen by the wayside, but I have brave new hopes since I found and purchased a copy of "Live Linux CDs: Building and Customizing Bootables"
(2006) by Christopher Negus.
Things I HAVE accomplished:
* Found and started using Kanguru
USB thumb drives that electronically lock the data (SD cards present a switch contact to the OS, but rely on the OS to honor the lock request; some port expanders IGNORE
the lock switch!).
* Ferreted out solutions for nearly all of the aggravations I have been dealing with.
* Learned how to spin down, offline, and delete the driver for my hard drive (did I mention I was paranoid?)
* Learned how to dynamically add a sata hard drive to my system
* Put all user data for Thunderbird email on a R/W CF flash memory card for use on ROM Mint 8
* Installed (alas, only temporarily) from a local copy of a repository handbrake, avra, and quite a few other aps for things I needed to do
Things I have NOT accomplished ... yet!:
* Compiling a package from source code
* Remastering Linux LiveCD
Help Please! What I want to do toward my own distro ... Add numlockx
to Mint 8
I know, Mint 8 is obsolete and totally unsupported. I've found that repositories are totally distro-specific and can mysteriously disappear months before the distro is scheduled to die. However, in the case of numlockx
, there are a number of files and a couple of versions in the Ubuntu archive http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ubuntu/ubuntu/pool/main/n/numlockx/
What I can't figure out is "How can I map the available versions of numlockx
to versions of Mint/Ubuntu/Debian (Mint 8 Helena < Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala)". Also, if I can build numlockx
from whatever is in the archive, can I build it for Mint 8, and how do I determine any dependencies?
I am sorry this has been so long winded, but I have spent nearly 4 years getting to this point, and now that I am so hopeful of rolling my own distro, I need to figure out how to resolve these few deeper tasks.
Thank you for your gracious suggestions, comments, and assistance in this really interesting challenge. I promise I will continue post tutorial-level info on the forum for everything that I learn.
Blessings in abundance, all the best, & ENJOY!
Art in Carlisle, PA USA