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Puppy 417alpha uploaded

July 18, 2009 — BarryK
Yet another alpha! Get it from here:

Note that there are two 'devx' sfs files, one built with Squashfs v4.0, the other with Squashfs v3.3. The former is needed for the pup built with the kernel. I have put "sfs4" or "sfs3" in the filenames so that you know which one to use.

I have tested a multisession CD-R, and it works. This is using Xorriso instead of cdrkit or cdrtools. I don't have any DVDs with me (I'm away from home) so haven't tested a multisession DVD -- you guys can try that! Also please test Pburn 2.5.0 with Xorriso.

So many choices:

Puppy built with the latest kernel. Recommend use this one unless you have a particular need for any of the others. Has some "winmodem" drivers. ISO is 97MB.

Built with kernel and a cutdown selection of drivers. This one is good for multisession (run totally in RAM, save sessions back to cd/dvd) when PC only has 256MB RAM. ISO is 92MB.

Puppy built with kernel and lots of modem drivers. Good for older computers and/or if you access Internet via a "winmodem".

This build has drivers for true-SCSI drives and will even boot from a true-SCSI drivers. Note, only some older PCs are likely to have such drives.

Complete compile environment for 417 pup built with 2.6.28.x or earlier kernel.

Complete compile environment for 417 pup built with 2.6.29 or later kernel.

Beta next
To fit in with my next visit to Perth, the beta release will (probably) be next weekend, 24 - 26 July. I'll (probably) bump the version number to 422 so that it makes more sense.
Of course expect more bugfixes, some package upgrades, a new theme perhaps -- WhoDo sent me some icons (yes, WhoDo is still around, just keeping a low profile). Actually, a few people have emailed me or sent pm's recently and I haven't had time to respond -- will attempt to catch up.


Username: PaulBx1
Naming it 422, doesn't that imply it has some relation to 421, differing only in minor bug fixes? I am losing track with all the different versions floating around here, but wouldn't 430 make more sense?

Username: BarryK
"That would be following the suggestion that versions 422, 423, etc up to 429 be for alphas and betas, 430 would be the final. Then it would start again, 431, 432 etc to be bugfix or alpha or betas, then 440 the next final. So official releases would be 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, etc. That has been suggested, and it has a certain logic to it.

seems OK
Username: escucha
"downloaded pup4-417-k2.6.30.1.iso running from USB Udisc via Unetbootin_357 iso install. I'm posting from it now, seems all ok. Internet connect worked OK in auto DHCP found quickly! Samba shares is perfect now on my windows-shared folders (mini local lan) Tanks, Barry... go for next!

417 feedback
Username: BarryK
"Tronkel has started a feedback thread:

DVD Multisession
Username: Tronkel
"See this post about problem with DVD Multisession reboot.

Username: zigbert
"Xorriso seems to do the job. It is hard to test all options, but it looks good. This alpha contains old versions of both Pburn and Pfilesearch. You mentioned Pburn 2.5.0, but here is 2.4.2. Pfilesearch has gone through some fixes after your last sigh over Pfind. Sigmund

Internode Internet Mirror
Username: cthisbear
" Super fast Internode Australian download mirror. And I mean fast. Thanks Internode. Chris.

Pburn, Pfilesearch
Username: BarryK
"Zigbert, Sorry about that, again. There's a fault in my methodology when I upgrade packages in Woof -- I thought that I had upgraded Pburn to 2.5.0. I need to sort that out. As for Pfilesearch, 417 has v1.13, and I thought that was the latest. ...oops, I just checked, it's 1.16. I'll try to be more diligent in the future.

Best ISO for SD Card or USB Stick?
Username: edoc
"Is this the best choice for a SD card or USB stick when testing Netbooks for Puppy compatibility? pup4-417-k2.6.30.1.iso I will also make one with 4.12 I am shopping for a Netbook and there is little to no data about the latest HP and Samsung Netbooks. I'd be testing them in a Best Buy or other retail location & they don't have CD drives. WDYT? doc

Puppy on Samsung NC10
Username: nohype
"Having booted pup4-417-k2.6.30.1.iso from an USB-Stick on my Samsung NC10 I am connecting via Roaring Penguin. No problems so far. nohype

SD cards
Username: BarryK
"I seem to recall that autodetection is a bit wonky in plevious kernels also. But I think, if I recall rightly, if you plug it in, unplug it, then plug it in again, the kernel decides to recognise it. ...try that with the kernel.

Kernel 2.6.30/31 on Ubuntu, Acer Aspire One 110
Username: mc_scRAT
"[code]Posted on 22 Jul 2009, 21:47 by BoscoBearbank Re: Puppy on Acer Aspire One AOA-150 This time,card in left slot was recognized upon insertion. Card in right slot was not recognized, even after multiple insertions. FWIW, Fedora has worked correctly since kernel 2.6.29, Ubuntu (Karmic) kernel 2.6.31 requires pciehp.pciehp_force=1 as a kernel parameter in grub.conf, so it's got to be something related to the kernel config.[/code] I built myself a vanilla kernel from sources, made a deb package, installed it on my Ubuntu system. There no pciehp.pciehp_force=1 option to be told to kernel via bootloader needed - both cardreaders work smooth, even without presence of card during boottime. So I guess it's Ubuntu kernel patch making pciehp module into so strange situation.

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