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EasyOS version 1.0.92 1.1RC

July 19, 2019 — BarryK

I already posted about French and German editions, this one is the English build.

Here is the readme:


It is recommended to read through recent blog posts to find out what has been happening with Easy development:

Forum feedback:

Note that only the non-English builds run graphical GUIs for choosing locale/keyboard/password in the initrd at bootup. The English build just has text-mode input. If you do want to see the GUIs for the English build, you would have to open up 'initrd' and make a small change in the 'init' script.

Have fun! 

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EasyOS Deutsche Ausgabe 1.0.92

July 19, 2019 — BarryK

Ankündigung der EasyOS German Edition, Version 1.0.92, die ein Release Candidate für Version 1.1 ist.

Dieser Build ist "vollständig" ins Deutsche übersetzt, vom ersten Startmenü bis zum Desktop, mit übersetzten Menüs und den meisten Apps und Dienstprogrammen. Es muss kein langpack PET installiert werden.

Hier ist eine Liesmich in Deutsch:

Der Download ist als Image für USB-Stick oder ISO für optische Medien verfügbar. Ersteres wird empfohlen, aber es ist Ihr Anruf.

URL herunterladen:

Für die ISO müssen Sie diesen Blog-Beitrag lesen:

Zu Beginn des Startvorgangs, während Sie sich noch in der initrd befinden, gibt es GUI-Fenster, in denen Sie das Gebietsschema, das Tastaturlayout und das Kennwort auswählen können. Das Gebietsschema und das Tastaturlayout lauten standardmäßig de_DE.UTF-8 und de. Es wird empfohlen, ein Passwort einzugeben, da dies die Arbeitspartition verschlüsselt - es spielt keine Rolle, wenn die CD in den RAM gebootet wird, aber es ist eine Sicherheitsmaßnahme, wenn Sie einen dauerhaften Speicher haben.

Ich möchte mich bei Forummitglied L18L für die erheblichen Beiträge mit Übersetzungen bedanken.

Viel Spaß beim Melden. 

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Corrugated outback roads

July 18, 2019 — BarryK

I just posted about the Jimny 4wd versus bigger vehicles, and mentioned the bone-breaking corrugated outback roads. If you are not an Aussie, or are an Aussie but never experienced these roads, then you might find this interesting.

Here is the previous blog post:

Here is a photo of a typical corrugated road:


The photo comes from here:

These roads can go on for hundreds of kilometres, even several hundred kilometres depending on how remote you are venturing. I have driven some roads like this in the northern parts of Western Australia, in a Holden Barina, just an ordinary small road car. It survived, except the battery failed, as the casing cracked.

Interesting the advice on that link, to achieve a speed where you synchronise with the ripples.

Graders do traverse many of these roads, giving some measure of smoothing, though it is short-lived, and the road maintenance may be very infrequent. 

Here is an explanation how corrugations are formed: 


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Jimny 4wd next to the big boys

July 18, 2019 — BarryK

I posted about the new Suzuki Jimny 4wd earlier this year:

If you live in the USA, you cannot buy a Jimny, as Suzuki withdrew from the USA in 2013. A trip down to Mexico maybe?

Of course, what you do have in the US is the Jeep Wrangler and probably others. Bigger vehicles though. I was amused yesterday when I saw some photos of the Jimny alongside a couple of these. Firstly, alongside a Toyota Landcruiser:


And next to a Ford Ranger:


...amusing, hey! Looks like a toy car.

There are videos on YouTube of the Jimny versus various bigger vehicles. Here is Jimny versus Wrangler:

...prices are Australian Dollars. Here is another, up against a Wrangler Rubicon: 

...don't want to imply that's the kind of activity I would want to indulge in. For me, just want to get to campsites situated along soft sandy tracks, a much less underbody-punishing activity!  Also, corrugated roads -- here in Australia we have a lot of roads in the outback that are gravel and extremely corrugated, that is, have bone-shaking ripples. A genuine 4wd off-roader has long-travel suspension and rigid chassis designed to take that punishment. 

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Fail booting ISO from USB-stick

July 18, 2019 — BarryK

I posted yesterday about Easy 1.0.92 French Edition. I wrote that the first choice should be to boot from USB-stick, unless you really want or must boot from optical media.

The ISO file is a "hybrid" type, that can be written to a USB-stick or burnt to a CD/DVD.

However, if you are able to boot your PC from USB, then please use the ".img" file, not the ".iso" file. The former, named for example "easy-1.0.92-amd64.img.gz" is a compressed image that is intended to be written to a drive (entire drive, not a partition), such as USB-drive, SD-card, or even an internal drive. It is a complete installation, just boot and nothing else to do.

You can use Etcher, EasyDD or "dd' on the commandline, to write the ".img" file to a drive. In the case of EasyDD, it is in Easy, but if you are running any version of Puppy, Forum member Mike Walsh has packaged it as a PET:

V4 of the PET:

However, if you write the ".iso" file to a USB-stick, which I repeat is not recommended, but even so, should work, but I have just now discovered that booting fails. I wrote the iso like this, for case of USB-stick being sdd:

# dd if=easy-1.0.92-fr.iso of=/dev/sdd bs=1M
# sync

Bootup failed due to a sanity check performed by the 'init' script in the initrd. Running 'blkid' returned this, just extracting the important part:

# blkid
/dev/sdd1: LABEL="EASYOSOPTICAL" TYPE="iso9660"
/dev/sdd2: LABEL="easy1" UUID="006B-F25D" TYPE="vfat"
/dev/sdd: LABEL="EASYOSOPTICAL" TYPE="iso9660"

The hybrid ISO file has a vfat efi boot "partition" embedded in it, which, for the record, was created using Gummiboot. This is there for booting on PCs with modern UEFI firmware. The ISO will boot correctly on either ye-olde BIOS or modern UEFI firmware PCs.

The actual ISO is in sdd2, but 'blkid' also reports sdd. This duplication of labels is what caused the sanity-check failure. I have fixed it, by screening out any device names that do not end with a number. 

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EasyOS Édition française

July 17, 2019 — BarryK

Announcing EasyOS French Edition, version 1.0.92, which is a Release Candidate for version 1.1.

This build is "fully" translated to French, from the first boot menu right to the desktop, with menus and most apps and utilities translated. No need to install a langpack PET.

Here is a read-me in French (Google translated):

The download is available as an image for USB-stick, or ISO for optical media. The former is recommended, but it is your call.

Download URL:

For the ISO, you need to read this blog post:

At early bootup, while still in the initrd, there are GUI windows to choose locale, keyboard-layout, and password. The locale and keyboard layout default to fr_FR.UTF-8 and fr. It is recommended to enter a password, as this encrypts the working-partition -- it doesn't matter when booting the CD into RAM, but is a security measure when you have persistent storage.

I would like to thank forum member esmourguit for considerable input with translations.

Have fun, report any issues. 

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Easy persistent storage for live-CD

July 15, 2019 — BarryK

Now that I am once again supporting a live-CD, have done some work on it to make it as easy as possible to use. By default it will bootup running totally in RAM.

I posted a few days ago how you will be able to override on the kernel boot commandline:

So you could specify a working-partition and folder, for example "wkg_dev=sdb1 wkg_dir=easyiso", however, that is awkward if you wanted to do it permanently, you would have to remaster the ISO file.

So, now have another method, super-simple. Just create a file named 'easyos-persistent-iso' in any partition with Linux filesystem (ext2, ext3, ext4, f2fs), in any folder, and the CD/DVD will find it and use it at next bootup. That is, that partition and folder will become the working-partition (variable WKG_DEV) and the path (WKG_DIR), so you will no longer running totally in RAM and will have persistence.

It's that simple, just create that file, then reboot the CD. One restriction is that the file can only be a maximum of two-deep, to minimise search time at bootup. So, if you have say sdc1 mounted at /mnt/sdc1, then you could create say /mnt/sdc1/easyos-persistent-iso, /mnt/sdc1/easyos-iso/easyos-persistent-iso, or /mnt/sdc1/frugal/easyos-iso/easyos-persistent-iso

Where "frugal" and "easyos-iso" are whatever folder names you want. A note about this naming: I recommend do not create a version-specific folder name such as "easyos-1.1", as Easy has powerful rollback and roll-forward capabilities, making such folder names unnecessary.

After bootup from the live-CD, if running in RAM there is now a warning message after the desktop has loaded. This was in Quirky, but not in Easy. The warning message warns about limited RAM space, and advises how to create the 'easyos-persistent-iso' file for persistent storage. 

I think that everyone will find this to be very simple and easy method to obtain persistence.  And, if you ever want to go back to booting totally in RAM, just rename that file, so it won't be found.  Or, if the persistent storage is on a USB-stick or SD-card, just unplug it before bootup. 

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Pup-SysInfo updated to version 2.8.6

July 15, 2019 — BarryK

EasyOS is now updated to version 2.8.6 of radky's superb system information PET: 

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