MuLinux, Part 2

After the basic installation of MuLinux earlier this week, I have been looking around and expanding the system during the last days. The whole thing is mature and really well though out, with lots of user-friendly scripts and help files. The core of the system is the setup script. This script is used to create configurations, and to configure modules. In the configuration is specified which modules are loaded and with what parameters. It is loaded during boot, so that all modules alre loaded correctly. To save a configuration as default symply type `setup -s`. To load a configured module MOD use `setup -r MOD` and to force reconfiguration use `setup -f MOD`. Setup also can be used without parameters, to start the setup menu. This menu shows all available add-ons and modules and lets you configure them from one screen. Besides setup, there are a lot more scripts. Even well known UNIX command like grep are implemented as a script. I was really impressed!
After looking around and playing with all options, I decided that it was time to expand the possibilities of my system. So it took the WKS (workstation), SRV (server) and X11 (X window system) add-on floppies and installed them from the setup menu. The WKS add-on gave me applications like mutt, ssh, pgp, tyhe SRV add-on gave me samba, smail, web-based system administration and PCMCIA support. X11 has the x-windows system with VGA-16,fvwm95, Afterstep and wm2. At this moment I had an incredible amount of features, using only 4 diskettes. I played around a little bit again, and started configuring xf86 to have a grapghical interfase. Usually this is the most difficult part to configure, since you need to know a lot of parameters from your system (OK, not in the modern Linux systems), but MuLinux was perfectly able to configure X using its probe feature. After 5 minutes I had a screen like this:
MuLinux fvwm95
Not bad, isn’t is? For next week, I’m planning to get Internet connection. First I want to put the PCMCIA modem from my Toshiba into tye MuLinux machine (which is by the an IPC Porta-PC P5E-486/DSTN) and get it connected to Internet. Furthermore I want to try to connect it to another computer using a LapLink cable. And mayby, I’ll download some more add-ons (GCC TCL TEX PERL EMU JVM NS1 NS2). I haven’t finished playing yet!

2 thoughts on “MuLinux, Part 2”

  1. I have never accessed the BIOS setup of my Porta PC. Since it is an old laptop, I assume that you can’t access the BIOS by using a key combinations. A lot of these old machines needed a special boot floppy to change settings in the BIOS.
    I am sorry that I can’t help you any further.

  2. Hi,
    I own a Porta-PC P5E too… 🙂
    I’m planning to setup Debian on it, but I’m not able to enter Bios Setup… The key combination (like F1, Ctrl+…) isn’t displayed at all… 😦
    Should you help me?
    @lexandre Muller

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