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 on: April 09, 2016, 11:50:02 am 
Started by Assaf-h - Last post by roarde
@M0E-lnx: Thanks! I don't have the equipment to test this properly when that time comes, but I do have a more-than-usual interest in it.

We'll try to keep your TUI boot working while testing just how to do this with the GUI boot, but from here on, you should be prepared to boot from a different medium (install disc should work) and mount the installation in order to make changes allowing you to boot at all.

As root, copy the present /boot/grub/grub.cfg to a safe backup location. Then edit the linux16 line in the existing /boot/grub/grub.cfg:
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linux16 /boot/vmlinuz-3.18.16 root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet splash vga=788 forcepae
This may work. Even if it does, there are other changes that need to be made in order to keep it maintainable, so please post back with your results. It's also possible that there's something in the initrd that won't allow it, though I have no firm reason to suspect that. If there is, that can be worked around too, but it's much more detailed.

Just making the above edit and rebooting skips at least a few in-between test steps, but it's worth a try since there's nothing useful to be learned by doing the whole process if this does work.

If this does not work, please let us know whether having a graphical boot splash screen is important, or is it OK to have boot text scrolling by, then the regular graphical login you're used to?

 on: April 09, 2016, 06:39:12 am 
Started by crum - Last post by retired1af
Because it's not really needed. Security wise, it doesn't do that much for you at all.

 on: April 09, 2016, 04:46:55 am 
Started by crum - Last post by crum
Running VL7.2-A1.2 32bit kernel 4.4.6 boot message KASLR disabled by default. Why?
VL7.1-STD-FINAL same message. Did not notice until set GRUB quiet splash. Kernel VL7.1, 3.18 or what was released with FINAL.

 on: April 09, 2016, 01:01:58 am 
Started by askfor - Last post by askfor
True, I probably do watch too many movies. My health isn't so good lately, so I have to stay indoors more than I want to.

True, again, majority of sites are optimized for Chrome. However, sometimes the connection isn't great and Chrome cowardly aborts. I am watching old "Hell on Wheels", and server response isn't always great. Additionally, I need subtitles, because I am not a native English speaker. I can watch without subs, but it takes additional effort from me and spoils the fun. PenguinSubtitlePlayer is a great help, but it is awkward when you need to skip forward or backwards. So, sometimes I download the movie and find subs elsewhere. However, download isn't always available, so one needs additional browser plugins for that and it doesn't always work.

Also, I watch old "Star Trek Voyager", and it requires Java plugin. Latest Chrome, which I installed with SlackBuild, can't play it

Many sites require something called 'gkplugins', which is available only with SpiderMonkey or TamperMonkey installed.  I mean, a simple thing such as movie playback is turned into rocket science. I suspect Windows users are not in luck, either. I don't know how it is on Mac.

 on: April 08, 2016, 01:32:46 pm 
Started by Assaf-h - Last post by M0E-lnx
I have started a project on our git host to build an un-official non-pae enabled kernel, just in case you guys want to experiment with it.  I know i've heard about this before, people wanting to use a non-pae kernel.

The project will be hosted here
There are currently no files there yet, I'm working on migrating the current setup from 7.1 into there and make the necessary modifications.

Files and test packages coming soon.

 on: April 08, 2016, 01:15:40 pm 
Started by Assaf-h - Last post by Assaf-h
sorry for my  late response.

I have the following output :
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root:# grep linux16 /boot/grub/grub.cfg
        linux16 /boot/vmlinuz-3.18.16 root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet splash vga=788

root:# grep -A11 '(TUI)' boot/grub/grub.cfg | grep linux
        linux   /boot/vmlinuz-3.18.16 root=/dev/sda1 ro 2

any idea what next?


 on: April 08, 2016, 01:00:18 pm 
Started by askfor - Last post by M0E-lnx
It looks like the drivers are shipped in separate packages.  I have built a test package of the odbc driver.  If you'd like to test it, here how you can

  • Go to
  • Click on the build for your current vector version and architecture
  • Towards the right of the page, you will see a section called "Build Artifacts", click the blue button labeled "Browse"
  • Navigate to the binary package and download it.
  • Use "installpkg" to install the package you downloaded

if this works for you, we can have this package merged into the repositories.

 on: April 08, 2016, 07:25:33 am 
Started by askfor - Last post by sledgehammer
I think you watch too many movies. 

just kidding.  Chome works for me. Give me the url of something you can't play on chrome so I can try it.

 on: April 08, 2016, 05:25:51 am 
Started by askfor - Last post by retired1af
Your typical "LAMP" setup is MySQL or MySQL fork like MariaDB. The reason PostgreSQL isn't used is it tends to be slower than MySQL. In a hosted environment, especially on shared servers, this can be a killer.

 on: April 08, 2016, 04:36:57 am 
Started by askfor - Last post by askfor
This is not related to Vector Linux, but to watching movies in browser on Linux.

At the moment I need 3 different browsers to watch content that I like. It doesn't seem normal, at least not to me.

There is some older stuff for which I need Java browser plugin, an the only browser which supports it is Firefox.

If I try to watch some newer content in Firefox, there is a problem. By newer I mean HTML5/MP4 videos which play in browser without plugin. Firefox is built with old Gstreamer 0.1. support, and, as a result I've got no sound. When I disable Gstreamer in about:config, sound is back, but frame rate drops to the point where it is not possible to watch. Also, Firefox has outdated Flash plugin, which doesn't help..

So, I use Google-Chrome. Most of the newer content is optimized for Chrome, because it is most widely used browser. However if connection to a server is less then perfect, Chrome aborts playing on first sign of trouble.

So, there is new Opera with Webkit engine. It is more robust than Chrome, but when I try to skip playback forward, it takes forever.

I don't know how it works on Windows or Mac. I suppose it isn't much better on BSD's. Still, having to have 3  different browsers to watch few movies is not my idea of normal.

I'd like to hear what other people think and to they have similar problems.

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