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Wolvix Hunter 1.0.5 Review

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I was drawn to Wolvix by a review of an earlier version on [some other site], where the reviewer raved about its multimedia capabilities. As installing codecs and plugins has always been one of my least favourite admin tasks, I thought I'd try Wolvix Hunter 1.0.5, which claimed to come with all the usual suspects pre-installed.

Wolvix Hunter is a live CD running on a 2.6.16 kernel and is a remarkable piece of work.

It uses the Xfce desktop environment, like its close cousin Zenwalk (both are Slackware based, although Wolvix draws mostly from the SLAX live CD).

Unlike Zenwalk, Wolvix includes the stable, but less well endowed Xfce 4.2, which lacks some configuration options (there's Fluxbox available too, but I'm not a fan).

Even so, in a live CD environment Wolvix married to Xfce provides a lightning fast working environment.

Full Review.

run wolvix hunter

i want to try linux. i think i'm gonna stick with and live windows[if possible]. i'm learning about computer know some... what i woul like to know please: i downloaded wolvix hunter 1.0.5 iso but dont know realy how to use it from now on....waiting in my desktop.i'm running win xp H.E. can someone help me thnkx...ps: sorry if this is not the place for this basic questions. hope soon to be understanding stuff better.

re: wolvix

You need to burn it onto cdrom disk. You have a burner?

Sorry I can't be much more help, but I didn't even own a cd burner last time I had a windows.

But once you get it burnt, you just really need to have it in the drive (configured in bios to boot that cdrom drive) and reboot the computer. Once it finishes booting, you should be a screen with further instructions for starting the graphical interface.

If you have any other questions, feel free.

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run wolvix hunter

ok thanks i have a burnner so i use nero express and burn data then boot cd first well i might buy a new pc soon.so it'll be a good fresh start. i'll buy a little compact guide too. do i need firwall anti virus etc like in windows ? thanks

re: wolvix (2)

Well, for now, with the livecd, naw. But if you do a hard drive install and have a always-on internet connection, you may want a firewall. A lot of the livecds come with one (some are on by default), I don't recall if Wolvix does or not, but I wouldn't worry too much about it at this point anyway.

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boot wolvix

thanks man for your advices. the thing is i burnt wolvix as bootble data. now i got there(just to see if it works this is not yet my pc)i got to A:\ then wrote D:\ and enter
but i dont know the command... if of course the burning was done propely...linux has probaly a command diferent than windows. by the way in windows i cannot explore or open the wolvix iso file should it be that way? thanks
ps: anyway i'm trying to find the most possible information in the web
thnkx

re: boot wolvix

firemusic wrote:

the thing is i burnt wolvix as bootble data. now i got there(just to see if it works this is not yet my pc)i got to A:\ then wrote D:\ and enter but i dont know the command...

Well, I'm afraid I'm just not understanding what you mean.

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if of course the burning was done propely...linux has probaly a command diferent than windows. by the way in windows i cannot explore or open the wolvix iso file should it be that way? thanks
ps: anyway i'm trying to find the most possible information in the web
thnkx

I'm not sure if you should be able to browse the burnt cd or not. I almost think so. I just don't know enough about windows. I wish someone else with more windows experience would chime in. But, have you tried to boot the cd?

If the bios is set to boot the cdrom device and yet the cd won't boot, then first I'd check the md5sum. I think there's a small freeware apps for that (I've seen folks mention it in other posts). Google for that. You can find the md5sum file from the same location where you found the iso. If the md5sum checks out, then perhaps google for how to burn on windows using nero. It might be a bad burn.

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Burn ISO

firemusic wrote:
i burnt wolvix as bootble data. now i got there(just to see if it works this is not yet my pc)i got to A:\ then wrote D:\ and enter
but i dont know the command...

Firemusic - sounds like you burned the iso as a data file rather than an iso image. Check by opening cd in windows - if you see a bunch of directories like 'boot' and 'base' you did it right - if you see a single file: wolvix-hunter-1.0.5.iso you did it wrong. Don't have Nero, but think from the menu you need to use 'File->Burn image' as I recall.

PS First post here - Hi Susan & congratulations on a great site!

re: first post

oithona wrote:

PS First post here - Hi Susan & congratulations on a great site!

Hey! Do I know you? You do look a bit familiar. Was it that New Years' Eve party 2 years ago? Big Grin

Oh, btw, Welcome! Smile

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Re: Booting Wolvix

Hi Firemusic.

If you've sucessfully burned the ISO to the CD, you need to boot from the CD. Place the CD in the drive and restart your computer. You can't start Wolvix from Windows, it's an independent OS. (Your PC needs to be set to boot from a CD-ROM for this to work. Check your BIOS setting.)

In Wolvix Hunter there is a Firewall program called Firestarter. You'll find it in the menu under 'System'.

Come join us in the Wolvix forums if you have problems and/or questions and we'll help you out.

Cheers! =)

Wolven

re: Booting Wolvix

Yaaaa! Wolven to the rescue! Big Grin

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run wolvix

thanks people i'm looking into it and will come back to you

boot wolvix

well i have my new pc. a pentium D 2.8 with a MBoard intel D 102. very exiting. HD is empty i want to install wolvix. iso file want boot but i burnt also a booteble data cd with nero express 6. pressing f2 to bios>>>>>>>then [DR-DOS] A:\> dont know the command to start the install. /? gives me availeble commands but i dont know which. i really dont want to inatall windows ........

re: booting

See, after you select to be able to boot the cdrom device in bios (with most of the newer computers it's already set up to do that anyway), the computer should restart and the cd should boot on its own. So, your computer just goes to a dos A: prompt as if the cd ain't even in there? Either your cdrom device isn't being searched (then check bios), or the cd is a bad burn.

You don't need a command to start the boot. It's a livecd, so it will boot a fully functioning system. This is from where you usually do the hard drive install.

Here is the Wolvix Homepage.

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boot wolvix?

probably the cd is a wrong burn or something. i arrive till A:/> from here i'm lost. if i understood you it must start by itself so the cd is not good? pity have to wait dont have any windows cd here, thanks

re: boot wolvix?

You don't have any way to reburn it or download something else and burn it?

Where you at, may I ask? Maybe we can get you a cd or something.

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boot wolvix?

i can download but have no cd to burn anymore. i'm in rio de janeiro.... bit far probably.and it's late tomorow i'll have a win xp pro but i'm not giving up. i dont have much pc knowledge but i want to use linux and i think to install in the hd might be complicated to me now. possible though isnt it?

re: windows xp (was boot wolvix?)

Sure you can still install linux after loading xp. Most of the folks using Linux dual boot.

My advice would be to either pre-partition up your drive (and you can use dos fdisk for that) or just install xp on a vfat partition instead of ntfs. It will default to ntfs and it does make windows a bit more stable and durable, but it also makes installing Linux so much harder. So, don't just hit those next buttons without reading your options.

Afterwhich, you can download livecds to try Linux. After you find one that you really like, then you can do the harddrive install. Wolvix is a great system, I like it a lot. PCLOS is another good one for new comers. Real friendly community surrounds pclos as well. If you asked in their forums, I bet someone would send you some disks. They probably have users in Brazil, so it wouldn't take as long. This guy is offering to send Ubuntu or openSUSE disks to folks.

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wolvix running

as i said down there i have the wolvix hunter livecd working good now. i cannot connect to the web though... problem>>> using unbutu i started to install it but quikly canceled it. thing is it made another partition. well i did not look to much around to learn how to merge two partitions, not important if i can install wolvix in F: partition which i formated in fat32..
so now i have> C: ntfs > D: ntfs > F: fat32
you think i can onely use F to install wolvix?

re: wolvix filesystem

You can install it on that partition if it's about 4 gigs or larger, but it'll need to be a linux type filesystem. Ext3 or reiserfs. You'll need a swap space too of about 512mb.

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wolvix boot

first of all thanks for your help all you people. i'm installing a xp pro sp2 infortunately i did not read your last post so it's coming in ntfs(will chage to fat 32 from windows)
i have now the cd's of slackware 11 and will try to install later but i went for wolvix any way i'll find my way to it, see you

wolvix running

well i just did not have the right software to burn an image disc. now all is well ... apart for one thing: cannot connect to the internet, how should i do it? i want to install it in the HD i'll try that later, but first have to connect and know better how to use it... learning more about pc's!!!thnx

re: wolvix net connection

How do you connect to the internet? Is it cable where you just need a dhcp connection? Or do you have to dial into adsl? And what kinda of net card do you have?

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connection

i have a cable connection. using a realtek RTL8139/810xfamily fast ethernet NIC card. (usb possible)

re: connection

log in as root and try: /sbin/modprobe 8139too

If you don't get any output and it returns you to the command prompt, then issue this: /sbin/lsmod | grep 8139too and see if it's listed. If so, then try: /sbin/dhcpcd eth0 and then try a ping www.something.com

Report back if/where this breaks down and we'll see.

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reconnect

thnx i'll try and tell you........tomorow thnx again

connection

sorry my ignorance... i try but i did not understand really where to put the command(s) you told me i login: root; then password after that it does not know what what i write. what should i do? thnx>
PS: apart from that wolvix seems to be working fine

re: connection

Can you remember more closely what the errors said?

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report

i hope that it will be clear enough, so here it goes:
first try >>>/sbin/modpobe 8139too
no such file or directory
too module 8139 not found
ok but then it changed when trying again:
when writing the first command> /sbin/modprobe 8139too
enter > /sbin/modprobe 8139 too
then i tried: /sbin/lsmod|grep 8139too
came this:8139too 21760 0
4864 1 8139too
then i wrot startx boot finished but no internet connection
had other problems with finding monitor but i solved it with xconf.
hope that you'll be able to understand

re: report

firemusic wrote:

ok but then it changed when trying again:
when writing the first command> /sbin/modprobe 8139too
enter > /sbin/modprobe 8139 too
then i tried: /sbin/lsmod|grep 8139too
came this:8139too 21760 0
4864 1 8139too

This is good. This is what we want. This is loading the driver for your nic.

firemusic wrote:

then i wrot startx boot finished but no internet connection
had other problems with finding monitor but i solved it with xconf.
hope that you'll be able to understand

Well, you still need to make the connection. That's what dhcpcd eth0 is for. It's been a long time since I tested wolvix, but I think they had dhcpcd. If not, try dhclient eth0.

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connected

ok writing from wolvix del.icio.us bookmarks in the browser. all the best and happy new year

connected

thanx man. i was typing etho instead of eth0; now all is good. have to make some configurations but this will be learning. i have to know why i could not access del.ico.us with firefox so i came back to windows to tell you the good news(rememberd just tux...) ok ; thanx again.

install program

hi, i want to install some programs like winamp, sun java, firefox 2 etc( where to find a 64bit driver for geforce 6200 for wolvix?) but i dont know how. i looked for it but what i found did not work, how can i install programs?? and also i dont have an anti virus(just the firewall), should i have one? thanks

re: install program

Well, it's been a while since I used wolvix, so you'll probably want to go to their site/forum to research that question. Last I tested, it used slax modules to provide additional software. I'm not sure if it's still based on slax that closely.

You can get the nvidia drivers from nvidia.com, but you might have to install a kernel source and compiler on Wolvix. You can check to see if there's a binary available for it at wolvix.org or slax.org I suppose.

Naw, you don't need an anti-virus for linux unless you're serving windows machines.

Here are some FAQ that seem to cover different methods for installing software on Wolvix. Here's the forum if you'd like to search it or ask questions.

I'm not passing you off, but you'd be better off at the source than have me trying to search my old decrepit memory. Tongue

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