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MidnightCowboy 02. Jan 2012 02:24 PM

Dreamlinux is making a comeback after a long time with a completely re-worked release.

As with previous releases there's a lot of emphasis on presentation and the result is the best example of Xfce I've yet seen.

Had a quick look at the live DVD and first impressions were good. Both my connection methods worked out of the box and I was just beginning to think about an install until I looked at sound. My front/back speaker arrangement which works with pretty much everything else is not functional on Dreamlinux. With the front jack plugged in, the main setup at the back is muted. The overall sound was pretty weak too using the default player so I installed VLC using their package manager, only for it not to run. Trying via terminal produced this:

VLC media player 1.1.12 The Luggage (revision exported)
[0x85270d4] main libvlc error: No modules were found, refusing to start. Check that you properly gave a module path with --plugin-path.

I also messed around with both Alsa and Pulse and got nowhere.

Trying to register on their forum produces one acknowledgement email, but not the second needed to login :)

These sorts of events are what kills the initial enthusiasm of new users which is a real shame.

Nice touch too to see Softmaker as the default office suite although LibreOffice is available from their repo.

MidnightCowboy 06. Jan 2012 03:21 PM

nelsongs from Dreamlinux has now responded to my email. They're going to look into the sound situation and also address the issue with their forum registration. I'll update this thread as and when things progress.

MidnightCowboy 08. Jan 2012 08:36 AM

Well, have to say amazing support from the guys at Dreamlinux. :) I am now dual booted with Windows 7 and very much enjoying the experience.

Beware! fellow dual booters, when you complete the install, remove your CD and reboot, Windows will not appear in the boot list. You first need to boot into Dreamlinux, configure your password and then reboot again to see the Windows loader appear.

My 4 speaker sound issue was simply a matter of just disabling one default box in Alsa, and everything else is running smoothly.

VLC runs fine, the issue I described above only happens when using a live session.

The system itself is very fast and the default look of Dreamlinux, for my tastes anyway, is more appealing than anything else I've used. As with most things Linux though you can move it, shape it and change the icons etc., to get exactly the look you want.

Resource use is way down at the low end for the distros I've tried. CPU hardly moves and memory is running at 8% of my 4G with IceDove and Chromium open (4% when closed).

This new version of DreamLinux is well worth a look, and my appreciation to the guys there for their support.

MidnightCowboy 13. Jan 2012 06:00 AM

It seems I must have experienced a gremlin with my original flashdrive install regarding the sound issues highlighted in my earlier post. Due to a local need I replaced Dreamlinux with Pinguy at the weekend and then put Dreamlinux back again (still dual booted with Windows 7), only this time I burned the ISO to a DVD instead and installed from that. Sound this time around is working perfectly.

Also during my travels with Dreamlinux I discovered a DNS issue similar to that experienced by users of some other distros. If you change your DNS server settings to reflect a preference, your ISP's own addresses will retain priority even though your own preferences are shown in the network configuration. This is the workaround (after entering the details in your network config window - see images): The Dreamlinux devs will now be adding this to the wiki.

1 - sudo apt-get uninstall resolvconf
2 - edit /etc/resolv.conf and delete nameservers other than the ones you want
3 - edit /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf and add at its end: prepend domain-name-servers x.x.x.x, x.x.x.x; (repllace x with your DNS servers' addresses).
4 - reboot.

MidnightCowboy 15. Nov 2012 04:59 AM

A real shame, but this excellent project has now ceased.

Remah 15. Nov 2012 10:42 AM


Originally Posted by MidnightCowboy (Post 78555)
Knows nothing and cares even less

@MC, Just as well you don't care. How many *nix variants have you outlived?

Panzer 15. Nov 2012 10:56 AM


Originally Posted by MidnightCowboy (Post 78555)
A real shame, but this excellent project has now ceased.

It died one month ago. I have seen the announcement on their page and forgot to post here. :(

MidnightCowboy 15. Nov 2012 05:23 PM


Originally Posted by Remah (Post 78566)
@MC, Just as well you don't care. How many *nix variants have you outlived?

I guess I've outlived a lot of things, but as each year passes I feel more for those I've seen who didn't. :)

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