My recent adventure during the DX-pedition
to Kerkennah Island (TS7N) has triggered a new TLF project.
The trouble with various Windows Operating Systems and uncompatible laptop computers has led me to search for an easy solution. I think I found it in the form of a
LIVE CD WITH DEBIAN LINUX + TLF + USB MEMORY PEN.
LIVE CD WITH DEBIAN LINUX + TLF + FLOPPY DISK.and even:
LIVE CD WITH DEBIAN LINUX + TLF + Config file on the Window$ drive (read-only).
With this combination you can turn any modern laptop into a contest machine within 2 minutes.
The enhanced tlf-morphix CD image is now
ready for beta testing.
You can download at:
http://www.wwns.com/tlf/tlf-morphix/tlf-morphix-KDE-0.9.21.iso (404 MB)for the CD image, and
http://www.wwns.com/tlf/tlf-morphix/tlf-morphix.tar.gz for the files on the USB drive or the first Hard disk (1.45 MB).
http://www.wwns.com/tlf/tlf-morphix/tlf-morphix-floppy.tar.gz for the files on the floppy (2 kB).
You just burn the .iso image onto a CDROM (cdrecord -dev=0,0,0 tlf-morphix-KDE-0.9.21.iso),
and untar the other archive (tlf-morphix.tar.gz file) onto the USB Memory Stick.
If you want to use the floppy for storage, Untar the file tlf-morphix-floppy.tar.gz (only 2k !) on the floppy, and put tlf-morphix.tar.gz on the first hard disk of the laptop (normally C:\).
DON'T UNZIP THIS FILE, AS WINDOW$ WILL CORRUPT IT!!!
It will do the following (well, it does it on my laptop, YMMV...):
It boots Morphix+KDE from the CD, which is Debian Sid + KDE 3.1.
Mounts the USB drive at /mnt/usbstick (sda - sde) or the floppy.
Copies the tlf stuff from the USB drive or from the hard disk to the live file system.
Initializes and starts cwdaemon-0.9.
Optionally installs and initialises ftpd (for log sync across the network).
All this is automatic.
After KDE is up (abt. 3 minutes after boot time) you will find a user 'morph' which has a directory 'tlf-morphix'. This is your working directory with the tlf stuff. You will find icons on the desktop to start things.
You will probably have to set the right ip address (I seem to have a dhcp server in the network...)There is a script for that in /home/morph (ip-init), you have to run it as root. The Netconfig icon will give you a root terminal. Have a look at the scripts an change the defaults!!
To start the ftp server, use script ftp-init. It makes a user /home/tlf and mounts the USB Memory drive there.
There is also an 'init' script which runs all necessary scripts.
Morphix even recognizes my WiFi card (802.11b). You can configure it via the 'Morphix configuration -> wireless LAN' dialogue (I have to set only the ESSID to the one in my network). It surprises you with a working eth1 device!!
The logfile is on the USB drive in the directory 'tlf-morphix' (/mnt/usbstick/ tlf-morphix/), on the floppy, or in your working directory (in case you log via the network).
As you may have noticed, both tlf and cwdaemon are being changed at a rapid pace.... Fortunately you will not need a fresh CDROM image for every new version of tlf (that would crash the internet backbone :-). Copy the new tlf binary and the new binary of cwdaemon (if necessary) to the USB drive or to the 'Exec' directory in tlf-morphix.tar.gz and you're done... the same goes for updates of callmaster and cty.dat files.
Happy testing, and let me know what you think!!
73, Rein PA0R
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Last update: 17Jan2004