Category: PasteLinux


In september fluxbox and mint fans were suprised with the newly added support of Mint 9 Fluxbox. Soon weeks after Mint 10 came out with its amazing icons and smooth theme. The wish for a Fluxbox 10 was on the minds of most users who decided to stay dedicated to the world of flux.

On February 14th, mint released two lovely announcements of Mint 10 KDE and LXDE. With these two out in the world. Will there be hope for a Mint 10 Fluxbox? Tell me what you think below. If so what features do you think it will contain? As well as what do you wish to see? Will you be updating?

I am hoping for a more panel customization from GUI and some fixes on icon updates. I always enough a fresh install of an OS on my netbook, so waiting for a new flux and it coming out will bring my great happiness.


John Riselvato


More then one distro on USB? Sign me up!

Tutorial on how to boot more then one Linux Distro from your USB:

I haven’t had a chance to run through this, but this is an amazing idea. Its perfect, i know once i get some free time i am going to put Ubuntu, Mint and slax all on my 8gig!


New Years Resolutions

Well most of you don’t come on here to learn anything about me. but this is a blog and my resolutions do sort of relate to this blog so i figured i post it. Plus i think if i make resolutions in my head they will fail cause i never wrote them down. Lets be honest do you remember your last years resolution?

So heres my list of Resolutions;

1. Study Korean for atleast 30 minutes a day.
My korean studies have been pretty poor and to say i have been studying it for 2 semesters would be a lie cause i only remember about 1% of what i really learned.
2. Programming
I program about 4-5 hours a day (away from work) but i don’t seem to really build any thing worth while. Mostly learning different tasks and making mini applications. I want to go all out this year and start on a program (today 1st of January, 2011) and finish it on January 1st of 2012! One of my first long term goals.
3. Schooling/college
I really want to end my last semester kicking its ass. I want to completely destroy it. So by this i am going to be the top of my class in at least one class and ever other ones i want to be keeping a steady A.
4. Linux Relations
I really want to join fluxbox and build on to it. By making patches and fixes or new improvements to the code. Something that i wont spend alot of time on but would be nice to help out my favorite linux distro.
5. Blog
I would really like to work on this blog alot more. My biggest goal is atleast 2 blog posts a week and at least 1000 views a month. Which wont take off that fast but over time i guess.

Thanks for reading or skipping over this. good luck with your resolutions. If you have any resolutions your self. Share them below! ^_^



Before we start i just want everyone to know PC = windows. PC means personal computer, not an operating system.

Now you might be asking why would you want to run Android on your PC? Well why not, its an easy way to test our the OS as well as test applications on it.

The androids home is

USB booting

The easiest way i find to running Android on your PC is through USB. You will need the right ISO, you can find that here.

1. Choose the files ‘liveandroidv0.2usb.iso.001’ and ‘liveandroidv0.2usb.iso.002’ to download, when you have both right click and extract ‘liveandroidv0.2usb.iso.001’ this will join both files into one.

2. Download UNetbootin. This will convert the ISO into a readable and bootable USB operating system.

3. Run UNetbootin, load the Liveandroid.iso into the unetbootin application. Ensure your USB is inserted, select the right drive of your USB. Then allow UNetBootin to turn your USB into a portable OS.

4. After the install is completed restart your computer, turn on USB mode in your bios and then boot from USB. If your turned USB mode on you will see an option to boot from USB.

Note: If your computer hangs on boot up that means your hardware is not compatible with running Android. Try it on another PC or try loading the ISO in a virtual machine.

VIM!The Amazing thing about being in the world of 2010 is we have so many more advance technologies. When it comes to linux terminal, there are so many wonders that can be done. But how come the default terminal colors are 8?

Go ahead type:

tput colors
 see that number 8? ridiculous right? 

As of now there is a posibility of 256 colors  usable for the terminal. 
Luckily this is easy to make happen!
First install:

sudo apt-get install ncurses-term

and stick the following in your ~/.bashrc and/or ~/.bash_profile:

export TERM=xterm-256color

After you edit your .bashrc or .bash_profile source that same file:

source ~/.bashrc

Now retype that command above

tput colors


that is more like it! 😀

Now what is this good for?
Vim themes, terminal browsers, and anything else that might use color.
Speaking of vim themes! My top vim themes coming soon!

To hold you over heres an awesome them called xoria256.vim (which will only work with 256 terminal colors)



Puppy linux founder has released version 1.4 of Quirky. Quiky is used to text his experimental simplified module load and interface configuration boot scripts.

Something new in Wary that has not yet been officially released, so is also being debuted in 1.4, is support for developing BaCon BASIC programs.

So how does this OS live up to the minimal name? Stay tuned for the review soon!


As said on the official Quirky page, “Unlike Puppy, Quirky is not intended for “everybody”. ” He also stated, he may or may not be bothered to put in lots of kernal drivers and applications. This is an OS to meet the needs of the creator and test his ideas on.

Boot up was rather fast, only took a few seconds. Not sure how it compares to puppy linux though. One thing i did notice in the boot up was this “Performing a ‘switch_root’ to the layred filesystem”. Which reading the Quirky page it says

Chroot instead of switch_root
This is a very technical thing. The initramfs will stay in existence after bootup and perform a kind of “super root” security function and ensure clean shutdown of all partitions.

Which i am not sure if in the background it did a chroot, cause it is a “very technical thing” but it doesn’t really mess anything up for the user. Just and observation.

Once the system was booted a screen like this appeared. Simple desktop look as expected. It starts up with a walk though sort of thing as your wallpaper. Showing you the simple tasks of how to use the internet, menus and such.

I clicked the menu (dog) and suprisingly there was alot of appliations pre-installed.

Heres a few screenshots of the pre-installed applications:
ImageBanana - QEMU_004.png
ImageBanana - QEMU_003.png

ImageBanana - QEMU_002.png

One thing i did notice as i was surfing this Distro was it has this fluxbox type of menu thing going on. When i right clicked on the wallpaper, it brought up the menu. Which i am a big fan of that feature.


Seamonkey was the choice of installed browsers. For those who don’t know what that is, its a very light weight firefox based browser. I used it back when i used windows a while back. I liked it, but still prefer Chrome these days.


Theme installed was this gray dull look. It was not very attractive to the eye. Just looks too dull, even the icons were all under this gray spell. Luckily the applications installed had their original looks to them.


Under the title of “fun” comes along a few well known games. I didn’t test all of theme, but the ones i did test seemed to be the generic default games. I am still impressed that in such a small amount of space the creator was able to fit in games in this release. This is a very minimal Os


Overall its a simple to the point distro, packed with a lot of needed applications. Its nice to see what it works with my netbook like a charm.

Would i use it as my main distro? No, but It looks like a great one for an old computer.



Distribution Quirky
Home Page
Screenshots The Coding Studio
Download Mirrors

First off  I would like to start of with a joke.

“..and then the unix Gods created ‘Man’..”

First off I would like to start off with a joke. “…and then the Unix-Gods created ‘Man’…” As funny as this is there is a good reason behind it. Now bare with me, Chances are if you don’t know what man is then you didn’t get the joke. Hopefully after this it beings a little smerk.Man, short of manual, is a system manual pager. An interface to the online reference manual. Just about everything and anything on your linux/unix system will have some sort of man connection…

For instance lets go type: “man chmod”


NAME chmod - change file mode bits
SYNOPSIS chmod [OPTION]... MODE[,MODE]... FILE...       chmod [OPTION]... OCTAL-MODE FILE...       chmod [OPTION]... --reference=RFILE FILE...

In the first few lines, you read the name, synopsis(structure of use) and Description. Everything you need to learn your program/script you just installed.

This is great because this allows a linux user to access how to material while offline or away from a GUI browser (which would be like a server).

Any questions please ask and I hope this gave you an in site on your future linux use.



PSP With Linux Wallpaper

Ever want to build you own PSP game but didn’t know where to start? Well installing a pspsdk would be the best place to do this. A SDK allows provides you with everything needed to develop a psp game. With out it you wouldn’t be able to compile your source for PSP production. Note: You need Custom Firmware for your program to work. Also you need to know how to program in C++ or C to use this SDK Efficiently.

Tested on: Ubuntu, Fluxbox, Mint 9 and slax

First we need to install a few things:

sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf automake bison flex \
  libncurses5-dev libreadline-dev libusb-dev texinfo libgmp3-dev   \
  libmpfr-dev subversion gcc

Download the install:
svn checkout svn://
This will create a folder named psptoolchain in your home. Keep it

Setting up the Environment:
With out this you can not start installing.
So edit your .profile file (located in the home directory).

  gedit .profile

Now add these line at the bottom of the file:
export PSPDEV="/usr/local/pspdev"
export PSPSDK="$PSPDEV/psp/sdk"
export PATH="$PATH:$PSPDEV/bin:$PSPSDK/bin"

Save the file.
Now in the terminal type:
source profile

Now for the install:
cd /psptoolchain
sudo ./

This will take about 1-3 hours. (maybe less) but it take some time, so go out get some air, study your c++/C book, google psp homebew tutorials, then come back hopefully the install will be finished.
After the install is done, you will need to keep the psptoolchain folder on your home, so don’t mess with that.
You wont notice anything different about your system, no applicaiton installed or any physical psp tools. This pretty much allows you to compile your source for the psp to read. Have fun and enjoy making PSP homebrews.

If you haven’t already please check out my review of Mint 10 RC. It looks and feels great. The icons give it this really attractive look. Now if you are like me you don’t want to update or leave your distro over a icon pack.. So I did some digging and was able to successfully rake the icon pack from Mint RC 10 and add it to my linux Distro.

First your going to want to download this:
After you are done, you will need to extract it.
You should see two folders now. (Mint-X and Mint-X-Dark)
We will need to put these in /user/share/icons
Place them in there by physically moving them there or terminal command:
sudo cp -R Mint-X /usr/share/icons/
sudo cp -R Mint-X-Dark /usr/share/icons/

Now load up your appearance manager and see if they show up!
Any question please ask below!

– John Riselvato

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Looking to test out a Distro but don’t want to install on a cd or a hard-drive? Why not check out our Live USB store!

Howdy Pastelinux viewers.

Today I would like to announce the launch of our very own shop, “Live USB Shop”. Which can be viewed here. Which is also located at the left top of every page under the title “Live USB Shop”, next to Home and Faq.

The Live USB Distros include:

Ubuntu 10.10, Linux Mint 9, Linux Mint 9 – xfce, Linux Mint 9 – Fluxbox Ed, Puppy Linux 5.1, Easy Peasy 1.6, Kubuntu 10.10 Desktop, Xubuntu 10.10 Desktop, SLAX 6.1.2 and Fedora 11.

If you would like to see another distro on the list of Live USBs, please leave a comment below and I will see what I can do.

Each Live USB cost about $20 each, which include shipping, flash drive cost and installation time. Also would like to point out that i looked around and put my prices lower then most other Sellers to get you guys the best deal.

For those who don’t understand Live USBs you can read the FAQ for the full details. But for short:

A Live USB is a Flash drive constaining a full Linux Operation system Which can be booted on any PC.

Live USBs are practically live CDs but has the ability to save settings and installed information to the USB device.

From this you can install the entire OS on your PC’s hard drive if wanted.

Anyway thanks for following the blog and i hope you enjoy the new shop.

If you have any question please email me at  pastelinux (at) or read the Faq.


John Riselvato

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