ubuntu light install

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This article is meant to explain simply, and step by step, how to create a light installation of ubuntu 12.04LTS.


Unity, Gnome, KDE are very heavy. It cannot run there, on my DELL Optiplex GX280 2Gb RAM. This is quite a challenge to have a modern environment on such an old comp (at least 6-8 years). I also want to use this article as an introduction to the installation of custom E-UAE running amiga OS AND/OR AROS linux hosted.

Targeted system

– Ubuntu 12.04 server LTS 32bits/64bits OR Ubuntu 16.04LTS

– use of tint2 and openbox

This is MY way, but this should be usefull for everyone. Read More

my openbox autostart file

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For use with the openbox windows manager package (have a look to this article about installing a light ubuntu 12.04LTS). This file should be placed there : ~/.config/openbox/autostart The modified or added lines are Bold/Italic. Read More

TOSEC Project

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http://www.amigaimpact.org/forums/topic/le-projet-tosec/ http://www.tosecdev.org/ https://archive.org/details/Commodore_Amiga_TOSEC_2012_04_10    

Manually installing Amiga OS from Amiga Forever CD

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  1. Install an ubuntu 12.04LTS  or 16.04LTS server 64bits (follow this article).
  2. Install E-UAE sdl 32bits (follow this article).
  3. An amiga OS source for the system files. Here I’ll do everything from the Amiga Forever 2010 DVD.

Copy the content of the DVD

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Installing E-UAE sdl 32bits on ubuntu 64bits

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You should have first installed your ubuntu server 64bits in the way written in this article.

ia32-utils is fundamental to use e-uae 32bits on your 64bits installation.

[it has been replaced by lib32ncurses5 and lib32z1 since]

Why 32bits on 64bits ?

Most of the times, 64bits codes are faster than 32bits ones. Anyway, e-uae sdl allows to use a JIT emulation (to get faster 68040 code execution) that is only available on the 32bits version (and not available at all on the normal version of e-uae).

All the steps

Installation of e-uae

That’s simple. We use the commande apt-get install :

sudo apt-get install uae

It installs the program and all the dependencies needed by e-uae.

Get e-uae sdl

This is quite simple : connect to this web page http://www.rcdrummond.net/uae/

get to the bottom of the page, and download this file : http://www.rcdrummond.net/uae/e-uae-0.8.29-WIP4/e-uae_0.8.29-WIP4_linux-i586_sdl-alsa.tar.bz2

OR, in a terminal :

wget http://www.rcdrummond.net/uae/e-uae-0.8.29-WIP4/e-uae_0.8.29-WIP4_linux-i586_sdl-alsa.tar.bz2

You should unpack it :

tar xvjf e-uae_0.8.29-WIP4_linux-i586_sdl-alsa.tar.bz2

You now have everything you need to get a very nice Amiga user experience !

The drawers hierarchy

Personnally, I organised my amiga-related drawers in this way :

  • root of amiga related stuffs : /home/[yourusername]/amiga
  • e-uae binaries : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/euae32
  • uaerc files drawer : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/uaerc
  • roms drawer : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/ROMS
  • launch scripts drawer : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/alaunch
  • adf storage drawers : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/ADF and /home/[yourusername]/amiga/GamesADF
  • Amiga OS drawers : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/System and /home/[yourusername]/amiga/Work

Copy the files needed for emulation

So, to begin with emulation, you need to get roms and disk images. ROMS are images of the kickstart component included in all Amigas (something like an extended BIOS). They are protected with copyright, then it’s not available in public domain.

There are 2 ways to get the ROMS : you extract it from a real amiga (possible, but you need an Amiga !), or you get Amiga Forever DVD from there : http://www.amigaforever.com/

For ADF files, there are many places on the internet. There are 2 : http://ada.untergrund.net/ for demoscene stuffs, and http://thegamearchives.net/?val=0_2_1_0_0_4_17_0_0_0_0 for games.

Download one, extract it, and put it into ~/amiga/ADF

I’ll presume you got Amiga Forever DVD, and Arte demo (http://ada.untergrund.net/?p=demo&i=94) so :

Mount Amiga Forever DVD it /mnt using :

sudo mount /dev/sr0 /mnt

Copy the content of the drawer AmigaFiles/Share/ROMS into the /home/[yourusername]/amiga/ROMS using

cp -R /mnt/…./ROMS/* ~/amiga/ROMS

You are ready to launch e-uae emulation using :

cd ~/amiga/ ./euae32/uae

This should open E-UAE window where you can choose :

  • disk image to load
  • ROM to use
  • hardware caracteristics of the emulated amiga

For the first time, you’ll do it by hand and try to get your demo working. After, when you’ll get used to it, you could save your preferences into “uaerc” files.

Some ressources

  • http://obligement.free.fr/articles/euae.php (in french)
  • http://askubuntu.com/questions/204987/how-to-set-up-e-uae-amiga-emulator
  • http://fs-uae.net/ (like WinUAE)