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Breeezy introduction
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Breeezy introduction

SafePup breeezy (based on Puppy Linux 2.13)

(Tiny, powerful browser suite for the eee, updated February 1, 2008)

The newest version of Firefox, the free browser, lets you surf the Internet and enjoy multimedia (lots of media are supported).

Open programs with one click! The "home" icon opens the "root" folder where you store files temporarily or read the Puppy Linux reference. Click on the play_puppy_rap flash video to test sound and video.

Open storage drives via the "drives" icon. Caution: hdc1 contains the Xandros system files, so avoid opening it! Use hdc2 for storing your files. In the list, external drives will appear below the hard disk drives.

Click on "Mount" to open any storage drive. External drives are identified by the trident icon (see left image). For example, all drives at the right image are open (mounted). Do not use a USB drive as work space! Use the "root" (home) folder instead. Remember to copy your files to USB drive or any other backup storage before turning off the PC.

Files can be copied or moved from one window to another by drag-and-drop. View extra file details by clicking on the "list" icon (this is the icon above the yellow box saying "Show extra details").

Media (like music or video) can be played by one click or simple drag-and-drop from a file window to the "drop2play" icon on the desktop. For playing video CD or DVD, launch "Mplayer" in "Menu - Multimedia".

The menu is started from the bottom-left button, or by pressing F12 (function key). To the right of the "Menu" button, there are two gray boxes, each of which opens its own desktop when clicked.

At the bottom, far right are the boxes for audio control and information on PC activity, date and free memory (save space). Note: If this "Free Memory" box turns to red, it means it's time to move your files to USB/backup storage then reboot! (Battery indicator will be there for laptops - to hide it, remove "batmon" from /root/.jwmrc_tray, a hidden file.)

Clicking on the "Free RAM" box will open "partview" showing all the mounted storage partitions and their usage statistics.

In your next boot, Breeezy autoconnects you to the Internet using your saved settings. To use ath_pci wifi, click on "Menu - Setup - Network wizard - Ath0 - Wireless - Scan", then when you have chosen a connection, choose the Encryption then supply the access code (if any). Click on "Use this Profile", wait until the wizard finds a "live network", then click on "Auto DHCP". If connection is successful, click on "Yes" to save the settings for your next boot. (See 'More about network connections" below for creating clickable desktop shortcuts for secure connections such as WPA and WEP.) To use wired connection, open "Menu - Setup - Network Wizard", load the "atl2" driver and then configure it using "eth0" and "AutoDHCP" (or "Static IP" if DHCP is not available). Important: Save settings at shutdown so that you can enjoy automatic Internet access everytime you boot.

Word processing (DOC) and spreadsheet (XLS) files are opened automatically with TextMaker and PlanMaker (see Menu - Office). Important: make sure that there are no spaces inside file names used in these programs! For presentations: (1) try PDFonline to convert PPT to PDF and then view it; (2) use GoogleDocs online; or (3) use your browser and XSLidy.

You can install additional packages (software) via Menu - Setup - Package Manager. Quickly install PETget (tar.gz) packages that you have downloaded, or download then click on a downloaded DOTpup (.pup). If you use a PET (.pet) package, first change its name extension to .tar.gz before installing it with the Quick installer.

To always boot from SD, press F2 while booting, select "Boot" from the menu and "Hard Disk Drives" from the submenu (press ENTER). Press + to make USB as the first drive (see the picture). Press Esc until you see the main menu and finally, choose "Exit and Save Changes". Note: The eee will revert back to the old booting sequence when you remove the SD card. Also, pressing Esc while booting will enable you to choose USB as the boot device for that session only.

More about network connections: (1) For open network: Use "Menu - Setup - Network Wizard" to configure "ath0" by clicking on "Wireless", "Scan", "Use this Profile", and finally "Auto DHCP" (save your settings before exiting the Network Wizard); (2) For WPA, edit /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf to enter your ssid and password (psk) and test WPA by entering wpa-connect in console; (3) For WEP, edit /root/my-applications/bin/wep-connect to enter your ESSID and WEP key, and test WEP by entering wep-connect in console. For one-click launch from the desktop of WPA or WEP, drag the file wpa-connect (or wep-connect) to the desktop. You can then assign an icon to it by right-click. For automatic launch of WPA or WEP at boot, put wpa-connect (or wep-connect) as the last line in /usr/sbin/delayedrun (not recommended if you often change network).

Recommended minimum PC specifications for SafePup: Pentium II-class (32-bit) with 128 MB RAM and CD drive. With SafePup, you can use a PC with no hard disk!. For add-ons, updates and tricks, visit the SafePup website.

NO WARRANTY - use at your own risk; for personal and non-commercial use only. Software licenses are as discussed in the Puppy Linux wiki.