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DOSBox-X for Mageia Linux

DOSBox-X is a DOS emulator that provides the most flexibility possible for  DOS emulator as it can not only run the DOS games that DOSBox can run, but the Win3.1, Win9X and WinME operating systems.  DOSBox-X is available for Mageia8 in a flatpak repository , something new to Mageia, so we'll cover the installation of DOSBox-X via this method, then move on to configuring a working DOSBox-X installation. 1. Install flatpak using urpmi. $ sudo urpmi flatpak On the test system, this installed about 26MB of additional applications. Install the flatpak repositories. $ sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub Locate the DOSBox-X file in the repo using the search function. $ flatpak search dosbox-x Which returns, in part, Name             Application ID                         Version DOSBox-X       com.dosbox_x.DOSBox-X         0.83.19 To install this package for all users (it can also be installed for a single user), $ sudo flatpak ins

Web Proxy for Mageia Linux - Privoxy

From the homepage , "Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk. Privoxy has a flexible configuration and can be customized to suit individual needs and tastes."  The typical use is to  block ads. While ad blocking extensions are available for modern browsers, ad blocking can be useful for devices that don't have ad-blocking software available. Privoxy can also manage cookies. I have a standalone Mageia8 installation that I use for various things and thought that I would install Privoxy on it to see what I could do with that. Using ssh to access the machine and urpmi to install privoxy, $ ssh 192.168 .1.2XX Once logged in, $ sudo urpmi privoxy Privoxy needs no special configuration out of the box, so to enable the service, $ sudo systemctl enable privoxy.service and to start privoxy, $ sudo systemctl start pri

Booting ISO Images in Mageia Linux

Years ago, I used GRUB and memdisk to boot directly from ISO images I kept in /boot/. Things like SpinRite, F4UBD, PLPBT and so on. It was pretty straightforward on 32-bit Linux using GRUB. Then GRUB2 came along and I found it frustrating. What made it even worse was that much of what I found on the Internet was specific to Ubuntu and the non-standard way in which Ubuntu implements things. As well, for the Ubuntu crowd, solutions were presented as recipes, so copy-paste ruled the day without any explanation as to why certain settings were chosen and what options were available. In other words, it was difficult to translate these "solutions" to anything but Ubuntu Linux. For Mageia, it is helpful to know what the distro uses as the default directories. Mageia provides the following file: # /etc/grub-customizer/grub.cfg # Configuration file for grub-customizer #(not to be confused with grub.cfg for grub2) #Command name changes for Mageia.MKCONFIG_CMD=grub2-mkconfig INSTALL_CMD