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JohnFound



Joined: 16 Jun 2003
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Location: Bulgaria
Project: Fresh mobile laboratory
It is an old my idea to make a flash thumb drive with everything necessary for assembly programming, able to be used on every system.

The drive should work on every Linux or Windows machine and additionally the drive itself is bootable and contains Linux distribution providing working OS if the native OS is not possible to be used.

For now I think to include the following things:

I. system software:

1. Portable Linux distribution
2. Portable WINE library in order to run Fresh IDE and other Windows programs on Linux machines, where WINE is not installed.
3. Portable coLinux distribution in order to allow running Linux programs on Windows machines.

II. Development tools:

1. Fresh IDE
2. Console FASM for Linux and WIndows
3. Olly debugger - for the windows applications.
4. EDB debugger - for the Linux applications.
5. fossil version control system.

III. Documentation and info:

1. All Fresh IDE helps. (FASM manual, Fresh and FreshLib manuals and Linux system calls help)


So, what you think about this project?

Do you have some thoughts about the implementation details?

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Post 11 Oct 2014, 19:09
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typedef



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A better way is to write a JAVA app/IDE that detects the current system then invokes the corresponding FASM version. Otherwise, porting porting porting porting....

Here's a new idea: Port Fresh to JAVA Very Happy.
Post 11 Oct 2014, 21:21
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JohnFound



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typedef - JAVA is the second language I will never write a single line of code. Razz

Actually I don't need java in order to reach the above goals. Fresh already works in Linux and Windows pretty well.
Post 11 Oct 2014, 21:32
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Haha. I expected that. But you know, the world is/has been moving fast with these new HLLs.

Your idea sounds good still.
Post 12 Oct 2014, 07:05
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TmX



Joined: 02 Mar 2006
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Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Have you take a look at Tiny Core Linux?
It is really compact.
The smallest one which has GUI support is only 15 MB.
I think it is sufficient for learning assembly on Linux.
Post 12 Oct 2014, 10:12
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JohnFound



Joined: 16 Jun 2003
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@TmX, I know Tiny Core and I planned to try if for this project, but I have some doubts about it. Additionally, as long as I want to provide really mobile platform, I will need many additional tools, like WINE (in order to develop Windows programs in Linux) and coLinux (in order to develop Linux applications in Windows), which are big by themselves, so the bootable Linux is not necessary to be so light. It is better to provide useful tools.

For now, I thought about using Porteus, which is light enough to be used on low-end machines, but still provides decent desktop (LXDE, or XFCE) in order to provide comfortable development.
Post 12 Oct 2014, 10:24
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TmX



Joined: 02 Mar 2006
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Ah yes you are right.
Very small Linux distros are not always the best option for development.

Anyway Porteus looks very interesting.
I should give this a try.
Post 12 Oct 2014, 14:31
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JohnFound



Joined: 16 Jun 2003
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The hex editor in the package will be: wxHexEditor (Be careful! The site is full of ads, camouflaged as a content links... Sad )

It seems to be feature-rich, relatively small, can edit big files and has versions for Windows and Linux.
Post 13 Oct 2014, 12:22
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gens



Joined: 18 Feb 2013
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slackware can be installed on a thumb drive
https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/slack-on-a-thumb-drive-suggestions-and-pointers-requested-4175521706/
installation is in sets, so it can be minimal (theres a choice for per package selection)
http://www.slackware.com/install/softwaresets.php

puppy linux would also be a choice


nice hex editor
i used ht, from http://hte.sourceforge.net/readme.html
but this looks easier Smile
Post 13 Oct 2014, 23:06
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