Klients Saga Begins...

Well - here I go finally stepping into the big world of Damn Small Linux...

Once i get it installed on the HDD I'm going to work at setting up a Wiki system for a database that's already got about 500 pages developed for it...

I'll keep this updated with how I go... If I remember to post.

**** I Love DSL ****

^^ Posted from the LiveCD itself...

Still going...

I am glad to report that after four months the Compaq Armada is still a functional, useful tool. I have another identical to it that is still running Win98 and this thing runs rings around it. The hard drive install is the way to go if someone wants to breath life back into some old hardware. It gives you all of the benefits and security of linux without the bloat that seems to accompany many of the 'ready to go' linux desktop solutions.

I still have sound issues, having tried most of the suggestions from the forums. Sound would be nice (and I may still get that to work) but it isn't essential. I leave this thing set in my kitchen so i can surf the web while eating breakfast. It actually boots alot faster than my Thinkpad running XP. The VNC client lets me run my remote machines at the office with great response time. I may do a DSL install on the next desktop machine I build.

Network card install


I am new to linux systems and running Damnsmalllinux from a harddrive install on a 166 P1 pc. Damnsmalllinux did not recognize the network card from auto detect. I need step by step instructions on how to manually install the network card.


How do you use Damn Small?

Live CD
31% (28 votes)
Hard drive install
43% (39 votes)
USB drive
14% (13 votes)
Embedded from another OS
7% (6 votes)
5% (5 votes)
Total votes: 91

Zaurus Development with DSL

I stumbled across this page today and was thrilled. http://kopsisengineering.com/kopsis/SharpZaurusSdkDsl I am not a programmer but have been interested in it for quite a while. I bought a Zaurus several months ago and have been using DSL for about two years. I really want to learn more but I haven't found it a necessity yet. After finding this page, I believe I have a good enough reason to put forth some effort. Sometimes in life we are shown a path and it is up to us to travel down it. Some of these choices are vague, others stick out like a sore thumb.

PXE-booting DamnSmallLinux -- the easy way [updated]

PXE-Booting or Etherbooting usually is a quite complex thing that usually involves three servers (DHCP, TFTP and NFS) as well as some modifications to the kernel and the ramdisk of the linux system that has to be booted via network.

I slightly modified the initial ramdisk to boot DSL just using DHCP and TFTP and thus significantly reduce the amount of configuration needed...

Setting up a boot server now is done in less than five minutes!

700 MB DSL-cd ISO

How about making a big DSL iso ? That's including all dsl apps in the download page.

Downloading one by one dsl apps in DSL repository is expensive for me. Coz internet connection in my country (Indonesia) not provided like in US or EU!

So, please make it for the Developed Countries with minimum inet connection. So only one DSL big CD and easy to distribute DSL with the apps.

May somebody care and read this and do something. Amin.

Coz I love DSL!

Kernel Panic!

Hi all! I'm a new DSL user, and, as every beginner, I'm having some troubles.
I'm trying to install it into an old Compaq Armada 1700, it's a pentium 2 with 64 Ram Mb, and a 5GB hardDisk. So it sounds to have the right needed hardware! I need to use the floppy-cd-boot because it is not possible to boot directly to the cd from the bios.
Then I created both (floppy and Cd) and I used them. I see the boot line but even if I write nothing the system doesn't start: it always display only these words "Kernel Panic!" and then 2 leds in the keyboard start to flash, and there is nothing to do!
Please, does anybody know what to do?

War, public complacency and Katrina

You all witnessed how long it took for the National Guard to get into New Orleans in large numbers. The National Guard takes time to muster as people are diverted from their daily lives and then organized -- it makes sense that they would take days to respond. You can argue that they should have been pre-deployed. I live in California, and I would hope that we'd have a standing force of National Guard ready if we had pre-warning of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake coming. Yet, there is no doubt that active military can move faster than National Guard simply because they are already actively deployed.

His Hepatitis C

A very good friend of mine recently found out that his liver is shot and that he has been living with Hepatitis C for twenty years.

I'll let his bolg ( HepCboy.com ) speak for itself. Yet, I'll just add that he is a completely self-made man who has spent the greater part of the last 15 years building an economic and emotional foundation for his family.

He is also a DSL user and has financially helped the Damn Small Linux project with an interest free loan. An act that is very typical of his nature.