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31  Damn Small Linux / Release Candidates / Re: Release Candidate for DSL 4.11 on: August 05, 2012, 08:08:24 AM
Thanks James.  There are these spam bots hitting this place so I had to disable URL posts.  I'll look for a more elegant solution.
32  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: how to install onto a HDD from one machine to put into another on: August 05, 2012, 06:01:00 AM
You basically outlined the process in this post.  I've done this on laptops too, its a little more challenging to disassemble but the process is the same.   I still have an old VAIO notebook I did this to, it had no floppy drive, no optical, had USB, but it wasn't bootable.  I took the drive out, hooked it up to a thin client and did a simple frugal install.  Then just replug in and reassemble.
33  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: Repository issue on: August 05, 2012, 05:38:39 AM
I think I answered most of this in the other thread:
34  Damn Small Linux / Release Candidates / Re: Release Candidate for DSL 4.11 on: August 05, 2012, 05:30:55 AM
djohnston, I have no experience with virtualbox, but judging from this url (http://virtualboxes.org/images/damn-small/) it looks like the KNOPPIX file needs to be uncompressed.
35  Damn Small Linux / Release Candidates / Re: Release Candidate for DSL 4.11 on: August 05, 2012, 05:27:08 AM
Hi Mir, the old forum is archived, as is the wiki.  They are both static html.  There is just too much information on those pages to lose.  The repository problem was two folds, the default URL for ibiblio was changed and the MyDSL system was not able to update the URL list because it grabbed it from the download page on this website -- those links needed to be revised too.  In this RC I fixed the default link so that it works out of the box.  Hopefully this saves you some work in the IRC channel. 

Re:GCC Probably the best thing for most to do is grab gcc from the repository.  That said, I just went through the apt process and  grabbed gcc2.95.  Make & gcc are separate installations.  One issue was that I had to manually install fileutils by using --force-all in dpkg.  If you start getting into dev packages you are going to have a lot of conflicts.  It would be better to have a woody dev environment and transfer the compiled programs over.
36  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: My experience with DSL and lightweight software on: August 05, 2012, 12:01:49 AM
Yeah, hardware detection is something I'm going to be concentrating on soon, wireless will be a big component of that.
37  Damn Small Linux / Release Candidates / Re: Release Candidate for DSL 4.11 on: August 04, 2012, 11:54:12 PM
Thanks for the feedback on rc1 guys, I really appreciate it.  I have no plans to work on  DSL for ARM at this time.
38  Damn Small Linux / DSL Ideas and Suggestions / Re: The ARM-ies are coming! on: August 04, 2012, 11:51:16 PM
I have no plans to do anything ARM at this time.  I do believe TinyCore is tinkering with ARM right now.
39  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Frozen mouse on: August 04, 2012, 11:35:29 PM
Interesting Dave, what was the last version of DSL that worked for you?  Also, did you try to run xsetup.sh and set the mouse to USB?  The hardware detection should be exactly the same as DSL4.4.
40  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: My experience with DSL and lightweight software on: August 04, 2012, 08:08:34 AM
Without a doubt there are hardware limitations with this old kernel.  I'll be be building a version of DSL with a more recent kernel in the near future.
41  Damn Small Linux / Release Candidates / Re: Release Candidate for DSL 4.11 on: August 04, 2012, 07:26:10 AM
Thanks for the testing James, I appreciate it.  I emailed Ladislav and he was kind enough to change DSL's status.  I'll investigate the error in the forums, it could be Dillo or this sub-forum settings.

Looks like that error message was a result of how SMF works.  It actually has that error in the html and then relies on rendering to block it out.  I did a quick hack to keep it from showing.
42  Damn Small Linux / Release Candidates / Release Candidate for DSL 4.11 on: August 03, 2012, 09:22:06 AM
Here's the first Release Candidate for DSL 4.11

The changes in this release are a step toward making DSL a friendly alternative for older hardware.  I've fixed some bugs, updated some applications, and replaced others.

Updated JWM to v2.1.0 (now supports rounding)
Updated Dillo to 3.0.2 (much improves CSS support)
Added xChat 1.8.9 (the last version that supported gtk1.2)
Added sic 1.1 IRC client
Added XCalc-color

Removed Applications:

flminicalc (http://buskersdiary.blogspot.com/2009/02/vie-de-merde.html)
gphone (crashes)
naim/nicq/nirc (naim & nicq not updated to new protocol)

wallpaper.lua so that it works with color selection.
updated links that have changed (mydsl, forums, etc.)

Modified Desktop Functionality:

It is now possible to switch between JWM & Fluxbox without shutting down X; I had to modify and add a few scripts to accomplish this.
Added menu items to switch between DFM & xtdesk icon engines or use none at all.
Added JWM menu to display or not display icons in menu.
Added menu items for backgrounds and theme fetch & display for both JWM and Fluxbox so that one does not need to launch and navigate DFM to select.
Added option to load the default background to native themes while allowing wallpaper.lua to override.
Coordinated default JWM & Fluxbox themes; they have the same color scheme and mood.
Used "orangetheme.thm" by Lucky13Linux for JWM, as well as modded the taskbar, menu and window decor so that they all take up less space.

Thank you to GPedde (http://gpedde.deviantart.com/) for letting DSL use Maintenance (http://gpedde.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2qdfvr).  I think it fits quite well with how I see DSL working on vintage hardware.

Please test away!  The kernel and hardware detection will be the exact same as 4.4.10, and obviously this release will not work with the latest hardware technology, but that isn't my intention here.  I see this version of DSL (what will probably be called "classic" eventually) becoming dedicated to bringing a usable and friendly desktop in the smallest package possible.  "Classic" DSL will remain ultra-portable, can be downloaded and run virtually quickly, and most importantly, will run on hardware that the rest of the world is leaving behind.

md5sum:  ca1b7a3199d6f143818aab1e73478cac  dsl-4.11.rc1.iso
Download: http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/damnsmall/release_candidate/dsl-4.11.rc1.iso
43  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: I need help 'switching' my 3g USB dial-up modem... on: August 01, 2012, 09:36:56 PM
Hey davec60, DSL is not equipped to handle USB 3g at this point.  You may  want to try the latest puppy?
44  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: Screen size issue on: August 01, 2012, 08:02:34 PM
Hi Jerry,
The difference is probably the use of Xvesa vs. Xorg.  Xvesa is small and will work on a lot of hardware, but it does so be being a generalist and not always a good fit for all hardware.   You could try the extension system on the distro of your choice and upgrade to Xorg.
45  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: Can't find a way to save a downloaded file to a floppy disk? on: July 31, 2012, 12:17:47 AM
The pendrive and the CD are both compress.  You would have to uncompress the KNOPPIX file, make your mods, and then re-compress.  Probably your best bet is to use the mydsl system to grab the applications you want.  But I have to say that its going to be a chore to get a new version of FF to run on DSL at this point.  All the libs in the repository are quite old, even the GTK2 stuff. 

I've successfully compiled the latest Dillo in DSL, and it runs nicely.  But to get a newer build of a more full-featured browser in the system will take a lot of lib updates.   I've actually been hacking a webkit based browser that I'd like to get into DSL eventually.
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