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1  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / My experience with DSL and lightweight software on: August 03, 2012, 09:49:04 PM
I have many things to say, so there's a lot to write. I want you to know how I feel about DSL Smiley

I got into Linux a year ago when I started feeling like stuck in Windows. The first Linux distribution I tried was Ubuntu, which I use most of the time now. Some time later I got interested in lightweight software and that's how I found Damn Small Linux. Although I don't use it much, I still like it for the fact that it's so lightweight, yet has enough functionality. As I became aware of problem of software bloat, I made a conclusion: there's no such thing as a slow computer. There's only such thing as poorly optimized software Smiley I used to have a 100 MHz Pentium with 32 MB of RAM. When I'm reading something about lightweight Linux distributions and it says something like "uses as little as 128 MB of RAM", that looks like an insult to me. 128 MB is a lot. That computer ran Windows 98 and it would probably run DSL fast enough. Now I have a 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 with 512 MB of RAM. Because that's recommended minimum memory requirement for Ubuntu, I feel as if I was between walls which move towards each other and are eventually going to crush me. DSL is like a way out of there. Some people would say "just buy a new computer", but again, that insults me. The problem is software rapidly getting slower and slower. Buying a new computer won't solve it - actually, it contributes to the problem. Using lightweight software is the true way. And this is the reason why DSL is so important to me.

So that was my story Smiley DSL is an impressive work, but I have some problems, too:
1. I cannot connect to the network. DSL seems not to recognize my network adapter and I don't know if that's because of some bug or because DSL is targeted at older hardware. I tried to type "sudo modprobe r8169", but I get an error:
Code:
/lib/modules/2.4.31/kernel/drivers/net/r8169.o: init_module: No such device
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
      You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
/lib/modules/2.4.31/kernel/drivers/net/r8169.o: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.31/kernel/drivers/net/r8169.o failed
/lib/modules/2.4.31/kernel/drivers/net/r8169.o: insmod r8169 failed
Without internet, I cannot do much.
2. I couldn't get it installed into hard drive properly. I tried installing it into sdb3 partition and chainloading from GRUB 2, but that was unsuccessful. It looks like bootloader doesn't get installed, but I'm not sure.

If these problems were solved, I would probably use DSL more often.
2  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Trouble getting dsl (on USB) to recognize hard drive and also a USB modem on: July 15, 2012, 09:37:31 AM
Maybe you have SATA hard drive? In such case, you need to use "sata" boot option. At least that's how I make it recognize my HD.
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