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1  Damn Small Linux / Site News / Re: DSL coming back on: June 21, 2015, 12:59:27 AM
I can't see any new topic in the other sections of the forum.

Anyway, graphics problems pop with some laptops, but there are usually ways to get around them. The DSL Wiki has a section on boot codes (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html), they're not menu slectable, you have to type "dsl [cheatcodes]" and press enter. With [cheatcodes] being whatever options you need.

Try "fb800x600" (you need to leave off the "dsl" bit for this command), so that DSL avoids trying to use specific video drivers that may not be working properly.

If still no joy, you can try the "dsl vga=xxx" command (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/vga_xxx.html).
2  Damn Small Linux / Site News / Re: DSL coming back on: June 19, 2015, 11:22:06 PM
The *-initrd.iso image is for network booting, which you shouldn't need.

You should just download the file "dsl-4.4.10.iso", or "dsl-4.4.11.RC2.iso" for the latest release candidate. By default these will boot as a live CD and won't change anything on the HDD unless you tell it to manually. It works like any other Live CD distro.

You can download from the http version of the ibiblio site (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/) if FTP isn't working.
3  Damn Small Linux / Site News / Re: DSL coming back on: June 18, 2015, 10:44:08 PM
A few posts still pop up from time to time.

John (DSL developer) usually checks the forum each month or so to delete the spam, but he's being a bit slow over the last attack. At least they stopped on their own, so it shouldn't be hard to overlook when viewing new posts.
4  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: What to Download? on: June 17, 2015, 10:11:38 PM
The last STABLE release is "dsl-4.4.10.iso" in the "current" directory. The official download site is at ibiblio (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/).

The release candidates for 4.4.11 don't change that much though, and I don't think there have been any significant problems found with RC2.

DSL-N was designed to include and support more current software at the price of being bigger than 50MB and less compatible with old '90s era computers. However development ceased before DSL, so in some respects it is less up to date.
5  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Is it possible to boot an iBook G4 with DSL in a pendrive? on: May 05, 2015, 10:04:29 PM
Unfortunately I don't believe any release of DSL has been made for the PowerPC platform. It isn't compatible with x86 PC binaries.

You're only option would be to use Qemu (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/qemu.html), but then you wouldn't get the normal speed of DSL because it would be running in an emulated environment.

The Embedded release of DSL is for Qemu, but I don't think it has an Apple OS executable. Might be worth checking though.

At least there are a number of other free OSs still carrying PowerPC versions, including a good few Linux distros.
6  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How would I install? on: May 04, 2015, 11:28:32 PM
You used the DSL Emdedded release? That's not right, you should have used one of the ISO disc images. The Emdedded release isn't bootable, it's meant to run inside Windows, more info on the Wiki (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/which_file_do_i_download_long_version.html).

Here's what I typed before I noticed that you used the Embedded release:

I remember some mention on the old forum of having to turn off (or maybe on) the "plug and play complient OS" option (or similar) in the BIOS. I can't find any mention of it now though, I've never had the problem myself. Still, worth a try. Giving another USB memory device a try might be worthwhile as well, if you have one to hand.
7  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: DSL Logo Needed on: April 20, 2015, 12:16:56 PM
I don't really know where to look, but I don't think that's the current logo.

Attached are a couple from desktop backgrounds. The first is included with the distro, the second is from the "classic-backgrounds" extension and probably no bigger than what you've got.

Perhaps you could try sending a PM to John  (http://damnsmalllinux.org/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=1), or to his email address listed on the donations page (http://damnsmalllinux.org/donate.html).
8  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Installed .dsl files from MyDsl: how to backup them on: April 03, 2015, 11:24:47 PM
See this page on the DSL Wiki (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/mydsl_loading_extensions_at_boot.htm).

If all else fails, you can also manually add the mydsl-load command for each extension to the /opt/bootlocal.sh script, but the automatic function will be easier.

Note that this means the programs are effectively re-installed from the extension packages on each boot. Their settings files should be in directories already in your "filelist", but if one keeps reverting to defaults you might need to find its settings file and add it to the list manually.
9  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: DSL 4.4. How to run .dsl files from MyDsl on: March 23, 2015, 10:14:14 PM
You can use the script "mydsl-load" in a terminal window. For example, if one was in the directory with the .dsl files, this command would load an extension "mydsl-load <name>.dsl" where "<name>" is the name of the partiular extension.

I believe that double clicking on extensions in the emelFM file manager also loads them, unless that's something I set up myself. You will see text confirming that the extension is loaded appear in the terminal log at the bottom of the emelFM window.

You can also use the DSL extension broser as described on this page: http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/installing_mydsl_extensions.html

EDIT: Or if you mean you don't know how to run the program after the .dsl has been loaded: Some programs can only be run from the terminal, so they do not have icons appear in the MyDSL menu or the desktop. Check the documentation or the Man pages for the programs you want to run for the correct way of calling them. Or just type their name followed by "--help" in the terminal for their built-in command list which is usually more condensed. You can type "<program name> --help | less" if the help list is too long to view.
10  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Change partition where stuff is downloaded and saved? on: February 16, 2015, 09:46:21 PM
You should be able to edit your /backup.tar.gz file to remove extensions that you think are causing the problem.

Or, if there's nothing you've saved in DSL that you want to keep, you could just delete your backup.tar.gz file and DSL will start as if you used the "norestore" cheatcode. Then you can make a new one.

Or remove the extensions from your MyDSL folder if you load them that way.
11  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: ffmpeg on: February 12, 2015, 06:11:55 AM
Oh, ffmpeg is a command line program. You need to open a terminal window and type ffmpeg followed by the command switches.

eg. ffmpeg -i testvid.mpg -acodec copy -vcodec mpeg4 -f avi -s 800x600 testvid.mp4

This might convert a MPEG2 video to MPEG4, copy the audio without transcoding, and resize the video to 800x600, putting the result in the AVI container format. The result being testvid.mp4. EDIT: Though if using the AVI container, the output extension should be ".avi". ffmpeg can also guess the format you want to convert to based on the extension of the output filename, if a format isn't specified with the -acodec and -vcodec switches.

There a a huge number of options for ffmpeg. It can cut, join and combine video and audio files among many other things.

There are a few ffMPEG GUIs around, but I don't know if there are packages for any in the respository.
12  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: ffmpeg on: February 10, 2015, 09:10:26 PM
You probably want "mm-base.uci" which is in "Testing" in the respository.

That should should stop the missing library error if that's yur problem.

That's an old version of ffmpeg, but it works fine for most things. I did try to compile a new version over a year ago, but ran into too many dependancy problems. I can't remember if it was impossible or I just ran out of time.
13  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: USB tethering on DSL on: February 08, 2015, 10:03:41 PM
Perhaps you're confusing PCI with the newer PCIe, many modern motherboards have both.

Here's a picture showing both:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PCI_und_PCIe_Slots.jpg

A Pentium III Motherboard would usually have a few PCI slots, but definitely no PCIe ones.

There's a chance it might also have one or two ISA slots like these (except the short one, that's an older sort):
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Svwa4PMZAQc/TTBb0KF-V6I/AAAAAAAAAU8/I0MM4TD-mz4/s1600/isa+slots.png

ISA network cards were made as well, but you can't buy them in computer stores anymore. PCI Ethernet cards should still be easy to find.
14  Damn Small Linux / DSL Ideas and Suggestions / Re: DSL version to enable use of laptop harddive/partition via USB to another device on: January 31, 2015, 10:21:58 PM
So you want the laptop's HDD to look like a USB memory device to anything that plugs into its USB port via a cable?

Well I can't say I've heard of anyone doing as you suggest. You'd need to have some software on the laptop send all the USB ID information that USB devices identify themselves as. It would probably be best for it to identify itself as an external USB HDD, so that the accessing device can accept that it behaves like a HDD and probably doesn't have a FAT file system.

You would have to have the "USB HDD Emulator" software on the laptop access the HDD data directly - like formatting and partitioning programs do. Of course you certainly couldn't have the drive mounted by the laptop at the same time as it was mounted as a USB device by another machine, two systems managing the same file system would conflict horribly (unless there's some file system format that allows for it).

You would have to use a USB crossover cable as well, these are fairly easy to buy.

So it's most likely possible, but I don't know of any software to do the job for you (I haven't looked though, so you should do some decent searching). Certainly if there's any way to do the same job over a network using FTP, a remote file system format, or a USB file transfer system, it would be far simpler than this.
15  MyDSL Extensions / Apps / Re: xscreensaver and screen blanking on: January 15, 2015, 11:10:39 PM
Perhaps you could compile Slock (http://tools.suckless.org/slock/), or maybe even SlimLock (http://joelburget.com/slimlock/) if the dependancies aren't too incompatible. They don't offer their own screenblanking systems, so shuldn't disable ther kernel one.

I guess the xscreensaver blanking settings don't work because your motherboard doesn't spport power management?
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