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16  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: Can't watch .mp4 videos on: May 02, 2016, 10:56:30 PM
.MP4 files can actually contain video and audio in various different formats. It would appear that the video you're attempting to play when mplayer shows that error message is encoded in the h264 format (a version of MPEG4 video, which the MP4 container format was designed to be used with).

h264 video is now a very common (possibly the most common) video format, but the mplayer extension was made in 2004 when Xvid was a more common video codec.

In any case, mplayer may work if you load the mm-base.uci extension in Testing section of the myDSL respository before running mplayer. This contains numerous codecs, including h264.

That extension is not mentioned in the information for the mplayer.dsl extension, so you may have to use the later mplayer.tar.gz in the Testing section of the respository if you still get the same error message after loading mm-base.uci.

I personally use VLC, which is also presented as an extension in the testing section as vlc.uci. it requires gtk2-core.unc and libwxgtk2.uci to be installed as well as mm-base.uci.
17  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: Dead links in WIKI on: April 18, 2016, 10:18:01 PM
Unfortunately I don't think much can be done to the Wiki unless DSL developer John gets another spurt of energy.

"Choose the right CD image" on the main page goes to:
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/which_file_do_i_download_long_version.html
18  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: What jobs/tasks is Damn Small Linux (DSL) the best at? on: April 15, 2016, 11:46:02 PM
Compared to other recent distros (and it's perhaps no longer fair to call DSL "recent"), the main thing would be compatibility with old hardware, particularly from the 90s era.

For simply running on the earliest possible hardware, I'd say a distro called BasicLinux has it slightly beat, as it can run comfortably on a i486 and use the X windowing system. But it comes with very few drivers, so I wouldn't say that it is overall more compatible with 90s era hardware than DSL. Well perhaps late 80s era hardware if you have a 386, which wouldn't run at all with DSL, but I think that's stretching it.

If someone had cause to run lots of virtual machines, such as for network testing, DSL would put a light load on the host hardware. BasicLinux would be better still in that regard, but might take a lot more work to set up.

On a personal note, one of the things I like about DSL above most other distros is that it doesn't have too many complicated background programs and scripts to manage the configuration of the system, so one can dive in and change things without fighting against too many systems that change them back or simply break. Plus I'm posting from a Pentium I, and not many modern distros would allow me to do that comfortably.
19  MyDSL Extensions / System / Re: MyDSL Database Download on: February 28, 2016, 09:18:58 PM
Strange, all I can think is that the file permissions might be wrong for some reason. try doing "sudo chmod a+rw mydslinfo*" in the "/tmp/mydsl" directory.
20  MyDSL Extensions / System / Re: MyDSL Database Download on: February 28, 2016, 12:48:59 AM
I don't know mych about the MyDSL Browser, but perhaps try manually downloading the package list from:
http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/mydsl/mydslinfo.bz2

Then replace the "mydslinfo.bz2.<number>" file in /tmp/mydsl/ with the highest number, with the new file. If there aren't any with ".<number>" at the end, just replace the file with the same name. Also best to keep a copy of the old file somewhere just in case.

EDIT: Here's the md5sum of the mydslinfo.bz2 file that I just used the MyDSL browser to successfully download and install from ibiblio.org:
609f91f3cafbe7dec46ecc6d8ad34553
You might want to check it with the file you download, and what is already in your /tmp/mydsl/ directory.
21  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Display problem with Acer laptop from 1999 using external monitor on: February 19, 2016, 10:13:36 PM
Have you tried the instructions for "additional modes" on that DSL Wiki page?
22  MyDSL Extensions / Apps / Re: lout-dsl on: February 14, 2016, 08:27:44 AM
Oh good, the forums are back online!

This appears to be the current site (http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/lout).

Here's a copy of the man page (http://www.linuxcertif.com/man/1/lout/).
23  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Encryption external drive reading - Veracrypt? *NOOB* on: January 18, 2016, 11:28:54 PM
The Supported Operating Systems page (https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Supported%20Operating%20Systems) on the Veracrypt website says that it will only work on Linux distributions with a v. 2.6 kernel or higher. DSL uses a v. 2.4 kernel, so it likely won't be compatible (though if desperate you could try compiling it anyway).

DSL-N uses a v. 2.6 kernel, so that might be an option. However I can't see an extension in the MyDSL Respository for the program, so you will need to compile it yourself from the source code.
24  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: dsl won't boot on Dell D830 on: January 18, 2016, 11:20:51 PM
Seems like a hardware problem. Have you tried booting any other Operating Systems? It seems likely that they won't boot either.

Try reseating, or swapping out, the RAM. Failing that, perhaps also the CPU if it is worth the trouble of dismantling the laptop.

25  Damn Small Linux / USB booting / Re: boots but no keyboard or mouse controls? on: January 15, 2016, 10:26:27 PM
Damn. Lost another post, I'm going to have to get into the habit of copying and pasting from a text editor.

Anyway, short grumpy version:

Probably a driver problem with your motherboard chipset. The fact that it boots to the desktop indicates that the USB drivers are working for the memory stick, so it's strange that they won't for the keyboard/mouse.

If keyboard & mouse are USB, then try PS/2 post if available. If using PS/2 ports, try USB.

Remember to run xsetup to configure the mouse to work.

Check the BIOS settings for any compatibility modes that have to do with the USB controller or mouse & keyboard support.
26  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: How to disable the "Getting Started" page @ startup? on: January 04, 2016, 06:46:54 PM
I get the impression that John isn't too warm on opening up the DSL project to a wider development team, but in any case there's nothing to stop a fork being created by another team or individual.
27  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: How to disable the "Getting Started" page @ startup? on: January 02, 2016, 10:29:38 PM
The problem with your suggestion is that even when the file specified to Dillo on the command line isn't found, it still loads a blank window.

I think a better way to implement this feature would be to set an environment variable (something like $HELP) during the startup process which is checked using an "if" command in the .xinitrc script, in a similar manner to other parts of the script like selection of the desktop icons manager with $ICONS. SImilarly, I think that a boot line command to set $HELP on or off would be a good way to make the selection.

I'm afraid though that I am not a (the) DSL developer. The developer is registered on this forum as "John" (John Andrews), but has been inactive for the last few years since releasing the release candidates for V. 4.11 in 2012. There are some things I'd like to do myself, mainly compiling newer software releases as extensions for DSL, but I'm not willing to devote the time to it at the moment.

Submitting things would be a case of contacting John Andrews directly, but as I say, his inactivity indicates that it may be a long time before anything is done with your contribution. Another option is to package the changes as a MyDSL extension (see the Wiki for details), then submit it to the respository, or post here as an attachment if John isn't maintaining the MyDSL respositry either.
28  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: Why *I* like to use DSL. . . . on: December 30, 2015, 10:04:58 PM
Great post, I agree. DSL provides a great platform for learning about Linux and it is far more open to fiddling with things than many mainstream distros which complicate their workings with various scripts and background processes.

On the bottom rung of the Linux hardware requirements ladder, there is also BasicLinux (http://distro.ibiblio.org/baslinux/). In some ways this is an even better learning platform to find out about the very basics of Linux, because it really is so simple that one can just browse around the directories and see how things fit together. I installed it on an old Toshiba T1910CS with a 33MHz 486 and 8MB RAM, in a multi-boot with DOS and Win95. Getting it to work with WiFi I learned a lot about wireless chipset drivers and PCMCIA functionality which I probably wouldn't have been able to do nearly as easily playing around with a larger distro. After digging into BasicLinux, DSL starts to look massive!

It's very interesting to look at how something works in its simplest form in BL, then see it working to it's full extent in DSL, then boot a mainstream distro and find out that they changed how the whole system worked in 2010. :(
29  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: How to disable the "Getting Started" page @ startup? on: December 30, 2015, 09:39:56 PM
Edit the file "/home/dsl/.xinitrc" to put a hash (#) at the start of the line:
dillo /usr/share/doc/dsl/getting_started.html &>/dev/null &

That will disable the help message. This file is also where you can put commands to load other programs after the desktop loads.
30  MyDSL Extensions / Gtk2 / Re: how to convert gtk+-2.12.9.uci to tar.gz on: December 24, 2015, 09:36:06 PM
I haven't tried it myself, but in theory you should be able to simply use tar to compress the directory the .uci puts gcc into, which should be in /opt. There may be a symlink created eg. /usr/bin/gcc which would have to be included as well.

The tar command to make an archive is "tar cvzf <dir 1> <dir 2> ...".
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