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31  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Help : Installing DSL (looking for SHA256/MD5) on: November 08, 2016, 09:05:47 PM

4.4.10 is the latest stable release, the latest release candidate is 4.4.11.rc2 (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/release_candidate/), it seems to work well enough.

32  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: DSL revival? on: November 02, 2016, 10:05:33 PM
Nice suggestions, I've long held a wish to update the libraries in DSL to support specific software. Perhaps released initially as a combined My-DSL package (or something similar) of base libraries, and added to as more applications are updated. Eventually the libraries and updated applications could be integrated into an independent release as a DSL spin-off (DSL-Update was my idea for a name).

This is an idea designed to accomodate my lack of time to really work on compiling the software (and the fact that I'm not very good at it - I usually spend an afternoon dependency chasing just to discover in the end that a dependency's dependency needs a 2.6 kernel (a fact often buried in a changelog somewhere) and there's no earlier version that's compatible). As it is, even with this incremental approach I haven't managed to get anywhere yet - even my last attempt to compile a DSL extension failed when the software's configure script revealed that it needed the C++ Boost extensions, but didn't say which part (I ran out of time trying to work it out - compiling all of it crashed the system).

The key thing from personal experience, and posts at this forum, is the internet. Internet related applications such as web browsers and document (mainly PDF) viewers have to be upgraded for the distro to be truely usable in the modern era. Thank's for noting Netrider and Fifth, I wasn't aware of either and they offer an attractive alternative to Firefox (though in theory I believe modern versions of Firefox may be able to run in a DSL system with the required updated libraries (including GTK), Chromium won't run on Linux 2.4). Development stopped quite early on Dplus so I'm not sure whether there's much improvement over Dillo.
33  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: libreoffice base? on: September 05, 2016, 10:15:58 PM
Unfortunately the system requirements page (https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/system-requirements/#Linux) specifies that it requires Linux kernel 2.6.18 or higher. DSL uses the 2.4.31 kernel, and I believe DSL-N uses 2.6.11. This means that you probably won't be able to get the latest LibreOffice to compile on any version of DSL (unless you upgrade the kernel, which is a major project).

Apache OpenOffice 4.1 requires kernel 2.6 (http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/sys_reqs.html), so won't work with DSL but should with DSL-N. Version 3.3 is the last that will work with the 2.4.31 kernel in DSL (you will need to use 3.2 though if you don't want to compile glibc yourself, as 3.3 isn't compatible with the glibc libraries in the MyDSL respository (eg. compile.uci)).

I'll leave you to find out which, if any, past versions of LibreOffice are compatible with DSL. I vaguely remember checking myself using the release notes and finding that none supported the 2.4 kernel, but I may be mistaken.
34  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: libstdc++.6.so on: September 01, 2016, 10:43:54 PM
DSL comes with libstdc++5. You may be able to get this package (https://archive.debian.net/sarge/libstdc++6-dev) to install, even though it is for a later version of Debian than the one DSL is based on, by manually installing other dependencies.

It may be easier to compile libstdc++6, which part of the GCC compiler (http://gcc.gnu.org/gcc-6/), from the source code.

Remember to also check the other dependencies that the program you are trying to run requires. It is possible that it may require a later Linux kernel than the 2.4.31 version used by DSL, and this will make it incompatible. If so, you may want to check past versions of the program before moving on to other alternatives.

EDIT: Sorry, as for apt-get (even though it won't help you anyway, because there are no libstdc++6 packages for Debian Woody), you can download the dsl-dpkg.dsl MyDSL extension to enable it from the "System" section of the MyDSL respository (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/mydsl/).
35  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Change user name at boot on: August 11, 2016, 10:52:11 PM
I'm not sure how you would change the default User Name "DSL" which is started at boot to something else (though you can of course change the password associated with it using the passwd command). There will be a way, but I'm not sure of it.

However if you are happy for the system to change from user DSL to user jcdq during the boot process, you can put an "su jcdq" command at the end of /opt/bootlocal.sh. In theory it will then pause the boot process and ask you for a password, then resume as normal. If it doesn't resume as normal, you will have to look at where in the OS configuration files X is started.

If, as is usual, your home directory as user jcdq is different to /home/dsl, you will need to copy equivalent configuration files to you jcdq home directory, eg. .xinitrc, .jwmrc ...
36  MyDSL Extensions / Apps / Re: Calculator issue on: June 26, 2016, 10:40:42 PM
Yes the "fliminicalc" calculator used in the current stable release of DSL can give incorrect results such as that which you mention. The latest release candidate for DSL 4.4.11 uses a different calculator program.

There are some alternative calculator programs in the MyDSL respository.
37  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Can't install on cr-48 on: June 19, 2016, 11:07:57 PM
It seems there's some incompatibility with the HDD or the laptops HDD controller.

Presumably "fdisk -l /dev/sda" (run as Super User), which should list existing partitions, also produces errors. Try downloading "Parted" from the MyDSL respository and attempting to read the HDD partitions using that, if it works then you might have to manually partition the drive using Parted, then install onto that.
38  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Install lubuntu on: May 31, 2016, 11:16:20 PM
I don't know anything about lubuntu, but one common option when an OS can't be installed from a physical medium is to use network booting. This will require the BIOS support, a second computer, and a bit of fiddling around.

There's a version of DSL designed for network booting, but you'll have to check what's available for lubuntu.
39  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How to uninstall DSL or its boot loader? on: May 20, 2016, 11:03:41 PM
If you want to reinstall, you should simply be able to run through the same installation process you did before. The bootloader will be written on top of the old one, though actually it wouldn't even need to be, in order for the new installation to boot.

If you really wanted to start from scratch, you could erase any partitions created on the HDD using fdisk. Boot to the live CD and start fdisk with "fdisk /dev/hdx" where "x" is the letter representing your drive (hda, on many single HDD systems), then type "o" to write a new partition table, and "w" to make the changes on the disk. Type "q" to exit, then reboot before following the installation procedure. You shouldn't have to do this unless you've messed up the partitions on the HDD.
40  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Hard drive install problem on: May 10, 2016, 10:44:32 PM
Oh, right. I thought you'd already done the HDD install.

The problem is still that the OS can't find where the data is located. For the Live CD, this indicates that it hasn't detected the CD/DVD drive in your computer.

What sort of CD drive is it? I've has similar trouble when trying to install from a USB CD drive, in that case it may be a driver problem with your USB chipset and you might need to install a separate USB card or use another type of drive. If the drive is SATA, make sure you type the "sata" boot command at the boot screen (eg. "dsl sata"). Also toggling the "SATA Compatibility Mode" (or a similar name such as "SATA IDE Emulation") setting in the BIOS may help (if it's on, turn it off, if off, turn it on).

If the CD/DVD drive is IDE/PATA, then it's hard to tell what the problem could be. Assuming it is visible to other Operating Systems running on the computer, it may be a driver problem with the motherboard.
41  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Hard drive install problem on: May 08, 2016, 11:17:49 PM
This means that the operating system is looking on the wrong partition to find its system files.

Boot from the live CD and edit the file "/boot/grub/menu.lst" on the DSL partition so that where it says "root=/dev/hdxx", "xx" equals the ID of the system partition. So if you installed DSL to partition hda3, the root parameter would look like "root=/dev/hda3".

If this is already correct, it may be that the drive isn't being recognised at all. If you have a SATA drive, then make sure that the "sata" keyword is included on the kernel line (where you found "root=") in "/boot/grub/menu.lst".
42  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: Can't watch .mp4 videos on: May 03, 2016, 10:44:44 PM
Strange that loading mm-base.uci didn't help. Did you try VLC?

Are you running DSL from the CD, or do you have it installed? If it's installed, is it a frugal or HDD install? If it is a HDD install, it's possible that your installation of mplayer.tar.gz was confused by the files installed previously by mplayer.dsl. A similar problem could exist with a frugal install, or running from the CD, if you didn't reboot between trying mplayer.dsl and mplayer.tar.gz.

If you're using a HDD install, try starting mplayer with the command "/opt/bin/mplayer <arguments>". That may use the new version whereas simply typing "mplayer <arguments>" would still use the old one. You could check the version information to be sure.
43  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.
44  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:
45  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.
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