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 1 
 on: October 24, 2014, 04:31:33 AM 
Started by mkarcz - Last post by AE7XQ
mkarcz,

You started this topic over a year ago. I don't feel comfortable bumping an old thread like this, but I would like to ask how this project worked out. Were you able to keep your system running non-stop for a year without having to shutdown? I am curious as I am setting up a system for use in controlling a 440 MHz repeater. I would like to know how long I can run my system unattended before I have to log in and do anything administrative. I thank you for your time and consideration.

To other members, I would like to say "I'm sorry" for bumping this. However, my question was in regards to the original post and thus most appropriate here.

 2 
 on: October 24, 2014, 04:26:41 AM 
Started by betatest3 - Last post by AE7XQ
Doing some thinking. Perhaps we can introduce DSL to a new type of user base. Specifically ARM devices, such as the Raspberry Pi. In truth, I don't know much regarding how ARM devices function, or what type of OS Hierarchy they require. However, I am willing to bet that it is more than just an EXT3 formatted SD card and a kernel swap. Still, I think if it was done, it might generate a little more interest in DSL.

 3 
 on: October 24, 2014, 04:21:26 AM 
Started by AE7XQ - Last post by AE7XQ
Thanks for the advice. I will look up Bash commands later. My work is briefly stalled due to a home repair issue. However, I will certainly check into that. USB stick is certainly easier than burning a CD.

 4 
 on: October 24, 2014, 04:19:00 AM 
Started by Veeshush - Last post by AE7XQ
Glad to see that you got it running. I am running DSL 4.11.rc2 on a Dell laptop. I have some stuff I plan to install to soon using MyDSL. My plan is to use it for some of my amateur radio stuff. In particular, I am going to use it for 2 meter packet and running a 440 MHz repeater (though I've considered looking into modifying the transmit and receive boards and setting it up for the 222 MHz band). What are your plans for your system? I'd like to know. DSL is really an awesome OS. I used to like Puppy, but it has gotten to bloated for me in terms of a mini-distro. I use a Ubuntu hack for my HF/MF stuff. I think DSL is more appropriate for VHF/UHF work. I would love to see DSL for ARM devices, then I'd load it into an SD for my Raspberry Pi.

 5 
 on: October 23, 2014, 09:00:48 PM 
Started by Veeshush - Last post by Veeshush
Specs: It's a AST Advantage Adventure 6066d. So 1992, or 1993 manufactured. It's been upgraded since it was first bought, but the mainboard (some AST made thing) is still original. Then I think it was back in 2009 or so I bought up a bunch of parts while I could still find them easy enough (250 watt PSU, rounded IDE cables, a ISA Ethernet card to get online, etc).

CPU: Pentium Overdrive 83Mhz which is a 586 made to fit socket 3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_OverDrive
HD: 540mb (but because of the old 528mb BIOS bug limit, I can't use the full drive, see http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Large-Disk-HOWTO-4.html )
Ram: 36mb EDO (maxed out as far as what the mainboard will take)
GPU: ATI MACH64
ISA Ethernet card

Did most of the final upgrades back in 2009, which was when I had actually first put DSL on it to try out. The biggest hassle was partitioning the drive while not knowing about the BIOS hard drive limit, and that the old cd-rom drive wasn't cut out for reading Linux live cds (which I just swapped out with a faster cdrom). Played around with it for a week or so, then decided to stick on the Unofficial Windows 98 SE Service Pack for nostalgia (which is a community made, mostly dead project that was aimed to get the most out of an End of Life Win98).

Long story short, the rig just sat around for a few more years powered off, and only lately decided again to get Linux going on it after being more comfortable having swapped most my other computers to a Linux distro of some sort.

Looked over: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightweight_Linux_distribution
Most if not all of them are aimed at mid-late 90s rigs at a bare minimum, wanting at least a few hundred mb of ram.  Tried TinyCore, but it wanted "at least 46 MB of RAM" and I came up a bit short.

Also tried https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KolibriOS which isn't Linux but an open source OS "written completely in assembly". Wouldn't load and I don't blame it at all (I think my rig may just be too old)

So I just came back to DSL, grabbed the 4.11.rc2, threw it on a cd, booted it with a floppy (cause no cd boot on old mainboards) and it loaded right up. Install it to the hard drive, done. Browses the web with Dillo a thousand times faster than Win98 with IE.


I don't know. Just thought I'd share it with you guys to, at the very least, still show there's people around that would rather hold onto old rigs they grew up on than to bin them at a e-waste recycling center or something. Over spoiled today with SSDs, multi-cores clocked over 5ghz, high end ATI/nvidia graphic cards- people forget what these old machines can do. Not to say I don't use a "gaming" rig as my main everyday system, but I love playing around all types of systems. Anyway, yeah, DSL is the only available life support for my old system.  Cheesy It just didn't mind how little ram I have and it runs pretty great.

 6 
 on: October 22, 2014, 09:35:22 PM 
Started by lodger - Last post by CNK
The man page (http://ftp://ftp.alaska.edu/pub/sois/man/drop_caches.html) indicates that "drop_caches" was only included in Linux Kernel V. 2.6.16 and later. DSL uses Kernel V. 2.4.31.

I don't know if there is another command used in earlier Kernels, but I doubt it.

DSL-N uses a 2.6 kernel (I can't remember if it was above 2.6.16, I think so), that could be another option depending on your circumstances.

 7 
 on: October 22, 2014, 08:36:19 AM 
Started by lodger - Last post by lodger
Hi,
how can i clean the cache of RAM?

in modern linux i type:
Code:
# echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches

but in DSL doesn't exist that file  :^(
Code:
$ ls -lh /proc/sys/vm/
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 bdflush
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 block_dump
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 kswapd
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 laptop_mode
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 max-readahead
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 max_map_count
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 min-readahead
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 overcommit_memory
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 page-cluster
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 pagetable_cache
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 vm_anon_lru
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 vm_cache_scan_ratio
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 vm_gfp_debug
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 vm_lru_balance_ratio
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 vm_mapped_ratio
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 vm_passes
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Oct 20 22:22 vm_vfs_scan_ratio
Code:
$ top
[H[JMem: 30408K used, 88144K free, 0K shrd, 1500K buff, 14740K cached
Load average: 0.36 0.14 0.05  (Status: S=sleeping R=running, W=waiting)
[7m  PID USER     STATUS   RSS  PPID %CPU %MEM COMMAND[0m
  419 root     S       4956   418  0.9  4.1 Xvesa
  369 dsl      S       1692     1  0.0  1.4 bash
  422 dsl      S       1592   418  0.0  1.3 jwm
  446 dsl      S       1536   445  0.0  1.2 bash
  445 dsl      S       1508     1  0.0  1.2 aterm
  405 dsl      S       1084   369  0.0  0.9 startx
  443 dsl      S        924     1  0.0  0.7 torsmo
  450 dsl      R        728   446  0.0  0.6 top
   63 root     S        712     1  0.0  0.5 cardmgr
  364 root     S        664     1  0.0  0.5 pump
  418 dsl      S        644   405  0.0  0.5 xinit
  354 root     S        560     1  0.0  0.4 syslogd
    1 root     S         76     0  0.0  0.0 init
    2 root     SW         0     1  0.0  0.0 keventd
    6 root     SW         0     1  0.0  0.0 kupdated
    3 root     SWN        0     1  0.0  0.0 ksoftirqd_CPU0
    4 root     SW         0     1  0.0  0.0 kswapd
    5 root     SW         0     1  0.0  0.0 bdflush
   68 root     SW         0     1  0.0  0.0 khubd
   80 root     SW         0     1  0.0  0.0 knodemgrd_0


Thanks.

 8 
 on: October 13, 2014, 10:42:48 AM 
Started by AE7XQ - Last post by fatmac
You shouldn't have any problems reading pendrives; if you do, just mount it manually.

 9 
 on: October 12, 2014, 06:09:43 AM 
Started by AE7XQ - Last post by AE7XQ
DSL is now installed on a Dell Inspiron laptop. Runs nicely enough. Now I will need to copy those files I downloaded to either a USB stick or CD. Not certain if DSL can read a USB stick. This will be an interesting experiment. Hopefully it will go well. I will find out in the morning. I am planning to use this computer to run my 440 repeater.

 10 
 on: October 11, 2014, 10:45:25 PM 
Started by sunshine - Last post by CNK
Well to try starting Firefox full size, open a terminal window and enter the "firefox -width <pixels> -height <pixels>" command with the <pixels> parts near the resolution you have set with your display.

When you work out the window size you want, type "sudo nano .jwmrc" to edit the file that controls the DSL menu. Find the line for Firefox, and after "/usr/local/bin/firefox", add the -width and -height commands with your desired pixel counts. Then save the file by pressing Ctrl-O and close the window (or press Ctrl-X to return to the command line).

If you want an icon on the desktop, make a script by entering the command you used in the terminal ("firefox -width <pixels> -height <pixels>") into a text editor and saving it as something like "firefox.sh" in the "/home/dsl" directory. Open a terminal window and type "sudo chmod a+rwx firefox.sh", then right click on any desktop icon and select "Create > New Program Icon" from the menu. Enter the path "/home/dsl/firefox.sh" in the window that opens and click create.

Now the icon should appear on the desktop and start Firefox at the size desired. You can delete the old icon (right click on it and select "delete"), and set the same name and picture for the new one by right clicking on it and selecting "Options" from the menu.

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