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 on: April 21, 2016, 05:09:20 AM 
Started by synergist - Last post by Dornmino
It is so important and I am expecting you updated as this story.

 on: April 21, 2016, 05:07:58 AM 
Started by thyrsus - Last post by Dornmino
It's really wonderful I myself am a research study on this subject as well.

 on: April 18, 2016, 10:18:01 PM 
Started by Peregrino69 - Last post by CNK
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:

 on: April 18, 2016, 11:21:44 AM 
Started by HannaPento - Last post by HannaPento
Fantastic information With thanks.

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 on: April 17, 2016, 02:13:39 PM 
Started by Peregrino69 - Last post by Peregrino69
Hi all

Needed a lightweight SSH middleman, so downloaded DSL. First tried the embedded zip file, and my mouse didn't work. So went to Wiki to find out what's what - and found out that there's a number of  links that aren't good for jack.

FAQ: "Choose the right image" goes to http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/choose_the_right_cd_image.html with content "wtf!"
FAQ: "For an overview of Virtual Machines and Running DSL, read this Article" goes to https://www.yahoo.com/?err=404&err_url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yahoo.com%2farticle%2f470563%2fvirtual_machine_software_for_beginners.html with content "Hmmm... the page you're looking for isn't here. Try searching above."

Someone might want to do something about those...

 on: April 15, 2016, 11:46:02 PM 
Started by trpted - Last post by CNK
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.

 on: April 14, 2016, 04:10:17 PM 
Started by trpted - Last post by trpted
For example non OS:

A hammer is the best to get in a nail. Could use a screw driver, but that is not the best tool for the job/task.

Comparing Damn Small Linux (DSL) to other distros in the same category (not for example against pfSense - one of many distros designed for connection sharing), what jobs/task is it the best at?

Thank you

 on: March 28, 2016, 11:48:53 PM 
Started by John - Last post by stunix*com

. . . . itx boards and ide doms are so cheap on 3bay.


OK, my mnemonicia might be a bit out of tune, but you have me stumped with "itx boards" and "ide doms".  Want to 'fess up?  I'd really like to know what they are.

p.s.  It would be great if John could find the time to respond to some of this, so we know that he hasn't disappeared again.

Jim (JR)

well i should link to johns toy here, erm...(linking disabled?) [ http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/mini.html ]  At the time there were no pico psus so what you see is a fanless itx 500mhz motherboard and a powersupply board probably 256 or 128mb ram.   circa 2005?     pico psu powersupplies came later.   I'd built a few of these type machines, using no moving parts using them as kiosk machines.    it was revolutionary at the time, an x86 machine running from flash memory, in Johns case, compact flash with an ide adapter.  doms, Disk on module,  were the next step.   we have since moved to sata so these ide type disks are not fast bot with dsl we only need to move 100Mb of data to ramdisk.    I still have a ten year old "johns toy" machine running on 64Mb, 128Mb ram called "flash" somewhere in the garage, [ http://sturl.uk/stusjohnstoy ] its still on my lan, but as I also have 6 other dsl boxes as 4tb video file servers it doesnt get much attention but it has an uptime of around 3 years, ....probably a power cut.   i took to wrapping them in clingfilm/saran wrap..  [ http://sturl.uk/stustoy ], well, fireproof heatshrink really.

these itx motherboards (1ghz,sata) are currently being sold for $10 with 1GB ram, a 2gb drive will be $20 and a case and psu will be £25.  I have taken to to install a new machine i just boot the disk,fdisk to delete and add one bootable partition, mkfs.ext2 /dev/sda1 , scp and unpack my dsltarbomb.tgz, grub; root (hd0,0); setup (hd0);quit   and bobs youre uncle, a new machine.   the tarbomb is just a backup, the knoppix file and the usual grub stuff.

it came down to eliminating moving parts such as hd platters and fans using slower cpus.
My friend prefers windows 10 and watercooling and is always fixing it.
I think John is a very quiet individual, but i love his work.

I notice the site has been down alot recently, and there are some issues with the forums, but it all still works.   (if you change the ibiblio link in the control panel.... Smiley)

 on: March 28, 2016, 03:59:03 PM 
Started by John - Last post by jharris1993
No luck. I booted the .rc2 distro. When I selected F2 or F3 for boot options the window is off-center to the left and, while I can see the options, I can see no way to select any of them. I was able to select text size . If I just select "boot" it loads several files then the screen gets scrambled, and while there is some kind of image displayed, it's totally unreadable. But, back to the boot options, what am I missing? Are they selected by number, tab to selection, or what? I haven't been able to find any docs on the actual initial start-up process. I can post a pic if it's any help.

I'm probably posting tech questions in the wrong section. I'll move my topic to the correct one.


Quote from: CNK
. . . . 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).


This kind of issue is not unusual, especially with the smaller versions of Linux.

". . . the window is off-center to the left. . ."

I've seen that, and it usually means that the display resolution is set too high. (i.e. the resolution set to 1024x768 on an 800x600 display, or even 800x600 on a 640x480 display)

Since other modes give you a totally scrambled up display, I'd go back to the first mode and see what changing the display resolution will do.

Give it a try and report results.  These are usually solvable problems, it just takes a few whacks at it.

Jim (JR)

 on: March 28, 2016, 03:47:25 PM 
Started by John - Last post by jharris1993

. . . . itx boards and ide doms are so cheap on 3bay.


OK, my mnemonicia might be a bit out of tune, but you have me stumped with "itx boards" and "ide doms".  Want to 'fess up?  I'd really like to know what they are.

p.s.  It would be great if John could find the time to respond to some of this, so we know that he hasn't disappeared again.

Jim (JR)

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