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 on: April 11, 2014, 10:50:25 PM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by CNK
An HDD install is an install with the cd?

Both installs can be done from the CD. The CD contains the system that you want to copy to your computer. A Frugal install means the system is compressed on the HDD and can't be changed directly, while a plain HDD install just copies the files directly, so more space is used, but you can modify things easilly.

What is a partition?

A partition is basically just an area of the HDD that the Operating System is allowed to read and write data to. If you have more than one partition, you can treat them like different drives all togeather and use them for different jobs. With DSL, we only really need one partition which covers the whole drive (which is what I described previously), for Knoppix you would need another one to act as extra memory in case you ran out.

Is Knoppix small like DSL?  What makes it better then DSL?

DSL is designed to run on old computers from the late 1990s era, and also to be very small in size. Due to this, it is limited to an old set of core software which is now not compatible with a lot of newer programs (like many of the latest web browsers). Knoppix supports newer software, including some packages that may make the system easier for you to use. I don't know what you want to do with your computer, that's why I suggested you try DSL running from the CD and then decide whether it does what you want before installing it permanently. If it doesn't suit you, Knoppix is another option that might.

If I choose Knoppix, I would follow the same instructions you posted here?

You could use a similar process to that I described earlier for installing Knoppix, but you would have to create two partitions (one for the Operating System files, another "swap" partition to act as extra memory) of different sizes on the drive.

 on: April 11, 2014, 01:50:41 PM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by Masterjedi688
An HDD install is an install with the cd?  What is a partition?

 on: April 10, 2014, 10:48:18 PM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by Masterjedi688
Thanks CNK.  If I choose Knoppix, I would follow the same instructions you posted here?  Is Knoppix small like DSL?  What makes it better then DSL?

 on: April 10, 2014, 10:26:54 PM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by CNK
The partitioning step should be the only thing you have to do manually, the rest should be done through a script and you can just select the default options.

I'm not sure if you realise that DSL can actually boot from the CD, so you run the OS from that to use during the installation. Once it has loaded the desktop, open a root terminal window (in the DSL menu this is under "Xshells>Root Access").

Now type the following and press "enter":
cfdisk -z /dev/hda
This should bring up an interface showing one partition entry labeled with the type "Free Space".

Now use the left/right arrow keys to select the "new" button at the bottom of the window and press "enter". Then press "enter" at the next two prompts ("primary" and the partition size) as the default values will do.

Finally press "enter" on the "bootable" button (selected after the previous steps), then move to the "write" button and press "enter", then confirm that you want to make the changes (this step will destroy the Windows installation).

If you make a mistake, just go to "Quit" and start again, nothing is changed on the HDD untill you tell the program to "Write".

We didn't make a swap partition for the PC to use if it runs out of memory because your machine has more than enough to run DSL very well without using the HDD for extra.

Now it's hard to know whether you would want a Frugal or HDD install, but a HDD install would make it easier to install new software and keep settings changes, so I'll describe the process for that:

Open the DSL menu and go to "Apps>Tools>Install to Hard Drive". Type "hda1" at the first prompt and you should be able to press "enter" at the following options to use the default values.

When it's done, restart the computer and remove the DSL CD before it starts booting. You should boot to a menu of boot options (the default one is best for starters), then when you press "enter" DSL should start booting and you'll be set.

However before you do the above, I do recommend that you first have a play with DSL running from the CD to see that it works properly and does what you want. In particular the version of "Firefox" web browser it comes with, and which can't be upgraded, is old and incompatible with a few modern websites. A more modern and perhaps easier to use Distro that may work with your hardware is Knoppix (http://www.knopper.net), it still requires you to manually create partitions though (including a swap partition).

 on: April 10, 2014, 04:53:39 PM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by Masterjedi688
I'm not very tech savvy and what you just explained to me and what I read on the wiki really made no sense.  This sounds complicated to do.  I thought it would be just insert the cd in the hard drive and the PC would do the rest.  This repartition thing I don't understand.  I do have a learning disability so all of this is not going to be easy installing.  Is there another way of explaining it to me that would make sense?  I would appreciate it very much of you could CNK.  Sorry for asking this.  I just want XP out of my computer.  Thanks.

 on: April 10, 2014, 07:32:11 AM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by CNK
Yep, DSL can easilly be that main OS on your PC. You'll want to deside between a HDD install or a Frugal install though. Details are on the Wiki, but basically a HDD install keeps all the files changable on the HDD and allows you to make permanent changes, a Frugal install is smaller and keeps the system files compressed in a non-writable way so changes and additional programs must be set to automatically load during the startup procedure.

You'll need to repartition your HDD as well, as described in the Wiki.

As for the CD, DSL was designed to be able to fit on "business card" sized CDs which sit in a recess in the tray of most CD drives (they are often used for the driver CDs with computer products), they have a 50MB capacity. However DSL can easilly written to a full size CD, and this is an option on the CD sales page.

 on: April 10, 2014, 04:28:21 AM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by Masterjedi688
My PC is old, about 7-8 years of age.  It's a Dell Dimension B110 with 1 GB at the moment but it can expand to 2 GB.  It has a Celeron (R) CPU with 2.53 GHz and 768 RAM.  I'd like to delete all of the Windows XP files because there is nothing important on them.  Can DSL be the main OS?  The CDs that are sold, are they the same size as music CDs and movie CDs?

 on: April 09, 2014, 10:19:16 PM 
Started by CNK - Last post by CNK
Shameless bump - I'm bored with three votes.

 on: April 05, 2014, 09:27:40 PM 
Started by AllenKll - Last post by CNK
I don't believe there are any instructions for compiling the DSL kernel. Your best bet might be searching the old forum.

 on: April 02, 2014, 03:37:11 PM 
Started by AllenKll - Last post by AllenKll
  I have the sources for DSL using kernel 2.4.31.  I am having trouble compiling the kernel.

I have extracted LINUX_2_.TGZ and LINUX_2.BZ2
They both appear to have a kernel sources in them.

Which one is the right kernel?  I am unable to get either to compile, after copying the DSL.CON file into the direcotry as .config and running make oldconfig

Neither one of these compiles.  Both failing at different points.

Is there any instruction on how to build this kernel?


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