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 on: December 17, 2017, 05:42:12 PM 
Started by John - Last post by BrBearOFS
YES !   ... I am really happy to see DSL coming back into the light.. I have over the years spread the message of DSL.. and with so many of the "modern" distros leaving 32 bit architechure in the dirt.. there are still machines.. ( like the one I want to covert) that might be 15 years old but is still a good piece of hardware and Looking forward to working on a DSL machine again.     My last machine was a thinkpad T440 and after my daughter stepped on the screen it went south..   Used Puppy on another old laptop with no HDD  but it was not DSL..  I was afraid DSL was going away.. now that its coming out of its slumber.. I am ready  !

Thank you John for doing this !


 on: December 17, 2017, 05:19:17 PM 
Started by BrBearOFS - Last post by BrBearOFS
Greetings All.. .

I am returning after a number of years absence from DSL, Its been a LOoOOONG time. I have an old Dell that I would like to install Linux on.. I was more or less on the fence between DSL for a lightweight install ( that would be my preference ) and Debian.    Here is the thing.   I would really like to just do an install and have stuff work Out of the box, or as close to that as I can manage.  without damaging components.   

This is what i have.. A Dell E1705 with a broadcom wireless chipset  Dell 1390 wireless ( broadcom wireless 43XX) and an ATI Radeon Mobility X1400  graphics card, and WUXGA  laptop screen whos resolution in WIN 7 is 1440 x 900 .   Intel Core Duo 1.73 GHz  with 2 GB of RAM.

It seems my lot in my computing life that my loved ones dont really ask me what system I want before sending one to me.. and that , at least in the Linux world is no bueno LOL..    Can't fix that.. until I go get one. 

Anywho.. I pretty much wanted to catch up on the current state of the Distro.. and see how much headache it is going to be to install ( HDD install ) and get some advise on how much work this is going to be to get done ?

Anyway thank you in advance for your indulgence.. and information..


 on: December 13, 2017, 08:34:19 PM 
Started by mcandre - Last post by mcandre
I'm starting to receive Russian Cyrillic scam messages in my Damn Small Linux Forums personal message inbox.

 on: December 05, 2017, 09:51:19 PM 
Started by flicker - Last post by CNK

I just checked and there are no printer drivers for your printer included with DSL. However there is support included with the HPLIP library  (http://web.archive.org/web/20081015065410/http://hplipopensource.com:80/hplip-web/models/deskjet/deskjet_d4200_series.html) which is available in the MyDSL respository (in the "testing" section). You'll have to do some research on the DSL Wiki to learn how to set that up.

That said, I don't know whether the QEMU environment that DSL runs on within Windows is set up to support passing through USB devices. In any case it will be another matter to confuse the set-up process.

Overall I wouldn't recommend running "DSL Embedded" just for this printer. It still wouldn't allow you to print from Windows applications, so you'd have to save everything you wanted to print, then start up DSL in the virtual machine and open it in there for printing. At the end of the day, running a printer from 2007 on Windows 98 just isn't guaranteed, and in this case I think you'd be far better off finding another printer.

If you don't want to use a very old printer, one option to look at is Postscript printers. These can all communicate over a standard protocol, so you should be able to set up Windows with a generic driver that will work (you can certainly set up DSL that way). The trouble is that postscript printers are generally all "high-end" laser printers, but businesses often need to clear out old printers so there are often some very cheap, or even free, postscript printers floating around Ebay and classifieds websites. Most will have a small screen and keypad on them, so you can perform the "maintenance" operations without any special administration software on the PC.

 on: December 04, 2017, 09:09:49 PM 
Started by flicker - Last post by flicker
This line at damnsmalllinux.org is the reason I joined your forum:

"Boot from within a host operating system (that's right, it can run *inside* Windows"

I'm an advanced Windows user (occasionally expert), but I've never used a Linux distro.

Windows 98SE is installed on an incredibly rugged laptop.  I stopped using this system online years ago, but
several of the apps (including DOS) continue to be very useful.

Recently, I helped a friend empty out a couple of rooms in his home.  A contractor was hired to perform needed
renovations.  We found a factory sealed box in a closet.  It's an HP Deskjet D4260.  For some unknown reason,
he stored the box on a closet shelf and forgot it existed!  He didn't want the printer, so I took it home.

Installing Deskjet D4260 with 98SE seemed like a good way to keep this old system alive.  I needed drivers
and print utility.  The driver alone are not enough because without a print utility you can't align the print head
or perform basic maintenance operations.

HP does not have a 98SE software package for Deskjet D4260.  I tried their Universal Driver for 98.  Didn't work.

HP Universal W98W98SE USB DJ LJ Driver:

I've got the "world famous" KernelEx installed.  With KernelEx set to Win2000 I tried installing drivers and utilities
on the printer CD.  That didn't work either.

The best recommended solution is to download HP software for similar printers that are compatible with 98SE.
Many people on other forums claim success using this method.  Again, it didn't work for me.

I was about to donate this printer to Goodwill, when I found DSL while performing a Google search.  If I can boot
DSL from within 98SE it should be possible to use Deskjet D4260.

I must ask some basic questions.  When DSL is opened on my Desktop will it look anything like Windows?  I don't
want to go back to kindergarten, if you know what I mean.  If I download DSL, are there "easy to follow" directions
about installing and using this tiny system?  Finally, are there Linux drivers and a print utility that are compatible
with HP Deskjet D4260?

Thanks guys!

 on: November 30, 2017, 08:54:53 PM 
Started by prayuth01 - Last post by CNK
I haven't tried it, but DSLcore (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/dslcore/) may be what you're looking for. I believe it was the early steps towards what became the separate TinyCore Linux (http://www.tinycorelinux.net) project.

The MyDSL Extensions are also on the DSL download sites (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/mydsl/). There is also a respository browser program in DSL, though I don't know if it's included with DSLcore. Extensions can be loaded from the command line with the "mydsl-load" command.

You can also install packages made for for Debian Woody. Though if you want newer software, you'll have to compile it yourself. The compile.uci extension is a good start to setting up a compiling enviroment in DSL. Check that any software that you try to compile is compatible with the V. 2.4.x kernel used in DSL.

 on: November 30, 2017, 05:58:20 AM 
Started by prayuth01 - Last post by prayuth01
I am looking at using DSL to install to an external zip/thumb drive to carry with me. I looked over the home page, and the download page, I found a place an the applications page where it says you can create your own custom cd. I know that I want to change most of the applications included with it, so can someone give me some guidance on exactly where to get the core file, along with the other applications. I know I can just install the core distro, then play store the rest, so I guess my question is, where can I download the core file, and does anyone have any suggestions that might make this an easier and better process than what I'm looking at right now?
ufabet (https://www.ufa88.com/ufabet)

 on: November 20, 2017, 05:25:56 AM 
Started by freezy - Last post by Adisanut
It can be changed when you install it.

 on: November 20, 2017, 05:22:53 AM 
Started by vturbo - Last post by Adisanut
You need to install the mouse and keyboard drivers.

 on: November 15, 2017, 12:00:05 AM 
Started by John - Last post by Neil_M
In case you didn't know, the Oct 2017 issue of Linux Pro Magazine featured DSL in an article about Tiny Linux distros.

If you don't have the issue, you can buy the article and/or read the intro at


I liked what I read so much, I have installed it as my first VBOX virtual machine and it works very nicely there.

I can paste the text of the email I receive from Linux Pro, but not sure that the links will come thru. Let me know.

Neil M

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