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 on: November 08, 2016, 09:05:47 PM 
Started by Aëlda - Last post by CNK

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.

 on: November 08, 2016, 06:27:06 AM 
Started by Aëlda - Last post by Aëlda
Hi fellows,

I'm using Ubuntu on my main laptop and decided to install DSL on a very old machine I've just got.
Dowloaded the .iso of DSL 4.4.10 (hoping it's the latest version?). Before I write that .iso on a usb or cd I'd like to check it, would you know where I can find the corresponding SHA256 or MD5?

 on: November 06, 2016, 08:37:42 PM 
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 on: November 05, 2016, 08:32:44 PM 
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 on: November 02, 2016, 10:05:33 PM 
Started by betatest3 - Last post by CNK
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.

 on: November 02, 2016, 05:42:19 PM 
Started by betatest3 - Last post by lm
I've been doing a lot of research into lightweight, low resource applications.  Gtk 1.2 applications may no longer be in development.  However, there are a lot of useful SDL, ncurses/pdcurses and FLTK based applications that are actively developed and are lightweight and would run well on older systems.

JWM is great as a lightweight X window manager, but if you want something that might be lighter on low resource machines, framebuffer applications could be an option.  The Nanolinux distribution and Rogue Class Linux distribution both run completely in framebuffer.  Another option besides X might be Wayland. 

There are two webkit browsers that are FLTK based, netrider and fifth.  Webkit based browsers can handle most modern web pages, but they can take up a lot of resources.  The FLTK based webkit browsers are probably the lightest in that class.  There are lighter options, but most can't fully render a modern web page.  One interesting lighter option is Dplus which is a fork of Dillo.

If anyone's interested in further development of DSL, I'd be willing to volunteer to help out with applications.  I'm working on build scripts and patches for several lightweight applications to make sure they continue to build and run smoothly as various libraries are updated.

 on: September 15, 2016, 06:35:10 PM 
Started by John - Last post by BobKlahn
Now I have to find my book. I bought it and used DSL for a bit, but never got seriously into Linux.

My interest is more in oddball stuff, so DSL seems like a better fit than big Distros. I have an old Gateway Solo 1200 and nothing else would handle the video.

I wonder if it would work on the Raspberry PI.

 on: September 06, 2016, 08:12:33 AM 
Started by Sxs6vHg9Qzdm - Last post by Sxs6vHg9Qzdm
Thank you for the detailed and fast answer!

 on: September 05, 2016, 10:15:58 PM 
Started by Sxs6vHg9Qzdm - Last post by CNK
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.

 on: September 05, 2016, 05:33:41 PM 
Started by Sxs6vHg9Qzdm - Last post by Sxs6vHg9Qzdm
Is is possible to install libreoffice (base) on DSL?

Just found that openoffice is provided as a myDSL Application Extension (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/mydsl/apps/) but totally outdated: version 1.1.4 from 03/11/2005 and 1.1 from 12/03/2004

How can I install openoffice or libreoffice myself?

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