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 on: November 19, 2016, 06:47:43 PM 
Started by Astrosynthesist - Last post by Astrosynthesist
Hello forum!

I'm new here, I just successfully installed DSL on a CF card for my old laptops, to try and breathe some linux into them.

It works great on my Toshiba Libretto, but I am struggling with my Inspiron. Essentially, every resolution for X works fine (but doesn't fill the screen) except for the native resolution of 1600x1200 at any color depth, which fills the screen but displays as in the picture below. A "column" of pixels from the left is repeated across the screen and the top half of the vertical pixels make up the whole image top to bottom.

I consider myself to be somewhat of a power user but I can't figure this out at all. All I can say is that it looks like vga modes 797-799 are not installed for GRUB, but honestly I have very little experience troubleshooting graphics and my internet searches turned up nothing to help!

Let me know what you think!

 on: November 18, 2016, 07:58:16 PM 
Started by cornix - Last post by Eugenio

Guessed correctly. Something went wrong during the first install. Maybe some of the choices I made were not correct.

Now I reinstalled it from scratch, with standard configuration. Everything went very well and now restoring dkpg was correct and installed straight away.

All set and working.


 on: November 18, 2016, 05:26:43 PM 
Started by cornix - Last post by Eugenio
for some reason it is downloading "dal-dkpg.dsl.7" I wander what does that ".7" mean... Tongue

Ok. Now I understand. The number at the end is due to the times being downloaded. Managed to delete all of them.

Went again to >APPS>Tools>Enable Apt

Then it fetches the file and downloads it (tried both protocols http and ftp as well). After download completion, it seems to do something I don't understand and not being displayed. Then a bunch of ASCII chars appear on the screen (like when you open a compressed file through a text pad) and finally fails with message "checksum error".

So I tried an alternate way to check if the downloaded file might be corrupted.

But it is not, since I tried:

#wget http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/damnsmall/mydsl/dsl-dpkg.dsl

Then I loaded the extension:

#mydsl-load dsl-dpkg.dsl

No problem at all.

Even after doing that (loading the extension) when I ran:

#apt-get update

It fails saying cannot open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock (file does not exist).

Checked manually and the directory does not exist.

After creating it, dsl is looking for files that obviously are not present.

I must asume that something went wrong during the initial installation into HD. I am not sure why or what happened.

Still trying...

 on: November 18, 2016, 04:34:13 PM 
Started by cornix - Last post by Eugenio
In the DSL menu, go to "Apps > Net > Download Mirror Selector" and change the URL to "distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/damnsmall/" with Protocol set to "http". Then the downloads should work from the menu links, and the MyDSL browser.

Sorry for reflecting this, but it's not working.

It does solve the URL correctly (checked through another computer).
It does connect (port 80 correctly).
It seems to download without problem.

And then there appear a bunch of characters that will end with the message "Checksum error!". And fails.

I'm currently trying to figure out what is going on, before saying all files are corrupt.

Does anyone else have the same problem?


 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 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.

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