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 on: August 19, 2014, 07:40:36 AM 
Started by jcdq - Last post by johndoson
It's that I never knew I must get it. I read I'm getting a lot more knowledge.

 on: August 10, 2014, 10:09:39 AM 
Started by betatest3 - Last post by p3ngu1n0
A new version of knoppix just came out in the last few days, and I believe it uses kernel 3.15.x. Maybe forking a previous version and trying to compile the latest longterm 2.6 kernel to work with it would be best? If we got that working, we might be going somewhere. I'm just hoping to see DSL leap to it's glory days again, it's the distro that got me into Linux in the first place.

 on: August 09, 2014, 10:02:53 PM 
Started by 3guesses - Last post by CNK
Thought I'd brought out my CD pile for this purpose once before, looks like I did a similar list in this post (http://damnsmalllinux.org/forums/index.php?topic=838.msg1441#msg1441).

The ones I missed this time around are Plop Linux and TinyMe Linux. Both are on the fringe of Linux distro development, but I remember Plop is meant to be built from the ground up, so it could work where a lot of others don't (or the other way around).

Anyhow, good luck and do report back your results.

 on: August 09, 2014, 12:14:48 PM 
Started by 3guesses - Last post by 3guesses
OK, thanks, I have tried the latest release of Puppy Linux and it didn't want to play.  I will have a go with DSL-N (although it appears to be 8 years old: dsl-n-01RC4.iso 2006-Aug-24 13:42:41) and Tiny Core and see how I get on.


 on: August 06, 2014, 09:29:54 AM 
Started by John - Last post by andycrofts
Damned Sodding Leaping-for-joy(DSL?) at this news.
Having bought the book, and CD, and wanting to use this as a teaching aid to immigrants to Finland (OK, I'm English, but I try to do my bit...)..
This is BRILLIANT news!
I'll buy you a beer next time You're in my 'neck of the woods' (Note to self: "money's safe..." Wink
"Thank you very many!"
-Andy, Oulu, Finland

 on: August 04, 2014, 10:07:57 PM 
Started by ProfOak - Last post by CNK
Ah, right. I'm not into modern phones, so I thought you were asking how to connect your phone to the internet, not to a computer.

My mistake.

 on: August 04, 2014, 05:26:24 AM 
Started by jcdq - Last post by jcdq
How can I join several gnumeric (or csv)  files in into a single gnumeric spreadsheet with command line?

 on: August 03, 2014, 11:46:13 PM 
Started by ProfOak - Last post by andrewb
In the settings on your phone there should be a 'tethering & portable hotspot' item (or something similar -(on my Sony Xperia it is under wireless & networks -> more ->tethering & portable hotspot.

This will set up a portable wireless hotspot using your phones data connection. The phone will generate, or allow you to specify a hotspot name & WPA key. Use this name & WPA key to connect using the wireless connection from DSL as you would to any other wireless network.

 on: August 03, 2014, 10:47:27 PM 
Started by 3guesses - Last post by CNK
I believe the problem with supporting recent hardware along with old examples from the 90s is that the modern Linux kernel has been stripped of much of the hardware support for the older systems. Additionally, its total size has grown.

The result is that in order to maintain a small size and good support for old hardware, DSL enevitably ends up getting left behind the pack as Linux marches forwards. As time goes on, fewer new developments in Linux software are able to be passed on to DSL - most apparent with the limited Firefox version.

However DSL-N was designed to counter these problems by presenting an alternative version of DSL that continued the same philisophy, but submitted to the need for newer software (particularly a newer version of the kernel, 2.6.x instead of 2.4.x). The problem is that this has seen a longer time without development than DSL, so in some ways DSL is still newer and both are still very far away from the current generation of Linux distributions.

SATA wise, DSL usually works, but the old drivers mean that you have to rely on BIOS designers playing by the same rules that they did a few years ago. I've actually never had a problem with DSL and SATA, but I usually use PCs that are a few years old anyway.

So practically speaking, I'd first start with DSL-N and see if it has the same problem (I've often found it to behave very differently in terms of hardware detection, for better or for worse). If that doesn't work, or you don't like DSL-N's older software and/or design, you can try these picks from my Live CD stack:

  • Puppy Linux - An actively developed distro for old hardware using a much newer kernel. Lots of versions and spin-offs, many of which can use mainstream package repos.
  • Puppy Linux Pulp - A little known spin-off that's also now rather dated development-wise (last I checked), but seems to have an ultra-light approach more like DSL.
  • Tiny Core - Done by Robert, who left DSL development some time ago. Uses a different approach by coming with minimal software as standard and requiring the manual addition of the particular software packages you desire
    . Uses its own package system like DSL though, so choice can be a bit limited if you don't want to compile.
  • Slitaz - I don't know too much about this one (except I used one PC for which this was the only Linux distro which would boot from CD), another low resource usage distro. Wide language support.
  • Knoppix - DSL is based on an early version of this. It runs quite light and pretty (often very) fast on PCs from the last ten years or so. It's what I install if I want a Linux that can run newer software (it can use Debian packages). Note that it's really meant just to be run from CD (though HDD installation usually goes alright).

Well there you go, hope it helps. Sorry it's such a long post.

 on: August 03, 2014, 06:54:23 PM 
Started by 3guesses - Last post by 3guesses
Thanks CNK, and yes, I am still monitoring this thread - I was just starting to give up hope of getting any response  Smiley

I appreciate that DSL is designed principally for running on older hardware, but at the expense of running on anything less than 6 years old?  SATA is hardly a niche technology...

What I'm looking for is a nice small, efficient Linux distribution with a GUI but without loads of bells and whistles that will therefore boot and run really quickly on fairly modern hardware.  I thought DSL would be a good candidate.  If not, could you suggest some good alternatives?



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