Well dummy me! I recently installed DSL to an old PC with only a 1.2 Gb HD and 64mb RAM, and it works well, but then I noticed that the home directory, plus root, was taking up nearly the entire HD showing completely full except for about 80mb!?!?!?! WT HE double toothpics is that about? I thought DSL on a CD live was only 50mb, so why is my root/home directory taking up nearly 800mb??? I don't get this at all. Shouldn't it have only used up about 50+mb as on the live CD? Am I missing something here? Not comprehending it?
UPDATE: Figured out why DSL "hulked out" seemingly
OK, redid the whole install, decided to go with frugal because I just could not deal with having DSL taking up entire small drive I have (read above). But after attempting the frugal even after I thought I had reformatted my HD, it still said I had no room! So this time I erased the partitions using command line instead of some other live CD tool (like Ultimate Boot CD).
*the command line I used was: shred /dev/hda3 (NOTE to newbies similar to me, do NOT forget to add the number of the partition to your hda/sda otherwise you will shred the entire drive! hda1, hda2, sda1, sda2 are PARTITIONS, but only hda or sda are entire DRIVES!
After I erased the partitions via terminal I pulled up cfdisk, deleted the entire HD partition, then reformatted three seperate partitions as per the frugal install Wiki guides "out there" and now VIOLA! Got lots of room and DSL is screamin' fast! Once and awhile I minimize my windows to see how the RAM and Swap are doing; usually the RAM (only 64mb!) is between 25mb and 40mb being used. The Swap seems to hover around 50mb or so (have it set as double my RAM--130).
So get busy you other newbies and enjoy DSL! Also, don't get discouraged as some seem to. If you follow the well written Wiki guides on the frugal or full HD installs you will be fine. If you make a mistake it only takes about 20 minutes to do it again from a fresh install; better to do it RIGHT AWAY rather than weeks later, yes?