Still Using DSL and Loving it!

Forum: User Feedback
Topic: Still Using DSL and Loving it!
started by: windancer

Posted by windancer on April 15 2011,02:47
Well I thought I would post a little message that im still using DSL on my Panasonic Toughbook CF-25. Specs on my laptop are pretty bad Pentium 233 with MMX, 96 megs of ram, 4 gig Hard Drive and a 1 meg videocard. Ive tried many distros. Most don't boot on my old hardware including tinycore. Puppy Boots but is very slow and installation takes about 3 hours :(. Ubuntu forget it **CRASH** Xubuntu **crash** Mint Linux **Crash** Knoppix **CRASH** . Now I did get Zenwalk fully installed and everything worked however it was very slow.  Right now I have DSL Dual Booting with Win98 it seems to be my best combo for speed. Both systems are out of date but so is the laptop im using. I do get comments from time to time that My toughbook is the neatest thing people have seen LOL if they only knew.
Posted by emusan on April 20 2011,04:08
lol a post!!!

I'm pretty much in the same boat, I've got a really old laptop that is still in great shape, and I don't want to just through it away, but the only distro that runs is DSL(there are a few others, but none as nice). It is unfortunate that the mirrors are disappearing though, I wish Paul would just come back with an update and/or a new mirror, or even a post on these forums, even though I only check them ~once a month. Its very sad to see a distro like this die, it had a lot of time in the top 100 and even top 10 on distro watch, and then one day it just died.

I understand that many people have jumped ship to tinycore, but that OS just doesn't quite feel right to me, not to mention that it is missing a lot of drivers to run on my nice old lappy. I only wish that the situation had been dealt with a bit better between Paul and Robert, this probably could have been the best distro out there.

Anyway, lets keep soldiering on! lol

Posted by ChiJoan on May 07 2011,20:56
Hi Guys,

Glad yourBBS software still remembered me. ;^)

I'm typing this on a Dolch lunch-box style computer with a Pentium-MMX @ 233 MHz. Right now it has only 65MB RAM and would top out at 192 MB, if I could figure out what kind it is. The CMOS battery needs replacing, but I think it wasn't the easy top out kind. This is a cross between a laptop and a desktop computer. The CD drive is the slim kind and the 13 GB hard drive is the laptop size, too.

However, this LCD is the old style, so I don't know a case modder that would be able to upgrade it here in Reno, NV. Yeah, I even have 4 AT cases here to pass on, one even has a motherboard that can go up to 1.5 GB PC100 RAM, and Puppy couldn't boot on that either. I was thinking of putting Atom mini boards in them, but I don't have room or the cash these days.

At least DSL is still here and I'm glad I kept my Live CDs for it.

Good luck,
Joan in Reno

Posted by windancer on June 13 2011,17:52
Still using it :) I did move up to version 4.4 last night. although I like fluxbox better just feels nicer. however its showing that my system is using less resources with 4.4 so I think I will use it for a while.
Posted by weirdo on July 04 2011,22:40
Quote (emusan @ April 20 2011,04:08)
I only wish that the situation had been dealt with a bit better between Paul and Robert

what happened between paul and robert to make them stop loving dsl?  did someone put their dick in someone else's grandmas butt??
Posted by 300c_pilot on July 20 2011,14:05
Well someone pull it out, wipe it off and get back to work! Shit this is still the best developed small distro out there. Just think where it would be now if somebody would not have pissed on someone else or whatever happened. Hell tiny core has come a long way and if that developement time had been spent here, shit this would be huge!

Again wipe it off, and get back to work! We miss this place!!!! By the way, I use this under Xen for a few remote users and it works great.

Posted by emusan on Aug. 05 2011,15:47
I'm pretty sure money was involved, and it happened a long time ago, I don't think many people go on here much anymore(I check about once every few weeks). I agree that it's one of the best out there, if I knew more about custom Linux distro's and the scripting languages used here I would love to pick it back up, maybe in a few years time.
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