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Question: How do you run DSL ? :: Total Votes:205
Poll choices Votes Statistics
Live CD 28  [13.66%]
Live CD with backup/restore 22  [10.73%]
frugal on CF 13  [6.34%]
not frugal but on CF 1  [0.49%]
frugal on USB pendrive 15  [7.32%]
not frugal but on pendrive 10  [4.88%]
HD install 91  [44.39%]
embedded 9  [4.39%]
other 16  [7.80%]
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RoGuE_StreaK Offline

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Posted: Feb. 21 2005,08:25 QUOTE

Where's myDSL liveCD?  I use liveCD with backup/restore BUT with a heap (well, 135MB) of extensions.  CD-RW, so I update my backup on the iso when I change something (like adding my nvidia configs for xfree86)
Badly need to update the HD-install on my laptop, which I haven't touched in months.

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Dagnarille Offline

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Posted: Feb. 22 2005,23:03 QUOTE

I'm about to see how well VMware runs DSL hardware install wise.
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Posted: Mar. 07 2005,20:19 QUOTE

I finally got time to play with the DSL 0.9.3 Live CD this weekend.  Have been running Knoppix for a while now and read about DSL in the Knoppix Hacks book.  

After spending some time I found..This is one robust little distro!  I am running on a (WinDoorStop) HP Pavillion 63XX with 432 Mhz Celeron, with 6 G H/D and 191 megs of RAM.  I have dual boot Win2K and Knoppix 3.7 on the hard disc. I was impressed with the level of detail and engineering that goes into this distro, then discovered the MyDsl functionality.  Uh Oh..I am loving it more then ever now!  It seems to run fast enough for most of my needs off the CD.  Very cool way to extend the life of older hardware!  I can hardly wait to get my WiFi on with DSL.
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ke4nt1 Offline

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Posted: Mar. 07 2005,21:57 QUOTE

neon.martini64 ,
If your running from the liveCD, try booting
with the toram option, and the dma enabled
Type   " dsl dma toram "   at the boot: prompt ..

Also , If you have an ext2 or fat32 partition,
copy over the dirs/files ( specifically, KNOPPIX/KNOPPIX )
from the CD to your partition, then type at boot..
" dsl dma toram fromhd=/dev/hdXx "  Xx = your partition

Much improved performance with these options.
With your box specs, DSL should scream..

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Posted: Mar. 08 2005,03:40 QUOTE

Is this possible with DSL:
Running off the .iso that has been placed on a hard drive partition, even /dev/hda1 in the case of Windows 98 computers.
When I want to burn a cd, and need the drive, I can with the small DSL just "toram" at the boot: prompt, then remove the cd from the drive, leaving it open for burning purposes.
Now, with my Knoppix remaster, 672MB, I have to use a knoppix cd to boot the stored .iso with the "bootfrom=" cheatcode to get it running off the .iso. Very soon in the boot process, usually before the "autoconfiguring devices" line, I can remove the cd from the drive, as I am running off the .iso. Compared to Windows 98 or XP, the OS runs very quiet, as far as working the hard drive is concerned, when I run it this way. I get a good laugh as to how noisy the computer is when running XP, for instance, with the hard drive banging around, etc.
This is compared to running off the CD with that little lag when an application is opened, or a new web page is viewed, etc, and the CDROM drive needs to spin a bit.
I often upgrade my Knoppix remaster, but for general use, I find that keeping the .iso around for a while and running off it, rather than the cd, has it's advantages, as far as reducing wear and tear on the hard drive and on the CDROM drive. I can still burn copies using k3b off the running .iso.
So, does anyone know if DSL responds to the "bootfrom" knoppix cheatcode, and if so, I recommend trying the above method out, to see if you get a little performance boost, etc. Here is my full "bootfrom" line that I use:
Code Sample
knoppix bootfrom=/dev/hdb1/Knoppix_Remasters/RR_K34_Beta52.iso
screen=800x600 vsync=60
All of that is on one line. Problems with this method is that one cannot store the .iso on a Windows XP partition, (cannot write to it), so only older computers with Windows 98, or specially built machines with several hard drives will work. On a Windows XP machine I have, there is a GB of RAM, so I just "knoppix toram" and wait the few minutes for the cd to be copied. In the case of the smaller DSL, it is not long at all.

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