Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: July 08 2004,18:39
The original concept of myDSL was to allow easy extension capability to those who use liveCD, frugal, or poorman's systems. We are no longer limited to what is included in the base system. Size of the distro is no longer a limiting factor. You can have "cake and eat it too".
I also believe there was been plenty of warning labels on the download pages for those with hard installed systems.
Those with hard drive installed systems can always choose to stay Debian and use the package management system of apt or Synaptic. However, DSL is not pure Debian and other "packages" are in stalled in the base system which is not controlled via Debian.
Once a user chooses to install to hard drive, they have many choices, they could install a Slackware package, or even compile from sources. I view the choice of installing a myDSL extension in the same way. Things can get very compilcated when you install from many means.
To try to add package management to myDSL would be like trying to duplicate the efforts of the debian system.
Realizing, there is benefits to using some of the myDSL extensions in a hard drive environment. I have planned a color coding scheme to indicate the level of of changes to your system when you choose to install an extension. Hopefully this will also help in making your decision to install an extension to a hard drive a wise one.
Of course, none of this applies to those for which this system was designed for. The extension concept opens up tremendous capability to those of us who like to run from liveCD, frugal, or other compressed image installs on hard drive, compact flash and usb. Personally, I see this area as a more growth area. That is why I created such a system.