Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Dec. 12 2005,16:39
Most of this is explained in the Getting Started document.
Most users just close it and don't read it.
Additional applications, MyDSL, extensions, are LARGE, and there are STATIC. It would make no sense to have them in the backup each and every time you shutdown. Because of these simple facts the MyDSL application "packages" are separate. For persistenacy they must be:
1. Stored on a hard drive partition or other extenal device.
They may be autoreloaded via the boot time option of mydsl=hdaX
2. or if they are placed in the root directory of the boot device, i.e., where the KNOPPIX directory resides, they will be automatically loaded at boot time.
If you make an optional directory alongside the KNOPPIX directory or on the partition where the other MyDSL extensions are stored, and place some of the extensions into this optional directory then a menu will be created upon boot to make the extensions selectable for on demand loading.
If you are running a frugal install, as root copy those extensions that you wish to keep to /cdrom. Yes, /cdrom is writeable as root on any frugal type install.
The DSL system is designed primarily as a liveCD based system or an emulation thereof, i.e., frugal, or poorman's install. That is the reason the extensions by default are downloaded into the /tmp directory.
As we have many new users, they come from the perspective of the old way of using an operating system. They get a cdrom and immediately want to install. We offer that method as well, but it is not the focus of any of the developers of DSL. The whole idea of DSL is to push the abilities of using liveCD/frugal type installs.