Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Dec. 28 2004,15:25
The "Syslinux thing" is not new. It was the standard booting method used in all versions of Damnsmall through 0.7.3.
When DSL upgraded the kernel and modules based on Knoppix 3.4 it changed to isolinux. Syslinux is limited to a boot floppy image. As more modules where needed to support more and newer hardware, the boot image size became a problem. With isolinux there is plenty of room, there is no floppy image in the boot directory of the cd. .
Now, some older computer's BIOS that COULD boot from syslinux CANNOT recognize and there cannot boot using isolinux. Many requests have come to me to make an syslinux version to support the older hardware.
There is no difference between the two they share a common base. As we release new versions, both isolinux, the standard, and a syslinux will be issued. The syslinux version is based on the boot floppy.
If you have isolinux working there is no need to use the syslinux version. If you have newer hardward, don't even bother with syslinux as it probably will not support the newer hardware.
If your computer would not boot with the current DSL standard (isolinux) but does boot with the boot floppy, then grab the "new" syslinux version of the current DSL.