Joined: Mar. 2008
||Posted: May 09 2008,15:43
Some people's main interest in DSL is for saving old junkers from the garbage pile. (Also an interest of mine.) However, when this mindset is brought to "DSL on the EeePC' the first impulsive is to recompile the kernel to enhance a traditional hard-drive intall.
That's what all the alternative distros and M$ are jumping in to do. And it's because EeePC owners don't 'get' the significance of a live OS. They only know their read-only Xandros will not release diskspace after apt-get remove.
To install DSL to the EeePC SDHC in this way would be particularly bad. It's about two paradigm shifts away from what I could forgive myself for encouraging - much like tearing apart a new laptop and using the pieces as a mainframe dumb-terminal. It may be an improvement, but it is also an atrocity. Why give up that freedom when the laptop can be used for a terminal AND a laptop?
So, I have DSL live booting from an SD card. Hardware may crash or get stolen, but the card is pretty safe in the bottom of a pocket. And a pocket OS is handy when traveling. It can be used at libraries, hotels, grocery store internet PCs!, etc. But eventually it is necessary that the host PC MUST NOT harbor a hardware keystroke logger. Sometimes the choices don't look good. Instead of lugging and watching a laptop everywhere, get something with WiFi you can lock in the glovebox of your rental car and use as a desktop when you get home - an EeePC.