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    Maximum Bitrate Don 944 LA's Avatar
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    Lightbulb DSL Linux ... Whoooa

    I have just been playing around with Damn Small Linux (DSL).
    It can either be run from a live CD (40mb business card even) or installed as a live system, or full system.
    It needs very little memory and it is VERY VERY FAST.
    I booted using the live CD with the "toram" function ( copies everything to ram) and it just smoked.
    I also have been using Suse 10 which is very bloated, and either Slax/Slampp/Slackware on an old 233mhz MMX for a server.
    I'll probably switch the server to run DSL.

    I would recommend to everyone to check it out. You can run everything off the CD or Memory without disturbing your main system.

    Don

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    Any links?? Sounds interesting


    **Edit - scrub that - googled **

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    Maximum Bitrate Don 944 LA's Avatar
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    http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/



    They also sell CarPC parts and hardware on the site.

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    ill second u on dsl im new to linux and ive been struggling with it however dsl seems simple even to me, i just did a frugal install to the hdd (like making the hdd the cd) this is perfect for use with cf cards or usb keys and the software is solid, theres also a full on support forum, Its so good iv replaced my suse 10 install with it 2.2b is the latest just get the iso image n burn that to cd. all installs can be done from the cd.

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    well i just crossed over the line to linux -- using suse10 i dl it a while back but never did anything till tonight --- rinning on a epia 800 with 640ram had some problems with windows loading so i said what the heck ill try this --- seems cool but im sure it will take a little time

    as far as the dsl i looked at it a while back but i could never get it to load up to my 128 mb stick drive i may look into it again -- i have a 6 gig laptop drive with an ide adapter --- the only thing i really want this epia to do is gps and mp3's i could care less about the movies right now as i have a htpc thats wizzing away rightnow--- i could transfer a few back and forth here and there if i wanted to --- maby

    ill be reading all the linux post as im sure there are a lot of folks whit a lot of info ill be needing!!!

    thanks

    chad

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    I haven't played with DSL yet, but I'd like to. I just want to get everything up and running first so I can figure out what packages I need. Then I'll worry about stripping my installation down.

    I have done a LSF install before though. Good to see all the Linuxites

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    I'd like to third the nomination. I checked it out because of this post and it boots and runs so fast, I couldn't believe it. He did a really nice job.

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    Basically it's just a cut back version of knoppix if I remember right. Knoppix is based off of Debian.

    So, it's just a really small version of Debian. I know that apt-get commands still work on DSL, which is cool.

    I'm in the process of building a jukebox for my boss that's based off of DSL. So far, it all takes up about 100mb. Not bad for a full web interface and database behind the scenes. It's still not perfect though.

    Check out http://www.ampache.org/ for the jukebox side of things.
    Tidder

    Try RevFE
    The best resurrected frontend I've ever used, period.

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    I'm having problems getting a BitTorrent client to work on it.
    Something about not being "root" to install ...
    guess I gotta create some users.

    I may run this on my next off-shore server since it's so fast and will only need to do "specific" things

    Don

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    yes, you must be logged in as root, or as a user who has permissions to access whatever package manager is used by DSL. If it doesn't have one then you need to download the source and do a:
    # ./configure or # ./make config
    # make
    # make install

    That is the normal routine at least. You can also use the sudo command to get temporary root access.

    Ciao!

    EDIT: Btw, I plan to switch my player from Gentoo to DSL or an LFS. I just want to get my system complete first so I know exactly what components I need to install.

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