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809areacode 05-31-2012 02:43 PM

Whatever happened to Damn Small Linux?
 
Just wondering... does anyone still use Damn Small?

elliott678 05-31-2012 02:48 PM

Everyone moved on to more modern and currently maintained distributions.

Mike_P 05-31-2012 04:30 PM

I've used DSL back in its hey day. You can try tinycore linux. It runs on RAM but you can install it on the hard drink or a usb stick. Also, they are constantly releasing updates to it.

http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/welcome.html

nixblog 05-31-2012 05:38 PM

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Originally Posted by 809areacode (Post 4692241)
Just wondering... does anyone still use Damn Small?

No, far too outdated and dead. TinyCore is basically the successor - see here for a bit of background info

809areacode 05-31-2012 06:06 PM

Does anyone know of a distro that can run on a system with ridiculously low specs? I'm talking about a 15 year old machine, 32mb RAM, 133mhz Pentium.

Mike_P 05-31-2012 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by 809areacode (Post 4692370)
Does anyone know of a distro that can run on a system with ridiculously low specs? I'm talking about a 15 year old machine, 32mb RAM, 133mhz Pentium.

nixblog and I mentioned tinycore linux. It's is only 10MB in size and it is modern. Give it a try and see if it works for you.

There is another small distro called SliTaz. It's file size is 35MB or so but it requires a minimum of 256MB of system ram to run, but it doesn't hurt to try.

TobiSGD 05-31-2012 06:56 PM

On such low spec hardware you don't want to run a graphical system. Not even Tinycore will run on that (after starting up with only the base GUI system and a graphical terminal running it consumes already 34MB). You will get the best results with a CLI only system that is heavily stripped down or built up especially for that system.

But to be honest, most likely you will find better systems in the trash, I wouldn't consider to tinker with such a system, besides may be for a learning purpose (creating an embedded system).

nixblog 05-31-2012 07:02 PM

TinyCore FAQ states it needs about 46MB to boot, even sitting idle in a VM it uses about 35MB so it probably wont work. If you just want a command line Linux then you're options could widen but if you want a GUI it's going to be a struggle. You may want to look at a version of a distro that was released a few years back and try installing one of these as the boot/running requirements may be less.

You may want to try ttylinux, it's command line and may just do the job - see requirements.

nixblog 05-31-2012 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by TobiSGD (Post 4692400)
But to be honest, most likely you will find better systems in the trash, I wouldn't consider to tinker with such a system, besides may be for a learning purpose (creating an embedded system).

One mans trash is another mans treasure :)

TobiSGD 05-31-2012 07:09 PM

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Originally Posted by nixblog (Post 4692405)
One mans trash is another mans treasure :)

Right. I have a couple of old systems here, waiting for a purpose for them. The oldest currently is a K6-II, but I also have a Pentium 3, some Athlon XPs, an iMac G3 and a PowerMac G3 blue/white. They make good jukeboxes and work good for people that only want basic functions, like mail, office and surfing the net (without Flash of course). Thinking about it, I think Linux on one of the G3s will be the next thing to do.

jefro 05-31-2012 08:31 PM

While some say DSL is dead, it does do exactly what it was stated to do. It runs when many other distro's can't on older stuff. It still is a good choice to try.

elliott678 05-31-2012 09:13 PM

I think the move away from it comes from the fact that "older hardware" isn't what it used to be. When DSL came out, "older hardware" was PI and PIIs, now we have single core hardware laying around that is over 2ghz and being given away. When 16mb was "low RAM" the 2.4 Kernel and basic applications made sense, but now "low RAM" is 128 or even 256mb.

809areacode 06-01-2012 12:52 AM

ttylinux looks good. I'll give it a try.

rob.rice 06-01-2012 12:55 AM

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Originally Posted by 809areacode (Post 4692370)
Does anyone know of a distro that can run on a system with ridiculously low specs? I'm talking about a 15 year old machine, 32mb RAM, 133mhz Pentium.

an older version of slackware would work just fine

DavidMcCann 06-02-2012 12:25 PM

If you don't want a GUI (and you're not going to get one with 32MB), ttylinux sounds interesting. Of course, you could also try FreeDOS: primitive compared to Linux, but you've got all those old games and even a graphical web-browser (Arachne).


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