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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 9
Great on old hardware or new, Can't use knoppix? try this, slick harddrive install
Can't write to NTFS... yet?
I can think of nothing bad to say about this thing at this point. It "just works". Whether you want a repair tool for a messed up computer, A slick little live CD, or something fast and easy to install on old hardware, here it is. I have used this CD on every piece of hardware I have, from a P166 to a PIV laptop. I have had NO problems with it. If I were to complain about one thing, it would be the lack of NTFS write ability. From what I understand though, that's coming so I will wait. This thing is fantastic for resurecting old hardware. I quickly made a boot floppy and had it installed and running on a P166 in minutes. It uses Fluxbox as it's window manager, which is great on older hardware. I even like the patched Dillo browser, sure it's no firefox, but then firefox is just a click away if you're on broadband. Once you have Firefox and maybe a few other tools from the click and run repository slap 'em on a USB key and you're set. The CD and a USB key will fit in your pocket and you're off to fix other people's computers, or just surf on 'em without leaving a trace.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 8
LiveDistro, Usable for Older HW, Compact BBC
Certain Tweaks Apparently Used
Have been using DSL 0.7.x for awhile as a liveCD (bootable self-contained Linux distro),
Here are, IMO, its overwhelming positives:
- Very portable in BBC or 8cm-CD format
- Can be used on older hardware such as on Pentium I CPU's with 16MB RAM or less, especially useful in runlevel 2 mode (i.e., no XWindows)
- Can be used used as a rescue CD similar in many respects to the venerable Linux boot floppy 'tomsrtbt'
- Has nice, lean version of XWindows with all the necessary apps I use, without the extraneous apps and bloat of the fullest Debian-based-liveCD available today, Knoppix
- Is extendable with extra DSL-rated packages the DSL-team refers to as 'myDSL Extensions' (see http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/distributions/damnsmall/mydsl/index.html)
- Is installable onto a system's harddrive for a complete, harddrive-bootable, Debian system.
- One can perform standard harddrive performance-tuning even w/o a DSL harddrive install, such as
1) creating a harddrive swap partition (that the DSL BBC will recognize) which is double the amt of physically-installed RAM, 2) copy source files from the above-listed myDSL Extensions repository or even standard Debian .deb pkg's to a harddrive's /usr/local partition (sources go into /usr/local/src as per Linux convention), compile and run these binaries (e.g., OpenOffice, Firefox, etc.) from the harddrives /usr/local/bin directory, WHILE THE DSL LIVECD IS STILL RUNNING THE SYSTEM! What a CD-diskspace-saving and performance benefit!!
Negatives are some of the tweaks that DamnSmallLinux has done to fit all the stuff into a BBC-CD or 8cm-CD.
This LQ person, for one, would prefer not having Naim-IRC stuff, but would definitely prefer some key security-scanning items. Am somewhat leery of those myDSL-extensions listed in above link rated yellow or red for DSL v.7.x, especially for lower-end systems (read low <32MB RAM)
Overall, this liveCD distro is the best of its kind.
Would rate this an 8.