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Damn Small Linux 1.0.1
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1 14019 09-05-2012
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100% of reviewers None indicated 7.0

Description: Fluxbox, WiFi, Modem, LiveCD
Keywords: dsl 1.0.1 damnsmalllinux

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Old 09-05-2012, 04:06 AM   #1
Registered: Dec 2011
Distribution: DSL Linux 2.4.31
Posts: 5

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: small size, fast, good hardware detection
Cons: limitations to upgrading,software repository not widely maintained anymore

Sure, DSL is/was a great little distro.
When it was new it had good software repositories and plenty of help online. But it still had some serious limitations.
In order to play most flash content on the web, you need flashplayer from Adobe, in order to install flashplayer from Adobe, you need to use the version that works with the version of firefox you have installed, in order to use a newer version of firefox so that you can use a newer version of flashplayer, you need to upgrade your gtk files and some other files that I didn't figure out yet.
So playing flash files online or on harddrive becomes a real feat in itself. Maybe with more experience modifying/upgrading Linux distros I might better overcome the shortcomings of such an innovative and fast distro, but such an investment where DSL Linux is concerned, requires the promise of a substantial payoff and given the state of it's repositories and the lack of further porting or development of programs for it, it seems to be a distro set-adrift on an ocean of general disinterest.
It's unfortunate though, this distro showed such promise and seemed to have such a bright future at one time.
That's how I see it.
On a final note... when it comes to outfitting an OLD computer with limited capabilities and as an alternative to windows95, there is little competition between DSL and any other competition for the O.S. slot.


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