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    How to install Damn Small Linux in hard drive

    Hi!
    I am trying to install DSL in the hard drive of a very old laptop (UMAX 347T - 475Mhz, 6GB capacity, 60mb ram).

    This guide unfortunately is not very helpful as I don't know how to perform step 2!
    http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/i..._the_Hard_Disk

    Can anyone help? Thanx!

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    Re: How to install Damn Small Linux in hard drive

    You've been spoiled by Ubuntu; DSL is a kinda nerdy distro. What part of the instructions are you having trouble with? Partitioning? If it's "Open up an xterminal window" that you're stuck on, maybe you need a little more experience, just sayin'.

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    Re: How to install Damn Small Linux in hard drive

    Disclaimer: I haven't used either distro. Having said that, I think DSL is rather a dead project, the successor is Tiny Core. I don't have any experience with either but if I were faced with your situation, I think I'd opt for Tiny Core.

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

    1. Minimum System Requirements

    CPU-i486DX
    RAM-48Mb
    CD Drive
    Wired Internet Connection
    TinyCore CD

    Optional

    USB Port
    USB Memory Stick, also known as a USB Pen Drive with a known filename on it; this will help you to identify your stick.

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    Re: How to install Damn Small Linux in hard drive

    It is indeed a dead project.
    Tiny Core, Puppy and AntiX are better options.

    Thread moved.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: How to install Damn Small Linux in hard drive

    Thanx for your reply guys.

    After reading a lot and experementing, I actually managed to install DSL.

    I will try tiny core as well to see if it's better.

    The Live CD of Puppy could not start. I was getting a message like : kernel panic, cannot syncronize, kill init... But in any case I think that puppy need at least 128mb of ram.

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    Re: How to install Damn Small Linux in hard drive

    I would stay away from DSL, it is dead as can be so you won't get any further security updates.

    Vector Linux light edition is a good choice for that hardware.

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    Re: How to install Damn Small Linux in hard drive

    Tinycore, AntiX M11, Vector 7, Arch Linux, TinyME, CRUX, and Slitaz are all
    good Distro's for your hardware. You can also do a Minimum install of
    Debian 6 and have a good system with XFCE4 Desktop. Don't forget this
    Distro. Burn some LiveCD's and give 'em a test. CRUX & Arch are install
    ONLY distro's. But you will like Arch. And Arch has a wonderful Wiki, Forum,
    and good documentation.

    I'm sure you will find one that works fine, and suits your needs.
    DSL would be my last choice, since RobertS is gone.

    lk
    Last edited by lkraemer; March 9th, 2012 at 02:06 AM.

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    Re: How to install Damn Small Linux in hard drive

    There is also Slitaz which is under 40Mb and will install in a couple of minutes.


    see here:

    http://www.slitaz.org/en/

    Has a package manager and repositories too.

    Very good for getting older machines up and running as it uses minimal resources to give great functionality.

    I have used it and found it to be remarkably user friendly for such a small distro.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: How to install Damn Small Linux in hard drive

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...tion/MinimalCD The most flexible option is to a do a minimal Ubuntu installation from the command line. Don't have the resources or the inclination for a full desktop? Go for a simple window manager. It's easy, and you can do a very easy single line installation with very impressive results. When 12.04 final release drops, I'm think of doing this again myself on an older system.

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    Re: How to install Damn Small Linux in hard drive

    If you are going to experiment with the minimal ISO (which I recommend), this might help:
    http://andyduffell.com/techblog/?p=689
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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