This guide explains how to expand Damn Small Linux to fit your needs. “For those unfamiliar with the Distro, DSL is a severely stripped down version of Debian/Knoppix. The distribution aims to include as many useful applications as possible while remaining under 50MB. It uses a 2.4 series kernel, busybox, a tiny little Xserver, Fluxbox as the default WM, and a host of other microscopic office, media and Internet applications. It is designed to be easily expandable by via a system called ‘MyDSL’.”
Remastering Damn Small Linux
Submitted by Mark 2006-05-27 Linux 6 Comments
Explains very simply and specifically how to do it. I haven’t actually done it, but with this, how can you go wrong? And I’ll definitely have a go with this beside me.
DSL is OK, but the problem is the apps. If you cannot manage to give people gnumeric and abiword working at acceptable speed, give them W98 instead. Giving them the spreadsheet and editor that ship with DSL will not cut it. DSL-not is an interesting alternative. But this method lets you customize basic DSL to exactly what you want. Good one!
The problem with MyDSL is that the apps are updated very sporadically, meaning that some apps that you would like to use in an otherwise sparse and fast OS aren’t easily an option.
Having said that, I haven’t looked into building my own DSL extensions as I’m not that techically oriented. But, DSL is fast enough and nice enough to make me want to try!