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Damn Small Linux Not is Not Damn Small Linux!
So, if Damn Small Linux Not is not Damn Small Linux than what is it?
DSL-N is built on Damn Small Linux technology. DSL-N is also small, bigger than DSL but smaller than most. DSL-N provides a reliable, and compact array of applications based mostly on the GTK2 libraries.
DSL-N is not an evolution of DSL, it is not intended as progress over the philosophy of DSL, but is intended for a different user, or the same user under different circumstances.
Features of DSL-N:
it is small
it has software which is feature full
it takes advantage of redundant lib dependencies and suits to pack features into a tight distribution
DSL-N has a modern kernel and does not squeeze out critical modules that would limit compatibility
Like DSL, DSL-n can:
- Boot from from a CD as a live Linux distribution (LiveCD)
- Boot from a USB pen drive
- Boot from within a host operating system (that's right, it can run *inside* Windows)
- Run very nicely from an IDE Compact Flash drive via a method we call "frugal install"
- Run fully in RAM
- Modularly grow -- DSL-N is highly extendable without the need to customize
The applications in DSL-N were chosen because they are functional, usable, and relatively compact. Unlike DSL, DSL-N has GTK2 applications, that means DSL-N will need more ram and CPU cycles than DSL. To have a pleasant experience, we recommend at least 64MBs and 300MHz.
DSL-N, unlike DSL, does not have a hard size cap, but it is being developed by the DSL team, and we hate bloat! So, don't expect DSL-N to get too big.
Why are you making this offshoot of DSL when DSL is so successful?
Because a 50MB, GTK2 based distribution, with a 2.6.x kernel and excellent hardware detection/support is a contradiction in terms. DSL-N represents our best effort to stay compact while providing for the needs of those who want the 'Bling Bling' such as SATA support, Gnumeric, Abiword, gMplayer.
Our First Release
Please read about the applications and give it a test run.
DSL-N 0.1RC3 is now ready
To keep this project alive and funded we sell merchandise which we think the average geek will appreciate.
You may want to support us by buying DSL on a CD, we sell them in full and mini sizes.
Another great way to support our project is to buy a Bootable USB pen which is capable of booting inside Windows.
Are you a gadget-geek? Check out the DSL Mini-ITX and Small Computer Store.
Also, be sure to check out our Damn Small Machine.