Joined: Jan. 2006
||Posted: Jan. 25 2006,11:48
for what concerns coming back to the kernel 2.4.26 in order to work with older PC's, might you consider to reintroduce the zipboot option
so that one can run DSL on ZIP disk connected to the parallel port?
Such iomega ZIP disks can be run on EVERY old PC's, while some of them have not an USB port or (by my experience) they are unable to read a rather new CD (whichever the speed of the baking).
In order to do run from a ZIP disk, I actually boot from an old version bootfloppy (related to DSL 0.8, if I'm right), then it complains a lot because it didn't find the modules related to the 2.4.26 kernel (of course, on the ZIP I've DSL 2.1 with kernel 2.4.31), but it let me work and do the "poorman install". Thus, the next boot can be done via the bootfloppy related to DSL 2.1 so that the system is read from the HD.
At the end, everything works but it is a little complicated. I would like it could be simpler, especially because I'm producing some remastered version for students in Math (you know, you must be as simple as possible if you wish the students quit Windows... and they actually can't run the programs we need on an old PC with W95/98).
At last, jwm is very good for working with students because it is so similar to icewm which is so clean (and without sources of distractions...) that I've set it as default WM in our PC classroom even on very recent PC's. Therefore, let me defend jwm even if I understand the friends wishing mc will not be wasted.