Saturday, July 10, 2010

Whatever happened to DSL?

I really love(d) DSL.  But it's coming up on 2 years since the last release - I was getting worried, so I started searching for answers.  Funny how this all dried up right after the book was published.  It looks like in fighting took it's toll on the project.  The good news is the is an even cooler tiny Linux distro now: Tiny Core Linux.  This thing is TINY!  It boots a Linux 2.6 kernel and runs X in under 10MB!!  Watch this flash demo!  I burned the image to a CD and booted my favorite obsolete notebook - it ran great!  I'm looking forward to installing this on some old junkers I've got around here to see how much more functional they become.  It has some similarities with DSL since it is the pet project of Robert Shingledecker, one of the main developers of DSL and authors of the DSL book.  Because of that,  I expect the stability to be pretty good and package management to be pretty similar.  Besides, looks like he's been refining this for quite some time while I waited for the next DSL iso to show up at the DSL website.

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