Damn Small Linux Not 0.1 RC4 review

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Damn Small Linux Not is built on Damn Small Linux technology

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 97612K
Developer: Damn Small Linux Team
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Damn Small Linux Not is built on Damn Small Linux technology. Damn Small Linux Not is also small, bigger than DSL but smaller than most. Damn Small Linux Not 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.

Here are some key features of "Damn Small Linux Not":
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"
Transform into a Debian OS with a traditional hard drive 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.

What's New in This Release:
Added "noprompt noeject" to default boot options for frugal installs.
Fixed madwifi wireless.
Fixed chpasswd vs passwd. "secure" boot option now works correctly.
Added gnu-utils into the base iso.
Fixed USB2 not loading bug
Improved mydsl=hdxy when specified to not also search this makes it consistent with restore boot option.
Enhanced exitcheck to prompt warning if no backup device is selected when requested to save special settings.
Fixed multi user hard drive install bug.
Added murgaLua Lua/Fltk development toolkit.

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