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The Official Damn Small Linux Book: The Tiny Adaptable Linux That Runs on Anything (Negus Software Solutions Series) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Shingledecker , John Andrews , Christopher Negus
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Damn Small Linux (DSL) is a super-efficient platform for everything from custom desktops to professional servers. Now, DSL’s creator and lead developer have written the first definitive, practical guide to this remarkable system. The Official Damn Small Linux Book brings together everything you need to put DSL to work in just minutes. Simply learn a few essentials and master the rest...one step at a time, hands-on.

 

If you’re new to Linux, you can quickly discover how to use DSL to take your data on the road, safely running your programs and personal environment on nearly any computer. Easily adapt DSL to run on anything from an alternative device (Internet appliance, hand-held, diskless PC, or mini-ITX system) to an older PC that might otherwise be headed for landfill.

 

Use this book to

  • Run DSL at blazing speed, USB pen drive, or directly from RAM
  • Run DSL from your hard drive or in a virtual environment within Windows
  • Add applications and create shareable extensions
  • Customize and remaster DSL to create your own distribution
  • Build a complete music and multimedia server
  • Use Skype VoIP phone service in DSL
  • Quickly set up an XAMPP Web server, complete with MySQL, PHP, and Perl, to host your personal Web pages

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Make the Most of Today’s Smallest, Fastest Desktop Linux Distribution–Damn Small Linux!

Damn Small Linux (DSL) is a super-efficient platform for everything from custom desktops to professional servers. Now, DSL’s creator and lead developer have written the first definitive, practical guide to this remarkable system. The Official Damn Small Linux Book brings together everything you need to put DSL to work in just minutes. Simply learn a few essentials, boot the live CD-ROM, and master the rest...one step at a time, hands-on.

 

If you’re new to Linux, you can quickly discover how to use DSL to take your data on the road, safely running your programs and personal environment on nearly any computer. Easily adapt DSL to run on anything from an alternative device (Internet appliance, hand-held, diskless PC, or mini-ITX system) to an older PC that might otherwise be headed for landfill.

 

Use this book and CD-ROM package to

  • Run DSL at blazing speed, from CD, USB pen drive, or directly from RAM
  • Run DSL from your hard drive or in a virtual environment within Windows
  • Add applications and create shareable extensions
  • Customize and remaster DSL to create your own distribution
  • Build a complete music and multimedia server
  • Use Skype VoIP phone service in DSL
  • Quickly set up an XAMPP Web server, complete with MySQL, PHP, and Perl, to host your personal Web pages

 CD-ROM Includes

  • Several versions of Damn Small Linux that let you run DSL directly from the CD, a Windows desktop, a pen drive, or your PC’s RAM.
  • Software packages (MyDSL extensions) including everything you need to create an Edna music server, Skype® VoIP calling client, multimedia picture frame, and tiny XAMPP Web server.
  • Tools for rebuilding and remastering Damn Small Linux.

 

Your Practical, Hands-On Guides to Getting Real Results with Free Software

 

Every book in this series encourages and challenges you to advance in the free software world. Boot the accompanying live DVD or CD and watch the Linux system, applications, and content described in the book come to life. When you finish, you’ll know how to use, customize, and rebuild that open source software. Start as a novice, by trying out examples...and finish as a professional!

 

System Requirements

  • Processor: 486DX (recommended Pentium I) or higher
  • Memory: 32MB RAM or more (can run entirely in memory in 128MB RAM)
  • Disk space: No hard disk space required to run from CD-ROM or USB thumb drive; 50MB minimum for frugal hard disk installs; 200-300MB recommended minimum for traditional hard disk installs
  • Graphics: SVGA-capable card with monitor capable of 800x600 resolution

 

 


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10026 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (6 Aug 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001TSZ6H4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #923,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a mixed bag 10 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
That the book has three authors is quite clear.

Some sections are worth reading, but fail to go into as much detail as I'd like. For example, once I'm told there are four different formats for "DSL extensions" I want to see the differences explained (and, preferably, justified), not just that I shouldn't worry my pretty little head about it.

On the other hand, some parts are so detailed as to become a waste of paper. A whole chapter devoted to how to install a version of Skype that was probably outdated before the ink was dry? Isn't that what the Skype website is for? Another chapter that's simply a printout of the contents list of the DSL repository, rather than just a URL?

That leaves only the deeply frustrating parts, like the one where I'm told that if it fails on my hardware I should try adding boot parameters, but with no definitive list of which parameters are recognised, nor what they actually do.

Two and a half stars - somewhere between "I don't like it" and "it's OK".
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so simple as they make out 26 July 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Official Damn Small Linux Book: The Tiny Adaptable Linux That Runs on Anything (Negus Live Linux)

Runs on anything? Not if you want it to run from your hard disc it doesn't. I tried to install dsl from the CD on two systems, one a laptop which had an old NT disc on it and a desktop with a clean disc. Having got past the initial problem that neither screen would display anything beyond the introductory screen without modifying the boot instruction I proceeded. It was a little awkward that there was no UK keyboard option. I found in both cases that the instructions in the book did not agree with what happened on screen. I tried all sorts of variations but nothing would get linux to boot from my hard disc. There is no troubleshooting chapter so no explanation of error code 15 which kept appearing on my laptop or any of the other errors which appeared for no apparent reason. At least it made me appreciate Windows in its many forms. The occasional blue screen in NT I could live with.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Two Must Have Embedded Linux Books 25 Jan 2008
By B. Mitchel Latta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first started my journey into DSL via another book; Craig Hollabaugh's "Embedded Linux, Hardware, Software, & Interfacing," 2002, ISBN 0-672-32226-9. This book is extremely valuable, if you wish to know how to put together a small single purpose embedded Linux system. However, by the time that I began to read it in 2005 (marriage, moving), it was beginning to show it's age. Most of the links to additional reading, at the end of each chapter, were broken. In addition, most of the projects that I have been associated with, require some form of primitive GUI.

Enter DSL! I fell in love immediately. Here were all of the missing pieces. Until the appearance of this book, the web and patience, were the only way to gain a good grounding in the techniques specific to this distro. The contents of this work are not just a repeat of that found on the net. The materials included are complementary to that information.

Don't just read the 1st half of the book. Read the project material also. There are gems to be gleaned therein.

The only complaint that I have about the book is in the binding, which is quite stiff, and therefore does not easily lend itself to setting next to the keyboard, or project workspace. I took my working copy (I have three) to an office supply store and had it coil bound for ~ $6.00. Problem solved.

Good job guys...
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick for any comprehensive computer library 2 Dec 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Damn Small Linux or DSL is a platform which can be used even by those new to Linux: it puts together everything needed to put DSL to work quickly, comes with a live CD-ROM, and packs in customization and application tips. The CD-ROM includes several versions of DSL to allow it to run either from the cd or a Windows desktop or even a pen drive, and offers all the tools perfect for juxtaposing with the book. This excellent package is a top pick for any comprehensive computer library where Linux or DSL is a feature.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Damn Small Linux Book.....review 7 Jan 2008
By R. Hausafus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of the DSL distribution for several years, and was pleased hear of the book's release. While there is an abundance of online information for DSL (as well as other Linux distributions), having a "hard copy" reference available is handy. The book is well written, and documents the features of this extremely full-featured minimalist Linux. While the book comes with a CD inside the back cover, I would download the distribution directly and use the very active user forum for the latest information.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn Small Concept is the Greatest Idea!!! 13 Nov 2007
By Shen-En Chen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I should say I started my journey in the Linux world with DamnSmallLinux. This Damn Small concept drew my attention and pulled me in to this efficient computing world. I love the concept about utilizing technology and would like to learn more. Although the website and forum do give me a lot of help and guidance, it is always good to have a handy bible around. If you are interested in how Linux works, this is a must have book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the investment! 14 Feb 2008
By Michael Zucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book consolidates material that you would otherwise have to spend days scouring the web and forums to find. (Not to mention the misinformation that is often floating around out there.) Damn Small Linux is a great operating system with a great development team and community. And this book provides tons of detail on how to use it.
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