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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
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!
About the Authors xix
Part I: Using Damn Small Linux 7
Chapter 1: Overview of Damn Small Linux 9
Chapter 2: Booting DSL 29
Chapter 3: Using DSL Applications 47
Chapter 4: Configuring and Saving DSL Settings 71
Chapter 5: Extending Applications with MyDSL 99
Part II: DSL Beyond the Live CD 119
Chapter 6: Running a Native Pen Drive Install 121
Chapter 7: Running DSL Embedded in Windows 139
Chapter 8: Installing DSL in Alternate Ways 151
Chapter 9: Performing a Traditional Hard Drive Install 177
PART III: Creating Extensions and Remastering 187
Chapter 10: Adding Applications and Creating Shareable Extensions 189
Chapter 11: Setting up a Full Remastering Environment 211
PART IV: Making Damn Small Linux Projects 243
Chapter 12: Running DSL on Alternative Hardware 245
Chapter 13: Making an Edna Music Server in DSL 259
Chapter 14: Using Skype VoIP Service in DSL 271
Chapter 15: Running a Digital Media Frame with DSL 291
Chapter 16: Setting up an XAMPP Web Server in DSL 313
Part V: Appendixes 339
Appendix A: On the CD 341
Appendix B: MyDSL Extensions 345