Damn Small Linux 4.0 Final has Released

After several months and 5 release candidates of upgrades and retooling DSL to additionally provide drag-n-drop document centric computing, today Robert Shingledecker presents Damn Small Linux v4.0 Final Release.

DSL was originally developed as an experiment to see how many usable desktop applications can fit inside a 50MB live CD. It was at first just a personal tool/toy. But over time Damn Small Linux grew into a community project with hundreds of development hours put into refinements including a fully automated remote and local application installation system and a very versatile backup and restore system which may be used with any writable media including a hard drive, a floppy drive, or a USB device.

What New and Change of DSL 4.0:

  • Upgraded kernel from 2.4.26 to 2.4.31.
  • Created new support modules: cloop, unionfs, ndiswrapper, fuse, and madwifi in support of kernel change.
  • Changed icon/file manager to dfm for drag-n-drop capability.
  • Updated murgaLua to v0.5.5
  • Updated nano-tiny to v2.0.6.
  • Updated Xpdf to v3.0.2
  • Updated flrun.lua to v1.1.2
  • Updated "Getting Started" to reflect the many changes implemented in 4.0.
  • New dfmext.lua GUI tool for dfm associations.
  • New xtar.lua. A new GUI to view,extract or process as a MyDSL extension various tar files.
  • New netcardconf.lua. A new GUI to configure netcards, relaces dialog version.
  • New printing.lua, called from the printer icon, provides "intelligent icon" to handle all printing needs, from setup, start, stop, or print, double-click or drag-n-drop.
  • New add2filetool.lua, add2Xfiletool.lua, add2bootlocal.lua provides smooth interface for these tasks, double-click or drag-n-drop
  • New switcher.lua GUI to switch WM, jwm, fluxbox, or swm
  • Added sudo to myprism2, myndis, myiwconfig so they can be run from home by double clicking associated icons.
  • New automatic update of etc.ld.cache for better support of uci extensions.
  • Updated frugal_grub install to prompt for MyDSL, boot options, and langauge options.
  • Added 'checkfs' option to grub menu for frugal grub installations.
  • Fixed non-critical bug in dsl-config concerning hard drive installations.
  • Added dsl 3 runlevel for multiple user dsl consoles.
  • Fixed bug in iwconfig-setup
  • Updated fluxbox menus to use system default font (helvetica).
  • Added vim link.
  • Patched knoppix-autoconfig to correct language issues.
  • Updated minirt24.gz waitusb function.
  • Fixed cloop error on traditional hard drive installations.
  • New pendrive usbhdd installation script now uses grub with DSL on 2nd small partition and prompt for boot options.
  • Removed pendrive usbzip install script, syslinux and mtools.
  • Added taskbar buttons & click to focus in .jwmrc
  • Added emelfm - dropped mc
  • Created new Standard Boot floppy & PCMCIA modules floppy.
  • Updated getman/man url
  • Updated .torsmo_ip to fetch ethernet device from /proc
  • Updated functions5.lua
  • Updated DSLpanel Backgrounds calls dfm background option
  • Update mydslDownload.lua
  • Factored out .jwmrc-tray for better user control of tray icon choices.
  • Restored busybox link to provide rpm2cpio.
  • Added gettime.lua to jwm and fluxbox menus.
  • Added dfmext GUI, add2bootlocal, add2filetool, and add2Xfiletool to jwm and fluxbox menus.
  • Added libm.so link
You can download DSL 4.0 at here or here for full list download including torrents site.


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