Damn Small Linux: Quick Start

09/17/2006 05:44 PM

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Damn Small Linux: Quick Start Guide
By Bill Hopkins, October 2005 Damn Small Linux is a handy small Linux distro that can load from a business card size CD. It's is quite complete and is small enough that even dial-up users can get it in a few hours. What follows is a guide to gettings started for new Linux users. You can download Damn Small Linux from http://damnsmalllinux.org. Try it out! After DSL boots up, the Dillo web browser has been opened on the Desktop. You will probably want to close it down to get it out of the way, for now. Click on the "X" button at the top right hand corner of the Dillo window.

Accessing files
At the bottom right hand side of the Desktop, is a system panel. The icon that shows the word "floppy" is where you "mount" your various hardware such as hard drives, CD-ROM drives, USB Pen Drives, etc. In Linux "mounting" your hardware is necessary to make them functional. You must mount your various drives to be able to use them. Note: For floppy drives and CD-ROM drives, a disc must be in the drive in order to mount it, otherwise you will just get an error message when you try. At the bottom of the "floppy" icon are a left and right arrow and a small floppy "drawer". Click on the arrows to cycle through the different available drives. To mount the drive, click on the drawer to the left of the arrows. The drawer should now show a green light, indicating it is mounted. The icon showing a file cabinet and the word Emelfm, is your file manager. Single click on it to open it. It defaults to the directory," /dsl". You will probably want to navigate to the files and directory of your hard drive. Note: If your hard drive has Windows 98 and the Fat 32 or FAT 16 file system, you can read and write files to it, using Linux. If your hard drive has Windows XP and the NTFS file system, it is strongly recommended that you only read the files and not save files to this file system. In other words, you can access and play your MP3 files from Windows XP but do not save any files to Windows XP. You can easily partition and create a Fat 32 directory on your hard drive, that will allow you to save files to your XP


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so they will also show up as sda1. Navigate and access the files by double-clicking as discussed above. so that one of the directories listed . under LINUX. sdb1. double-click on the drive you want to access. is titled "mnt". right click on an empty space on the desktop. In Linux. titled Beaver. etc. If your computer has a wireless card. USB hard drives are handled as SCSI drives. double click on the ". sda2./" line. wireless card etc. Word Processor On the desktop. etc. on the desktop is where you will find the utilities to set up your hardware such as printers. dialup. the pen icon.ca/damn_small_linux_quick_start. CD-ROM. This is also where you will find the "powerdown" for dsl. Dillo and Firefox. netcard. http://plugintolinux. Dillo is a basic web browser and Firefox is a full featured web browser which you would normally want to use.shtml Page 2 of 3 . and its directory will be displayed. In Emelfm.. Double click two mores times on the ". If you have two hard drives. The details to do this will need to be explained by someone with the knowledge or from other documentation. Program Menu To access the other numerous programs built into DSL. as shown on the desktop. the second one will show up as hdb1. hda1 should be your "C" drive.. you will have to run the Ndiswrapper program to get DSL to operate your card and the program Wlanconfig to set up the wireless operation. Web Browsers There are two web browsers available. If you have partitions on the C drive they will show up as hda2. Now. Double click on "/mnt". hda3. hard drives and USB drives. below where it shows "Filename".and you will see the floppy. Setup The "DSLpanel" icon. if you have this hardware in your computer. SCSI partitions will be identified as sda1. hardware is shown as a directory in your file manager. is a basic word processor similar to Microsoft Wordpad.Damn Small Linux: Quick Start 09/17/2006 05:44 PM computer. etc. in the left hand portion of the Emelfm window./" line.

go to Options. move your cursor over to the small red dot in the black dial to the left of the Balance slider control.ca/damn_small_linux_quick_start. Then right click and move your mouse up or down. move hard disk partitions without losing data. MP3 Player On the desktop. Xpdf will bring up a program to work with Adobe PDF files. A bar graph will show up across the bottom of your screen to indicate the current level. To change the level up or down. is the control for the sound card. PDF Program On the desktop. click on the top left-hand corner of the window. copy. xMMs is the program you want. Image Viewer On the desktop. to increase or decrease the level. PLUG can not be held liable for damages resulting from the use or misuse of the information at this website or from its members. xZGV is your Image Viewer.Damn Small Linux: Quick Start 09/17/2006 05:44 PM Paint Program On the desktop. Sound Card Control On the system panel to the lower right of the desktop. The left and right arrows cycle through the different inputs and outputs levels. It is the graphic icon below the floppy drive mount icon. Cycle through the inputs/outputs until you get to the one you want to increase or decrease. Questions or comments? Bring them to the forums. Xpaint is the program you want. Logos and buttons are used by permission of their respective owners. Comments about the site can be sent here. until the cursor changes to a "hand". To enlarge the window. Disk Partition Manager Resize.shtml Page 3 of 3 . Ads by Google XP Unlimited XP Terminal Server Unlimited Remote Desktop Sessions Advertise on this site ©1999-2006 Peterborough Linux User Group. http://plugintolinux. and click on double-size.

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