Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 11, 2006 10:04 PM
Thanks for a good article on DSL. I have it installed on my 512Mb pendrive, and actually boot into it most days on my main desktop PC (the machine has RH9 installed, and I think I'll upgrade soon).
DSL is a snappy performer on the systems I've tried it with. It provides a handy Linux environment (SSH, VNC, X11, etc.) in a device you can carry in your pocket, and... well, I just find it fun to tinker with, learning more about Linux along the way.
The only catch I've found about booting DSL from a pendrive (as the author mentioned) is that not all PCs support USB booting in the first place, so it might be handy to have a live CD-R as a backup if - say - you're off to a friend's house to rescue their PC. This is not DSL's fault, more that of the hardware - it's a good trick to show off to Windows users with when it works!
Give DSL (or any of the other 'micro-distros' like Puppy, Feather, etc.) a go - they're fun, educational and yes, even useful.