February 2010

Posted by stylesen

damn simple linux LFY article cover

An article on customizing Damn Small Linux, which I wrote for Linux For You magazine and got published in January 2010 issue.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

There's an old unused computer at home that doesn't have a great hardware profile—a Pentium II processor with 64 MB of RAM. I wanted to use this computer meaningfully, and hence came up with this idea of customising Damn Small Linux (DSL), a small GNU/Linux distribution that can work with minimal hardware. The users of this system were my parents, who know very little about computers and merely wanted a simple interface to browse the Web and check e-mails. I decided to make the system as simple as possible so that anyone could switch it on and start using it.

Here are the requirements specifications:

  1. Use low-profile hardware
  2. Quick booting
  3. Show my name during start up :-)
  4. Should not require entering a user name and password to log in to the system
  5. Show the Web browser with some URL, as default
Posted by stylesen

On 19th and 20th of February 2010, I ll be giving two talks in gnuNify 2010 at Pune,
India. gnuNify is an annual Free Software based tech event conducted by Symbiosis
Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR) in association with Pune
GNU/Linux User Group, since 2003.

The following are my sessions:

Posted by stylesen

I gave a short interview for gnuNify 2010 blog as a part of "Know the Speaker" drive. You can read my interview here - http://blog.gnunify.in/2010/02/know-the-speakers-senthil-kumaran-s/

I gave my message for the first time contributors to Free software as follows: