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 Post subject: Q: How do you connect to the internet using Damn Small Linux
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:37 am 
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Resolved Question: How do you connect to the internet using Damn Small Linux?
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How do you connect to the internet using Damn Small Linux?
I just installed Damn Small Linux to my flashdrive and i cant figure out how to connect it to the internet, step by step instructions a 5 year old would be appreciated (im new to linux). thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:46 am 
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Okay since you are a newbie (Novice User) I would assert you are completely in the wrong ballpark for your first attempt with Linux. I don't know who offered or recommended trying to run Linux on a flash drive but this is definately NOT the normal traditional installation of Linux. It is not a portable app or software made for flash drives or USB thumb drives. It is a full fledged computer operating system like windows made to run on the computer disk hard drive on desktops and laptops and notebooks or solid state hard drive on netbooks. As well, it would run slower on a side drive which is not a first impression recommended. Linux runs as fast and faster as a brand new windows pc for the entire life no matter how much you install and run.

Traditionally you would burn it to CDs for a Live Distro (demo mode) you pop in the CD drawer and run without installing. If you wish to install you can right from there - puts install button on desktop background. Linux has instant connectivity with broadband/dsl or wireless Wi-Fi. Dial up like Windows usually requires any addtional information from the ISP. Linux can be set up to wipe the disk and install Linux only. It also can be set up as a "dual boot" system where it installs along side of Windows and you can use either system any time you start up or reboot the computer.

Since you are brand new I recommend you burn Ubuntu Linux to the CD for a demonstration (Live Distro). Distro is just short for distribution. The first step is a look see and you are definately going to love Linux period. When you have made up your mind probably in less than seconds - go ahead and do an install.

You did not mention if you are on Desktop or Laptop. Since you are new I strongly recommend Ubuntu Linux which is most popular and stable and secure - easiest and most fun, with plenty of online community support. If on laptop get Ubuntu Netbook Edition for netbook,notebook,laptop. The netbook/laptop version of Linux is put on a USB thumb Drive for installation or demo because Netbooks do not have the CD/DVD Drives and makes it available to them in this fashion.
Much easier than burning Linux to CD for a live distro for a look-see is to install is the Ubuntu Wubi Linux One Click install which installs Ubuntu Linux Desktop as a software and is fully working. This runs just a tad slower like mentioned on a flash drive. It installs right over Windows. It can be removed like any software on windows at Add/Remove Programs in seconds.
If I were you, I would definately NOT try to run Linux from a flash side drive until you were at least an intermediate to advanced user with Linux. You are creating heartaches and headaches for no reason at all at this point as a first time user. Linux is not like windows with the license and genuine advantage verification - you can install and uninstall as many times as you like with any of ten to 20 to 100 different distros (flavors) of Linux.

I don't know who advised the "damn small" version but seems somebody got you there because of hard drive memory size. With Ubuntu Wubi at install you can choose from 2 all the way up to 30 gigs on the drive.
I will take for granted you intend a dual boot with Linux when you decide you like it, so on installing Linux - it will quite safely and automatically partition the disk with appropriate allocation. As a couple of examples, I have a tiny EEE PC Netbook with only a 12 Gig solid state drive and installed Ubuntu Netbook Edition. After a bunch of installs of favorite softwares I still have about 9 or 10 gigs left as plenty of room for media files and so on. On a dual boot notebook with an 80 Gig drive - windows is using about 45 to 50 gigs - the rest to Linux with plenty and plenty of room for life and I use a side storage drive too. I would reccommend anywhere from 15 to 30 gigs at least for Linux is just fine and since you already have a side drive for even more storage and back up. Give Linux the same respect as Windows and you will all get along just fine !

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 Post subject: Re: Q: How do you connect to the internet using Damn Small L
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:48 am 
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SOME INFO LINKS

How To Run Linux From A USB Flash Drive
http://www.informationweek.com/news/sof ... /207800392

How to install Ubuntu Linux on a flash drive
http://lifehacker.com/#!245087/how-to-i ... lash-drive
"....You'll need a system that's already running Linux. You'll also need a 1GB-or-larger flash drive, an Ubuntu Live CD and some familiarity with the Linux command line. The tutorial looks pretty straightforward, though it's definitely not a five-minute project—and not for novices, either....."
So you see - forget it. Someone gave you bad advice or assumed you already knew about Linux. Have you used the DOS Command Prompt Utility in Windows ? No ? Then forget what you are doing and go with recommendations here or similar. This is pretty much the same in Linux in their equivelent functions. This is for advanced users but yet easy.

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