Not Updating DSL Hard Drive Guide/PDF and Discouraging Hard Drive Installs Due to Security Issues

In light of the security issues affecting Linux 2.4 and 2.6 I wrote about yesterday and due to the fact that DSL’s development is inactive (some would conservatively call it “dead”), I’ve decided against posting an updated guide for DSL hard drive installs. I’ve also added new warnings on the page linked on the right.

Some versions of DSL do have at least one of the affected modules in the base. I think it’s unwise to install anything which is no longer under active development, or which is operated by an absentee-owner who’s not exactly maintaining anything but revenue from his online store, ad placement, and clickthroughs. I doubt he’s following any Linux security news to see if his distro might need an update, and I don’t know that he’d get around to updating it anytime soon.

I was going to post a requiem for DSL several months ago when it appeared that it was no longer under development, regardless of what John Andrews may have written some nine months ago now to the contrary. I don’t think it would serve any purpose now. Its main developer has moved on to bigger (make that smaller) and better things.

There are many options which are almost as suitable for older hardware if the goal is a more traditional hard drive installation, but those options will wane in coming years as Linux distros increasingly turn older/legacy hardware into scrap. As I note in the new “warning” on my DSL Hard Drive page, it would be much safer to install DSL via frugal install or even just boot off the CD if possible.

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