Dang Small Linux LIVES!

Damn Small Linux Returns! GitHub buries Linux Kernel, Distraction-Free Music With Tangara, and PipeWire plays with fire!


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00:00 Intro
00:48 Kids don’t know how to use computers
05:41 Steam Next Fest demo picks
08:49 Damn Small Linux returns
15:38 GitHub buries the Linux kernel
18:41 PipeWire vs FireWire
28:35 Distraction-Free Music With Tangara
32:52 Credits

Dang Smol (Rtheren) 


    • Thank you Rtheren, our Advisor on Patreon, and our friend in chat for putting this story in our show Suggestzens on our Discord!
    • One of my favorite mini Linux distros of all time is back!  DSL or D*** (Dang) Small Linux!
    • That small Linux distro that came out in 2002, that pulled my heart strings, and let me discover the beauty of the Fluxbox X window manager.
    • But it is no longer 50MB, and tailored to 486 computers that I used to run it on and the like.
    • The creator John Andrews states:
  • “The new goal of DSL is to pack as much usable desktop distribution into an image small enough to fit on a single CD, or a hard limit of 700MB. This project is meant to service older computers and have them continue to be useful far into the future.” 
  • DSL is now based on the small and robust Debian based distribution AntiX Linux.
  • And Debians’s Apt is now fully enabled, unlike the original.
  • It has two Window Managers:  Fluxbox and JWM.
  • And still has some of my favorite apps and web browsers from the original, including Dillo, XMMS, Sylpheed, Vim, Nano.
  • And lots of shiny new classic apps as well, like BadWolf web browser, Ranger, mtPaint, MPV, Tmux, AbiWord, zzzFM, Leafpad.
  • I got to meet the creator of DSL, John Andrews and his team, back at the Southern California Linux Expo way back in 2007, and he had become a regular at the following SCaLEs.
  • I donated money to the DSL project, and John gave me this rare DSL hat which I forever cherish :-D
  • You can download the DSL 2024 Alpha release ISO directly from the website, which is linked in our show notes.

GitHub open source freeze


    • In 2020 github took a picture of everything. 
    • Seriously, it’s been put on film. 
    • Not your regular ordinary celluloid, nay. 
    • This is 1,000-year hardened film that might last that long. 
    • Instead of pictures they went with QR codes. 
    • 186 reels of film are able to store 21TB of data. 
    • An index guide is stored with each reel to explain how to recover the contents. 
    • So this is something completely awesome, on February 2, 2020 the Arctic World Archive contained a snapshot of all the active public repositories from GitHub and preserved that data for generations to come in the Arctic Code Vault.
    • The AWA is a joint initiative between Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani and a long term digital preservation provider named Piql AS.
    • And the Arctic World Archive put the GitHub data inside a sealed chamber in a decommissioned coal mine deep underground 250-300 meters.
  • “This capture includes every repo with any commits between the announcement at GitHub Universe on November 13th 2019 and 02/02/2020; every repo with at least 1 star and any commits from the year before the snapshot. As well as all repos with at least 250 stars.” 
  • And, of course, torvalds/linux is one of the featured projects in the vault!

FireWire with Pipe Wire



  • Someone asked in the forums how to make FFADO work with pipewire. 
  • Everything works with pipe wire out of the box right?
  • How hard could it be?
  • Instead of guessing I set things up on a testbench and got to work. 
  • FFADO does not work with pipewire, not even a little bit. 
  • Don’t waste your time trying to make it. 
  • If you use your firewire interface for professional recording stick with Jack + FFADO. 

Slice of Pi

Open beep-boops 



  • Tangara is an open source, iPod-inspired portable music player. 
  • For those of you who want music without the distractions. 
  • 300 people have backed the campaign, pledging over $135,000.
  • You can reserve a Tangara device for $249. 
  • Comes with a 3.5mm audio jack and bluetooth, WiFi 4 and USB-C for chargement. 
  • Did I mention it’s open-source? 
  • It supports MP3, FLAC, OGG, Opus, and more audio codec support in the future.
  • The Tangara features a Cirrus Logic WM8523 DAC and a TI INA1620 amplifier for high quality audio.
  • And you can print your own case in whatever color you want!