Damn Small Linux – 50 mb Operating System!!!

Posted: April 20, 2012 in tech
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Damn Small Linux or DSL was released in 2003 to create a Linux operating system for older hardware. It’s based on Knoppix/Debian technology. While your mileage may vary, the basic DSL system requirements are:

  • 486 or better processor
  • 8 M memory for the command line inteface (16 M recommended)
  • 16 M memory for the graphical user interface (24 M recommended)
  • The DSL download is 50 Mb



What is DSL?

Damn Small Linux is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution.

Damn Small is small enough and smart enough to do the following things:

  • Boot from a business card CD as a live linux distribution (LiveCD)
  • Boot from a USB pen drive
  • Boot from within a host operating system (that’s right, it can run *inside* Windows)
  • Run very nicely from an IDE Compact Flash drive via a method we call “frugal install”
  • Transform into a Debian OS with a traditional hard drive install
  • Run light enough to power a 486DX with 16MB of Ram
  • Run fully in RAM with as little as 128MB (you will be amazed at how fast your computer can be!)
  • Modularly grow — DSL is highly extendable without the need to customize

Ok, so you run DSL on a low-end computer. What can you do with it? It won’t do everything today’s computers can, yet you can perform a surprising range of useful tasks.

DSL 4.4.10 is the current release, available since late 2008. Here’s what it bundles:

Windows Interface FluxBox, Joe’s Window Manager (JWM)
Browsers Dillo, Netrik, FireFox
Office SIAG spreadsheet, Ted word processor with spell checker, Xpdf PDF viewer
Text Editors Beaver GUI text editor, Nano, Vim
Email Sylpheed
File Managers emelFM, DFM
Images Xzgv picture viewer, Xpaint image editor, mtPaint raster graphics editor
Instant Messaging Naim, a AIM, ICQ, and IRC client
Voice Over IP (VoIP) Gphone
Music and Video XMMS (mp3, ogg, mpeg, cd audio) and mp321 and ogg123
FTP AxyFTP FTP client, and BetaFTPD FTP server


Other apps include: MS Office Viewer, Postscript Viewer, Midnight Commander, Microcom, Bash Burn (CD Burning App), Monkey web server, VNCviewer, Rdesktop, Sqlite (a small and fast SQL database engine), Telnet client, Nano (a Pico Clone), and Xbase utilities (Xcalc etc.).


Download link : http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/download.html


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