Damn Small Linux 4.11 RC2 for Linux

by John Andrews

Avg. Rating 4.0 (482 votes)

File Details

File Size 49.2 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Linux
Date Added
Total Downloads 58,265
Publisher John Andrews
Homepage Damn Small Linux

Publisher's Description

Damn Small Linux (DSL) is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution. It includes a fully automated remote and local application installation system and a very versatile backup and restore system which may be used with any writable media including a hard drive, a floppy drive, or a USB device.

It has a nearly complete desktop, and many command line tools. All applications are chosen with functionality, size and speed in mind. It includes XMMS (MP3, CD Music, and MPEG), FTP client, Dillo web browser, links web browser, FireFox, spreadsheet, Sylpheed email, spellcheck (US English), a word-processor (FLwriter), three editors (Beaver, Vim, and Nano [Pico clone]), graphics editing and viewing (Xpaint, and xzgv), Xpdf (PDF Viewer), emelFM (file manager), Naim (AIM, ICQ, IRC), VNCviwer, Rdesktop, SSH/SCP server and client, DHCP client, PPP, PPPoE (ADSL), a web server, calculator, generic and GhostScript printer support, NFS, Fluxbox window manager, games, system monitoring apps, a host of command line tools, USB support, and pcmcia support, some wireless support.

Latest Reviews

sugianto

sugianto reviewed v4.4.10 on Jul 29, 2012

try

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v4.4.8 on Nov 10, 2008

It still uses a very outdated kernel which doesn't boot on some newer hardware configurations.

iamnotyou

iamnotyou reviewed v4.4.6 on Oct 9, 2008

I have an old Micron 133 mhz laptop that runs DSL quite nicely. I would install a different/bigger distro 'o Linux on a newer/bigger computer but I hate to part with the old Micron. DSL works well on such a small hard drive and under powered CPU.

Recommended!

some guy

some guy reviewed v4.4.6 on Sep 18, 2008

now I have a use for that 128 meg hard drive. Works nice on a flash drive to but they need a new host this ones to slow.

Avion Airplane

Avion Airplane reviewed v4.4.5 on Sep 4, 2008

I like it !

but firefox would not autodetect my LAN on my Abit motherboard. Worked fine on an old Intel mainboard tho...

Alpha258

Alpha258 reviewed v4.4.4 on Aug 12, 2008

Neat little tool/toy but it is really not able to be used as an OS.

ModderXManiac

ModderXManiac reviewed v4.4.3 on Jul 9, 2008

Fat chance SELonBN about Firefox 3, its much larger than Firefox 2, but this guy has plenty of compression tricks up his sleeve I'm sure.

Excellent distro, I've been following the project since version .4, and it never ceases to amaze me how much potential the developer puts in a 50 meg iso.

SELonBN

SELonBN reviewed v4.4.2 on Jun 24, 2008

I also hope FF3 makes it in MUCH quicker than FF2 did. This is a great little distro for certain tasks. The boxed browser approach reidyn mentioned is a great example. I use it on an old Compaq Evo nc600 laptop w/512MB RAM to loop an mp3 collection to the Music on Hold port on the phone switch where I work. I bet I haven't even opened the latch and looked at that screen in over 6 months. Perfect!

reidyn

reidyn reviewed v4.4.1 on Jun 19, 2008

Let me offer another good use for this, aside from keeping it small enough to install on a business card sized CD (for wallet or s*** pocket, hence 50MB limit) or tiny memory stick. I use it in a VM inside Windows (runs great in the free VirtualBox) for totally sandboxed web browsing.

The fact that the VM software itself adds relatively little overhead means that this whole distro plus its stripped Firefox 2.0 can run on my 1GB XP system alongside my other apps and only take less than 100MB, which is far less than any other distro and right at what FF2 for Windows ordinarily takes on its own. Add VirtualBox's seamless window mode, and I have a totally sandboxed browser right alongside my other stuff. For casual browsing (or venturing into the dark alleys of the web) you can't do much better for protecting your system. Presumably, you're doing banking or other commerce on that same system, and fewer ways for the bad guys to compromise your system is good. Doing that with such low overhead is even better.

I'm knocking one point ONLY because they're slow about getting the latest browsers stripped and rolled into the works. FF2 was JUST added as a replacement for FF1, and this is right when the more memory efficient FF3 is available. I do understand that FF3 wasn't final while this DamSmall build was in the works, but: (1) The FF3 betas have been very stable since beta 3 or so, and (2) They JUST GOT FF2 in.... and that's a LONG FREAKING TIME since it came out.

I do NOT recommend this distro for your day to day use, but for keeping a fully working distro on a bootable mini-CD (or business card CD) or memory stick for personal use on other peoples' systems, or for running in a virtual machine, this can't really be beat. If it can, I'd love to hear about it.

Niksa

Niksa reviewed v4.4.1 on Jun 18, 2008

DSL is perfect for what is intended. There is DLS-N if you want more functionality and add-ons, or other small Linux distros. For all preferring fancy stuff there is Ubuntu and similar distros. But I do agree that it shouldn't keep up to 50 MB limit if that is against functionality

Avg. Rating 4.0 (482 votes)
Your Rating
sugianto

sugianto reviewed v4.4.10 on Jul 29, 2012

try

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v4.4.8 on Nov 10, 2008

It still uses a very outdated kernel which doesn't boot on some newer hardware configurations.

iamnotyou

iamnotyou reviewed v4.4.6 on Oct 9, 2008

I have an old Micron 133 mhz laptop that runs DSL quite nicely. I would install a different/bigger distro 'o Linux on a newer/bigger computer but I hate to part with the old Micron. DSL works well on such a small hard drive and under powered CPU.

Recommended!

some guy

some guy reviewed v4.4.6 on Sep 18, 2008

now I have a use for that 128 meg hard drive. Works nice on a flash drive to but they need a new host this ones to slow.

Avion Airplane

Avion Airplane reviewed v4.4.5 on Sep 4, 2008

I like it !

but firefox would not autodetect my LAN on my Abit motherboard. Worked fine on an old Intel mainboard tho...

Alpha258

Alpha258 reviewed v4.4.4 on Aug 12, 2008

Neat little tool/toy but it is really not able to be used as an OS.

ModderXManiac

ModderXManiac reviewed v4.4.3 on Jul 9, 2008

Fat chance SELonBN about Firefox 3, its much larger than Firefox 2, but this guy has plenty of compression tricks up his sleeve I'm sure.

Excellent distro, I've been following the project since version .4, and it never ceases to amaze me how much potential the developer puts in a 50 meg iso.

SELonBN

SELonBN reviewed v4.4.2 on Jun 24, 2008

I also hope FF3 makes it in MUCH quicker than FF2 did. This is a great little distro for certain tasks. The boxed browser approach reidyn mentioned is a great example. I use it on an old Compaq Evo nc600 laptop w/512MB RAM to loop an mp3 collection to the Music on Hold port on the phone switch where I work. I bet I haven't even opened the latch and looked at that screen in over 6 months. Perfect!

reidyn

reidyn reviewed v4.4.1 on Jun 19, 2008

Let me offer another good use for this, aside from keeping it small enough to install on a business card sized CD (for wallet or s*** pocket, hence 50MB limit) or tiny memory stick. I use it in a VM inside Windows (runs great in the free VirtualBox) for totally sandboxed web browsing.

The fact that the VM software itself adds relatively little overhead means that this whole distro plus its stripped Firefox 2.0 can run on my 1GB XP system alongside my other apps and only take less than 100MB, which is far less than any other distro and right at what FF2 for Windows ordinarily takes on its own. Add VirtualBox's seamless window mode, and I have a totally sandboxed browser right alongside my other stuff. For casual browsing (or venturing into the dark alleys of the web) you can't do much better for protecting your system. Presumably, you're doing banking or other commerce on that same system, and fewer ways for the bad guys to compromise your system is good. Doing that with such low overhead is even better.

I'm knocking one point ONLY because they're slow about getting the latest browsers stripped and rolled into the works. FF2 was JUST added as a replacement for FF1, and this is right when the more memory efficient FF3 is available. I do understand that FF3 wasn't final while this DamSmall build was in the works, but: (1) The FF3 betas have been very stable since beta 3 or so, and (2) They JUST GOT FF2 in.... and that's a LONG FREAKING TIME since it came out.

I do NOT recommend this distro for your day to day use, but for keeping a fully working distro on a bootable mini-CD (or business card CD) or memory stick for personal use on other peoples' systems, or for running in a virtual machine, this can't really be beat. If it can, I'd love to hear about it.

Niksa

Niksa reviewed v4.4.1 on Jun 18, 2008

DSL is perfect for what is intended. There is DLS-N if you want more functionality and add-ons, or other small Linux distros. For all preferring fancy stuff there is Ubuntu and similar distros. But I do agree that it shouldn't keep up to 50 MB limit if that is against functionality

shyuep

shyuep reviewed v4.4.1 on Jun 18, 2008

I have to give this a 1. I am a Linux fan and having experienced 4-5 distros (Ubuntu, Red Hat, Puppy Linux, DSL, etc.), I must say this is the worst. Certainly the 50Mb size is impressive, but in today's world, this is an artificially created constraint which probably is detrimental to functionality. Can you imagine using DOS or Windows 3.1 because MS decided to keep Windows to less than 500Mb?

I give DSL points for being fast and efficient, but little else. While I can razzle dazzle my way around the command line, I think that a good GUI is just as important. Why would I want to memorize 100 command line options for the isolated rare task when it can be done easily through a GUI? And DSL has one that only a mother could love. Even for USB drive purposes, my experience with Puppy is just so much better (both installation and usage) and the functionality for troubleshooting and diagnostic is incredible. For desktop purposes, Ubuntu is killing the rest of the Linux competition.

If all linux looks like DSL, there is no way it will ever compete with the WinMac duopoly. By all means, go ahead if you REALLY want to use your first-generation Pentium from another lifetime ago with 256Mb RAM. For me, it's just not worth it.

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed v4.4 on Jun 10, 2008

Have to give it a "one". could not completely load on my fairly new LG E500 notebook, which is fairly new.

rcglidden

rcglidden reviewed v4.4 on Jun 9, 2008

This may be more suited for people who would rather use their disk space for other data. A $5 (128Meg) memory stick with an entire operating system, for example, will still have roughly 75 megs left for spreadsheets etc.

For KDE users, like myself, you might prefer:

SLAX http://www.slax.org
(roughly 200megs)

NIMBLEX http://www.nimblex.net
(100 & 200 meg flavors)

It will take some time to get used to the modules concept though. But both have bootable CD and thumb drive versions.

the artist

the artist reviewed v4.4 RC2 on Jun 2, 2008

As much as i want to love this, the author could use some more MBs if needed to make it less visually HARASSING (it's not enough to say it's ugly). Not that i like eye candy, but really the interface makes it really hard to stand. It's grotesque.
Come on, forget the autoimposed superlimiting 50, go up to 100 and also take the chance to make it more capable. It is starving asi it is. Do you think that specifically year 2008 (or even 1998 hardware) & 100MB can't be more than friends??

Why so limiting size that it permits only super-small, barely capable apps??
Is the "50MB fun" more important than a more capable project??
Is it so hard to see the advantages of doubling that limit??
Did you know that 4GB pen drives are $18??
Why Dillo if already Firefox??
Why a third browser??
Why 2 or 3 of everything?? Doesn't that harm the size limiting principle and simplicity itself??
Why no choose a single better if bigger app than 2 or 3 needed to do something right??

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v4.3 on Apr 22, 2008

Now I love DSL, but the download speed of 1.5k is a bit to much.

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