Damn Small Linux

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Template:Infobox OS Damn Small Linux (also known as DSL) is a GNU/Linux distribution for the x86 architecture, originally ia Bootable business card LiveCD. Recent developments have allowed it to be installed to, and run from Hard disk, USB flash drive, Compact Flash card, Microsoft Windows or Linux emulated host environment via Qemu, ZIP drive. It is ideal for use on older x86 computers due to its low memory requirements and small size (50MB), and is noted for its compactness and robustness.



Damn Small Linux was originally conceived and maintained by John Andrews, but has grown into a large community project with many contributors, most notably Robert Shingledecker for the creation of the MyDSL system, DSL Control Panel, and much more.

Although Andrews originally based DSL on Model_K, a 22MB hack-down of Knoppix, DSL is now based on Knoppix proper, allowing much easier remastering and improvements.

What can fit in 50 megabytes?

The current version of Damn Small Linux is 1.2.1 (June 15, 2005). In this version the offerings of programs are:

  • FTP client
  • Mozilla Firefox web browser
  • Dillo web browser, patched for tabbed-browsing, SSL and frames support
  • links-hacked web browser
  • AxY GTK+ FTP Client
  • Siag spreadsheet
  • FLWriter word processor
  • Sylpheed email client
  • spellcheck (US English)
  • some editors (Beaver, Vim, Nano text editor)
  • graphics editing and viewing (Xpaint and xzgv)
  • Xpdf
  • XMMS
  • emelFM (file manager)
  • Naim (AIM, ICQ, IRC)
  • VNCviewer
  • Rdesktop
  • HTTP Server (Monkey web server)
  • FTP Server
  • SSH/SCP server and client, DHCP client, PPP, PPPoE (ADSL), calculator, generic and GhostScript printer support, NFS, games, system monitoring apps, a host of command line tools, USB support, wireless LAN and PCMCIA support.
  • TuxNES Nintendo Entertainment System Emulator and a few open-source NES ROMs

DSL has built in scripts for the download and installation of Debian's Advanced Packaging Tool a.k.a Apt, and Synaptic, the GUI for Apt. Additionally, Damn Small Linux provides on-demand download for large programs such as OpenOffice.org and the GNU Compiler Collection as well as smaller apps like Xmms by means of the MyDSL system, which allows users the convenience of 1-click download and installation of apps (although most DSL users refer to all things MyDSL as extensions). As of December 7, 2004, the MyDSL servers are hosting over 200 apps, plugins, and other extensions available for installation.

The MyDSL System

The MyDSL extensions and servers are handled and maintained by Ke4nt and hosted by many kind organizations, such as Ibiblio and Belgium's Belnet. There are 2 areas of the MyDSL servers - regular and testing. The "regular" area contains extensions that have been proven stable enough for everyday use and is broken down into different areas such as "Apps", "Net", "system", and "uci" (Universal Compressed ISO - extensions in .uci format mount as a separate filesystem to save RAM space). The Testing Area is for newly submitted extensions that theoretically work "as advertised", but may have any number of bugs. A nickname of this among DSL developers is "Stuffing the Penguin".

Xbox Version (X-DSL)

Damn Small Linux was also ported to the XBOX since this Linux operating system has low memory requirements. It can be run as a livecd on a modded Xbox or installed to the Xbox hard drive. It will automatically boot into X Windows where you can use your Xbox controller to control the mouse pointer and a virtual keyboard to enter text. X-DSL has fluxbox based desktop, with applications for email, web browsing, word processing and playing music. It can be customised with new applications by downloading myDSL extensions. This was ported to the XBOX because this is a lightweight Linux OS with low memory requirements. The current XBOX Linux Os's use more memory.

See also

External links

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