Damn Small Linux Damn Small Linux 2024 Alpha for Linux

by John Andrews

Avg. Rating 4.3 (435 votes)

File Details

File Size 651.4 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Linux
Date Added
Total Downloads 58,339
Publisher John Andrews
Homepage Damn Small Linux

Publisher's Description

Damn Small Linux (DSL) 2024 has been reborn as a compact Linux distribution tailored for low-spec x86 computers. It packs a lot of applications into a small package. All the applications are chosen for their functionality, small size, and low dependencies. DSL 2024 also has many text-based applications that make it handy to use in a term window or TTY.

DSL 2024 currently only ships with two window managers: Fluxbox and JWM. Both are lightweight, fairly intuitive, and easy to use. DSL has three X-based web browsers, office applications, multimedia applications, FTP / SFTP / SCP application, and notepad-type editor. There are three GUI-based games picked because they are fun and relatively light. DSL 2024 is also loaded up with a whole bunch of handy term-based applications.

Why make a new DSL after all these years? Creating the original DSL, a versatile 50MB distribution, was a lot of fun and one of the things I am most proud of as a personal accomplishment. However, as a concept, it was in the right place at the right time, and the computer industry has changed a lot since then. While it would be possible to make a bootable Xwindows 50MB distribution today, it would be missing many drivers and have only a handful of very rudimentary applications. People would find such a distribution a fun toy or something to build upon, but it would not be usable for the average computer user out of the gate.

Meanwhile, in 2024, nearly everyone has abandoned the sub-700MB size limit to run on computers old enough to not have a DVD and cannot boot off of a USB drive. This is completely understandable because applications, the kernel, and drivers have all mushroomed in their space requirements. Hats off to Puppy Linux for staying one of the few that still offer a full desktop environment in a small size.

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. Such a notion sits well with my values. I think of this project as my way of keeping otherwise usable hardware out of landfills.

Latest Reviews

walsun

walsun reviewed v2024 Alpha on Feb 19, 2024

Walsun mainly focuses on the development and manufacture of 400G QSFP-DD,200G QSFP56,200G QSFP-DD,200G/100G CFP2,QSFP28 PAM4,100G QSFP28,50G QSFP28 PAM4,40G QSFP+,25G BIDI/CWDM/DWDM/MWDM/LWDM,10G SFP+/XFP DWDM/CWDM/BIDI,SFP DWDM/CWDM/BIDI series optical transceiver.The products are used in transmission,datacom,storage,energy and subsystem,etc.environmental applications.

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.

Avg. Rating 4.3 (435 votes)
Your Rating
walsun

walsun reviewed v2024 Alpha on Feb 19, 2024

Pros: NONE

Cons: NONE

Bottom Line: Walsun mainly focuses on the development and manufacture of 400G QSFP-DD,200G QSFP56,200G QSFP-DD,200G/100G CFP2,QSFP28 PAM4,100G QSFP28,50G QSFP28 PAM4,40G QSFP+,25G BIDI/CWDM/DWDM/MWDM/LWDM,10G SFP+/XFP DWDM/CWDM/BIDI,SFP DWDM/CWDM/BIDI series optical transceiver.The products are used in transmission,datacom,storage,energy and subsystem,etc.environmental applications.

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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.

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