Review of Smallest Operating System 50MB

Posted on May 05, 2009 | 2 Comments

damn-small-linuxDamn Small Linux is really a damn small linux distribution till date. Amazingly the entire ISO image could fit in a pen drive or in a small compact disk because the total size of theISO is only 50 mb. It acts as live CD meaning that the OS can boot from any system withoutinstalling in the hard drive. DSL can even be operated from within Windows also. So you cancarry the entire OS with you and it can fit in your wallet also and you can work on anysystem. DSL not only works as a complete desktop suite but it can be used as SSH or FTP orHTTP(Web) server and that also right off of the live CD.


The developers who are behind this small Linux have chosen all the software very intelligently which are very fast to run but having very small size.

The main desktop applications are:
XMMS (MP3, CD Music, and MPEG) player,
FTP client,
FireFox/Dillo/Netrik web browser,
Scheme In A Grid spreadsheet,
Sylpheed email,
Ted – word-processor,
three editors (Beaver, Vim, and Nano),
image editing and viewing (Xpaint and xzgv),
Xpdf (PDF Viewer),
emelFM, Fluxbox (file manager),
Naim (AIM, ICQ, IRC),
VNCviwer,
Rdesktop,
SSH/SCP server and client,
DHCP client,
PPP and PPPoE (ADSL),
NFS, Fluxbox and JWM window managers,
several games and system monitoring apps

As you can see though the OS is made small but the developers have not compromised with any popular desktop applications. Even if you are not impressive with the suite of apps and want to extend the software base, you can do this by mydsl command which parses the distributed dsl packages into the system.

When the linux is first booted it displays the default window manager Fluxbox and all the standard and most accessed applications are displayed as icons on the desktop. Rest of the apps are available either in Right Click menu or in Taskbar menu.

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2 comments

  1. [...] in a pen drive or in a small compact disk because the total size of the ISO is only 50 mb. More here It acts as live CD meaning that the OS can boot from any system withoutinstalling in the hard [...]

  2. re3e says:

    might be missing the point but since i got myself a16gb usb my old 4g key became a portable lenny ,full insstall ,why bother ?

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