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Damn Small Linux


Last Update: 2024-05-22 11:03 UTC


Damn Small Linux was a business card size (50MB) live CD Linux distribution, based on Debian and Knoppix. After a 12 year break (from 2012 to 2024), the Damn Small Linux (DSL) project was relaunched. The distribution is now based on Debian and antiX with the goal of fitting on live media 700MB or smaller (in order to be usable in CD-ROM drives). Despite its minuscule size it strives to have a functional and easy to use desktop. Damn Small Linux has a nearly complete desktop suite, including web browsers, office software, an e-mail client, PDF viewer, media players, and FTP/SFTP client.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 105 (102), 6 months: 51 (191), 3 months: 34 (257), 4 weeks: 22 (423), 1 week: 30 (309)

Average visitor rating: 8.86/10 from 7 review(s).


Damn Small Linux Summary
Distribution Damn Small Linux
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-05-22: Development Release: Damn Small Linux 2024 RC4
 • 2012-08-04: Development Release: Damn Small Linux 4.11 RC1
 • 2008-06-09: Distribution Release: Damn Small Linux 4.4
 • 2008-06-01: Development Release: Damn Small Linux 4.4 RC2
 • 2008-05-19: Development Release: Damn Small Linux 4.4 RC1
 • 2008-04-22: Distribution Release: Damn Small Linux 4.3
 • 2008-03-26: Development Release: Damn Small Linux 4.3 RC1
 • 2007-12-18: Distribution Release: Damn Small Linux 4.2
 • 2007-12-11: Development Release: Damn Small Linux 4.2 RC1
 • 2007-12-03: Distribution Release: Damn Small Linux 4.1
 • 2007-11-26: Development Release: Damn Small Linux 4.1 RC3
 • 2007-11-13: Development Release: Damn Small Linux 4.1 RC1
 • More Damn Small releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2024-02-01 DSL returns with an antiX base
 • More Damn Small headlines...

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Feature 2024-rc4 4.11-rc2 4.4.10 3.3 3.0 2.4 2.0 1.5 1.3.1 1.2.1 1.1 1.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2024-05-22 2012-09-26 2008-11-17 2007-04-03 2006-06-20 2006-05-16 2005-11-22 2005-09-06 2005-07-19 2005-06-15 2005-05-05 2005-04-15 Release Date
End Of Life                         End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 660-670 0-0                     Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical -- Installation
Default Desktop Fluxbox, JWM JWM JWM Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i486 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software runit SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2024-rc4           2.0 1.5     1.1   Full Package List
Package 2024-rc4 4.11-rc2 4.4.10 3.3 3.0 2.4 2.0 1.5 1.3.1 1.2.1 1.1 1.0.1 Package
abiword (3.0.5) 3.0.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.2.12)
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.27)
chromium (126.0.6478.55) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (126.0.6478.55)
cups (2.4.9) 2.4.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.4.9)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 3.0.1rc11 3.0.1rc11 3.0.1rc11 3.0.1rc11 3.0.1rc11 3.0.1rc11 3.0.1rc11 3.0.1rc11 3.0.1rc11 3.0.1rc11 3.0.1rc11 dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 e2fsprogs (1.47.1)
firefox (127.0) 115.9.0 2.0 2.0 1.0.6 1.0.6 1.0.6 1.0.6 0.9.1 0.9.1 0.9.1 0.9.1 0.9.1 firefox (127.0)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 freetype (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) -- 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 gcc (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) 2.36 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 glibc (2.39)
gnome-shell (46.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.2)
gnucash (5.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.6)
gnumeric (1.12.57) 1.12.55 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) 2.06 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.91 -- -- -- -- grub (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) -- 1.2.10 1.2.10 1.2.10 1.2.10 1.2.10 1.2.10 1.2.10 1.2.10 1.2.10 1.2.10 1.2.10 gtk (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.59) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.59)
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.2)
k3b (24.05.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.0)
kmod (32) 30 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (32)
krita (5.2.2) --                       krita (5.2.2)
LibreOffice (24.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LibreOffice (24.2.4)
linux (6.9.4) 5.10.188 2.4.31 2.4.31 2.4.26 2.4.26 2.4.26 2.4.31 2.4.26 2.4.26 2.4.26 2.4.26 2.4.26 linux (6.9.4)
Package 2024-rc4 4.11-rc2 4.4.10 3.3 3.0 2.4 2.0 1.5 1.3.1 1.2.1 1.1 1.0.1 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.4.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.4.2)
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.28.2)
mesa (24.1.1) 8.5.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 mesa (24.1.1)
mysql (8.4.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.4.0)
nautilus (46.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (46.2)
NVIDIA (550.90.07) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (550.90.07)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (22)
openssh (9.7p1) 9.2p1 3.6.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.6.1p2 openssh (9.7p1)
openssl (3.3.1) 3.0.11d 0.9.7b 0.9.7b 0.9.7b 0.9.7b 0.9.7b 0.9.7b 0.9.7b 0.9.7b 0.9.7b 0.9.7b 0.9.7b openssl (3.3.1)
perl (5.40.0) 5.36.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 perl (5.40.0)
php (8.3.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.3.8)
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) --                       plasma-desktop (6.0.5)
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (16.3)
Python (3.12.4) 3.11.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.12.4)
qt (6.7.1) 5.15.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (6.7.1)
samba (4.20.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- samba (4.20.1)
systemd (256) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (256)
thunderbird (127.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (127.0)
vim (9.1) 9.0 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 vim (9.1)
vlc (3.0.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.21)
wayland (1.23.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.23.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (21.1.13)

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Version: 2024-rc4
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-23
Votes: 7


I first used Damn Small Linux back when it was the tiny 50 megabytes ISO, and though this version is a little larger, it has totally kept the spirit of the original. It takes up around 73 megabytes in memory after booting up (it hangs around 80 or so from some normal use) and around 3 gigabytes on the disk, and its performance is very snappy. It has even kept much of the stark, utilitarian look (and I like it that way) of the older versions. It has more apps than you will probably ever use on the kind of system you're installing DSL on, including document and spreadsheet programs as well as multiple text editors and web browsers, both graphical and command line.The only complaints I have are a few minor cosmetic things. The default "Radiant" style looks terrible, though that can be easily changed to something more eye-pleasing (the royal blue small is much nicer).


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Version: 2024-alpha
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-15
Votes: 2


A perfect little system to breathe life into your old hardware again. I have tried it on my old Atom Netbook, and it works just fine. Due to the modifications, the distribution is still one of the most lightweight you can get today. Since 2024 two different Window Managers are included, JWM and Fluxbox, which have been tweaked to offer a unique, still familiar user experience. So software selection is balanced and thoughtful and contains everything you need for daily usage. If you are missing an application it can easily be installed using the package manager.


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Version: 2024-alpha
Rating: 8
Date: 2024-05-14
Votes: 4


RC is coming together better. Very solid runner. Very happy that John is doing this again but he's alone. Still plenty of work to go--will go faster & easier if we help with more testing and feedback :) He says there's lots of downloads but almost nobody is posting much feedback and he's not sure what people are experiencing. It's actually been kind of fun having software that just screams again :) Boots to under 80MB of RAM for me before you start any apps.

For cons, well, for me personally, runit is a new init system to learn but infinitely simpler than systemd. Pros: no systemd :) Seriously, what I like about it is you can tell it's a work of love and not just some minimal/net-install thing that you have to build for yourself--and it's updated/patched to be able to take an old machine out on a network.

But you can also tell it's not done yet :) Help if you can.


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