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Damn Small Linux

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 UTC


Damn Small Linux is a business card size (50MB) live CD Linux distribution. Despite its minuscule size it strives to have a functional and easy to use desktop. Damn Small Linux has a nearly complete desktop, including XMMS (MP3, and MPEG), FTP client, links-hacked web browser, spreadsheet, email, spellcheck (US English), a word-processor, three editors (Nedit, nVi, Zile [emacs clone]), Xpdf, Worker (file manager), Naim (AIM, ICQ, IRC), VNCviwer, SSH/SCP server and client, DHCP client, PPP, PPPoE, a web server, calculator, Fluxbox window manager, system monitoring apps, USB support, and soon it will have PCMCIA support as well. If you like Damn Small Linux you can install it on your hard drive. Because all the applications are small and light it makes a very good choice for older hardware.

Average visitor rating: 7.5/10 from 2 review(s).


Damn Small Linux Summary
Distribution Damn Small Linux
Home Page http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
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User Forums http://damnsmalllinux.org/forums/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
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Download Mirrors http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/download.htmlLinuxTracker.org
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2007-10-24: Distribution Release: Damn Small Linux 4.0
 • More Damn Small releases...

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Feature 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 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 0-0                     Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical -- Installation
Default Desktop 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 Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems 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           2.0 1.5     1.1   Full Package List
Package 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 (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (61.0.3163.100) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (61.0.3163.100)
cups (2.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.6) 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 (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33 e2fsprogs (1.43.6)
firefox (55.0.3) 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 (55.0.3)
freetype (2.8.1) 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 (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 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 (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 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 (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.0)
gnucash (2.6.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.18)
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.91 -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.21) 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+ (3.22.21)
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.1)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.4.1)
linux (4.13.3) 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 (4.13.3)
Package 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
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.8)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.1) 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 (17.2.1)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.0)
NVIDIA (384.69) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.69)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u144)
openssh (7.5p1) 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 (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 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 (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.1) 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 (5.26.1)
php (7.1.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.9)
plasma-desktop (5.10.5)                       plasma-desktop (5.10.5)
postfix (3.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.3)
postgresql (9.6.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.5)
Python (3.6.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (5.9.1)
samba (4.7.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- samba (4.7.0)
systemd (234) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.3.0)
vim (8.0) 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.3)

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7.5
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Version: 4.4.10
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-08-09
Votes: 0


Good for multiplatform scripting developpement.
-pros: french version (package), native murgalua binaries (0.5.5), allowing scripting with (or without) fltk graphic GUI (windows, buttons, charts...) . Murgalua is a multiplaform scripting language (Linux, Windows and MacOS, last version 0.6.6)
-cons: more and more aging OS ... missing drivers for newer hardware


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Version: 4.11-rc2
Rating: 6
Date: 2017-06-24
Votes: 1


Good for old computers with processor without CMOV instruction.
Cons,: Interface not very firendly with new users ofLinux.



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