Linux Dist of Choice: Damn Small Linux

OK. I went and did it: got a Linux live CD ISO file, burnt it, and ran it on an old laptop.
Toshiba 2520CDS
It all started with an old Knoppix CD I had lying around (thanks Erik in Lund!), and late one evening, I inserted it into the old laptop, which by the way is a Toshiba 2520CDS. The thing ran, but very unwillingly, and slowly. But the spark was there: a real functional OS on a CD! So, I dreamt about live CD Linux distributions that night, and today I got me my first dist, after my last bout of fiddling with Debian.

My starting choice is Damn Small Linux, which is based on Debian. The homepage tells us:

Damn Small Linux is a business card size (50MB) bootable Live CD Linux distribution. Despite its minuscule size it strives to have a functional and easy to use desktop.

It just ran, out of the box, and rather fast, too.

There is an option to make a “hd install” the OS on the computer. When I’ve read enough of the documentation, which is only available as a web forum, in the shape of FAQ threads, I’ll endeavour to do a hard drive install. That will speed things up, I guess, and add the possibility to edit config files, and **save** things. That’ll be a hoot.

See you around, one of these days I might call on your help with a Linux beginner question.

Published by Olle Jonsson

Human. Wears glasses and often a smile.

3 replies on “Linux Dist of Choice: Damn Small Linux”

  1. Ah! I am typing this from the small computer, which is so fast, cool and happy now. The browser in which I am looking at this site is called Dillo, and it is fast, and leaves a small footprint. Most of the stuff I do now is in the RAMdisk, and that is just FAST.

    The next thing to do would be to create a HD install, to make the thing stateful. I’ve run into the problem of the harddrive being set to use all space for one partition; I will need to split it to get a new little 300mb partition for the happy little Linux. Oh, joy!

    Also, I enjoyed using a commandline AIM client. nAIM it was dubbed. Very handy.

  2. Wow. Now, after the hd install, the thing starts faster. It gets up and runs in a minute, after the Toshiba BIOS screen. Now I am going to explore the possibilities of hacking Python with this little sucker. Perl is preinstalled, of course, but Python so much more pleasant to use.

  3. Now I also have a Swedish keymap loaded at startup, a swap partition, and the nice programming language Ruby is installed. Things are great.

    Help is available, and instructions can be followed. It is a great adventure.

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