In segment two we will be joined by John Andrews, creator of
Damn Small Linux. Damn
Small Linux (a.k.a DSL) is a business card size (50MB) bootable
Live CD desktop Linux distribution. It makes use of many light and
efficient, yet functional applications. Damn Small is built on the
base of Knoppix and thus, shares its excellent hardware detection.
However, many of the underlying processes are unique; for instance,
DSL uses extremely light Kdrive X servers. At this point, it has a
nearly complete desktop, including several applications not
expected in a 50MB distribution, such as printer support,
spreadsheet, and even a few games. Because DSL uses light
applications, it is ideal for older systems. It has been
successfully run on a 486DX2. It also has the ability to boot off
of a USB device or run from RAM. Robert Shingledecker built a
backup and restore system that can retrieve data from any mountable
drive. One of our newest developments is the MyDSL system, which
can dynamically load applications with one click even when running
from a CD. The project originator is not a professional IT guy nor
does he have any type of technical training, but he just loves to
experiment and to see what is going on under the hood. DSL has
grown into a community project which relies heavily on its user
base to suggest improvements and report bugs. Any user is free to
contribute, and many do.
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