Published February 15, 2024

A tiny live-boot Linux installation makes a comeback, as a sleeping giant awakens for a new lease of life.

amn Small Linux (DSL) stages a remarkable comeback with its latest alpha test release, reawakening from a presumed slumber since 2007. Despite its file size growth, DSL remains a beacon of versatility, offering users the convenience of a live-boot system without the need for installation. While considerations exist for potential users, DSL's revival marks a…
A tiny live-boot Linux installation makes a comeback, as a sleeping giant awakens for a new lease of life.

The latest alpha test release of Damn Small Linux (DSL) marks a significant update since its presumed final release in 2007. While the file size has increased from 50MB to about 700MB when run live and 3.3GB when fully installed, it still offers the convenience of running as a live system without the need for installation. This allows users to test it out or use it as a regular operating system or as part of a data recovery workflow.

Despite its growth in size, Damn Small Linux continues to provide a lightweight alternative within the Linux ecosystem, catering to users who value variety in their lightweight distributions. However, it’s important to note that the current alpha build may not be suitable for all users, especially those who are accustomed to more stable releases.

While Damn Small Linux aims to streamline the bloated antiX distribution it’s based on, there are still considerations to be made regarding window managers and web browsers. Additionally, a certain level of technical aptitude, if not specifically in Linux, is recommended before diving into this alpha release.

Comparatively, Damn Small Linux may be smaller in size than Raspberry Pi Desktop, which is popular among Linux beginners seeking lightweight hardware and software. However, it’s clear that Damn Small Linux is not yet ready for prime time and may not be suitable for mainstream use at this stage.

Despite these considerations, the release of Damn Small Linux’s alpha version is an encouraging sign of the project’s continued development. It’s always positive to see more Linux distributions designed to run on a wide range of hardware, even if it may not elicit the same level of excitement for all users.

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