Damn Small Linux (DSL) is a lightweight Linux distribution specifically designed for older computers with x86 processors. Originally renowned for fitting a surprisingly powerful operating system onto a mere 50MB CD, DSL offers a new lease on life for aging hardware.

Modern Solutions for Outdated Machines

While sub-50MB graphical environments are impractical for today’s applications, DSL 2024 adapts. It prioritizes essential, low-dependency applications within a compact (around 500MB) package, ensuring smooth operation on older systems.

Tailored User Experience

DSL caters to both power users and those preferring a graphical interface. For efficient terminal work, leverage the robust text-based environment. Alternatively, DSL offers user-friendly window managers, Fluxbox and JWM, for a graphical experience.

Ideal Uses for DSL 2024

  • Revive legacy x86 computers
  • Maximize utility on low-storage machines
  • Explore lightweight Linux
  • Promoting Sustainability Through Collaboration

By extending hardware lifespans, DSL 2024 minimizes electronic waste. Built upon the antiX 23 distribution (rooted in MEPIS and Debian), the project exemplifies the collaborative spirit of the Linux community.


Type Linux
Status Active
Home Page https://damnsmalllinux.org/
Page Hit Rank (rank/views) 5(11 hits per month)
Base distributions
Desktop Envrionments
  • fluxbox
  • jwm
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