Damn Small Linux under Virtual PC

Damn Small Linux under Virtual PC

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For those who don't know - Damn Small Linux is a version of Linux designed to fit in under 50mb.  It is really quite impressive and a lot of fun to use under Virtual PC.  If you download the LiveCD ISO image you can boot it directly under Virtual PC with no need to install it - or to perform any configuration, as it correctly identifies and configures all of our emulated devices:

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Damn Small Linux uses the FluxBox Windows Manager (one of my favorite WMs) and provides a very snappy and easy to setup Linux experience under Virtual PC. One of the things I appreciate most about Damn Small Linux is that the configuration out of the box provides a pretty much instantaneous 'command prompt' (XTerminal) launch.  Nothing bugs me more than systems that take multiple seconds to open a command prompt - I mean for crying out loud - this is something that should be simple and straight forward :-)

Cheers,
Ben

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  • In fact, Damn Small Linux is a nice OS to burn in a CD and keep around with you.

    Being small (50MB), it doesn't take large to download (~3 hours over a dial-up connection, ~30 minutes over fast connection).

    And can save your life if you need to recover data from a machine that won't boot from hard disk.

    And, as you can see, works perfectly under Virtual PC!
  • I installed Damn Small Linux 4.11RC2 in a Compaq Presario 2292.

    I am now using this computer as a web server!

    I wrote some tips and tricks on how to install Damn Small Linux 4.11RC2 and use it as a web server, that you can find in:

    cosmolinux.no-ip.org/.../dsl.html

    I wish it is helpful to someone!!!

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