Monday, September 23, 2013

Distro of the Week

This week I chose DSL (Damn Small Linux)  to feature as the Linux Distro (distribution) of the week! DSL is a minimalist or lightweight Linux Distro.  It is a completely usable desktop with applications contained within a 50 megabyte package.  It is labeled as the business card distribution of Linux.

Personally this was the first Linux Distro that is used in a virtual machine.  I recall installing it in Windows XP using Qemu as emulator running on my desktop.  The minimum system requirements are a 486 processor and 8 MB of RAM is what make DSL perfect for use in a virtual machine.  This little Distro has come a long way since it early days.  The latest version is 4.3 and it contains plenty of application that makes the desktop a very productive environment.  I really recommend this to all who have an old desktop laying around or who want to get up and running quick in a virtual machine. 

Below are screen shots of me running DSL in Oracle VM VirtualBox.  This is being ran on an Intel Celeron 2.4 Ghz CPU with 1 Gig of RAM. The host OS (my desktop) is Lubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). An informative video of how I created this setup will be coming soon.  Video capture and editing is almost impossible on this machine thus, trying to capture a virtual machine running an OS is not going to happen!

                           Image 1: Boot Screen

                          Image 2: Boot Process

                          Image 3: DSL Desktop!

Be Blessed!!!