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06 August 2012, 11:32

Damn Small Linux resurfaces

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Almost four years after the release of the last version of Damn Small Linux (DSL), project leader John Andrews has announced the first release candidate of Damn Small Linux 4.11. Development of the distribution originally stalled after the release of DSL 4.4 in 2008 due to infighting among the developers – in July of this year, after reinstating its web site and forums, Andrews said that he would be bringing the project back.

Damn Small Linux 4.11 RC1 is for all intents and purposes an updated release of the 4.4.x branch of the distribution and is aimed mostly at older hardware. The developers even warn that it might not work correctly "with the latest hardware technology". Andrews hints at the fact that there is a reworked version of the distribution in development and that the current branch will eventually be considered the "classic" version of DSL. According to Andrews, the goal of Damn Small Linux has not changed: the distribution aims to package a "usable and friendly desktop" in the smallest possible way. The ISO image of the current release candidate is just over 50MB in size.

Damn Small Linux 4.11 RC1 is available for download from the project's mirrors at ibiblio and more information about the distribution can be found in the DSL Wiki.


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