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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
By this point, everyone has heard of Damn Small Linux (DSL). When it comes to packing a full-featured Linux desktop environment into something as small as a pendrive, no one does it better than DSL. DSL uses Knoppix technology to boot and run from a live CD.
The thing that sets DSL apart from Knoppix, or any other live distrobution, is its speed and compatibility on old hardware. Minimum requirements are a mere 486DX with as little as 16MB of ram.I will be testing Damn Small Linux on two systems. The first is my laptop - Dell Inspiron 1200. It’s nothing fancy but handles most distrobutions with ease. The second is a very old IBM Thinkpad 390E. The specs are 333 MHz and 64 MB of ram. This is the oldest machine I have.
You can grab the disc image from one of the mirrors. The download should not take very long as it is only a 50 MB file. Burn it to a CD and boot into it from the system of your choice. At the boot menu, you have many options to customize how DSL loads.