Damn Small Linux (DSL) started as an exercise by John Andrews to fit an entire desktop computer system into a compressed 50MB image. Within a few years, DSL grew to one of the most popular Linux systems in the world (in the Top Ten, by some accounts) without growing beyond that 50MB target.

In a world where desktop systems are bloated with eye candy and many rarely used features, you may wonder what makes this little operating-system-that-could so popular? Well, it could be that people don’t want to throw away a usable computer because the latest Windows system won’t run. It could be that people are tired of waiting for common computer operations to complete while who-knows-what goes on in the background. Or maybe it’s just ...

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