Damn Small Linux plus pendrive equals portable paradise

Today is apparently unofficial “Review a LiveCD” day, as Linux.com adds a favorable review of Damn Small Linux to the list.

I recently acquired a 256MB USB pendrive that I use for storing personal documents and work-related stuff. As a Linux fan who wanted to make the most of his new toy, I went looking for the simplest, smallest distro I could find that could boot from a pendrive. I found Debian-based Damn Small Linux, whose long list of bundled applications fits into a meager 50MB. The more I use it, the more I like it.

Getting started with Knoppix Linux

Issue 11 of Free Software Magazine includes an introduction to Knoppix. While brief, it provides a good overview for those who are not familiar with this LiveCD.

Getting started with Knoppix Linux doesn’t have to be costly. Chances are you already have everything you need. The requirements are simple. Any computer newer than 5 years old with a working bootable CD or DVD drive should be able to run Knoppix.