If you've always wanted to try out the Linux operating system, but
haven't had the time or inclination to delve into it too deeply, Damn
Small Linux might be just the right distribution for you.
I'm currently trying this out on my second (Windows 98) machine, and
it works fine. The OS boots from a CD, so you don't have to worry
about installing it on your hard-drive or fiddling around with Linux
It comes with some essential applications such as a browser, email
client, word processing and graphics tools. I reckon this is a great
way for Linux virgins like yours truly to get a taste of the OS.
You will need a computer that allows you to boot from a CD . Often
you can hop into the BIOS and change it so that you can boot from
CD, rather than a floppy disk.
Under 50mb is pretty small for a complete operating system. However,
it is still a fairly hefty download if you are on a dial-up
connection. I got my copy of a computer magazine disk.
You can get more information and download a copy from here: