Install Damn Small Linux to a Flash Drive in Windows

USB Damn Small Linux (DSL)? This is a revisit of the Windows DSL USB installation tutorial: “Putting damn small linux on a USB pendrive”. Damn Small Linux was created by John Andrews, and is basically a trimmed down version of an early Knoppix build, making it perfect for smaller drives. Based on the 2.4 kernel, DSL is great to use for older and slower computers as well. It will fit and run on portable devices or drives as small as 64MB.

USB Boot Damn Small Linux Desktop

Damn Small Linux Desktop Screenshot

Distribution Home Page:

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 64MB

Persistent Feature: Yes

Damn Small Linux Flash Drive creation essentials:

  • USB flash drive (fat32 formatted)
  • Windows Host PC (with Admin access)
  • DSL ISO file
  • YUMI (to install DSL to USB)

How to make a Damn Small Linux USB Flash Drive:

  1. Download and run -> YUMI
  2. (1) Choose your flash drive from the dropdown. (2) Select DSL from the list of distributions. (3) Browse to your DSL ISO, and then click Create. USB Boot DSL using YUMI
  3. Once the script has finished, reboot your computer and set your system BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device

If all goes well, you should now be booting  into DSL from your Damn Small Linux Flash Drive.

Notes: It is also possible to “Run Damn Small Linux in Windows using Qemu emulation” without the need to reboot the PC.

For other options, see the readme file that was written by the author of DSL.