Best of Small Distros

The small distro offers advantages you won't find in the bloated mainstream Linux variants. Small distros are useful tools for testing and troubleshooting, and a new generation of mini Linux is aimed squarely at the desktop user. You can fit a whole small distro on a single CD or USB stick, along with word processing documents and other files you'll need for a completely portable environment. Small distros are also useful for keeping old hardware in business. Some of the distros on this DVD are as small as 50 MB, and they run with much less RAM than a bigtime Linux and Windows system.

This month's DVD provides a collection of 8 bootable live distros. Just plug in the DVD, boot your system, and choose from the convenient menu. Also include are three additional bonus distros stored as ISO images.

What's Inside

On this month's DVD, you'll find the following small Linux systems:

In additional to the preceding bootable Linux alternatives, you'll also find three bonus distros stored as ISO images:


Our single-DVD format lets you try each of these distros to decide which is best for your environment. Keep this DVD by your side and change systems whenever you like with the convenient boot menu. We hope you enjoy this month's Best of Small Distros DVD.

Figure 1: Choose a distro from the custom menu.

Figure 2: Put the playful Puppy Linux on your desktop.

Figure 3: Use BackTrack for penetration testing.

Figure 4: Sabayon is Gentoo tuned for speed and a small footprint.
Help & Support

If you're looking for more information on the small distro phenomenon, see our Live Distro Roundup, which appeared in the February 2006 issue of Linux Magazine. You'll find a copy of the article in our online archive:


[1] Backtrack:

[2] Backtrack Tutorials:

[3] Damn Small Linux:

[4] Damn Small Linux wiki:

[5] GoboLinux:

[6] GoboLinux Knowledge Base:

[7] grml:

[8] GParted:

[9] GParted documentation:

[10] Puppy Linux:

[11] Puppy Linux documentation

[12] SabayonLinux:

[13] Zenwalk:

[14] Zenwalk wiki:

[15] IPcop:

[16] IPcop FAQ:

[17] Slax:

[18] Slax documentation:

[19] VectorLinux: