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Note: All these applications are part of the base distribution, through our MyDSL system it is possible to grab hundreds of other applications with a couple of clicks of the mouse, or make your own custom CD with exactly the applications you want

Featured Desktop applications used in Damn Small Linux
Browser: Dillo
  • completely written in C.
  • small: source is less than 365 KB, and the binary is around 300 KB!
  • Dillo is mainly based on GTK+ (GNOME is NOT required!)
  • Dillo is very fast!
The Dillo browser in Damn Small has been enhanced, it supports SSL, tabs and frames!
Paches by Andreas Kemnade and Frank de Lange.

Browser: Netrik
A handy and tiny text based browser.

Browser: FireFox
The Firefox we use in DSL is built with GTK1.2 bindings and is i386 compatible, we also took the pains of reducing its space requirement as much as possible.

Word Processor: Ted

Ted is a text processor running under X on Unix/Linux systems, with the ability to edit rich text documents on Unix/Linux in a WYSIWYG way. It also converts RTF to PostScript and PDF. RTF files from Ted are fully compatible with MS Word.

It's a fantastic little word processor.

Email: Sylpheed
Sylpheed is an e-mail client and news reader based on GTK+ and running on X Window System.
    Sylpheed is developed aiming for the following things
  • Quick response
  • Simple, graceful, and well-polished interface
  • Easy configuration
  • Intuitive operation
  • Abundant features
Sylpheed is a great email program.

Picture Viewer: Xzgv
Xzgv is a picture viewer for X, with a thumbnail-based file selector. It uses GTK+ and Imlib. Most file formats are supported, and the thumbnails used are compatible with xv, zgv, and the Gimp.

Image Editing: Xpaint
Xpaint is a color image editing tool which features most standard paint program options. It allows for the editing of multiple images simultaneously and supports various formats, including PPM, XBM, TIFF, etc.

Xpaint seems to get less notoriety these days because of the enormous capabilities of The GIMP; yet, Xpaint is very capable, and will serve well for general image editing. It also is a very tight program which makes it perfect fit for Damn Small.

File Manager: emelFM

emelFM is a file manager that implements the popular two-pane design. It features a simple GTK+ interface, a flexible filetyping scheme, and a built-in command line for executing commands without opening an xterm.


  • Simple Interface
  • Bookmarks and History Lists
  • Flexible filetyping scheme
  • Multiple actions selectable for each filetype
  • Filename, Size, and Date Filters
  • Built-In Command Line
  • User-defined menu
  • Configurable Keyboard bindings
  • Configurable Toolbar
  • Runtime loadable plugins

Window Manager: FluxBox
Fluxbox is based on the famous BlackBox, but with some really nice enhancements -- I believe there is no more work efficient window manager in existence. Learn how to use the tabs, after a while you will be hooked.

Window Manager: JWM

We use a particularly light version of JWM, which give a familiar PC interface while being exceedingly light on RAM.

Instant Messaging Naim
Naim is the best terminal based AOL client I could find. I tried out several.
It can also do Lily and IRC.

VoIP Gphone

Gnome-o-phone (gphone for short) is an internet telephone. In other words, if you and your friend have computers with sound cards and network connections, you can use gphone to talk to each other and save on phone bills. Gphone is definitely a work in progress and you probably shouldn't bet your business on it; if it breaks you can keep both pieces. Don't be too hard on the program, though -- the user interface is a bit rough but gphone does work pretty well.

GUI Text Editor: Beaver

Beaver is an Early AdVanced EditoR, for Linux and other Unices (and even Windows); in other words, it's a text editor that is intended to be light-weight, but full of useful features for programming, from editing of web sites to C coding. It is based upon the GTK+ toolkit, supports many languages, and offers functions such as automatic indentation and syntax highlighting.

Spreadsheet: Scheme In A Grid

The spreadsheet part of the Siag Office suite, which also contains EGON and PW. Siag Office uses the Offix DND Drag-and-Drop protocol. Siag is a spreadsheet based on X and scheme. Being based on scheme allows any user to expand the functionality of siag in just about any way imaginable. It can read and write 1-2-3 files for inter-operation with other well-know spreadsheet programs. You can enter expressions in several languages: C, guile, SIOD, Tcl.

PDF: Xpdf
Xpdf is an open source viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Xpdf is designed to be small and efficient.

I really wanted to include Xpdf in Damn Small because so much online information is sitting in pdf format these days. A pdf viewer is almost like a second browser.

Some other great Applications:
  • XMMS (mp3, ogg, mpeg, cd audio) and mp321 and ogg123 (that's right, you got Music and Video)
  • Vim, an enhanced Vi
  • Assorted Xbase utilities (Xcalc etc.)
  • ssh, sshd
  • betaftpd, a very small FTP daemon
  • Sqlite a small and very fast SQL database engine
  • Nano, a Pico Clone
  • MS Office Viwer
  • Postscript Viewer
  • AxY FTP
  • Telnet client
  • Microcom
  • Midnight Commander
  • Bash Burn, CD Burning App
  • Fast and Light GUI Admin tools
  • Monkey web server
  • VNCviewer
  • Rdesktop
  • Much More!