Recently, I had to run a few experiments with Linux. I did not want to boot Linux separately from Windows. A virtual machine was the solution. I just didn’t have the time to download a large virtual image. I was working from my hotel room with despicable Internet speed. Then I hit upon Damn Small Linux (DSL). This thing saved my day. DSL distributes a virtual image along with the Qemu virtual machine.
I download dsl-4.4.10-embedded.zip from one of the mirrors. Extracted it in C:\temp\dsl. From there, I simply ran dsl-base.bat. Voila, Linux started to boot.
Why can’t everything be so simple, huh?
Eventually, X Windows with a full desktop started up.