DeLi Linux

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Desktop Light Linux
DeLi Linux 0.7.1 running Dillo and Abiword
Developer Henry Jensen
OS family Unix-like
Working state Discontinued
Source model Open source
Initial release September 9, 2004; 13 years ago (2004-09-09)
Latest release 0.8.0 / May 28, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-05-28)
Package manager Pacman
Kernel type Monolithic
Default user interface IceWM
License Exclusively free software licenses
Official website

Desktop Light Linux (DeLi Linux for short) was a desktop Linux distribution for old PCs.

Release history[edit]

Until version 0.6.1 DeLi Linux was based on Slackware 7, using Linux 2.2.

DeLi Linux version 0.7 is a development from scratch with Linux and no longer based on Slackware. The OS still used the Slackware package management, additionally there is a new port system based on CRUX. DeLi Linux is now based on uClibc instead of the GNU C Library. A port of OpenBSD's Korn shell is used as the default shell.

Version 0.8 introduced the Pacman package manager, and the 0.8 series will focus on internationalisation. Version 0.8.0 also switched the web browser to NetSurf and Skipstone, having previously been Konqueror Embedded, and Dillo before that.

DeLi Linux
Version Date
0.1 November 2, 2002
0.2 March 19, 2003
0.3 July 9, 2003
0.4 November 26, 2003
0.5 December 16, 2003
0.6 June 16, 2004
0.6.1 September 9, 2004
0.7 2006-09-15
0.7.1 2006-10-17
0.7.2 2007-05-18
0.8.0 2008-05-28


DeLi Linux is pre-packaged with Abiword and Siag Office as the office suites. For the web browser, there are NetSurf and Skipstone. Included email clients are Mutt and Sylpheed. Window managers IceWM and Fluxbox are included. For editing, DeLi Linux offers e3, elvis and Beaver.

Since DeLi Linux ships only lightweight software, many popular open source packages are not included, such as GNOME, KDE, Emacs and Mozilla Thunderbird.


DeLi Linux needs a 386 with 32 MB RAM as a minimum. However, a Linux Swap partition needs to be selected during setup to run DeLi with less than 48 MB RAM. It should work smoothly with a 486. A full installation with all packages requires nearly 750 MB of hard disk space.[1][2]

Successor projects[edit]

In August 2010, the developers announced that DeLi Linux will be discontinued. Instead there are two successor projects: ConnochaetOS,[3] which is a distribution for Pentium 1 or faster computers, with modern software. ConnochaetOS wanted to follow the Guidelines for Free System Distributions of the Free Software Foundation, but was discontinued due to the maintainer's lack of time.[4] However, as of December 2015, the ConnochaetOS website has changes and seems to have been resumed since June 2015, the discontinuation announcement removed and a new release "14.1" released (as opposed to 0.9.1 seen in February 2014).[5] Another project is Deli(cate),[6] which runs on 386, 486 and Pentium-class machines.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]