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Linux Mini Distributions

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Damn Small Linux
DSL was originally developed as an experiment to see how many usable desktop applications can fit inside a 50MB live CD. It was at first just a personal tool/toy. But over time Damn Small Linux grew into a community project with hundreds of development hours put into refinements including a fully automated remote and local application installation system and a very versatile backup and restore system which may be used with any writable media including a hard drive, a floppy drive, or a USB device. hot
DragonLinux is a distribution of Linux that has the ability to be installed on a loopback file on an existing FAT16 or FAT32 partition. hot
This version is 208 Mb fat and fits on mini-cd and 256 MB usb pen-drive. It features the bare minimum tools for pentesting and support modules addition ala slax, allowing you to add some more stuff as you see fit. new
0sys is an effort to create the most functional UNIX environment in the smallest amount of code, in the most optimal manner. Written primarily from scratch (with concepts and entire chunks of code taken from Busybox, util-linux, and others), it aims for portability and POSIX compliance. The sources include some GTK-based GUI utilities (including a login client), as well as a stable, consistent, and flexible build system.
1diskxwin is a source dist to create a bootable floppy linux X window system. It has lots of stuff removed from the standard xfree dist to ease network bandwidth. it also lacks many packages from the full 2diskxwin source tree.
2-Disk Xwindow System
The distribution is intended to be a demonstration of Mungkie associates embedded appliance development environment, showing the sort of environment that can be created for small appliance GUI systems using less than 4Mb flash and 4Mb RAM.
Alcolix is a minimal linux distribution built on a custom linux 2.4-kernel and sporting a hybrid of the most minimalistic yet usable versions of common unix-environment commandline tools. The goal is to make it easily usable for people able to use linux yet have it boot off only a minimal number of floppies.
Alfalinux is a mini distribution, resembling the Slackware Linux distribution on two floppy disks.
Antlinux will be a mini-distribution of Linux, with an eye on small footprint applications such as run-from-CD versions of Linux.
Automated Photo Album Web Server: a customized mini distribution of Linux that runs mostly in RAM but also mounts an ext2 partition for storage
ariane is a bootable CD-ROM linux. It's the successor of giotto. While giotto booted a libc5 system with a linux kernel 2.0.37 from floppy disks, ariane comes with linux kernel 2.4.26 and libc6, version 2.2.4. It boots (just as giotto) into your computer's RAM.
BasicLinux is designed specifically for old PCs. It uses a small kernel and busybox to provide a low-RAM Linux, capable of browsing the web, doing email, and functioning as an X terminal. The current release of BasicLinux is particularly suitable for old laptops -- it has PCMCIA capability and includes MagicPoint (a presentation tool similar to PowerPoint).
the LEAF "Bering" distribution is derived from Charles Steinkuehler's Dachstein (rc2). It differs from it on two key elements: It is based on a 2.4.x linux kernel and it relies on Shorewall for extended firewalling facilities
Brazilfw is a mini-distribution designed for setting up network utility services such as Internet connection sharing, firewalling, or wireless access points. The goal is to make it as quick and easy as possible to set up a Linux system with only a minimal amount of Linux knowledge.
BrlSpeak is a Braille and Speech Mini-Distribution of Linux that can be installed by a visually impaired person without any external assistance. BrlSpeak comes with a built-in preconfiger for the braille driver, + automated compilation of the braille driver during boot.
BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single small executable. It provides replacements for most of the utilities you usually find in GNU fileutils, shellutils, etc. The utilities in BusyBox generally have fewer options than their full-featured GNU cousins; however, the options that are included provide the expected functionality and behave very much like their GNU counterparts. BusyBox provides a fairly complete environment for any small or embedded system.
ByzantineOS is a software Internet Appliance with a home entertainment bias. It is based on a networked Linux distribution/bootable system with Mozilla providing access to a range of services and applications. ByzantineOS fits in 32MB (or 48MB) of media and should work on any PC.
ChainSaw Linux
ChainSaw Linux is a GNU/Linux based on the latest stable kernels and is all about video production.
Cinemix is a minidistribution of Linux designed for playing movies after booting directly from a CD. The only requirement is setting up BIOS to boot from CD. Its advantages are simplicity, small size and ease of CD recording.
Circle MUDLinux
Circle MUDLinux is a three-disk mini-distribution for running the Circle MUD Server that is based on libc5.
ClarkConnect is a Linux-based operating system that transforms standard PC server hardware into either: a dedicated firewall/gateway for your network, or a standalone server on your local network.
cLIeNUX is client-use-oriented distro with very non-standard directory naming scheme, unique business model,2 basic modules, Core and XCORE. Core is about 30meg installed. Many unique little utils and docslike
Compact Flash Linux Project
Compact Flash Linux Project is designed to run on a compact flash card in read-only mode. It is as small as possible, currently needing around 14 MB. It includes routing-related software, such as OpenSSH, tcpdump, quagga, and iptables.
Core Linux Distribution
Core is a minimal distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system designed to be the basis for a complete system constructed by the end user. A fresh installation of Core will boot into a console and provide the user with the tools needed to download, compile and install other applications. Core contains nothing beyond what is required to perform these tasks. Core is primarily designed for experienced Linux users, though it has found an audience with those looking to learn about the internals and operation of a Linux system. Core requires the user to manually configure, compile and install applications and expects the user to consult man pages and other documentation.
Damn Small Linux Not
Damn Small Linux Not is a desktop oriented Linux distribution based on Damn Small Linux. It uses a modern 2.6 Kernel and GTK 2 applications, but like Damn Small Linux, it strives to be compact yet user friendly. It will run well on systems of 300MHz with 64 MB of RAM or greater.
DeadMini is a tiny distribution designed for modular usage. It boots very fast - minimal bootup time is about 3s.
Debian-Med is a "Custom Debian Distribution" with the aim to develop Debian into an operating system that is particularly well fit for the requirements for medical practice and research. The goal of Debian-Med is a complete system for all tasks in medical care which is build completely on free software.
Deep-Water Linux is an experiment to create a fully graphical half minimalist boot-CD distribution.
Demudi aims to provide for the musician and artist a GNU/Linux distribution dedicated to music and multimedia that would ease installing and customizing GNU/Linux for their needs.
Devil Linux
Devil Linux's goal is to have a small, customizable and secure Linux distribition. It runs with 32MB RAM, with no need for a harddisk. The traditional application for Devil-Linux is to use it as a Router/Firewall.
Domainix a tiny linux+samba+ACL distribution with the intention to replace a Windows-domain-controller by a Linux samba server. The acl-patches are enabled. It is based on Core-Linux.
Dualix is a mini-distribution of Linux based on libc5, kernel 2.2.10. It is intended for use as a quick, portable, and configurable network client, not a rescue system.
This small distribution of Linux consists of a 1.44MB bootdisk. This bootdisk contains everything needed to do a network install of EMJ-linux. Currently v0.91 is a 5.7MB compressed file (10MB uncompressed), designed to download directly to the DIMM-PC?s 16MB Flash Drive, or to an IDE Drive. Once loaded, the DIMM-PC with Linux will support Ethernet, TCP/ip, Telnet, FTP, WWW (Apache 1.3.9) and IDE.
eMoviX is a micro Linux distro meant to be embedded in a CD together with all video/audio files you want, so that the CD will be able to boot and automagically play all of its own files.
Flonix is a distribution of the Linux free source operating system inspired by Debian Knoppix. The name comes from the inventor, Florent, and Knoppix. Flonix USB can be installed on a USB flash drive with a minimum 64Mb capacity.
reepia is a small GNU/Linux distribution designed to run on Via Epia-M Mainboards. It currently runs on the M-9000 and M-10000 (ezra and nehemiah cpu) but with some modifications like kernel and X11 modules it should run on others too. The main motivation behind this project is to build a full featured, low noise media box to play movies/mp3s/images etc.
GENDIST creates a makefile-based build-system for your distribution. It helps you to automate the following three tasks: maintain your root-filesystem, maintain your "cd-filesystem", and package everything on a media. GENDIST is similar to BYLD, but it is makefile-based and modular, therefore it is much easier to create your distribution from source.
Gibraltar is a firewall and router package, based on Debian/GNU Linux, which perfectly meets all individual requirements for a state-of-the-art firewall. Independent of the kind of Internet connection (dedicated line, ADSL, dial-up connection), Gibraltar provides for secure connections.
giotto is a micro Linux, a "complete" Linux system on a bootable floppy disk. It's something like tomrtbt.
Grey Cat Linux
Grey Cat Linux is a small UMSDOS Linux distro with Xfree, Icewm, Netscape, XV, and more. Download is only 12 megs.
h3knix is a small desktop distribution. It provides a custom package management system called "capsules". Capsules can install source or binary packages, and/or configure certain aspects of the system.
Hacao linux
Hacao Linux is a Vietnamese Linux distro (based on Puppy), Iso file 70-75M only. It boots into a 128M ramdisk, from a USB disk drive, Compact Flash, Hard Drive, Zip Drive, Floppy, Network/Thin Client, CD-ROM or Mini-CD.
IBLS is a compact, easy to use webserver that you can run straight off the cd, any time, any place, and it will run a p133 with 32mb ram, and even below. It is designed to be as simple as possible to use, and at the same time give power users the features and performance they desire.
JAILBAIT's Another Interesting Linux But Also Intimidating Too: A fully-functional Linux distribution that fits into 16 MB. Many modern net-appliance-type products such as the Netpliance iOpener have an internal SanDisk device that is 16 MB in size.
Jedo Linux
Jedo Linux is a source-based GNU/Linux distro, based on LFS/BLFS. It aims to be fast and small with a 'clean', minimalistic approach, with no clutter.
Laonux is a relatively small Linux distribution that contains most of the basics.
Linux in a Pillbox: linux floppies family project. Currently are available first three floppies: lecithin, caffeine and quinine. It is a set to make all dirty work inside your system -copying, fdisk-ing, nice editing, all-type-archives accessing, ISA PnP and PCI monitoring, and many others
Linux for Windows 9X
Linux for Windows 9X is a Windows 9X friendly version of linux. It installs onto a Windows 9X disk and allows for two way exchange of files between both linux and Win9X.
Linux Mobile System
Linux Mobile System (LMS) is a full Linux system whose support is the new USB Flash Memory Drives. The intention is to boot any PC with USB support with our system and therefore we will have every administration and analysis applications that we have selected, so we will not need install it.
Linux on the Linksys wrt54g
This is a mini Linux distribution for the Linksys wrt54g. In about 20 seconds, you can install a small set of Linux tools to your access point's ramdisk. The distribution is geared towards those who are curious about casually exploring the internal workings of this device.
Linux4Geeks is a slim and fast source-based distribution. It offers different versions compiled for each architecture and has all the packages required for a slim base system including firewall and network administration tools, amongst others. Linux4Geeks does not have main setup tools like it is common in mainstream distributions.
Linuxcare Bootable Toolbox
The LBT is a fully usable miniature Linux distribution which can be placed on a credit-card sized CD media. The distribution should work in almost any PC with almost any operating system. We offer over 101mb of software including a 2.4 kernel, Xfree86 4.1, full network services for both pci and pcmcia cards, wireless connectivity, perl, and a lot more.
LinuxTimon is a single-disk, miniature Linux distribution that just includes a client for Windows Terminal Server 2000, VNCview, and a telnet client.
The LNX-BBC is a mini Linux-distribution, small enough to fit on a CD-ROM that has been cut, pressed, or molded to the size and shape of a business card. LNX-BBCs can be used to rescue ailing machines, perform intrusion post-mortems, act as a temporary workstation, and perform many other tasks.
LoopLinux is a small Linux distribution that can be installed on a Dos/Win95/98 system.
Lunatix GNU/Linux
The Lunatix GNU/Linux Project is an initiative of volunteers who strive to maintain a stable GNU/Linux distribution. This distribution, Lunatix for short, consists of a minimal set of tools needed to set up network-servers. The setup of Lunatix is aimed at experienced Linux-users who want to tailor their own custom system.
Midge is a linux mini-distribution for ADM5120 based routers, such as Edimax BR-6104K. It includes basic tools such as sh, ssh, inetd, syslogd, telnet, netcat, tftp, wget, udhcpd, vi, etc. Also midge uses ipkg package manager, which can be used for installing new software Midge divided to 3 versions: jffs2, tmpfs and usb - difference on which root filesystem is used.
Mindi Linux
Mindi builds boot/root disk images using your existing kernel, modules, tools and libraries. So long as your kernel is smaller than about 1.2MB, Mindi should be able to build a boot/root disk set from almost any Linux distribution you might be running.
MiniCD is (as the name suggests) a live MiniCD Linux distribution designed to run off 185MB CDs. It features automatic hardware detection, a full desktop (KDE) and is based on Mandrake Linux.
MiniLINUX for radio hams. It is installed on a Dos partition and comprises of a reduced software bundle - with no development packages.
Monkey Linux
Monkey Linux a complete small ELF distribution with latest kernel on 5 diskettes. Monkey can run on this minimal HW: 386SX, 4MB RAM, 30MB on IDE HDD. Contain X Window for any SVGA videocard, support for network, support for 3C5x9, 3c59x, 3c900, NE2000/NE1000, WD80x3 ethernet cards, ATAPI/MITSUMI CD.
MoviX is a tiny Linux CD distribution containing all the software to boot from a CD and play automatically every .avi file localized in the CD root. If you put a subtitles file in the same position with the same name then the subtitles will be automatically displayed.
MoviX2 is a tiny Linux CD distribution containing all the software to boot from a CD and play automatically every multimedia file localized in the CD root. Supported formats are all formats supported by mplayer, most noticeably DivX but more in general any avi, mpeg, mp3, ogg/vorbis and a few others
Mulimidix is a mini Linux distribution for building a PC-based set-top box and multimedia player system with digital TV, MP3, DivX, etc. support, using VDR, Freevo and other tools. It is currently optimized for i686.
NBROK a mini Linux distribution, based on Slackware 7.1, which fits on a 100MB ZIP-disk.
Netstation Linux
NetStation is a linux distribution for diskless thin clients terminals using standard x86 hardware. It can boot from network, floppy or flash-disk and connect to an application server using VNC, RDP, XDM, SSH, Telnet or Citrix ICA.
ODDAS-Linux a Linux distribution for control and data acquisition. This mini-distribution is being developed for the ODDAS project.
OpenWrt is a Linux distribution for wireless routers. Instead of trying to cram every possible feature into one firmware, it provides only a minimal firmware with support for add-on packages. For users, this means the ability to custom-tune features, removing unwanted packages to make room for other packages. For developers, it means being able to focus on packages without having to test and release an entire firmware.
Peanut Linux
Peanut Linux a full Linux GUI distribution (~150MB download).
PizzaBox Linux
File, Print & CD Server with full web administration, tape backup, remote access UPS, APM, hardware monitoring all in 6Mb. Commercially supported version sold in Flash ROM.
PKlinux(mini) is a very small linux distribution intended as a emergency repair disk and for new users who want to try linux/unix in general before putting it heavily on their systems.
PLoP Linux
PLoP Linux is designed to rescue data and systems . Features include: Booting from usb, cdrom or dvd , size of 40mb m SCSI, SATA and RAID support , a linux antivirus for windows files , and limited NTFS write.
PlumpOS is an openMosix-node-on-a-cdrom. It was originally based off ClumpOS and continues to try to be an easy/small/powerful way of implementing openMosix nodes.
Proyecto HVLinux
Proyecto HVLinux was started for developing a server-oriented linux distribution which contains the minimum of programs to work as well as a selection of security focused tools.
Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux boots into a 48 - 54M ramdisk, from a USB keychain disk drive, Compact Flash, Hard Drive, Zip Drive, Floppy, Network/Thin Client, CD-ROM or Mini-CD. No more distributions that only support a single boot media, puppy boots from 'em all.
PXES Linux Thin Client
PXES Linux Thin Client is a micro Linux distribution allowing you to boot thin clients. Hardware not suitable for other uses like current desktop OS can be recycled and converted into a thin client. The configuration is made with an easy to use graphical tool which guide you through the required steps.
Repairlix is a networked Linux distribution/bootable system intended to fit in 12MB of media - so small that an image can be burned onto a business-card-sized shaped CDROM, suitable for your wallet. It has a suite of utilities for doing system recovery.
RIP Linux rescue system
RIP Linux rescue system is a CD or floppy boot/rescue/backup system.
ROCK Linux Postoffice
The ROCK Linux Postoffice is a small distribution based on ROCK Linux. It runs on old IBM PS/2 PCs and can run as server (needs a harddisk) or client (single-floppy).
RoLinux is a small Linux distribution that needs just 3 floppies to install the system. It lacks documentation.
RUNT is Slackware Linux designed to run off of a 128 MB or more USB pen drive. It consists of a boot floppy image and a zip file, similar to zipslack. It is intended to be a fairly complete Linux installation for use as a testing tool capable of booting on any x86 computer with a USB port and a bootable floppy drive. The kernel is slackware's bare.i kernel. RUNT also contains an initial ramdisk to load usb-storage related modules and it pauses for 5 seconds to allow the drive to initialize.
Salvare (from the Latin "to rescue") is a small Linux distribution designed for small, credit-card sized CDs which typically hold around 34MB. More Linux than tomsrtbt but less than Knoppix, it aims to provide a useful workstation as well as a rescue disk.
Shinux is a live system that will fit on a 64 Mb USB.
slimlinux is a multi-purpose Linux mini distribution that can be installed to a FAT partition. It includes Linux 2.4.18,X Window 4.2.0, Busybox, support for IDE/ATAPI/USB/EXT2/Minix/vfat/UMSDOS/MSDOS/OSS, the retawq text browser, mutt with IMAP, mawk, lua, nano,and over 60 Linux utilities. slimlinux is installed to a FAT16/FAT32 partition and requires 16 MB RAM, 3 MB hard disk space (system runs in RAM) and Framebuffer display device.
Small Linux
Small Linux is a partial distribution of the Linux kernel and support files that can boot on older x86 systems with less than 5 meg of RAM memory.
SPBLinux: modular mini distribution running completely in RAM, can be booted from USB, based on Busybox and Midnight Commander, optional with DirectFB and (since version 2.1) Mozilla; it is possible to create/modify own modules inside SPBLinux.
stresslinux is a minimal linux distribution running from a bootable cdrom or via PXE. stresslinux makes use of some utitlities available on the net like: stress, cpuburn, hddtemp, lm_sensors etc. stresslinux is dedicated to users who want to test their system(s) entirely on high load and monitoring the health.
TA-Linux is a free Linux distribution, that targets Linux power users. It's main goal is to have a small base installation that the end-user can expand to include the software he needs. The secondary goal is to support as many different architectures as possible. At this time i386, Alpha, PPC and MIPS are fully supported with Sparc and PA-RISC around the corner.
Thinstation is a thin client Linux distribution that makes a PC a full-featured thin client supporting all major connectivity protocols: Citrix ICA, No Machine NX, MS Windows terminal services (RDP), Tarantella, X, telnet, tn5250, VMS term and SSH.
Timo's Rescue CD Set
Timo's Rescue CD Set provides an easy way to generate bootable CDs with a ready-to-use rescue system on it.
Tiny Linux is a small Linux distribution designed especially for old recycled computers.
TinyLinux is a small Linux Distribution for i386 derived from SuSE 6.4. In the base version it just contains the things which are necessary to run Linux. Therefore the base package is rather small and requires approx. 7MB. The purpose of this Distribution is to have a small and clear system which can be used as starting point for further developments. Since this is a tiny Linux its use is not limited to desktop systems but is also suitable for embedded systems.
tinysofa classic server is a small, fast and secure enterprise grade operating system based on the Linux kernel.
Trinux: A Linux Security Toolkit
rinux is a ramdisk-based Linux distribution that boots from a single floppy or CD-ROM, loads it packages from an HTTP/FTP server, a FAT/NTFS/ISO filesystem, or additional floppies. Trinux contains the latest versions of popular Open Source network security tools for port scanning, packet sniffing, vulnerability scanning, sniffer detection, packet construction, active/passive OS fingerprinting, network monitoring, session-hijacking, backup/recovery, computer forensics, intrusion detection, and more. Trinux also provides support for Perl, PHP, and Python scripting languages. Remote Trinux boxes can be managed securely with OpenSSH.
TTY-Opener is a distro with a text-based interface specifically for the I-Opener's 16 meg Sandisk. Based on the ttylinux distro, plus a Linux 2.4.x kernel and other goodies. TTY-Opener is designed to be a emergency backup OS to help you restore or change the main OS on your hacked I-Opener's hard drive.
ttylinux, a minimalistic GNU/Linux distribution. The distribution aims to fit into 4 megabytes of space and run even on 386 class computers, yet does provide a rather complete command line environment and is prepared for Internet dial-in. The target audience for ttylinux is mainly system administrators and people who want to put together minimalistic systems of their own.
Ulric's Router Construction Kit
Ulric's Router Construction Kit helps you create self-contained Linux installations on a single floppy, with space to spare. It is meant for router installations in labs or live environment, but also for boot/root/installation/rescue disks.
University Linux
University Linux is a compact Linux distribution that quickly installs on your Win95/98 or DOS PC without partitioning the hard drive. Needs just 8 MByte of hard disk space and 8 MBytes of RAM. Includes webpage server, FTP server, telnet server and Perl. Complete tutorial on-line.
VectorLinux is a small, fast, Linux operating system for Intel, AMD and x86 compatible systems, based on one of the original Linux distributions, Slackware. It only reguires 850 megs of disk space for a full install.
Webfish Linux
Webfish Linux is a small, stripped down Linux distribution based on GNU source packages. Webfish is built with the more expereinced user in mind and is aimed at small, fast, secure server and workstation systems with a minimum of installed packages.
WifiWare is a custom mini Slackware distribution intended for WiFi routers, VPN servers, and file servers. A full install will take about 490 MB of disk space. It includes the linux-wlan-ng package with support for major WiFi chipsets. Other utilities and drivers include rt2500 drivers, rt2400 drivers, rt2570 drivers, Unreal IRC server, bridge-utils, glftpd, kismet, webmin, and more.
Zenwalk is a lightweight linux distribution based on Slackware Linux. Zenwalk is focused on Internet applications and development tools. Zenwalk supports all Slackware packages. Zenwalk Linux aims to be focused on Internet application, multimedia and coding tools. It's a complete system : this means that, out of the box, you will be able to browse, mail, chat, listen to music, program in C, Perl, Python, Ruby,.. watch videos in various formats, write documents, print, scan, burn CD and DVD, connect your camera and edit your photographs, without adding anything
(ftp only) a talking mini-distribution of Linux for blind and visually impaired people, based on version 7.0 of the ZipSlack distribution and version 0.08 of the Speakup screen reader

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