Small Linux distributions
- Coyote Linux is a single floppy
distribution of Linux that is derived from the Linux Router Project (LRP).
- tomsrtbt is Tom's floppy which has a
root filesystem and is also bootable. It is also known as "The most Linux on
one floppy disk."
- Linux Router Project is
networking-centric micro-distribution of Linux. lrp.c0wz.com has more LRP
- Linux Embedded Appliance
Firewall continues the work of LRP derivative projects EigerStein and
- Trinux is a small
ramdisk/floppy based Linux distribution that contains useful tools for mapping
and monitoring TCP/IP networks (i.e. intrusion detection and vulnerability
- LNX-BBC is a mini Linux-distribution
which is small enough to fit on a CDROM that has been cut, pressed, or molded
to the size and shape of a business card. It is a derivative of the Linuxcare
Bootable Business Card.
- FREESCO (stands for FREE ciSCO) is a
free replacement for commercial routers supporting up to 3
ethernet/arcnet/token_ring/arlan network cards and up to 2 modems.
- Linux Terminal Server Project is a
platform for deploying diskless workstations that boot from a network server.
- Serial Terminal
Linux allows you to use an old laptop as a serial console. A single boot
floppy puts you directly into Minicom.
- muLinux is a full-configurable,
minimalistic, almost complete, application-centric tiny distribution of Linux
(2.0.36 modular kernel) made in Italy. muLinux resides on a single 1722K
floppy, but floppy add-ons are provided.
- NetStation is a
linux distribution for diskless thin clients terminals using standard x86
hardware. It can boot from network using Etherboot and connect to an
application server using VNC, RDP, X11 or SSH.
- CX is Paul Moody's work
on Linux distribution that will work in flash RAM.
is a HOWTO for Linux laptops and mobile devices and the Ecology-HOWTO, the ecology
and Linux howto discuses features to save power or paper.
- Freshmeat content of
Utilities for small Linux distributions
- Mindi Linux is a
toolkit that lets you custom-build a floppy-based Linux mini-distribution from
your own kernel, modules and tools.
- BYLD or Build Your Linux Disk
is a little package that helps you to build a Linux distribution on a single
floppy disk. This is not a complete distribution: it was made only to build a
mini distribution on a floppy.
- asmutils is a set of
utilities written in assembly language, targeted for embedded systems and
small distributions. It also contains a small libc and crypto library.
- BusyBox combines tiny versions of
many UNIX utilities into a single small executable.
- TinyLogin is a suite of tiny
Unix utilities for handling logins, authentication, changing passwords, and
maintaining users and groups on an embedded system.
- Cool Embedded Software
links from Lineo.
- The buildkernel
script is an intelligent tool that will build a new linux kernel for you. It
is designed to be easy so that a novice can use it.
Small BSD distributions
- Small FreeBSD Home Page
contains information on developing FreeBSD to work in various small and
unusual places, such as single floppy, vnode partitions or embedded
- PicoBSD is a
one floppy version of FreeBSD 3.0-current, which in its different variations
allows you to have secure dialup access, small diskless router or even a
is a full bootable system on a CDROM. It is based on RedHat 7.2 with updates.
- Recovery Is
Possible (RIP) is a floppy boot/rescue/backup system. It has support for a
lot of filesystem types (reiserfs, ext2/3, iso9660, udf, XFS, JFS, UFS, MS
DOS, umsdos, and vfat) and contains a bunch of utilities for system recovery.
- Timo's Rescue CD Set
provides an easy way to generate bootable CDs with a ready-to-use rescue
system on it. The system is designed to be fully customizable in addition to
being easy to build. The rescue system includes reiserfs, parted, partimage,
nmap, w3m, and bash, as well as sshd, telnetd, ftpd and nfsd on the server
side. There is also a recipe on the Web site on how to build 2.88MB bootable
El Torito images.
- Make CD-ROM Recovery (mkCDrec) makes
a bootable (El Torito) disaster recovery image (CDrec.iso), includ ing backups
of the linux system to the same CD-ROM if space permits. Otherwise, the
backups can be stored on another disk, NFS disk or (remote) tape.
- Trinity Rescue
Kit is a rescue distribution
- DemoLinux allows you to make Linux
CDROMs that do not require installation or disk partitioning.
- Virtual Linux
is a Mandrake 8.0 install that has been modified to run from a CDROM.
- YARD is a suite of
Perl scripts for creating rescue disks (bootdisks) for Linux.
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LCD and LED output
- LCDproc is a small piece of
software that displays real-time system information from your Linux box on a
20x4 backlit LCD.
- perl-LCDd handles communication
with an LCDproc v0.4 server. With this Perl library you avoid using raw
sockets and the native LCDproc protocol.
- lcd4linux s a small
program that grabs information from the kernel and some subsystems and
displays it on an external liquid crystal display.
- LCD module - Linux river
supports the more or less standard Hitachi LCD controller chip.
- lcdstat is a Linux LCD
driver for the 2x10 lcd panels. It supports simple writing to the device, and
ioctls for cursor control, etc. Chargen is not yet supported.
- liblcd a simple Linux
user-space driver for serial-interface LCD alphanumeric and graphical
displays. It was written specifically for the Scott Electronics G12032
graphical display, but it should work with most any LCD that can understand
ASCII. Even if your display is not a graphical one, you should be able to take
advantage of the text functions.
- InterfaceLED or ifled
is a small program that uses the keyboard LEDs to indicate activity on network
interfaces, etc. It is fully configurable from the command line.
- LEDcontrol is a program
that allows you to show different information on the normally-unused LEDs on
your keyboard. You can configure it to show virtually any TRUE/FALSE condition
accessible or indicate an arbitrary number.
Last update 4/24/2002
-- Contacting me