Floppy Based Linux Distributions
a-Linux is an x86 floppy-based mini-distribution, where
assembly code meets Linux kernel. It contains only
programs written in assembly language. It is extemely
small, yet functional, and provides HTTP and FTP
services out-of-the-box. Initial version 0.17 was
released August 17, 2002.
BanShee Linux/R is a two-floppy rescue system using
uClibc and Busybox to make sure that the system is as
small as possible. Initial version 0.5 was released
September 18, 2002. Version 0.61 was released October
BBIagent provides a suite of applications to create the
software for booting a computer as a broadband router
and firewall. Based on the hardware configurations and
connection type, you are able to download your own boot
file which is written into a single 1.44MB diskette to
be a boot diskette for the router. This is a Linux based
system which uses Java tools to create a bootable floppy
with router software. The software utilites provided by
BBIagent.Net are free to use. Version 1.5.0 was released
July 11, 2002. Version 1.7.0 was released March 3, 2003.
blueflops is a Linux distribution that fits on two
floppy disks, and includes a graphical Web browser
(links 2.1pre9 using svgalib 1.4.3) and a popular IRC
client (BitchX 1.0c19). The kernel is 2.4.20 with most
of the Ethernet drivers compiled as modules. The C
library is uClibc 0.9.16, busybox is a slightly modified
version of 0.61.pre. The 'links' and 'BitchX' binaries
are statically linked and compressed with UPX 1.90. The
distinguishing feature of blueflops is its configuration
procedure. The scripts are all accessible through a
'setup' script, and they all have a nice 'dialog'
front-end. Version 1.0.0 was released April 15, 2003.
bootE Linux is yet another minimalist (i386) Linux
distribution and is contained entirely on a single
floppy disk. It supports only single user mode, and is
intended as a repair/rescue/emergency distribution.
Initial version 0.10 was released April 18, 2002.
Version 0.20-r1 was released February 19, 2003.
Brutalware fits on two floppy disks with TCP/IP
networking (currently only bootp-based) and one
supplementary floppy with tons of hacking utilities.
Great distribution for use in school labs and Internet
cafes. Brutalware Linux 1.1 is a libc5 based 2.0.36
Build Your Linux Disk (BYLD) is a little package that
helps you to build a Linux distribution on a single
floppy disk to use as you want. Build a net client,
rescue disk or other small application.
Coyote Linux v1.x (Floppy Release) is designed to run
entirely from a floppy and does not require a hard drive
or CDROM to be present in the system that it runs on.
Creation of a Coyote Linux floppy can be done with
either a Linux shell script or a Windows Wizard, both of
which are available from the Coyote Linux download
sites. Coyote Linux 1.32 was released January 6, 2003.
Development version 1.40rc1 was released January 30,
Another project, the Fury IP Load Balancer, has been
spun off the ECL base.
Wolverine Alpha 1, a firewall and VPN product based on
Embedded Coyote, was released January 15, 2002.
Wolverine 1.0.283 was released November 12, 2002.
Debian-Ham is a floppy distribution specifically for
contesting and logging. It is based on uClibc, busybox,
and tlf. The current scheme uses a LILO boot floppy with
a minix root floppy. Network support is included to
connect to a DX cluster. The initial Freshmeat
announcment was for version 0.3, released July 21, 2002.
Version 0.4 was released August 13, 2002.
Fd Linux is a very tiny floppy distribution of Linux,
set to fit on one floppy disk (kernel and root fs are
combined!). All binaries are based on Red Hat. Version
2.1-0 was released March 12, 2002. Version 3.0-0 was
released March 10, 2003.
Fli4l (Floppy ISDN/DSL)
"the on(e)-disk-router". Website in German and
Fli4l is a single floppy Linux-based ISDN, DSL and
Ethernet-Router. You can build it from an old 486 based
pc with 16 megabyte memory, which is more than adequate
for this purpose. Stable version 2.0.7 was released
January 5, 2003. Development version 2.1.2 was released
February 15, 2003.
floppyfw is a static router with firewall capabilities.
Suitable for use as a screening router or as a packet
filtering firewall. Version 2.0.3 was released October
3, 2002. Stable version 1.0.15 was released December 9,
2002. Development version 2.9.1 was released February
Floppix is a teaching tool; it is a very small subset of
Debian/ GNU Linux that fits on two 3.5 in. 1.4Mb
diskettes. The current version is derived from Debian
2.1 (slink), providing a platform to practice Linux
commands and experiment with simple system
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. Mirror sites are
available in Canada, Europe, Russia, and South Africa.
Herbix is a Linux server that fits on a floppy. It
supports ipchains and can serve FTP, HTTP, IRC, DHCP,
SMTP, and IDENT. Version 1.0-25 was released April 1,
2002. Version 1.0-67 was released January 4, 2003.
Leka Rescue Floppy
Leka Rescue Floppy is a Linux mini-distribution that
installs into one floppy disk. It is meant for disaster
recovery, but also contains many fine features like
networking support, a dhcpd, a Web browser, and an IRC
client. Initial release 0.5.0 is dated February 26,
2002. V0.5.1 was released the following day. Stable
version 0.7.1 was released July 6, 2002.
Linux in a
This project puts together encapsulated pieces of a
Linux operating system. Site is in English and Polish.
Last update August 2001.
LRP is small enough to fit on a single 1.44MB floppy
disk, and makes building and maintaining routers, access
servers, thin servers, thin clients, network appliances,
and typically embedded systems next to trivial.
Linux On A Floppy (LOAF) is a small yet extensible
distribution of the Linux operating system. As the name
implies, LOAF generally fits on a single floppy, but is
not limited to just one, or floppies at all for that
matter. LOAF's "new" [December 2001] intended
purpose is a base in which the user can expand to his or
her liking. Version 1 was essentially 'ssh on a floppy',
as this was its initial raison d'être. As of version
2, however, LOAF is a much more generic distribution,
meant to be expanded via packages. It can be a client,
it can be a server, it can be a router. The ultimate
function of LOAF is completely up to the user.
muLinux (µLinux, really) 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-on are provided. Works on PC 386-8M + swap
space, and installs in RAM, UMSDOS, EXT2 &
Nuclinux is a single floppy Linux distribution. One 3.5
in. floppy contains enough of a system to connect to the
Internet from a networked machine (e.g. school lab,
Internet cafe, etc.) It's also available as a
Orange Linux is a floppy-based Linux distribution that
includes a set of tools for making your own
distribution, a VGA graphics library, and a small Pong
game. Initial version 1.0 was released March 11, 2003.
Proxyfloppy is a floppy disk that contains a bootable
Linux system with 3 different types of web proxy and
some added tools. The goal is to make it simple and safe
for people with an always-on Internet connection to turn
their desktop into a anonymous proxy server during the
time that the computer would normally go unused. Version
1.1 was released on February 15, 2002.
RIMiGate is a floppy-based Linux distribution for
running WA4DSY's aprsd. Its goal is to make it easy to
deploy igates for the APRS project. Version 0.2 was
released April 4, 2003.
Serverdisk diskette distro is a Linux floppy disk
distribution which includes FTP and HTTP servers. Just a
small server, not intended to be a rescue disk or
standalone firewall. The initial version, 0.1, was
released September 19, 2002.
A Small Kernel Project; Small Linux has been used
(console based) on a 386 laptop with 2 meg of ram and a
40 meg hard drive. Small Linux 0.8.1 is the current
version, released December 6, 2001.
spyLinux is (s)mall (py)thon (Linux), a single disk
distribution of Linux based on tomsrtbt with mxCGIPython.
Tinfoil Hat Linux started as a secure, single floppy,
bootable Linux distribution for storing PGP keys and
then encrypting, signing and wiping files. At some point
it became an exercise in over-engineering. Now at
version 1.0, THL is released under a BSD style license.
"The most GNU/Linux on 1 floppy disk." Tom's
Root Boot (tomsrtbt) is possibly the best known and
widely used recovery disk version of Linux. Version
2.0.103 was released May 4, 2002.
From the makers of cLIeNUX, ViraLinux_II is a LILO
boot/root floppy image that can run without a hard drive
and has over 200k free space on the floppy, ash, eforthl,
H3sm and no libc.
Zool Linux is a project whose goal is to assist in
making Linux mini-distributions, useful for floppy-based
rescue systems, or to check hardware and network
connections. It supports many different filesystems and
utilities. Zool 1 is a Linux rescue disk based on the
2.2.23 kernel. Zool 2, released January 9, 2003, is
based on the 2.4.18 kernel. Zool 3, released January 21,
2003 adds network support.
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