by Klaus Knopper is a bootable CD with a collection of
GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and
support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and
USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used
as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or
adapted and used as a platform for commercial software
product demos. It is not necessary to install anything
on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD
can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on
it. A kix (Knoppix mini CD) is now available in the
MuLinux by Michele
"The most Linux on one floppy. (distribution or panic disk)." by Tom
"A Linux Security Toolkit" by Matthew D. Franz.
LRP "Linux Router Project"
is a very small Linux distribution that fits on one floppy disk.
You need at least a 386 machine (FPU not necessary) with 8 mb ram to run
HAL91. The entire system runs in ram, so you can remove the floppy after
booting. The kernel supports IDE hard disks and ATAPI cdrom drives.
Supported filesystems are ext2, iso9660 and vfat, optional encryption using
AES is possible. Limited support for ethernet cards (NE2000 only) is also
included. Support for scsi adapters, parallel zip drive and other ethernet
cards is possible by loading kernel modules from an optional package.
by Thomas Lundquist.
Minimal linux package. UMSDOS filesystem (no repartition), TCP/IP and
SLIP/PPP, X Windows including Xmosaic. Support Soundblaster, mouse, modem,
is a minimal Linux ELF distribution in 7.5MB archive (5
diskettes) designed to be used within MSDOS and to allow the user to
experiment with Linux anywhere he/she wants.
by Erich Boehm is a full featured linux system running on Intel PC's. The special thing is
that DLX comes with only one 3,5" floppydisk. DLX boots with a kernel >= 1.3.89 and
starts a ramdisk image. In addition to that DLX also has a writeable ext2
filesystem of about 130 kb on the same disk to easily store configuration
scripts (survives booting, is not on the ramdisk !). Further is DLX fully
prepared for the paralell-port ZIP-Drive which allows you to mount 100 mb
disks. You can even put large programs like perl5 on the disk
because a special directory on the ZIP-disk is mounted as /usr/local/*!
creates a bootable X Windows system
that fits on two 1.44 MB floppies. The kernel (2.0.26)
includes networking (PPP and dialin script, NE2000,
3C509) and the driver for the parallel port ZIP drive as
modules. The file system contains pppd, rlogin, tar
and ncftp and a small X Windows system. Requires a
Linux system (with 2.0.0 kernel or above) to create the
2 floppies. The cramdisk floppy set will boot to "xdm"
on a 486/pentium with 16MB RAM. For networking, the IP
addresses and/or ppp dialin sequence need to be set.
A method for modifying the floppy image is included.
by Steven Gibson. Three disk micro-distribution of Linux and utilities.
Based on kernel 1.2.11. Root disk is ext2 format and has
fdisk and mkfs.ext2 so that a
harddisk install can be done. Useful to boot up on old machines with
less than 4MB of RAM.
by Rick Hohensee client-use-oriented Linux distribution
by Paul Gortmaker for very small systems with less
than 2MB RAM and 10MB harddisk space (1.x.x kernel)
See also the packages at
formerly known as SunSite
You may also consider some of the boot floppies provided by various
distributions falling into this category, e.g. the boot/rescue floppy of
If you like to build your own flavour of a boot floppy you may do so
manually, as described in the
or using some helper tools, for instance mkrboot (provided at least as a
Debian/GNU Linux package) or pcinitrd, which is
part of the PCMCIA-CS package by David Hinds.
Also you might try to build your Linux system on a ZIP drive. This is
described in the