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    Red face Re: MiniLinux

    Here's some suggestions in order of their size (as a compressed image rather than install or memory requirements according to free -m). Most run on x86 hardware and are graphical.

    Not Linux but worth mentioning
    (<2Mb?) Contiki
    (<2Mb) QNX Floppy demo
    (<2Mb) KolibriOS (based on MenuetOS) a GUI OS
    (<2Mb) Balder (based on FreeDOS)
    (~11Mb) FreeDOS + OpenGEM (4.4Mb) - DOS compatible GUI
    (~23Mb) ReactOS - Windows compatible but still in alpha
    (~30Mb) KolibriOS CD version (based on MenuetOS) a GUI OS
    (<50Mb) DamnSmall BSD - based on FreeBSD, but with Fluxbox
    (<100Mb) Milax - Solaris live CD

    Unknown size
    Deb-Ice netinstall

    Special mention
    INX Command line Ubuntu designed for usability.

    Under 50Mb
    Distros under 50Mb fit onto a MiniCD or sometimes floppy disks (usually 1.44Mb each). Best in category: Damn Small Linux.

    (<1Mb) muLinux
    (~3Mb) BasicLinux - Slackware 4 + X + e-mail + presentation
    (~3Mb) Mungkie - (aka 2diskXwin)
    (~4Mb) Blueflops - 2 floppy graphical web browser
    (8.9Mb) Geexbox (Media Center only)
    (10Mb) Tiny Core - Linux 2.6 kernel, Busybox, Tiny X, Fltk, and Jwm
    (12Mb) Grey Cat Linux - Slackware based with IceWM
    (<20Mb) TINY
    (~25Mb) SliTaz with JWM
    (29Mb) LinuxConsole Micro - GUI IceWM
    (<50Mb) DamnSmallLinux - based on Knoppix, but with JWM and Fluxbox
    (44Mb) Jinx - with Opera 9, Flash, Textmaker and Planmaker.
    (<50Mb) Austrumi - A business card size bootable live CD Linux distribution based on Slackware.
    (<50Mb) MeanPup -A live distro based on Puppy
    (<50Mb) Mitrax -A live distro based on Slackware
    (<50Mb) Luit - XFCE and ROXFile

    Under 128Mb
    Best in category: Puppy Linux.

    (80Mb) LiMP - Linux Media Player turns your PC into a jukebox.
    (<100Mb) NimbleX sub100 - Slackware based with KDE (or 69Mb with no GTK or multimedia)
    (<100Mb) Puppy Linux - live with JWM (see also eBoxPup, IcePup, LitePup, MiniPup, PizzaPup, SafePup, SurfPup and XPuppyPro)
    (82Mb) KioskCD - web browser only
    (84Mb) DamnSmallLinux-Not - distro using Knoppix hardware recognition with Abiword and Gnumeric.
    (<128Mb) DeLi - Desktop Light
    (<128Mb) SLAX Popcorn Edition- A smaller version of SLAX with Xfce
    (<128Mb) FeatherLinux - Knoppix based distro with Fluxbox

    Under 256Mb
    Best in category: Ubuntu GTK1.2 Remix.

    (177Mb) TinyMe - based on pcLinuxOS, but with Openbox
    (182Mb) Kurumin 6 Light - Knoppix based, with KDE
    (183Mb) WebConverger Mini based on Debian Live
    (187Mb) Ubuntu GTK1.2 Remix - Ubuntu Hardy Heron for sub 300Mhz PCs
    (200Mb) NimbleX - Slackware based with Enlightenment, IceWM, JWM, Fluxbox
    (~200Mb) PUD - based on Ubuntu
    (~200Mb) Slax - Distro based on Slackware using KDE
    (223Mb) TinyFlux - based on TinyMe, with Fluxbox
    (230Mb) Kanotix CpxMini, Kanotix, but with Fluxbox
    (241Mb) Wolvix Cub
    (<250Mb) Featherweight- based on Feather Linux, but with KDE
    (<256Mb) Flash Linux- Gentoo-based, initially designed to run off of a 256Mb USB key.

    Under 700Mb
    Distros under 700Mb fit onto most CD-Rs. These should still run in 128Mb RAM on a Pentium III level machine. Best in category: Crunchbang.

    (278Mb) AliXe - Slax based with Xfce
    (273Mb) Icebuntu - Ubuntu + IceWM (live cd username is ubuntu)
    (293Mb) Draco Linux - SLiM login manager + Fluxbox + Xfce
    (300Mb) Fluxbuntu - Ubuntu 7.10 based with Fluxbox
    (319Mb) WebConverger Maxi based on Debian live
    (410Mb) AntiX - MEPIS based with Fluxbox
    (440Mb) TheLittleDebian - Spanish
    (551Mb) Kanotix Lite with KDE
    (614Mb) SaxenOS 1 - with EDE
    (626Mb) MEPISLite - MEPIS based with KDE
    (633Mb) Crunchbang - Ubuntu with Openbox (and Conky!)
    (662Mb) eLive - Debian based with Enlightenment
    (673Mb) SOAD - OpenSUSE 11 with Enlightenment 17
    (693Mb) MoonOS - Debian with Enlightenment 17 or LXDE
    (696Mb) OzOS - Xubuntu (or Debian) + e17
    (699Mb) SAM - A LiveCD based on PCLinuxOS, but with Xfce.

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    Last edited by darrelljon; March 1st, 2009 at 07:16 PM. Reason: Added MoonOS


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