Last Updated on: 7th May 2022, 10:36 pm

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Origin: Czech Republic
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: JWM
Architecture: x86
Based on: Slackware
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 3.50 | March 21, 2007

BasicLinux – a mini-Linux that boots from HD, FD or CDrom and runs in a 4mb ramdisk. It has a fully-featured shell, an easy-to-use editor, and a variety of useful utilities.

In particular, BasicLinux is well equipped for internet use: it can dial an ISP, browse the web, send/receive mail, and download/upload files. It can also share an internet connection with other computers.

BasicLinux is a good distribution for an old 386/486 with limited RAM and small harddrive. The optional HD installation package puts BasicLinux on its own HD partition, where standard applications can be installed (including X, Netscape and GCC).

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).

It comes in two versions: one boots from a DOS harddrive, the other boots from floppies. Both versions have the option to install themselves to a Linux partition on the harddrive.

Minimum requirements (DOS version):
– Intel 386 or compatible
– 3 mb RAM
– DOS (or Windows 95/98 in DOS mode)

Minimum requirements (Floppy version):
– Intel 386 or compatible
– 12 mb RAM
– two 1.44 mb floppy disks


BasicLinux 3.50 DOS i386
md5sum: 7523bb5abc829c5b5db380bdf7214593
BasicLinux 3.50 Floppy Disk i386
md5sum: b9d17f1d36ee1312621097b50ba5e053
BasicLinux 3.50 QEMU image i386
md5sum: d5bc6ba1a25ee9717e8a369853feb70f


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