Damn Small BSD

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Web site: damnsmallbsd.org
Origin: Germany
Category: Specialist
Desktop environment: Fluxbox
Architecture: x86
Based on: FreeBSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: ? | December 2007 ?

Damn Small BSD – a very small, 50MB BSD distribution intended for hardware with lower resources than those most frequently encountered on a standard PC.

Intended targets include: legacy PC’s, modems, routers, switches, AP’s (Access Points), Set Top Boxes, Atoms, and Cell Phones to name but a few.

There are 2 versions, one based on FreeBSD and one on OpenBSD. It boots directly into RAM off a CD ora a USB stick and can be used as a desktop or a firewall.

DSBSD comes with everything you need in a basic desktop environment. It includes the fluxbox window manager, firefox, xmms, and many other applications. It also includes tools to help you get work done, such as an ssh server, a mini httpd, xvncviewer, and more.

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LiMP

LiMP

Web site: limp-vkk-ver1.sourceforge.net
Origin: India
Category: Multimedia
Desktop environment: Openbox
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent ?
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 2.5 | May 6, 2007

LiMP – a completely free, rapid, highly-compact version of Linux that can transform your computer into a dedicated multimedia player: capable of visualizing zone encrypted DVDs, playing a wide range of music and movie files, streaming mp3 music files across networks and more. By optimizing linux purely for the purpose of multimedia playing, fast load up times and excellent results are produced even on older computers.

LiMP works by loading itself into your RAM when you switch on your PC or laptop. The CD is then ejected, leaving your CD/DVD player available for use. It has been created for use on all computers for those of all computer abilities: LiMP can autodetect your sound video and network cards, hard-disks and USB storage devices, and has a friendly menu-driven interface. As well as running from the CD, it can be easily integrated into your linux partition and selected from the grub menu at boot time.

Multimedia playback is provided by MPlayer and XMMS, two of the most popular sound and video tools, providing ease of use and familiarity.

The project developer is V. Krishna Karthik.

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LiMP 2.5 i386 120MB.iso
md5sum: e0343004f7a0053c92a41482560e8a4b

 

Knoppix-OpenVZ

Knoppix OpneVZ

Web site: wiki.openvz.org
Origin: ?
Category: Virtualization
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Knoppix
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 5.1.1 | January 4, 2007

Knoppix-OpenVZ – a live CD based on Knoppix 5.1.1 which features the OpenVZ technology.

OpenVZ is a container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical server enabling better server utilization and ensuring that applications do not conflict. Each container performs and executes exactly like a stand-alone server; a container can be rebooted independently and have root access, users, IP addresses, memory, processes, files, applications, system libraries and configuration files. OpenVZ is free open source software, available under GNU GPL.

The Live CD contains the OpenVZ patched kernel 2.6.18-028stab027, the utility vzctl 3.0.16 and the program vzquota 3.0.9. Furthermore, minimal templates (file system archives that can be unpacked to set up virtual machines) have been added for Debian 3.1, CentOS 4, and Fedora Core 5. To make room for it, the developers renounced Knoppix on OpenOffice, GIMP and Frozen Bubble.

The booted system runs completely in the RAM of the computer. The number of virtual machines (VEs) that can be set up and started depends on the available RAM. With 1 GB of main memory, about five VEs should start.

OpenVZ is the free base of the commercial solution »Virtuozzo« from SWsoft. It virtualizes the operating system, but not the hardware. This means a kernel (Linux with OpenVZ patch) is running, and this provides a number of virtual environments. Each of these VEs feels very much like a separate computer

The OpenVZ development team has created a live CD that can be used to test the OpenVZ technology without installing it on the computer.

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Knoppix-OpenVZ 5.1.1 i386 699MB.iso
md5sum: 06f9443ef31001146a4c334fca433b2a

 

Knoppel

Knoppel

Web site: www.knoppel.org
Origin: Greece
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Knoppix
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 0.8 | February 12, 2007

Knoppel – a project based on Knoppix, the main goal is to provide a live-cd for the Greek community based on the needs of Greek speaking users.

Knoppel is a “live” version of linux. This means that you can boot from your CD-ROM without touching anything on your hardware and specifically without requiring a partition on your hard drive. It is a distribution based on Canon.

Knoppel is the distribution distributed to the visitors of Hellug and ELLAK’s kiosks at the Infosystem Thessaloniki Exhibition.

The general philosophy of KNOPPEL is to have the smallest possible recording capabilities. For this reason, the existing partitions are or are not attached at all or attached only to “read”. If you right-click on the device you can select “Change to Recording / Reading” to make the device recordable.
CAUTION: Recording to NTFS partitions can result in data loss, since Linux does not fully support this file system! However, the DOS and FAT32 file systems are safe to write.

KNOPPEL = KNOPPix + ELlinika
It’s an easy solution to run Linux on your computer from a CD without having it installed permanently.

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Knoppel 0.8 i386 MB.iso
md5sum: 6f2545174025fc939fb82781b38631b2

 

Harley-DavidsonOS

Harley-DavidsonOS

Web site: www.mypclinuxos.com (not active)
Origin: ?
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME
Architecture: x86
Based on: PCLinuxOS
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: ? | September 19, 2007

Harley-DavidsonOS – a spin-off version of the original PCLinuxOS Linux distribution.

It features a Harley-Davidson (an American motorcycle manufacturer, founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) desktop theme, splash screen and icons for the motorcycle’s fans.

It is based on PCLinuxOS 2007 and uses the GNOME 2.x desktop environment as default.
Apart of the custom theme, it contains a set of common used appliactions for home users.

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Harley-DavidsonOS i486 669MB.iso
md5sum: 08256da85cf34ca804e8a70609763bac

 

BasicLinux

BasicLinux

Web site: distro.ibiblio.org/baslinux/
Origin: Czech Republic
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: JWM
Architecture: x86
Based on: Slackware
Wikipedia:
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

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BasicLinux 3.50 DOS i386 2.8MB.zip
md5sum: 7523bb5abc829c5b5db380bdf7214593
BasicLinux 3.50 Floppy Disk i386 2.7MB.zip
md5sum: b9d17f1d36ee1312621097b50ba5e053
BasicLinux 3.50 QEMU image i386 2.9MB.zip
md5sum: d5bc6ba1a25ee9717e8a369853feb70f

 

Grafpup

Grafpup

Web site: grafpup.org (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Multimedia
Desktop environment: Openbox
Architecture: x86
Based on: Puppy Linux
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 2.00 | June 2, 2007

Grafpup – a Puppy based Linux distribution created for graphic designers and other imaging professionals.

Grafpup Linux offers a lot of different programs that are perfect both in the form of advanced and amateur software. It ships with pre-installed appliacations for vector graphics, bitmap graphics, photo and graphics processing (GIMP, Cinepaint, Inkscape, Scribus), tools for creating websites and an interesting multimedia player. This version of Linux is only 75 MB, which seems really small, as for what it really has to offer.

Apart from interesting graphic programs, Grafpup offers options that will help you organize and configure all tools. It is very user-friendly because it has a number of wizards that facilitate the majority of tasks related to administration, networking or drives. The system is also equipped with a package manager, which facilitates the installation of many packages that are able to effectively increase the capabilities and scope of the system.

It uses the Openbox window manager as default.

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Grafpup 2.00 Dillo i386 68MB.iso
md5sum: 57c3bb041ac17d0bfc95385eaf74a564
Grafpup 1.0.4 Deluxe i386 405MB.iso
md5sum: c5522c67620017ed5456624299c6897c

 

FrogDev

FrogDev

Web site: www.frogdev.info
Origin: France
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME, Xfce
Architecture: x86
Based on: Gentoo
Wikipedia:
Media: Live DVD
The last version | Released: 2005-05-15 | May 20, 2007 ?

FrogDev – a French live Linux distribution based on Gentoo Linux.

This LiveCD aims to mount a linux system in action to any user. Due to the small size of a Cdrom, not all software can be included.
This LiveCD does not install anything on your computer, as long as you do not request it using the script: frogdev.sh
The frogdev liveCD is based on the GENTOO distribution.

If you install this LiveCD on your computer, it is 100% compatible with this distribution. So you can enjoy all the benefits of this system as well as all the software that comes with this distribution.

License :
This LiveCD is licensed under CeCILL (in order to be compliant with French law) which is compatible with the GPL v2, so you will not find the latest flashplayer or Win32 codecs to play some videos. But once installed the LiveCd, nothing prevents you from installing them.
The CeCILL license is available in the file License_CeCILL_V2-en.html

The live user name is: root
Password: frogdev

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FrogDev 2015-05-15 i386 1.0.2GB.iso
md5sum: b1ea03c6afdddc8e284f4e3a6aac1d89

 

Scibuntu

Scibuntu

Web site: scibuntu.sourceforge.net
Origin: Sweden
Category: Scientist
Desktop environment:
Architecture: x86
Based on: Ubuntu
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version 0.41 beta | Released: June 4, | May 2007

Scibuntu – Ubuntu Linux for scientists and science students. Scibuntu is not just another Linux distribution. It is a script that adds scientific programs and other convinient tools to the plain desktop Ubuntu.

Scibuntu makes your computer a scientific workstation. It is Ubuntu Linux for scientists and science students. Scibuntu is not just another Linux distribution. It is a script that adds scientific programs and other convenient tools to the plain desktop Ubuntu.

Scibuntu is based on Ubuntu Linux, one of the most popular, powerful and usable Linux distributions there are. Scibuntu releases the scientific power that is hidden within Ubuntu. Most programs in Scibuntu are already out there in the Ubuntu repositories Scibuntu collects them for you and puts them into your computer. Some programs are fetched from other places.

Scibuntu is free software or if you prefer to call it open source, under the GPL license. The programs installed by Scibuntu are released under their own licenses.

Scibuntu is not a big program, just a couple of screenfuls of code, but it has drawn lots of attention in its first month, with thousends of visits at the web pages, lots of attention on the web, hundreds of downloads of the alpha versions and lots and lots of e-mail to the founder. We think that it fills out an empty niche in the software ecosystem. Now we feel prepared to release the first beta version.

What is included:
– Tools for reading and writing scientific text
– A reference manager
– Math and statistics tools
– Plotting tools
– Physics tools
– Chemistry tools
– Bioinformatics packages
– Console tools
– Development packages

The project developer is Urban Anjar.

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Scibuntu 0.41 beta 7.2KB
md5sum: 78da9febb3de0308345e13b286bc812c

 

Fluxbuntu

Fluxbuntu

Web site: fluxbuntu.org (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: Fluxbox
Architecture: x86
Based on: Ubuntu
Wikipedia:
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 7.10-rc | October 26, 2007

Fluxbuntu – a Linux distribution made for computers that have less powerful hardware. It is based on Ubuntu and uses Fluxbox as its window manager.

It is lightweight, swift and efficient. These features support the Fluxbuntu Linux Project’s goal of running on a wide range of mobile devices and computers (low-end & high-end).

The project developer is Joe Jaxx.

The screenshot source: Wikipedia.

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Fluxbox 7.10-rc i386 313MB.iso
md5sum: 477c72d8363a45a3d2aea9936764227d
Fluxbox Virtual Disk i386 416MB.7z
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