FREESCO

FREESCO

Web site: www.freesco.org
Origin: ?
Category: Router
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent ?
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 0.4.5 | March 30, 2014

FREESCO – a NAT/firewall router/server based on Linux and runs on a single 1.44MB floppy. Freesco is very powerful and versatile and can connect multiple home or small office networks to most types of Internet connections including dialup.

FREESCO was developed in the open source tradition as an alternative to routing products offered by Cisco, 3-Com, Accend, Nortel etc. While all of these companies offer products that are well made, the overhead and overall costs can be expensive.

FREESCO is based on the Linux operating system. And incorporates many of the features of other Linux distributions into software that fits onto a single 1.44 meg floppy diskette. With FREESCO, you can configure:
– a simple bridge with up to 10 Ethernet segments
– a router with up to 10 Ethernet segments
– a dialup line router
– a leased line router
– an Ethernet router
– a dial-in server with up to 10 modems (with multiport modems).
– a time server
– a dhcp server
– a http server
– a ftp server
– a dns server
– a ssh server
– a print server (requires TCP/IP printing client software)

FREESCO also incorporates firewalling and NAT, which are resident within the Linux kernel, to help protect you and your network. All of these features can be used in conjunction with each other or individually.

Minimum install requires a 486sx with 12mb of ram. 16+mb of ram is recommended for enabling servers.

The project coordinator and lead developer is Lewis “Lightning” Baughman.

 

TAMU Linux

TAMU Linux

Web site: tamulug.tamu.edu/tamulinux.html (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GUI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia:
Media: Install Floppy
The last version | Released: ? | May 1992

TAMU Linux – the first Linux distribution which offered the X Window System instead of a text based operating system only. TAMULinux is primarily developed by Aggies at Texas A&M with the Texas A&M Unix & Linux Users Group.

The University launched TAMU in May 1992 and the TAMU Linux Users Group was trying to resuscitate as TAMULinux as late as 2010.

TAMU.99p12+ is the latest release in the TAMU linux series. Unlike previous releases, this one includes both integrated source and binary sets, with the entire binary set created from a single top level source make. This ensures that all programs are compiled and linked with the same current tools and libraries, and guarantees availability of working source for every program in the binary set. In addition, the new boot diskette fully automates the installation process, including partitioning, lilo bootstrapping, and network configuration. Installation requires no rebooting, and requires the user to know only the host’s name and IP address. At every step of installation, the program provides intelligent defaults, making it a snap for novices, while allowing experts full flexibility in setting installation parameters. Reliability has been improved over past TAMU installation by the use of labels on all disk images, so that the program can detect and recover from bad or misordered diskettes.

The release is a full featured package, including XFree86-1.3, emacs-19.18, net-2, bootutils, and sources for all installation programs (without any use restrictions.

Download

No download is available.
md5sum:

 

PicoBSD

PicoBSD

Web site: people.freebsd.org/~picobsd/old/picobsd.html
Origin: Poland
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: text
Architecture: x86
Based on: FreeBSD
Wikipedia: PicoBSD
Media: Live Floppy
The last version | Released: 2.2.5 | March 26, 1998

PicoBSD – a one floppy version of FreeBSD, configured mainly for networking applications. It can be used as a router or firewall, or kind of a fixit floppy (or all of them).

Minimal requirements:
– 386SX CPU or better (there is an FPU emulator in kernel)
– 10MB RAM – the more the better. If you have an HDD, you can make a swap partition or swap file (using vnode driver and vnconfig). Then you probably will be able to run with ca. 6MB only
– Modem sitting on COM1-COM4 (default is to use COM2), if you want to have a PPP connection
– Network card: compatible with NE2000, PCI Intel, 3Com 3c509 or with DEC chipsets (ed, ep, fxp and de drivers). The kernel supports two of them (i.e. 7 total) plus two PPP connections (tun interfaces). So you can easily build something like router with as many as 9 outlets

The project developer is Andrzej Bialecki, and newer version is Dinesh Nair.
The latest floppies of version 0.42 were built from 3.0-current sources. Though they provide more features, they tend to be less stable than the latest RELEASE of FreeBSD. Dinesh Nair back-ported these scripts to the latest release (2.2.5), and continues development of PicoBSD using sources from that branch.

In April 2, 2005 Volker Ruppert created an ‘img’ image of PicoBSD. The directory contains a bootable floppy image of PicoBSD, which is a teeny version of FreeBSD. I have been able to get it to boot, as long as I tell it not to probe for a mouse.

PicoBSD is now included in the FreeBSD source files where it is used by embedded system developers to create their own system images. It can be used with recent versions of FreeBSD and it is located in /usr/src/release/picobsd/.

In FreeBSD 5, it has been superseded by the NanoBSD framework.

Download

PicoBSD 2.2.5N i386 Floppy 1.28MB.zip
md5sum: 3cd1e17241407729920df1819456fff7
PicoBSD IMG-disk 1.16MB.img.tar.gz
md5sum: 51d3b3565ba4e535bcd5bfb41f869bf7

 

Floppix

Floppix

Web site: http://floppix.com
Origin: Unknown
Category: Mini distribution
Desktop environment: Text based
Architecture: x86
Based on: Debian
Wikipedia:
Media: Live Floppy Image
The last version | Released: 2.1r6 | April 12, 2000

Floppix – a very small subset of Debian/GNU Linux that fits on two 3.5″ 1.4Mb diskettes.
Floppix was designed as a teaching tool, works entirely in a temporary RAM disk, and has no hard drive access.

It provides a platform to practice Linux commands and experiment with simple system administration. The most important tools of the system are: vi, sed, gzip, tar, telnet, ftp, mail, ssmtp, fetchmail, links, ssh, traceroute.

System Requirements: a machine with i486 CPU, a 3.5″ floppy drive, and 16MB RAM.

To create Floppix diskettes under MS Windows run floppix.exe to unpack the installation files, and then run install.bat.

To create Floppix under a Linux distribution untar the ‘tar.gz’ archive and copy the images onto diskettes:
tar -xvzf floppix.tar.gz
cd floppix
dd if=disk1.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1k
dd if=disk2.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1k

The last version of Floppix is derived from Debian 2.1 “Slink”.
The founder of Floppix is L.M.MacEwan.

Download

Floppix 2.1r6 Floppy Image i386 2.88MB.tar.gz
md5sum: 4e696f1beb21255b2fd55ce34ee658f6
Floppix 2.1.r6 Floppy Installer (MS Windows) 2.88MB.exe
md5sum: 99c73ecad8c0580a67c4612f5c23a481

 

SkatOS

SkatOS

Web site: www.giannone.ch/skatos/
Origin: Switzerland
Category: Game, Mini distribution
Desktop environment: SkateOSWM
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia:
Media: Live Floppy
The last version | Released: 2.0 | February 04, 2007

SkatOS – an independent, very small, floppy disk size Linux distribution which plays the popular German card game Skat. It features full network client/server support so you can play Skat over LAN with friends.

The live system runs XSkat 4.0 based on BusyBox 0.60.5, uClibc 0.9.24 and TinyX 4.2.1 X Server with Linux kernel 2.2.26.

It uses SkatOSWM window manager – a very small window manager which centers all new windows on the screen. It was inspired by two other window managers: sWM and TinyWM.

To copy the live image onto a floppy disk, use the command:
dd if=skatos.img of=/dev/fd0

You can test it in QEMU too:
qemu-system-i386 /patch/to/skatos.img

The author of SkatOS is Bodo Giannone.
The latest version of SkatOS 2.0 was released in February 2007.

Download

SkatOS 2.0 i386 Floppy Image 1.47MB.img
md5sum: 154adfb0ed8ec838935a996889fa5e6f

 

LightOS

LightOS

Web site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/lightos1/
Origin: USA
Category: Mini system
Desktop environment: Text based
Architecture: x86
Based on: DR-DOS/OpenDOS
Wikipedia:
Media: Install CD/Floppy
The last version | Released: 3.0 | January 11, 2011
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LightOS – an open-source operating system for x86 computers, based on DR-DOS/OpenDOS 7.01.
LightOS extends on DR-DOS by adding a desktop, built-in mouse support, and better integration with programs.

It is very small of size image, which can fits to the standard floppy disk.
The system can be installed on a separated partition of a hard drive, opposite to existing operating systems.

The founder and developer of LightOS is Corbin Davenport.
The last version of LightOS 3.0 was released in 2011.

Download

LightOS 3.0 (OpenDOS 7.01) i386 1.2MB.zip
md5sum: 52b047ea43bdfde98bdca77b3c40bd00

Pocket Linux

Pocket Linux

Web site: www.pocket-linux.org/index.html.en
Origin: Poland
Category: Mini distribution
Desktop environment: Text based
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia (pl): Pocket Linux
Media: Live floppy
The last version | Released: 2.51-fix-4 | January 28, 2002
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Pocket Linux – a minimal, one floppy Linux based system designed to quickly convert PC workstation into secure Linux-based workstation using ssh to connect to remote host. It supports bootp for determining host IP and other network parameters.

Pocket Linux provides a small and efficient workstation that autoconfigures as much as possible and lets securely use the network from almost everywhere.

The founder and developer of the project is Paweł Więcek.
The last version 2.51 of the minimal in size Linux system was released by the author in 1998.
There is also available a newer version of 2.51-fix-4 released by Arkadiusz Miskiewicz.