Web site: people.freebsd.org/~picobsd/old/picobsd.html
Origin: Poland
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: CLI
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In FreeBSD 5, it has been superseded by the NanoBSD framework.


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




Web site: linterm.pun.pl
Origin: Poland
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: PCLinuxOS?
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 1.0 rc | 2007

LinTerm – a Polish Linux distribution, created by Kamil Pawelak.

LinTerm is based on RPM packages, uses only text environment, and is targeted to users who have some more experience with Linux command line environment. The distribution works as a live CD, with an option of installation on a hard drive.

Because it does not use any graphical environment, it should works on most machines with very low power.

LinTerm uses ext3 file system as default, but it supports reiserfs, xfs, jfs and more. The distro offers its own packaging system called ‘plt’ and a package manager (with no name).

LinTerm and most packages is released under GNU GPL license.


No download is available.




Web site: openzone.pl/strona,linos,718 (not active)
Origin: Poland
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: Xfce
Architecture: x86
Based on: Gentoo
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 1.0.4 | 2007

LinOS – a Polish Linux distribution created by OpenOffice Polska. It is based on Gentoo and uses the Xfce desktop environment.

LinOS works as a live CD. The main reason of creating LinOS was availability of secure internet connection. LinOS features full support of TPSA, Netia 24 (speedtouch) and Blueconnect modems, and the Wi-Fi support as well. The system works in live mode only, so all user’s data are not saved on a hard drive of a computer.

Top7 company (OpenOffice T7 maker) has bought the LinOS from OpenOffice Polska in 16 of September 2007.
After that, the LinOS was under development as a project of OpenZone.pl

The last version of LinOS 1.0.4 was released in 2007.


LinOS 1.0 i386 309MB.iso
md5sum: 5af1344d29839dfd9aaa31ac4ad624e3


Nasza Nowa Dystrybucja

Nasza Nowa Dystrybucja

Web site: nnd.freesco.pl (not active)
Origin: Poland
Category: Server
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Slackware
Wikipedia (PL): NND
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 0.2.4 | March 16, 2010

NND (Nasza Nowa Dystrybucja) – a Polish Linux distribution, designed to work as a Neostrada, SDI and DSL router. It includes a simple web server, firewall and SSH. NND supports USB and Wi-Fi, and ext2, ext3 and ReiserFS file systems.

The main idea of NND creation is providing as a simple distribution for installation and initial configuration as router Freesco, but allowing for easy upgrades via the pacman package manager. NND is based on the 2.4 series kernel.

NND project started in 2002, but the first version was released in 2004 (pre-alpha).
The base system was based on Slackware and only featured packages necessary for the operation of the system and router. Soon afterwards appeared a simple installer and configurator. Also added a simple package system attendant dependencies and allows to make updates. After some time the NND developers decided to complete the reconstruction of distribution by adding a Pacman packages tool.

The last version of the distribution is nnd-linux-0.2.4 which was released in 2010.


NND 0.2.4 br 2010.03.16 i386 104MB.iso
md5sum: 31600843e95227f6d7545a2524cc20ef
NND 0.2.4 fr 2010.03.16 i386 354MB.iso
md5sum: 0e46ab45d083ed190a0755566bfbfec3



SRU Desktop

SRU Server

Web site: (not active)
Origin: Poland
Category: Education
Desktop environment: Xfce
Architecture: x86
Based on: Ubuntu
Media: Live DVD
The last version | Released: 14.04 | July 11, 2014
Zobacz po polsku Zobacz po polsku: SRU

SRU (Szkolny Remiks Ubuntu – Eng.: Ubuntu School Remix) – a Polish, specialist Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, targeted to education.

It is built on the top of Xubuntu LTS, and provides two versions of the operating system:
– Desktop editions – for students and teachers
– Serwer – based on Ubuntu server

SRU Desktop offers components such as:
– Xfce desktop environment
– Linux kernel, for older machines too
– Epoptes Client – an application for monitoring SRU installation from SRU server
– LibreOffice suite
– a set of applications for audio and video editing
– a set of education games and programs
– multimedia codecs and plugins
– VirtualBox

SRU Serwer offers:
– DHCP server
– MySQL server
– Apache server
– PHP 5
– phpMyAdmin
– squid + dansguardian + transparent proxy via iptables
– network configuration via Network Manager for 2 ethernet interfaces
– Miredo – encapsulation IPv6 in IPv4 packages

The lates version of SRU was released in 2014.


SRU 14.04 Desktop i386 2.97GB.iso
md5sum: a117427173e2279390c05268c11bab22
SRU 14.04 Server i386 1.08GB.iso
md5sum: 6e39d4ecc0c95e5e0a671b658e58b2ff




Web site: www.linux-educd.pl (not active)
Origin: Poland
Category: Education
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: PCLinuxOS
Wikipedia(PL): Linux-EduCD
Media: Live DVD
The last version | Released: 1.0 | June 12, 2009
Zobacz po polsku Zobacz po polsku: Linux-EduCD

Linux-EduCD – a Polish Linux distribution intended for educational use in classrooms inside schools.

Linux-EduCD features a set of pre-installed educational, multimedia, graphics and office applications on the top of KDE 3 desktop environment. More applications were available on the additional DVD disk called „Homepack”, which could be installed as required.
From version 0.9 the system uses PCLinuxOS MiniMe and Mandriva as its base.
Older versions of Linux-EduCD were based on Knoppix and Ubuntu.

The live system is targeted to machines with i386 CPU.
The last version of Linux-EduCd 1.0 „Valis” was released in June 2009.
The system developer is Rajmund Radziewicz.


Linux-EduCD 1.0 i386 1.17GB.iso
md5sum: a67cf5562d471e9cadb4c83237fdbffc




Web site: www.xtreme-os.pl (not active)
Origin: Poland
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: KDE, Gnome
Architecture: x86, x86_64
Based on: Mandriva Linux
Media: Install DVD
The last version | Released: 4.0 Community | June 1, 2010
Zobacz po polsku Zobacz po polsku: XtremeOS

XtremeOS – a commercial, Polish Linux distribution based on Mandriva Linux.

It started in 2007 as a Xtreme Pack, created by Mandriva Polish community team.
Starting from the 3rd version of Xtreme, the system has been created by Amazis.net team.

The iso images contain some extra packages, such as:
– the latest versions of proprietary drivers
– full multimedia support
– web browser plugins
– extra desktop themes
– Compiz-Fusion 3D window manager
– support for GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA/EDGE technology
– support for ‘neostrada tp’ and others ADSL based technology
– support for Blueconnect, Orange Free and others mobile providers
– Cedega and CrossOver pre-installed for MS Windows applications support

The system was available in a few flavours:
– XtremeOS – for a hard drive installation
– XtremeOS USB – for an USB disk installation
– XtremeOS OEM – for brand new hard disk installation
– XtremeOS EDU – for education
– XtremeOS Community – free version contains open-source packages only

Time line:
– Mandriva Linux 2007 Xtreme
– Xtreme2 Pack – 2008
– Xtreme 3.0 on February 5, 2009
– Xtreme 4.0 on December 29, 2009
– Xtreme 4.0 Community (previous: Lite) which contains open-source packages only, was released in June 2010 as the last one.

If the informations are not correct, contact me via a comment form, please.


XtremeOS 4.0 InstallDVD x86_64 4.1GB.iso
md5sum: 77cddcac2b3108b013ec8dd388e63992
XtremeOS 3.0 InstallDVD i586 4.25GB.iso
md5sum: 9af5857386e892b45434de82eed4b516



Pingwinek Gnome

Pingwinek Matchbox   Pingwinek Xfce   Pingwinek GNU/Haiku

Web site: http://home.gna.org/pingwinek/
Origin: Poland
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: Gnome, Xfce, Enlightenment, Matchbox, EDE, IceWM
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent (Linux), Haiku
Media: Live DVD
The last version | Released: 1.0preview4 GNU/Linux | October 14, 2006 | 0.1.0 GNU/Haiku | March 11, 2007

Pingwinek – a Polish project which offers two separated distributions based on Linux kernel and Haiku.

Pingwinek GNU/Linux is an independent distribution which provides a live system with a few desktop environments and window managers of your choice: Gnome, Xfce, Enlightenment, Matchbox, EDE and IceWM.

The live 1.7GB iso image has a large set of pre-installed applications, such as:
– Office: Gnocky, Gnumeric, Grisby, LyX, OpenOffice.org, Rubrica, e-Sofokles
– Net: Blam and Liferea feed readers, Ekiga, GNU Gadu, Gaim, Balsa, Gwget download manager, Kazehakase web browser, LostIRC, Thunderbird, Tleenx2, XChat IRC client, Firefox, gFTP, gSTM
– Multimedia: Siobhan audio player, PenguinTV media aggregator, Audacious, Beep, Camelot, Diva video editor, Exaile, FM radio tuner, Gnome CD master, GnomeBaker, Helix player, Kino, Mplayer, Pitivi, Quark music player, TVtime, Thoggen DVD ropper, Winki the ripper, X-CD-Roast, Zapping TV Viewersteamtuner, vMovieDB, xine
– Graphics: Camorama, Comix, Dia, GNU Paint, Blender, GQview, Inkscape, K-3D, PlotDrop, Sodipodi, Gimp, UFRaw, Xara, gtkam, mtPaint
– Others: Leafpad, Dr.Geo, Galculator, gDesklets, SciTE, XaoS, Anjuta, Bluefish, Geany, Hex Editor, poEdit, gtranslator, Firestarter, etc.

It offers options of the live system to choose:
– English or Polish locales
– the default desktop
– or sipmly use built in wizard

Pingwinek GNU/Haiku is probably the first Haiku distribution. Beside the base Haiku system, it contains 40 packages ported from Pingwinek GNU/Linux distribution. It contains compiler (GCC 2.95.3), several simple games, SDL, Midnight Commander, ncurses.
The distribution doesn’t have an installer which could install system on a hard disk.

The founder and developer of Pingwinek is Grzegorz Dąbrowski.


Pingwinek GNU/Linux 1.0preview4 i686 1.6GB.iso
md5sum: 0fff382c6f16d7b73689d96c1fc09614
Pingwinek GNU/Haiku 0.1.0 Virtual Disk Image 244MB.vmdk
md5sum: d4f158111653cd47b9d6d4c5c8246e06
Pingwinek GNU/Haiku 0.1.0 256MB.image
md5sum: 4b169325a2fe991d2336868a12d44bda


Hag GNU/Linux

Hag GNU/Linux

Web site: www.hag-linux.eu.org (not active)
Origin: Poland
Category: Desktop, Mini distribution
Desktop environment: Fluxbox
Architecture: x86
Based on: Grml
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 0.1.20 | June 12, 2009

Hag GNU/Linux – a Polish, small size, light and fast Linux distribution based on Grml.

Hag live system uses the lightweight Fluxbox window manager, and offers a set of applications, such as:
– Net: Iceweasel, Midori, Aurora, Gajim, Psi, Kadu, weechat, Irssi, Claws mail, Links2, Wicd
– Graphics: Geeqie, ImageMagic
– Office: Osmo, Xpdf, Edpfview, Pornview, Geany, Leafpad, Jad, Emasc
– Multimedia: Audacious, Aumix, MOC, GMplayer
– File management: PCManFM, Rox, Midnight Commander, Tuxcmd

There is an installation script available called “grml2hd” which lets you install Hag on a hard drive.

The name of Hag (Polish name: Wiedźma) is an acronym of “Hag’s actually grml”.
The author of Hag GNU/Linux is azhag.
The last available version is 0.1.20 which was released in 2009.


Hag GNU/Linux 0.1.20 i686 362MB.iso
md5sum: 80c1b5139ec24e57b436b13c8f636df7




Web site: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=63901&sid=c353b9d5e45b6f15a5e6184506ed2298
Origin: Poland
Category: Desktop, Mini distribution
Desktop environment: Xfce
Architecture: x86
Based on: Puppy Linux
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 5.2 | January 13, 2011
Zobacz po polsku Zobacz po polsku: Fafik

Fafik – a Polish, Puppy Linux based Linux distribution.

Fafik features Xfce desktop environment instead of IceWM, the Polish locales as default, and a set of pre-installed application for every purpose, such as:
– Net: Firefox, gFTP, Sylpheed
– Office: AbiWord, ePDFView, Geany, Osmo
– Graphics: Gtkam, mtPaint, Viewnior, Xsane
– Multimedia: Alsamixer, Asunder CD Ripper, Burniso2cd, ISOMaster, pburn, pCD audio player, Xine,
– Others: Wbar, GParted, hardinfo, Htop, Xarchiver, Thunar, Xfce4 Print Manager

Fafik 5.2 was released in January 2011 and is based on Lucid Puppy 5.2.0.


Fafik 5.2 i386 162MB.iso
md5sum: 3579f93bf260ae84be8759b8c3d0b553