Multi Distro LiveCD

Multi Distro LiveCD

Web site: multidistro.tlm-project.org (not active)
Origin: ?
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: Enlightenment, JWM, KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: R.I.P.
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 2.5 | February 22, 2006

Multi Distro LiveCD – a LiveCD that contains 9 different mini Linux distributions, all executable when you start the PC without installing them on a hard disk.

The Live CD features following distributions: Slax, GeexBOX, DamnSmallLinux, INSERT, RIP, Mpentoo, Olive, Grafpup, Limp, and a memory checker is included in a single 700 Mb CD.

The project founder is Sandu Ionut.

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Multi Distro LiveCD 2.5 i386 714MB.iso
md5sum: 9daad899256a84470ea10e8ba4d59dc3

 

KeyKOS

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Web site: cap-lore.com/CapTheory/KK/
Origin: USA
Category: Microkernel, Others
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: IBM S/370, IBM Mainframe
Based on: GNOSIS
Wikipedia: KeyKOS
Media: Install
The last version | Released: ? | ?

KeyKOS – an operating environment for S/370 computers which provides a high level of security, reliability, performance, and productivity. It allows emulation of other environments such as VM, MVS, and POSIX.

When Tymshare started work on KeyKOS in the early 1970s, there were solid business requirements justifying the project. With the price of main storage dropping, applications were too tightly bound to disk storage. Because Tymshare’s systems were accessed from around the world, continuous operation was a requirement. Existing systems were prone to failure from many causes, both hardware and software. They did not recover from these failures gracefully. These systems required significant operator intervention in both normal operation and during recovery. They did not provide the security needed to allow competing organizations to share programs and data in a controlled manner where it made economic and social sense.

Because of these deficiencies, Tymshare decided its best option was to build a system of its own. This system had a number of design goals including: high security, high reliability, economical processing of high transaction volumes, and enhanced productivity for managers, programmers, users, operators, and hardware.

KeyKOS provides persistent virtual address spaces where programs may keep data. The system caches frequently referenced data in main storage. When several processes are accessing the same data, for example the CMS “S” disk, the data blocks involved are likely to already in main storage, improving access times. Only one copy will be maintained in main storage, improving storage utilization. Persistent virtual storage allows the kernel to globally optimize disk arm movement and rotational latency. The KeyKOS implementation also provides complete separation of physical and logical DASD management. No unprivileged program is aware of the type or configuration of real DASD in the system.

KeyKOS has a system-wide checkpoint which periodically saves the state of the entire system. If a system outage occurs, the system will restart from the last checkpoint with all data and processes in a consistent state as of that checkpoint. The KeyTXF transaction processing system will recover database updates to the point of failure. Should a CPU fail, the DASD can be shared with or switched to a backup CPU to quickly restore service by restarting from the last checkpoint.

Data mirroring stores multiple copies of data for reliability and performance. The KeyKOS system continues to operate if a mirrored disk fails. When the disk is repaired, or a replacement disk is formatted and brought online, the mirrored data is automatically restored to that disk. Performance is enhanced by having several paths to a particular piece of data. The full function of the system is available in essentially any S/370 computer language. A standard invocation protocol permits high level languages to invoke low level function and low level languages to invoke high level function, enhancing the usefulness of all languages.

The KeyKOS system is designed for unattended operation. The only common operator functions are mounting tapes and servicing the printer.

The KeyKOS system is designed for continuous operation. Full system backup dumps may be taken while the system is running. When a dump has completed, the backup tapes contain an image of all data and processes in the system at a consistent instant of time. avoiding inconsistency in the data. These “tape checkpoints” are conceptually independent of the physical DASD type or configuration. They may be restored to different physical devices if necessary.

KeyKOS/370 runs on System/370-compatible single processor CPUs. It currently supports 3330, 3350, and 3380 count key data format disks and 3370 FBA format disks. System software includes the context switcher and two command systems.

Copyright © 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990 Key Logic. All rights reserved.
Permission to reproduce and redistribute this document in paper or electronic form is hereby granted, provided that this copyright notice remains intact.

KeyKOS is a predecessor of the EROS and its successors are CapROS and Coyotos operating systems.

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CompactBSD

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Web site: compactbsd.sourceforge.net
Origin: ?
Category: Embedded
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: OpenBSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 0.1.0 | August 22, 2002

CompactBSD – a set of tools that allow you to compress OpenBSD onto a small (32MB) compact flash card for use in small embedded servers. CompactBSD can be used to power wireless hot spots, which is what FatPort uses it for.

CompactBSD offers the easiest way to get OpenBSD up and running on Compact Flash-based systems such as the FatPointOEM. In order to use the ZComax 200mW PCMCIA wireless card in your FatPointOEM box, you will need to add a patch to the OpenBSD 3.1 kernel.

CompactBSD runs on an i386-class box running OpenBSD3.1, it also requires that Python 2.1.2 be installed.

The project developer is Ken Simpson.

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CompactBSD 0.1.0 i386 348KB.tgz
md5sum: 2b4457d09216c8122385d0dde15df831

 

DAZOS

DAZOS

Web site: sourceforge.net/projects/anitaos2/
Origin: ?
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: IceWM
Architecture: x86
Based on: Puppy Linux
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: ? | December 30, 2013

DAZOS – a Linux distribution based on Puppy Linux and targeted to old machines.

This distro is following a minimalism approach and will try where possible to use self-contained programs and is using Lucid Puppy Barebones 5.25 RETRO for its base suitable for old hardware and slightly newer.

Has the added advantage of allowing the install of Ubuntu .deb packages.
Has 2.6.30.5 kernel.
SDL Libraries included now.

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DAZOS i386 141MB.iso
md5sum: c24c1d15d288220e4549fbb6436c4f3a

 

emBSD

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Web site: www.embsd.org
Origin: ?
Category: Firewall
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: OpenBSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 1.1 | May 2001

emBSD – a stripped down version of OpenBSD. The concept for emBSD is a small foot print operating system for x86 (or other) hardware to use as little hard disk space as possible yet provide a fully functional Routing Firewall. The main driving force behind this concept is to not use a hard disk drive at all, but use off the shelf Compact Flash cards.

emBSD is a very small system designed for specific purposes. emBSD is not currently a server base OS. It is simply made to filter, control, and forward traffic within your organization. The kernel has been optimized specifically for handling large flows of traffic as well as providing extra interfaces for migrating to IPv6. An optimal emBSD system will not have moving disks inside to potentially fail. Solid-state disks are employed on the majority of our critical machines.

The project developers are Ken Rice and Truman Boyes.

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emBSD 1.1 i386 16.2MB.zip
md5sum: fc75b7206ed25b07eb8447e30ee73a2f

 

WiFiBSD

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Web site: wifibsd.org (not active)
Origin: ?
Category: Router
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: FreeBSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: ? | May 2003 ?

WiFiBSD – a minimalistic version of FreeBSD based on the 5.x branch. WifiBSD is aimed for wireless routers running on embedded devices such as boards from soekris.com. In addition to the wi driver WifiBSD includes support for Atheros’s 802.11b/g and 802.11a/b/g Wireless LAN Chipsets. The software is offered as a compact flash image or a small live CD.

WifiBSD was originally based on MiniBSD (also FreeBSD) by Manuel Kasper, but WifiBSD has since evolved beyond the confines of MiniBSD into a distinct project. Rather than being a manual process of reducing FreeBSD by following instruction, developer automate the process with shell scripts. The process of scripting the MiniBSD process has rendered a system much more akin to PicoBSD by Dr. Luigi Rizzo, et’all. WifiBSD is designed to work with current versions of FreeBSD and does not work with anything prior to FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE.

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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.

 

ZachOS

ZachOS

Web site: zachos.sourceforge.io
Origin: ?
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: TUI
Architecture: x86
Based on: MikeOS
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: ? | April 4, 2014

ZachOS – a small, open-source, MikeOS based 16 Bit X86 operating system. The goal is to create an OS that was very small in size but fun to use at the same time.

The developer wanted to remove all the complex layers of abstraction that are present in the Operating Systems of today such as Graphical Interfaces and Networking etc etc and just have a simple OS that loads programs.

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ZachOS (source code + ISO) i386 220KB.zip
md5sum: 5557a8b7264e33b7101f983a06335aff

 

BonsaiOS

BonsaiOS

Web site: bonsaios.sourceforge.io
Origin: ?
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: IceWM
Architecture: x86
Based on: Puppy Linux
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: ? | March 1, 2014

BonsaiOS – the os from the creator of Anitaos is for 1st generation pentiums and maybe 486’s. Follows the same kitset approach as Anitaos. This os however is designed for older hardware that other os’s won’t run on and is based on Puppy Linux Fatfree 2.17 an absolute barebones iso and I provide what you need to make your own system.

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BonsaiOS (Puppy Fat Free Pup 2.17) i386 54MB.iso
md5sum: 4022fe74eea243488550b5c48955c180

 

PsygNAT

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Web site: www.feu-nrmf.ph/norbert/projects/psygnat/ (not active)
Origin: Philippines
Category: Firewall
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: OpenBSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: ? | ?

PsygNAT – a firewall and NAT router tool i386 is lifted from a floppy disk. It is based on OpenBSD kernel and therefore pf used as the primary means of control rules.

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