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  • tomsrtbt
    "The most Linux on one floppy disk." rescue/panic/emergency diskette, or shirt-pocket Linux toolkit. It's goal iscontain as much stuff as possible on 1 floppy disk, keep it self contained, build under itself, and try to make it behave like a normal system. rescue and recovery functions get priority hot
  • Atomic Linux - REMOTE 1
    Atomic Linux REMOTE 1 is a floppy distro designed to turn an old PC into a networked appliance that uses its parallel port to interface with relays and switches. You connect to it by ethernet and control things via the browser of another machine. It makes a good remote control for lighting, motors and similar.
  • BG-Rescue Linux
    BG-Rescue Linux is a very small Linux distribution that fits on either two floppy disks or one eltorito-boot. The system is a BusyBox 1.00 and uClibc 0.9.20 based rescue system with kernel 2.4.29.
  • blueflops
    blueflops is a 2-floppy Linux distribution with a graphical web browser ("links" with SVGALIB) and a text-mode IRC client ("epic4"). The kernel version is with almost all of the Ethernet drivers and PPP support (for dial-up connections).
  • bootE Linux
    Yet another minimalist Linux distribution that is contained entirely on a single floppy disk. It supports only single user mode, and is intended as a repair/rescue/emergency distribution. bootE Linux supports only single user mode and is contained entirely on a single floppy disk. The only text editor we have chosen to include is the very compact e3 editor, primarily because it is so small and because it is able to mimic the key bindings of some commonly used editors.
  • BYLD
    Build Your Linux Disk: a little package that helps you to build a Linux distribution on a single floppy disk to use as you want (net client, rescue disk...).
  • Coyote Linux
    Coyote Linux is a single floppy distribution of Linux that is designed for the sole purpose of sharing an Internet connection. The floppy can be created using either a Microsoft Windows wizard, or by using a set of Linux shell scripts. In addition to being designed to have very low hardware requirements, the floppy release of Coyote Linux is able to provide the performance and uptime that is expected from any Linux based system.
  • cqure ap
    cqure ap is a Wireless 802.11 AccessPoint based on Trinux, and can be run from one floppy. It is still somewhat "technical" to set up, so some basic knowledge of Linux/Trinux is recommended.
  • Diet-Router
    Diet-Router is a Linux router that is small enough to fit on a single floppy disk. It focuses more on security than on functionality.
  • Fd Linux
    Fd Linux is a very tiny floppy distribution of Linux, set to fit on one floppy disk (kernel and root fs are combined!). All binaries are based on Red Hat. Fd Linux has been optimized, tested and is able to run on as little as a 386 with 8MB of RAM.
  • fli4l
    Fli4l is a single floppy Linux-based ISDN, DSL and Ethernet-Router. You can build it from an old 486 based pc with 16 megabyte memory, which is more than adequate for this purpose.
  • Floppix
    Floppix is a teaching tool; it is a very small subset of Debian/ GNU Linux that fits on two 3.5" 1.4Mb diskettes. The current version is derived from Debian 2.1 (slink), copyright under the GNU GPL "copyleft". It provides a platform to practice linux commands and experiment with simple system administration. Floppix has no hard drive support; you cannot access, modify, damage or destroy anything installed on the hard drive. For this reason, Floppix works safely in the lab, at home or at work.
  • Floppy-isdn4linux
    Floppy-isdn4linux is a tiny one-floppy-distribution to connect your LAN to the Internet using EURO-ISDN. Features include logging of incoming calls, remote administration (linux & win), channel bundling and least-cost-routing. Contains many optional packages (telnetd, ftpd, pppd, printer server, LCD display, ...) even more to come.
  • floppyfw
    floppyfw is a router with the advanced firewall-capabilities in Linux that fits on one single floppy disc. Features include: Access lists, IP-masquerading (Network Address Translation), connection tracked packet filtering and (quite) advanced routing. Package for traffic shaping is also available. Requires only a 386sx or better with two network interface cards, a 1.44MB floppy drive and 12MByte of RAM. It has a very simple packaging system.
  • FloppyGate
    FloppyGate is a floppy linux distribution ready to be used as an ip masquerade firewall. It is build on a debian woody distribution with a 2.2.17 kernel. FloppyGate turns your diskless x86 computer into a complete firewall.
    FREESCO (stands for FREE ciSCO) is a free replacement for commercial routers supporting up to 10 ethernet/arcnet/token_ring/arlan network cards and up to 10 modems.
  • hal91
    hal91 is a minimalistic linux installation fitting on one single 1.44Mb disk. It is intended for use as an rescue disk and a portable linux system.
  • ISDN router
    ISDN router fits onto a single disk, and users can change the configuration through a simple menu-based system and store it permanently on the disk. The project has been discontinued.
  • muLinux
    muLinux is a minimalistic Linux distribution, suitable for old computers. X11, GCC, VNC, SSH, Samba, Netscape etc. are supported on additional addon floppies. It can be installed from DOS/Win9x or Linux, without repartitioning.
  • Nuclinux
    Nuclinux is a single floppy linux-distribution which fits on one 3.5 inch floppy. It's designed primarily to connect to the Internet from a networked machine. Features: bash 1.4, links, ftp-server (muddle ftp), telnet server, etc.
  • Orange Linux
    This project is made up of a set of tools that allow you to create a floppy operating system distribution. A small custom operating system kernel is also in the works.
  • PiTux
    Pitux is a floppy distro that transforms an old low-RAM machine in a very useful serial terminal running minicom. Kernel 2.4 and uClibc based it needs only 4 MB of ram.
  • Pocket Linux
    Pocket Linux is an almost minimal, one floppy linux system designed to quickly convert PC workstation into secure linux-based workstation using ssh to connect to remote host (other networking clients are also supported). It supports bootp for determining host IP and other network parameters (there's also manual configuration possible, but bootp is recommended).
  • ROCK Router Linux
    ROCK Router Linux is a small distribution which can boot from a CD and loads it's configuration from a local floppy disc (with FAT filesystem). All PCI, USB and plug&play ISA network cards are detected automatically using "hwscan". The system is run entirely in a ramdisk. So the CD is not needed after the bootup and the floppy is only needed for booting and saving the configuration.
  • S.M.A.R.T. Linux
    S.M.A.R.T. Linux is a bootable floppy distribution containing tool (smartmontools) for monitoring IDE/SCSI hard disks (using Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology). Why floppy? Probably because all other distributions containing this useful utility are CD versions.
  • Serverdisk diskette distro
    Serverdisk is a diskette distro that offers services normally associated with HD or CD distributions. These include httpd and ftpd. This is not a rescue disk and strives to be in a separate class of its own. It currently only takes up 900kb on disk.
  • SPYLinux
    spyLinux is (s)mall (py)thon (Linux). It's a single disk distribution of Linux which contains some basic utilities, working, vi, and the python interpreter (minus Tkinter).
  • ViraLinux_II
    (ftp only) A LILO boot/root floppy image that can boot to itself without a HD and has over 200k free space on the floppy, ash, eforthl, H3sm and no libc.
  • Xwoaf
    'X-Windows On A Floppy: a complete standalone, bootable, single Linux floppy that installs and runs from a RAMdisk. It provides the basic functionality required to turn any computer that successfully boots it into a modern communication node.
  • Zool Linux
    Zool Linux is a Linux based operating system on one floppy disk, for restoring a system and testing some hardware.

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