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Chess in a Few Bytes
Linux has a good range of extremely strong chess engines such as Stockfish, Critter, Togo II, Crafty, GNU Chess, and Komodo. The chess engines featured in this article offer no match to a good chess engine, but they show how much can be achieved with a minuscule codebase.

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RealPlayer supports RealAudio, RealVideo 10, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and Theora, H263, AAC and more. Get ready for accelerated video, full screen playback, and a lot more to play. It comes with a Mozilla-compatible plug-in, and a elegant UI design which is based on GTK technology.


  • avast! BART CD
    avast! BART CD is a bootable CD, giving you the capability to detect/clean virus infections on a computer. All this can be done fast and reliably, without the risk of spreading the infection any further.
  • CDriveBack
    CDriveBack's design goal is to make a backup system so easy to use that the end users with no backup, eighty percent of XP Home users and thirty percent of home XP Professional users, take backups and can easily restore their system.
  • Debian From Scratch
    Debian From Scratch is really two related components in one. First, it's a live bootable CD image that is designed to provide a full-featured kernel and rescue environment. It includes filesystem tools, editors, C compilers, Python, Perl, and everything you need to manually install Debian on a new machine. On ix86 machines, Grub is used to boot directly from the CD. There is also a program that is used to create the DFS CD images. It is highly configurable and can be used to create other custom bootable CD or DVD images. You can include whatever kernel or packages you want.
  • Emergency and Cool Linux CD
    Emergency CD is a console version liveCD for maintenance operations and rescuing your system after a crash. Cool Linux CD is a fully functional linux desktop system with X graphical interface and many additional software packages.
  • Finnix
    Finnix is a self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution ("LiveCD") for system administrators, based on Debian. You can mount and manipulate hard drives and partitions, monitor networks, rebuild boot records, install other operating systems, and much more. Read more
  • Julex
    Julex is a Knoppix Based Linux distribution aimed at users that want to get files back from there hard drive after their computer fails to boot, Trouble shoot there pc, Get on the net in a hurry or just as a small light (no bloat) distro to use on there old (or new if so inclined) computer.
  • Linux Magazine miniCD
    The Linux Magazine miniCD contains the most important tools to use it as rescue disk both for Linux and Windows systems, but it could be even only a small example to show a Linux desktop to a friend who doesn?t know anything about it yet.
  • LinuxDefender
    LinuxDefender started as a BitDefender project designed to provide system administrators, security experts and users of both Windows and Linux computers with virus incident rescue tools. LinuxDefender is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian which integrates the latest BitDefender for Linux security solution, offering instant SMTP antivirus/antispam protection and a desktop antivirus capable to scan and disinfect existing hard drives (including Windows partitions), remote Samba/Windows shares or NFS mount points. A web based configuration interface to BitDefender solutions is also included as a Webmin configuration module
  • Lonix
    Lonix is a console-based full Linux system which runs from a live CD. It includes a lot of useful utilities for students and developers, along with some servers like Apache, Proftpd, and sshd (all pre-configured).
  • PLAC
    PLAC is a business card sized bootable cdrom running linux. It has network auditing, disk recovery, and forensic analysis tools.
  • PLD RescueCD
    PLD RescueCD is a bootable disk that contains a live Linux distribution based on PLD Linux (2.4.27rc1 modular kernel) made in Poland. Furthermore this version uses transparent compression (squashfs) to fit about 130 MB of software onto a single mini CD 50 MB in usable form. PLD RescueCD can be used to rescue ailing machines, perform intrusion post-mortems, act as a temporary secure linux-based workstation (using ssh, vpn connecting to remote host - other networking clients are also supported), install PLD Linux, and perform many other tasks.
  • PLoP Linux
    PLoP Linux is designed to rescue data and systems . Features include: Booting from usb, cdrom or dvd , size of 40mb m SCSI, SATA and RAID support , a linux antivirus for windows files , and limited NTFS write.
  • Redo Backup and Recovery
    Redo Backup and Recovery is an easy rescue system with GUI tools for full system backup, bare metal recovery, partition editing, recovering deleted files, data protection, web browsing, and more. Uses partclone (like Clonezilla) with a UI like Ghost or Acronis. It runs from CD/USB.
  • Rescatux
    Rescatux is a rescue CD (and eventually also Windows) but it is not like other rescue disks. Rescatux comes with Rescapp. Rescapp is a nice wizard that will guide you through your rescue tasks.
  • RIP
    The (R)ecovery (I)s (P)ossible Linux rescue system.
  • Salvare
    Salvare (from the Latin "to rescue") is a small Linux distribution designed for small, credit-card sized CDs which typically hold around 34MB. More Linux than tomsrtbt but less than Knoppix, it aims to provide a useful workstation as well as a rescue disk.
  • SuperRescue
    SuperRescue us a single very large bootable system-on-a-disk. It's based on the observation that the vast majority of systems allow you to do so much more than the minimal system.
  • Trinity Rescue Kit
    Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues. TRK is a complete commandline based distribution, apart from a few tools like qtparted, links, partition image and midnight commander. Read more
  • Tritech Service System Community Release Edition
    The Tritech Service System is specifically aimed at providing a minimalist environment for experienced Linux users to perform system rescue and repair tasks from a clean environment that does not depend on external media being present to operate.
  • Vital Data Forensic or Rescue Kit (FoRK)
    A modified Knoppix (3.6) for use as a computer forensic imaging and previewing tool. It offers console and desktop mode, for imaging and previewing respectively.

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