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The Armed Linux product is a full Linux operating system
distribution that has been customized to install on top
of versions of Microsoft Windows or any version of DOS.
Armed Linux is meant for first time users and people who
need Linux as a secondary operating system.
BasicLinux is a multipurpose mini-Linux that boots from
HD, FD or CD-ROM. The 2mb package provides the usual rescue/repair
tools, but it can also dial an ISP and browse the net, or
act as a router/firewall. BasicLinux uses a newbie-friendly
shell and editor, and it would make a good introductory
Linux for a DOS dinosaur.
language distribution; a universal distribution good for
both Internet/Intranet server and a workstation or a home
client-only use version of Linux, using gcc and gforth;
installs on x86 PC's and PS/2's with a 386 or better and
4 meg of RAM. Hardrive space required varies by install
method, but 40 meg is probably the minimum. There are also
cLIeNUX utility-floppy images.
OpenLinux is a Linux distribution targeted chiefly at a
business audience. Open Linux includes a linux installation,
the K Desktop Environment, a limited version of Partition
Magic, and office/internet/content creation tools.
Coyote Linux is a single floppy distribution of Linux that
is derived from the Linux Router Project (LRP).
Debian is kernel independent. It currently uses the Linux
kernel but work is in progress to provide Debian for other
kernels, using Hurd. It offers more than 2250 free software
packages (based on GNU tools).
is a mini-distribution of Linux . It is intended for use
as a portable network client, but includes much more than
just network programs - look below for a partial list. Note
that it is not a rescue system.
A Linux distribution developed in Spain and oriented toward
Spanish-speaking users. Installation, command lines, documentation
and user's manual are all in Spanish (Castellano).
Finnix is a self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution,
based on Red Hat Linux. Finnix was created as a system maintenance
distribution. You can mount hard drives, set up network
devices, repair filesystems, and pretty much do anything
you can do with a regular distribution.
Currently in prerelease form, Gentoo is a noteworthy
Linux distribution that features multiple builds, each compiled
with PGCC and optimized for specific microprocessors: Intel
Pentium/Pro/II/III, Cyrix MII, AMD K6, Intel Pentium+ and
Intel Pentium Pro/II+. After you choose your build, you
then build your distribution from original source code.
Giotto is a floppy Linux: a bootable floppy disk that
comes with the necessary parts of the Linux operation system.
It can be installed also on a harddisk and runs completely
out of the system's RAM, generally no hard disks are required.
Linux software with an enhanced desktop setup and configuration;
includes window managers, word processing, spreadsheets,
image processing/viewing, video and sound software and a
selection of games, utilities and productivity tools. Also
included is a variety of internet tools.
Linux operating system for PowerPC computers;also runs
on Apple Network Server, the BeBox, and a variety of IBM
and Motorola PowerPC-based
A networking-centric micro-distribution of Linux. LRP is
small enough to fit on a single 1.44MB floppy disk, and
makes building and maintaining routers, access servers,
thin servers, thin clients, network appliances, and typically
embedded systems next to trivial.
Linux-Mandrake is a complete pre-configured graphical Linux
operating system which comes with KDE, Gnome, Window Maker,
Enlightenment and other graphical interfaces. It provides
ease of use for both home/office and servers.
Built around the GNU Linux kernel, X-Windows and the KDE
Desktop, MaxOS features an easy installation utility, numerous
applications and utilities. Currently optimized to run on
Pentium PC's, but future developments include systems for
MkLinux is a project begun by the OSF Research Institute
(now Silicomp RI) and Apple Computer to port Linux, a freely
distributed UNIX-like operating system, to a variety of
Power Macintosh platforms running on top of OSF Research
Institute's implementation of the Mach microkernel.
An early version of linux.
Mcc was one of the first-ever distributions.
language mini-linux. Monkey Linux can be extracted to the
DOS filesystem (to the FAT32 too). This is complete small
ELF distribution on 5 diskettes.
Using this system we get a light, usable linux console on
our machine. On local hard-drive [or optionally floppy disk]
it takes only about 400k [kernel and loadlin], while all
the root is on an nfs server.
Full Linux GUI distribution, that ships 99.9% software pre-configured
with KDE-Desktop/WM, Netscape, HTTP/FTP/Telnet daemons,
5 X Games, KLicq Client, Igloo-Client, TKDesk, Packages
include Quake3-Test(requires 3Dfx Video Card) Perl5 5.6.0,
GVim 2.6, PCMCIA, PPP, ISDN, Cable modem support.
User friendly linux distribution. Configurations are compatible
for home or business users, or for server use. Redhat is
notable both its for technical contributions to Linux architecture
(such as the Red Hat Package Manager) and the fact that
these additions are made available for anyone to use, modify,
and distribute under the GNU General Public License.
Slackware has offered a stable and secure Linux distribution
for UNIX veterans as well as an easy-to-use system for beginners.
Slackware configurations are applicable for either server
Small Linux is a distribution which fits on a floppy and
can boot in less than 2 megs of RAM. It is intended for
users who need a Linux Kernel that meets small memory requirements.
Small Linux has been used (console based) on a 386 laptop
with 2 meg of ram and a 40 meg harddrive.
Spiro removed alot of the stuff from the RedHat distro,
and added a ton of their own stuff. Mostly administration
utilities, an office suite, and a bunch of KDE utils.
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Trinux is a portable Linux distribution that boots from
a single floppy disk, loads it packages from a FAT/Ext2
partition, floppy disks, or HTTP/FTP servers, and runs entirely
Trustix designed for the server share of the PC market.
The emphasis is on creating a fully secure server. This
distribution contains only the packages needed for a server.
UltraPenguin is a Linux distribution designed for the Sun
A base system to build a Linux system based on each individuals'
needs and wants in an operating system.
WinLinux is a complete Linux system that installs directly
to your Windows 95 or 98 just like any other application.
WinLinux 2000 setup and configuration software automatically
detects and configures most of your hardware devices. You
can boot Linux as easily as starting any Windows application
and share free hard disk space between Windows and Linux.
Linux distributions for Apple and IBM RS/6000 computers.
YDL is built upon the "monolithic kernel" and is RPM-based.
Yellow Dog Linux Champion Server, is geared toward a wide
range of network applications such as ISPs, corporate intra/extranets,
web and network servers. A single user version of yellowdog
is under development.
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updated: August 18, 2000