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DistroWatch.com: Minimal Linux Live

Minimal Linux Live

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 UTC

Minimal Linux Live is a tiny Linux distribution which is designed to be built from scratch using a collection of automated shell scripts. Minimal Linux Live offers a core environment with just the Linux kernel, GNU C library and Busybox userland utilities. This default build is just 7MB in size. Additional software can be included in the ISO image at build time using a well documented configuration file. Minimal Linux Live can be downloaded as a pre-built image, built from scratch or run in a web browser using a JavaScript emulator.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 262 (28), 6 months: 179 (44), 3 months: 224 (30), 4 weeks: 218 (30), 1 week: 202 (33)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 3 review(s).

Minimal Linux Live Summary
Distribution Minimal Linux Live
Home Page http://minimal.linux-bg.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://minimal.linux-bg.org/
Screenshots http://minimal.linux-bg.org/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://minimal.linux-bg.org/download
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Feature 2017-01-20
Release Date 2017-01-20
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 6-8
Free Download ISO
Installation --
Default Desktop --
Package Management --
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64
Init Software other
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4
Multilingual No
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List  
Package 2017-01-20
abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (
ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.2)
chromium (61.0.3163.91)
cups (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.6)
firefox (55.0.3)
freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.24
gnome-shell (3.26.0)
gnucash (2.7.0)
gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.21)
httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.1)
kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.1)
linux (4.13.3) 4.4.44
Package 2017-01-20
lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.8)
mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.1)
mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.26.0)
NVIDIA (384.69)
openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144)
openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.0)
php (7.1.9)
plasma-desktop (5.10.5)
postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.5)
Python (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1)
samba (4.7.0)
systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.3.0)
vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: 2017-01-20
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-03-08
Votes: 3

This is one of the smallest Linux distros round. Nothing but the kernel and a few command line tools (through Busybox). Truly minimal and light. User can customize the distro at build time using a config file.

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Version: 2017-01-20
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-03-01
Votes: 1

Pros: Easy and quick to build, and fairly simple to adapt and add new software. Can be used as a tiny personal OS on the go.

Cons: Needs wireless networking support and has an easily resolvable bug or two with overlay persistence.

Overall: Tantalizingly close to being a perfect portable barebones Linux to build up from.

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Version: 2017-01-20
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-02-28
Votes: 5

Easier and faster than Linux From Scratch. Cool! :)

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