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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: 210 (39), 6 months: 239 (31), 3 months: 225 (33), 4 weeks: 210 (33), 1 week: 230 (33)

Average visitor rating: 9.25/10 from 4 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 (1.1.5)
ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2-P1)
chromium (63.0.3239.132)
cups (2.2.6)
dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.8)
firefox (58.0)
freetype (2.9)
gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.24
gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.19)
gnumeric (1.12.38)
grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.26)
httpd (2.4.29)
inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.12.1)
kmod (25)
libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.4)
linux (4.14.14) 4.4.44
Package 2017-01-20
lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.12)
mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.3.3)
mysql (5.7.21)
nautilus (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (387.22)
openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u151)
openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0g)
perl (5.26.1)
php (7.2.1)
plasma-desktop (5.11.5)
postfix (3.2.4)
postgresql (10.1)
Python (3.6.4)
qt (5.10.0)
samba (4.7.4)
systemd (236)
thunderbird (52.5.2)
vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.8)
xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.6)

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Version: 2017-01-20
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-03
Votes: 6

Absolutely the best I found after months of research and testing. Very small, very clean, and well documented.

I spent over 25 years in IT and only dabbled with Linux from time to time. When I finally got serious, I wanted to build and compile a system by hand. After months of research and testing I found MLL, and it was perfect.

I have a new project on the horizon and with a little help from my friends, and MLL I am sure it will be a success.

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

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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