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DistroWatch.com: Minimal Linux Live

Minimal Linux Live

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:03 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: 240 (32), 6 months: 223 (34), 3 months: 198 (35), 4 weeks: 233 (28), 1 week: 211 (28)

Average visitor rating: 9.4/10 from 5 review(s).

Minimal Linux Live Summary
Distribution Minimal Linux Live
Home Page http://minimal.linux-bg.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://minimal.linux-bg.org/
Screenshots http://minimal.linux-bg.org/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://minimal.linux-bg.org/download
Bug Tracker
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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 (1.1.6)
ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.1)
chromium (67.0.3396.87)
cups (2.2.8)
dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.2)
firefox (60.0.2)
freetype (2.9.1)
gcc (8.1.0)
gimp (2.10.2)
glibc (2.27) 2.24
gnome-shell (3.28.2)
gnucash (3.1-1)
gnumeric (1.12.41)
grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.30)
httpd (2.4.33)
inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.04.2)
kmod (25)
krita (4.0.4)  
libreoffice (6.0.4)
linux (4.17.2) 4.4.44
Package 2017-01-20
lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.7)
mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.1.2)
mysql (8.0.11)
nautilus (3.28.1)
NVIDIA (396.24)
openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.1)
openssh (7.7p1)
openssl (1.1.0h)
perl (5.26.2)
php (7.2.6)
plasma-desktop (5.13.1)
postfix (3.3.1)
postgresql (10.4)
Python (3.6.5)
qt (5.11.1)
samba (4.8.2)
systemd (238)
thunderbird (52.8.0)
vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.3)
xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.0)

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Version: 2017-01-20
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-20
Votes: 3

MLL is small and nimble enough for customized network booting. I am excited to see where MLL goes from here.

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Version: 2017-01-20
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-03
Votes: 12

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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