looking for a small linux..

Greece
May 14, 2007 9:18am CST
i am looing for a small ,in size,distribution of linux,that i can donload and copy on a usb stick. and then put usb stick (live usb) and linux simply starts. yes i am a beginner,and i need your help. its essential that it has a web browser (firefox,k-meleon,whatever) i dont care about other stuff just that.. waiting for your answers..
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16 responses
• India
14 May 07
i think you should go for ubuntu.
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• Greece
14 May 07
thanks but i am looking for something smaller..
@cnetboss (2477)
• Philippines
24 May 07
I like the DSL distro. It really good for older PCs and Laptops.
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@ruelou (263)
• Philippines
20 May 07
u can try damnsmalllinux.org I think knoppix live cd can be put into usb too.
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• India
17 May 07
Download puppy linux from their website. It meets your specifications. There is a USB bootable version which you can download. It comes with seamonkey and dillo browsers and has Abiword word processor and Gnumeric spreadsheet. and a load of other programs like an image editor. While Damnsmall linux and Featherlinux also can be booted from an USB stick, they need more advanced knowledge. Puppy, I feel is very good for beginners.
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• United States
14 May 07
The smallest distribution with your requirements that I know of is DSL (Damn Small Linux). http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/ You can also check out the following links: http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php (a list of popular distros) http://www.linux-live.org/ (a how to page for creating your own distro) Hope this helps. I've personally tried DSL and enjoyed it immensely.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
14 May 07
Seems I remember back a while ago there was a linux kernal that fit on a floppy disk but I cant remember what it was called. As far as one that fits on a usb stick, depending on the size, there is always Ubuntu, one of the cisks is a live working copy, read only, that shoudln't take up more than 500 meg, probabbly plenty of room on the stick for that.
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@scammerwear (1433)
• Singapore
14 May 07
Try SLAX. Its based on the Slackware distro and designed to fit in a cd or usb stick. The basic web surfing tools are already in the distro and you can just throw anything else you fancy into one of the directories and it will start running. The only catch is that it's pretty limited in terms of programs available. But since you're looking for something simple, easy to use, this will do great :) You can find it here: http://www.slax.org/
• Greece
14 May 07
thank you.i will look into that.
@fglswh (66)
• China
20 Sep 09
It seems that Ubuntu distribution can satisfy your request. Last year i read a news about mini Linux Dritributed by ubuntu, and you can try it!
@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
12 Jul 07
This is much more difficult than most people realise. The suggestion of DSL (damn Small Linux) is a good choice, but it is not easy to get the USB drive to boot. I have seen several tutorials on this subject and used a number of methods to install Linux and the boot files, but I have not managed to succeed yet.
• Italy
22 Jun 07
Here there is a tutorial about Damnsmall linux distro: http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=prjQ7MwuCWI
• India
22 Jun 07
Friend! You can try Puppy Linux at www.puppylinux.com This is amazing linux which i never saw!
• Canada
16 Jun 07
I also installed DSL, 2 years ago, not on a usb key, but on an old laptop. As mentioned before, the distro's footprint is just around 50MB. It comes with a simple desktop (I think it is called flukebox). Also it comes with Firefox, an email reader, a media player, a text editor...A lot of stuff for just 52MB.
• Italy
30 May 07
Is possible make on usb support amy linux distros..... well damn small is the smallest only 50MB :-)
• United States
23 May 07
I second the recommendation of Damn Small Linux.
@ruelou (263)
• Philippines
20 May 07
u can try damnsmalllinux.org I think knoppix live cd can be put into usb too.
@windhair (498)
• Germany
14 May 07
Knoppix is my first choice to run Linux from a CD, it is also possible to build a Knoppix on a USB stick. Another interesting small Linux for USB is name Damn Small Linux, which can be find at http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/, it is only 52M, try to find more information from the office website. It include Firefox as you desired.