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Which Linux distributions fit on a 1.44 MB bootable floppy disk?

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This sounds good: http://www.toms.net/rb/

EDIT: Seems the download links are actually unavailable. It is available here. Used to be an invaluable resource, but these days most people just use Knoppix

This is a two floppy distribution which sounds good: http://blueflops.sourceforge.net/

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Basic Linux is based on an old Slackware distribution.

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If I recall correctly, I think Puppy Linux or Damn Small Linux will fit on a floppy.

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Strictly speaking, these two distros don't fit on a floppy, but you can create a boot floppy which will provide the ability to boot from CD, file or USB. –  DaveParillo Apr 13 '10 at 16:57

Check out the Small Linux site by Ben Gross. It includes several very minimal linux distros that fit on a floppy. Quoted from his site:

  1. tomsrtbt is Tom's bootable linux-based distribution that will fit on a floppy. This is one of the most popular.
  2. Recovery Is Possible (RIP) is a floppy boot/rescue/backup system.
  3. Coyote Linux is a single floppy distribution of Linux that is derived from the Linux Router Project (LRP).
  4. FREESCO (FREE ciSCO). Designed to be used as a router.
  5. Serial Terminal Linux allows you to use an old laptop as a serial console.
  6. muLinux is a full-configurable, minimalistic, almost complete, application-centric tiny distribution of Linux (2.0.36 modular kernel) made in Italy. muLinux resides on a single 1722K floppy, but floppy add-ons are provided.
  7. NanoBSD is the successor to PicoBSD designed to run on embedded or appliance platforms.
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