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BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk

BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk is a Linux bootdisk that does not use a ramdisk, so it will run on computers with very little RAM. It is basically a somewhat extended fork of Tiny Linux Bootdisk. It is based on Linux 2.4 series, uClibc, and BusyBox. It includes dosfsprogs, e2fsprogs, gpart, lilo, and ms-sys. Supported filesystems are ext2, ext3, iso9660, tmpfs, and vfat.

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  •  02 Jan 2011 11:36

    Release Notes: The Linux kernel and dosfstools were updated to the latest versions, and support was added for the cramfs filesystem and for the loopback device. plip support was added to be able to transfer data over a parallel-port Laplink cable. This makes it possible to use BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk to install either an old Windows version or a Linux-2.4 Debian GNU/Linux version (e.g. Woody or Lenny) on an old 4MB-RAM computer which does not have or has an unsupported CDROM drive.

    •  30 Nov 2010 13:17

      Release Notes: The Linux kernel, dosfstools, and ms-sys were updated to the most recent versions. uClibc was updated to 0.9.27. toybox 0.1.0 was added. Some of the BG-Rescue Linux patches were integrated. Swiss keyboard layouts were added. After booting, 1560kb of RAM is now free on a machine with 4MB RAM.

      •  06 May 2008 00:08

        Release Notes: The Linux kernel has been updated to 2.4.36.3. The devfsd applet has been removed from busybox, since it is no longer needed. The init applet has been removed from busybox, and an extra busybox compiled that contains only init and halt/poweroff/reboot. This saves a lot of RAM, since not all busybox code has to be kept in RAM when running init. When compared to version 0.7, the total amount of free RAM (free low RAM + buffers + cached) is now 844kb instead of 772kb on a machine with 4 MB of RAM.

        •  27 Apr 2008 19:24

          Release Notes: The whole system has been recompiled and linked statically against uClibc 0.9.27. This saves some kilobytes of disk space. The askfirst feature has been activated to start shells on additional terminals only when needed. This saves quite a lot of RAM. The unzip applet has been added. When compared to version 0.6, the total amount of free RAM (free low RAM + buffers + cached) is now 772kb instead 672kb on a machine with 4 MB of RAM. This is an improvement of 100kb.

          •  21 Apr 2008 08:18

            No changes have been submitted for this release.

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