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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: 230 (33), 6 months: 216 (33), 3 months: 208 (33), 4 weeks: 195 (32), 1 week: 193 (31)

Average visitor rating: 9.5/10 from 6 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
Related Websites  
Reviews 2017: DistroWatch
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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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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 (1.1.8)
ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0)
bind (9.13.7)
chromium (73.0.3683.75)
cups (2.2.10)
dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.0)
firefox (66.0)
freetype (2.10.0)
gcc (8.3.0)
gimp (2.10.8)
glibc (2.29) 2.24
gnome-shell (3.32.0)
gnucash (3.4)
gnumeric (1.12.44)
grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.24.7)
httpd (2.4.38)
inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (18.12.3)
kmod (26)
krita (4.1.8)  
libreoffice (6.2.1)
linux (5.0.3) 4.4.44
Package 2017-01-20
lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.13)
mate-desktop (1.22.0)
mesa (19.0.0)
mysql (8.0.15)
nautilus (3.32.0)
NVIDIA (418.43)
openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (12)
openssh (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1b)
perl (5.28.1)
php (7.3.3)
plasma-desktop (5.15.3)
postfix (3.4.4)
postgresql (11.2)
Python (3.7.2)
qt (5.12.2)
samba (4.10.0)
systemd (241)
thunderbird (60.5.3)
vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.4)

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Version: 2017-01-20
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-02
Votes: 8

Simply enough to run and have a wonderful documentation support. Very rookie-friendly for those who want to learn how to build a Linux system from scratch.

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Version: 2017-01-20
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-20
Votes: 5

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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