NewsForge: The little Linux distribution that could: tomsrtbt
Dec 21, 2001, 16:49 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Pavlicek)
[ Thanks to Sleepy for this link.
"Now, I can hear some people ask, "What can a Linux
distribution that fits on a single floppy disk do for me?" The
answer is "plenty." You won't want to run your enterprise on this
particular distribution, but it might very well bail out your
enterprise from time to time. Tomsrtbt can be an important tool in
Those of us who have been around long enough to remember MS-DOS
boot floppies may be skeptical at first. After all, a single DOS
floppy was lucky if it could format disks and read files from a
CD-ROM. It was sorely restricted in its utility. You were lucky to
get 20 usable commands, and real networking was almost always out
of the question.
Not so with tomsrtbt. Currently using Linux kernel 2.0.36, Tom's
manages to cram some 200 modules and utilities onto a single
floppy. These range from the programs needed to mount and format
disks, to support for some PCMCIA devices. There are even
pint-sized versions of vi and EMACS, so that almost no one's editor
religion will be offended."