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LNX-BBC -- new Bootable Business Card distribution

Jun 21, 2001, 19:00 (8 Talkback[s])

Seth Schoen writes:

I am pleased to announce to the general public a new mini-distribution derived from the Linuxcare Bootable Business Card. This distribution is called LNX-BBC, and you can see its home page at


All of the original developers who created the Linuxcare Bootable Business Card (Duncan MacKinnon, Thomas Crimi, and myself) are now working on this project, with the co-operation of several other long-time Bootable Business Card developers and contributors.

The LNX-BBC system, like the Linuxcare Bootable Business Card, is a rescue system designed to fit in a 50-megabyte bootable CD-ROM in the size and shape of a business card. Thus, you can carry in your pocket a complete bootable rescue system, including X11, networking, cryptography, many file and disk diagnostic and recovery tools, and much more. (Currently we use the cloop compressed loopback block device driver, written by Rusty Russell and maintained by Klaus Knopper, to increase the effective capacity of the CD-ROM.)

This system is also useful for turning almost any system which can boot CDs into a simple Linux workstation. We also aim to make the system easily customizable so that you can use it as a starting point for your own bootable CD-ROMs.

The need for a fork was first recognized after several of the BBC developers had left Linuxcare. Several attempts were made to gain access for them to continue working on the project. None of these attempts were successful, and when nearly all the developers had left the company's employment, we felt that it was necessary, in order to continue our development efforts, to create an independent project.

We plan a release in time for LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in August, where Duncan and I will be giving a conference presentation on bootable Linux CDs.

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My original announcement of this project, which contains some predictions about new features and the future course of development, is available at


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