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Lesser Known Linux Distros

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#1 Guest_hollowface_*


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Posted 29 November 2016 - 07:20 PM

This thread is for posting brief introductions (as in "hey, this exists.") to relatively unknown GNU/Linux distros. Stuff that you don't find listed on Wikipedia, DistroWatch, etc. I would suggest we keep the thread clear of discussion, much like the "cheesemakers-linux corner" thread is, so that it is easier to browse the actual list of distros, but that's not my call to make.


I guess I'll start....




Jinx is light-weight small GNU/Linux distro for older hardware with little RAM. The project seems long dead. According to the project's SourceForge page, it was last updated in 2013, but the most recent (and only?) release is from 2007. So, the software is quite outdated, meaning you'd be open to security vulnerabilites since discovered, but depending on what you are using the OS for, that may or may not be a concern. Jinx is available as a live CD, mini live CD, VMware virtual machine image, and hard disk image. The project is quite unknown. The latest mini live CD ISO has 5,460 total ever downloads, which is significantly more than the other download options.

The Jinx live CD is 32bit (x86-32, i686), which isn't a surprise given that Jinx is for older hardware, and runs kernel version 2.6.9. The download weighs in at only 42.3MB. It boots with a screen depth of 8 bits, presumibly for compatibility with older hardware, but you can increase it if your system supports it. There isn't much pre-installed, but among the pre-installed programs are: Bash 2.05b (shell), Opera 8.5 (web browser), TextMaker (word processor), GTK See 0.6.0 Beta (image viewer), mPlayer (video player). The live CD does not present an option to save changes made to it, nore to install Jinx.

Official Site:

- http://jinx-linux.sourceforge.net/


Additional Links:
- https://sourceforge.net/projects/jinx-linux/

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 11:51 PM


Amiga plus Puppy Linux = AmiPUP!

AmiPUP is a light-weight rambooting live distro derived from Puppy Linux. It uses custom themes to give a more Amiga-like appearance, and comes equipped with Amiga emulator E-UAE, hence the "Ami" portion of the distro's name. The project appears active, being last updated in late 2015. The most recent release is 1.1.3, which has been downloaded 1,902 times from the project's official download page. The ISO is only about 215MB in size, though this is a substantial increase from the 1.1.0, and 1.0.1 releases. Some of the applications that come pre-installed on AmiPUP 1.1.3 are: Linux Firewall (firewall), pMusic 4.2.8 (music manager), E-UAE 0.8.29, Abiword 2.9.4 (word processor), Mozilla Firefox 40.0.2 (web browser), Gnome Media Player 1.0.8b (audio/video player), Bash 4.1.0 (shell).

Official Site:
- https://sourceforge.net/projects/amipup/

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 12:19 AM

The name grabbed me, re overclock




Screen is a little dark, looks like IceWeasel is the default Browser.


DistroWatch have this



Last Update: 2016-07-01 04:14 UTC

overclockix.png Overclockix started as a KNOPPIX-based live CD featuring a host of tools for network security, low-level hardware tweaking, burn-in applications, and distributed computing clients. It went dormant in 2005, but was revived again in 2011 as a Debian-based live CD "aimed at overclockers for stress testing, distributed computing and as a general Linux toolkit."

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 258 (29), 6 months: 269 (27), 3 months: 270 (28), 4 weeks: 274 (29), 1 week: 244 (33)


Currently ranked 274 on their list. Latest release was actually 1 June 2015.


Their official site here  http://www.overclockix.com/  has all sorts of linked information, and the "which image is right for me?" page here http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php/671690-Overclockix-Revived#whichimage   shows it will run on anything from i386 to 64-bit.


So system requirements will not be high. That page also suggests <dd> as being the best for burning to stick, and describes how to implement Persistence.


Cheers ... nice one hf


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Posted 30 November 2016 - 07:23 PM


TinyXS Linux (AKA TinyXS) is a derivative of TinyMe, which includes a bunch of additional software, making it about 3x as large. The one-man project seems to have been both started and abandoned in mid 2008. During its brief life span there were at least 2 releases, neither of which is available any longer via the official torrents. The most recent release is still available via the alternative download link provided by the author on his personal site. The first release is based off TinyMe 2008.0, but it is unclear if later releases were as well.

The latest TinyXS Linux release comes as a live CD with optional rambooting. The default account on the live CD is "root" with password "root". TinyXS can be installed via the installer on the desktop. Some of the pre-installed programs are: GPicView 0.1.9 (image viewer), Synaptic 0.57.2 (package manager), SciTE 1.76 (text editor), Bash 3.1.17 (shell), PCmanFM 0.5 (file manager), Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1 (web browser), Wine 0.9.58 (windows executable compatibility layer).

Official Site:
- http://www.city-data.com/forum/internet/368599-my-tinyxs-linux-distribution-692mb-cdrom.html

Additional Links:
- http://ideaboomer.com/bm/detail.php?c=1&i=4875dd21374a9f207d1165f04c9f612d9d845a37

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