RUNT Linux v5.0

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RUNT Linux v5.0

مُساهمة من طرف Cruise في الأحد سبتمبر 30, 2007 11:45 pm

What is RUNT?

RUNT is Slackware Linux designed originally to run off of a 128 MB or more USB pen drive. As of version 5.0, it now requires a 256 MB drive. It consists only of a zip file, and optionally a floppy image, similar to zipslack. It is intended to be a fairly complete Linux installation for use as a testing tool capable of booting on any x86 computer with a bootable USB port or any USB port and a bootable floppy drive. The kernel is slackware's bare.i kernel. RUNT also contains an initial ramdisk to load usb-storage related modules and pause for 5 seconds, allowing the USB drive to initialize. The zip file contains a UMSDOS filesystem designed to be extracted onto a 256 MB pen drive with an msdos filesystem using 4K clusters. (Larger cluster sizes are required for drives larger than 256 MB) The package set is based off of Slackware's zipslack, but contains other commonly used networking components not available in the zipslack distribution. RUNT was originally designed for use at North Carolina State University by the ResNet department. ResNet regularly provides support to students in University Housing using their personal computers on the NC State network. RUNT automatically probes for network cards on startup and configures them using DHCP. Although RUNT was was intended for use on the NC State network, there is nothing peculiar preventing RUNT from being a useful tool on any network.

What's required?

A USB 256 MB pen drive with an msdos filesystem using 4K clusters. Larger drives are also acceptable and will require a larger cluster size. Most any pen drive will work. Sandisk and Lexar make some of the most popular ones, and they are known to work well. RUNT can also work with any USB storage device such as flash card readers, cameras, watches, etc... Those are the weird ones people have sent in to me. Theoretically RUNT can run off of any FAT16 or FAT32 formatted drive accessible by the kernel. The bootdisk provided will work with fast USB drives or IDE drives. a USB zip drive takes longer to initialize, and the disk below doesn't provide adequate time. If you wish to boot RUNT off of SCSI or some other interface, another bootdisk will probably be required. Find or make a Slackware boot disk to meet your needs.

If you can't boot off of USB, you'll need a blank floppy.

To boot it you'll need any x86 based computer cable of USB booting or with a bootable floppy drive and a USB port.

February 1, 2007: RUNT 5.0 released!

Once again, it's been a while, but I've put together one more release of RUNT. RUNT 5.0 is built from Slackware 11.0 and has updated versions of nearly every package. Of greatest significance is the much newer 2.4.33.3 kernel, which now supports most SATA controllers, as well as prism54 wireless devices. iproute2 and stunnel have been added for improved functionality. With all of these updates comes a substantial increase in size. I was unable to keep RUNT under 128 MB this time and maintain the level of usability in past releases. This version takes up about 200 MB when unpacked, so at least a 256 MB flash drive formatted with 4k clusters is required.

There is a good chance this is the final release of RUNT because of a number of reasons. First off, as I mentioned in my last update, the usefulness and uniqueness of RUNT is declining. Live CD's are abundant, and USB flash drives are big enough now to just partition and install your favorite distro. However, I've always liked the convenience of RUNT, and the simplicity of installation. Because of the umsdos filesystem, RUNT usually doesn't require reformatting, and it only takes up as much space as it needs, unlike ramdisk and loopback based filesystems. Unfortunately, the umsdos filesystem has been ignored for years now, and has been dropped in the 2.6 kernel. RUNT in its current form depends on the 2.4 kernel, and this release contains a very mature version of that kernel. Perhaps it is the last one Slackware will include. There may be a few options for RUNT's future, but we'll just have to see. In any case, I think this release is an excellent, stable release, though still being based on the 2.4 kernel, it may not support as much hardware as most modern Linux distributions. I hope you enjoy it!

Download :

rapidshare.com runt-5.0.zip

Enjoy but hurry before the rapidshare deletes it.
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تاريخ التسجيل : 10/09/2007

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