Minimal Linux Live is an open source, freely distributed and extremely lightweight operating system based on the Linux kernel and the BusyBox software, which includes common UNIX utilities.

It’s available for download as 32-bit/64-bit Live CDs

The distro is available for download as two Live CD ISO images, one for each of the supported hardware platforms: 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (x86). They define the world minimal and have approximately 7MB in size each.

The ISO images can be deployed to CD discs, Mini CD discs or USB thumb drives in order to boot them from the BIOS of a computer. The live system starts automatically, as there’s no bootloader implemented on the Live CDs.

It boots in 3-4 seconds

It is an extremely fast operating system that starts in about 3-4 seconds, dropping users to a shell prompt from where they can access all the pre-installed command-line utilities.

A DIY distribution of Linux

Minimal Linux Live has been designed from the ground up to allow users to create their very own distributions of Linux, based on Minimal Linux Live of course.

To create your own Minimal Linux Live OS, you must download the latest scripts archive from the project’s homepage, extract it and make the scripts executable. Install the requirements, execute the build_minimal_linux_live.sh script and wait.

Depending on your computer’s specs and the distribution of Linux used, the OS creation process shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. The ISO image will be automatically generated on the same folder where the scripts are.

Not for regular users

We feel obliged to warn our readers that Minimal Linux Live is not a Linux distribution for newbies. It’s designed for advanced Linux users, such as system administrators who are looking for a tiny rescue CD or experienced developers who want to create their own OS.