Projects / BasicLinux


BasicLinux is a mini-Linux distribution designed specifically for old PCs. It provides a slim 2.2.26 kernel, a user-friendly shell and a good assortment of utilities. It includes a Web browser, a comm program, an email client, a telnet client, wget, DHCP, and dial-up PPP. It also includes a small footprint GUI, and is able to run remote X (via network) with as little as 4 MB RAM. BasicLinux is particularly suitable for old laptops: it comes with PCMCIA capability and includes the MagicPoint presentation program.


Recent releases

  •  31 May 2007 20:36

    Release Notes: A major upgrade for the window manager (swm is replaced by jwm). Significant improvements to calctool and the links browser. Sed has been upgraded to the full version. The overall size of the distribution has been reduced.

    •  28 Apr 2006 17:45

      Release Notes: The kernel has been upgraded to 2.2.26. Busybox has been upgraded to 1.01. PCMCIA IDE and CF capabilities have been added. New modules have been compiled.

      •  12 Oct 2004 07:52

        Release Notes: Major improvements were made to X. AbiWord, Sylpheed, and Xfreecell now work. More space is available in the loop file.

        •  17 May 2004 20:49

          Release Notes: The new FD version boots from two floppy disks. It includes all the features of the HD version, including the X11 applications. The FD version runs in a ramdisk and can (optionally) be installed to the hard drive with LILO.

          •  28 Apr 2004 20:35

            Release Notes: Several enhancements for old laptops, including PCMCIA capability and MagicPoint (similar to PowerPoint).


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