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muLinux .. a GIANT on a floppy disk ! (C)1998-2001 by M.Andreoli m.andreoli@tin.it, ITALY


Current release is 12r2 "Babilonia"

Warning! fractured english inside!
What is muLinux ?
muLinux (µLinux, really) is a full-configurable, minimalistic, almost complete, application-centric tiny distribution of Linux (2.0.36 modular kernel) made in Italy. muLinux resides on a single 1722K floppy, but floppy add-on are provided. Works on PC 386-8M + swap space, and installs in RAM, UMSDOS, EXT2 & LOOP-EXT2.

SUPPORTS:

  • Multi-Ethernet, Multi-PPP and PLIP devices
  • NFS-root booting (for diskless XTerminal-like clients);
  • DHCP remote host configuration;
  • swap file and swap partitions;
  • file system administration for Linux, DOS and Windows95 partitions (fdisk, fdformat, e2fsck?, etc.);
  • Internet connection (via PPP) or LAN (via ethernet card);
  • Point-to-Point PPP null-modem cable connections;
  • rustic diald (dial-on-demand) daemon;
  • e-mail processing (fetch, read and send mail),
  • a file manager with ftp support (Pion),
  • NFS, ftp, finger, telnet, tcpdump, traceroute
  • WfW/NT share mounting (Samba/SMB protocol)
  • IP masquerading, forwarding and gatewaying;
  • IRC (tinyirc),
  • news (suck+RNA) and web browsing (with lynx);
  • whois rustic mini-client;
  • network tools (as sniffit, nmap, ...);
  • remote access via modem line (miterm);
  • text-editor( vi & ae), printing (local & remote)
  • play & record WAV, CD listening (playcd), MP3 player;
  • Sound Blaster and PC-Speaker;
  • fax receiving, sending and printing (efax);
  • Quiet Computer Setup (HD spindown);
  • cron: the traditional UNIX scheduler;
  • gpm: mouse in the console;
INIT(8) DAEMONS

muLinux contains also some init(8) rustic daemons:

  • a server Web (Pygmy WWWserver) supporting download+directory browsing+multi-connection,
  • a job scheduler (at),
  • a ringd deamon,
  • a fax server,
  • a dialin modem connection (agetty) daemon,
  • a null-modem cable serial connection daemon.
  • a rustic TELNETD daemon.

OTHER FEATURES:

  • internationals keyboards support,
  • CHAT, PAP & CHAP authentication,
  • permanent multi-configuration,
  • installation from LINUX/DOS/WINDOWS,
  • DOS->UMSDOS direct installation,
  • UMSDOS/EXT2/LOOP-EXT2 file system cloning (from a working system),
  • CD-ROM (ElTorito) and in Zip floppy-disks cloning (using EXT addon)
  • mu-RCP: Mulinux Remote Control Panel: a CGI frontend to Setup
  • Modem-to-Modem connections via phone cable, on a desktop, between muLinux and MS-Windows, with auto-PPP and Samba Shares.
  • Dialin Samba Server: browse your hard-disk remotely, using the dialup utility in MS-Windows











Plug-and-Play addons
Optional "pnp" 1722k floppies, in tar+bzip2 format.
As emergency and demonstration tool the BASE floppy-disk is enough; but if you wish to gain the standard UNIX performance, the SRV and WKS add-on are suggested.
  • ADDON #1: SRV
  • SRV add-on SRV(server's extension) supplementary disk:
    • PCMCIA support;
    • full multiuser support;
    • lilo & syslinux bootmanager;
    • the UPX compressor;
    • the thttpd Web Server;
    • inetd, ftpd, telnetd, rshd and other daemons;
    • rdate (set date from a remote server);
    • Smail: a sendmail replacement;
    • The Samba Suite, v1.9.18a (smbd, nmbd, smbclient);
    • named, the nameserver daemon;
  • ADDON #1: WKS
  • EXT add-on WKS(worstation's extension) supplementary disk:
    • Lynx v2.6, the popular UNIX web browser;
    • MC, the Midnight Commander;
    • Mutt, a small and powerfull text-based Mail user agent;
    • PGP 2.6.3i RSA/IDEA encryption system;
    • multimedia: mkisofs, cdrecord, cdda2wav, LAME;
    • ssh: the secure shell;
    • generic: su, id, ftp(client),zip/unzip, and others.
  • ADDON #2: X11
  • X Window System add-on
    ADDON
    X Window System VGA-16 server, with fvwm95, Afterstep , wm2 Window Managers, + xfm File and Applications Manager and Chimera WWW Browser for X (1722k)
  • ADDON #3: VNC
  • VNC add-on
    ADDON
    VNC (Virtual Network Computing) Xserver and clients, SVGAlib, zgv. Miscellaneus: MC (Midnigh Commander), PERL v5.003 and CGI modules; M-tools; zip/unzip; UPX support; Nokia modem support, etc
  • ADDON #4: GCC
  • GCC add-on GCC addon
    • gcc GNU C compiler,
    • lex & yacc (lexical analyzers),
    • f2c (Fortran-to-C translator), p2c (Pascal-to-C translator), BASIC interpreter,
    • NASM v0.98 80x86 Assembler/Disassembler.

    Using this addon, it is now possible to compile kernel modules for the serie 2.0.*. Tested using sample modules form 1) "Linux Kernel Module Prog. Guide", by Ori Pomerantz and 2) "Linux Device Drivers", by A. Rubini. -- Demo sources in /usr/gcc/src
    NOTE!NOTE! For educational purpose only. This C-compiler is for learn C-Language. You cannot use this gcc for expand muLinux, getting tgz around the net. ONLY hello-world programs, math programs, lexycal analizers and kernel modules compile well.
  • ADDON #5: TCL Third-part addon, here
  • TCL add-on TCL addon
    An add-on floppy for muLinux to add a healthy mix of application programs written in Tcl/Tk. Requires the muLinux X11 add-on, as most Tcl programs included are X11 based. Author: Tom Poindexter, tpoindex@nyx.net.
  • ADDON #6: TEX
  • TEX add-on TEX addon
    LaTex: TeX typesetting system for UNIX-like systems, with AMS-Tex (from American Mathematical Society) package and the famous Lyx word processor + dvips, xdvi, etc. All that, in a single floppy disk!
    This addon can be used as tool for emergency professional typesetting, if you work as sturm-reporter in some war-zone, around the world, and wish urgently to rewrote the "Book 8th, Conic's Section" of Apollonio di Perga (a missing book, that; I'm curiousus). New!
  • ADDON #7: PERL
  • PERL add-on PERL addon
    PERL: Practical Extraction and Report Language (v5.004), with a good selection of CPAN libraries: WWW, LPW, CGI, Net, MIME, MD5, etc.. Miscellaneus: libc6 support for muLinux; SIRC irc Perl client, ...
    This addons is a work in progress. The plan is to add a lot of networking Perl code on it (sendmail.pl, fetchmail.pl, etc) in the (far) future. Contributors are welcome.
  • ADDON #8: EMU
  • EMU add-on EMU addon. It contains:
    • DOSEMU v0.66, the Linux DOS Emulator
    • WINE v981018, the Linux Windows Emulator
    • mtools v3.8, DOS commands in the Linux box
    Because most of this programs requires libc6 and libX11 to work, this addon depend from the PERL and X11 addons. Wine, on the other hand, requires XWindow up and running; DOSEMU, doesn't. Easy-to-use frontends are provided.
  • ADDON #9,10: NS1,NS2
  • NS add-on NS1,NS2 addon. Index:
    • NS1 disk SVGA X Server and Netscape 3.0 (part I)
    • NS2 disk Netscape 3.0 (part II)
    Notes: NS1 and NS2 requires the X11 add-on. Netscape works only if the system is cloned in the hard-disk.
  • ADDON #99: Your own add-on?
  • YOUR add-on? You want to enhance muLinux by creating your own add-on disk?
    It's easy to do this, please have a look at the addon-mini-howto in /usr/doc/help.

    DOCUMENTATION

    DOWNLOAD AREA: Release Notes | Changes History | Install from Linux | Install from DOS |
    Current release is in the directory current/; old release are in release-xRy directories. If you can't find an archive in the current/ directory, please get it from the previous release-xRy/ directory.

    Persuade your browser to a BINARY download, or your addons disk will not works! In alternative: use a regular FTP client.
    Please: don't unpack manually the addons images, because they aren't true tgz!


    No other MIRRORS needed, but if you setup a web page for muLinux, please send me the URL.

    Download from:
    1. this site
    2. Sunsite.Auc.dk, at Aalborg University, Denmark (primary site) HTTP, FTP
    3. mulinux.nevalabs.org (Brasil)
    4. Robert Litwiniec site (Poland)
    5. Karl-Heinz Zimmer site (Germany)
    6. Dave Houghton site (UK)
    7. TU Berlin, Informatik (Germany)
    8. AARNet Mirror Project (Australia)
    MISC Area: Other binaries and modules

    WEB PAGES
    Tom Poindexter's TCL addon
    Franz-Albert Van Den Bussche, internationalization in muLinux
    J.R. Peña
    muLinux Tutorial from R. Warnke (Germany)
    Miguel Angel's muLinux pages
    muLinux Samba Mini-disk, by Jef Knoors
    muLinux site in France, by Romain Francoise
    Alfie Costa patches
    Libc5 packages for muLinux, by Daniel Liljeqvist
    The MUD add-on, by Jochen Cichon (NEW)
    muLinux UMSDOS in a single zipped archive, by Winsor
    APM kernel for muLinux, by Vesa-Pekka Palmu
    Web pages related to muLinux project

    RELATED PROJECTS (in no particular order)
    HAL91 tomsrtbt LRP Trinux DLX Xdenu LOAF pocket-linux Fluf MetaLab DLX YARD Floppyfw TLinux ODL SmallLinux TLinux ODL CClinux Airmid Empire Coyote HVLinux LIAP Giotto LinuxEmbedded Freesco I do think that muLinux and tomsrtbt could complement each other very well, since muLinux focuses on applications (ie Lynx, mail) and tomsrtbt on the system recovery tools (fsck.ext2, etc.).
    -Tom Oehser

    MAILING LIST
    The mailing list is called (you guessed it :-) mulinux@sunsite.auc.dk.
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    Note: discussions on the list are most time in english, sometimes we use italiano when handling a local case.

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    MAILING-LIST ARCHIVE
    The mailing-list archive A web repository of the muLinux mailing-list, hosted on the AppWatch.com site (NEW)
    PEOPLE's FEEDBACK
    Please sir: You can fit this my binary on your floppy?

    A small collection of gracious emails about the muLinux Project
    XWindow screenshot

    A muLinux Screenshot, from Michael Callaham
    VNC screenshot

    VNC desktop screenshot, using muLinux and Win98.
    RCP screenshot

    RCP (muLinux Control Panel) screenshot, using muLinux, Win98.
    VI MU-MAN uk it de

    Short on-line tutorial for "vi" text-editor, by M. Pilolli (in italiano)
    Why mu?

    Short explaination, by Karl-Heinz Zimmer.
    Fractured english in muLinux

    A short thread, from the muLinux mailing-list
    The Mu chinese symbol

    "Does a dog have the Buddha nature?" (from the muLinux mailing-list)
    Getting small with Linux:
    Part1 Part4 Getting small with Linux:
    An article from the LinuxJournal, by Marcel Gagne' mggagne@salmar.com
    The muLinux project

    An old chat with the muLinux author, by A. Manzini at VeronaLUG (in italiano)
    E il pinguino si strinse ...

    Intervista all'autore, di Emanuele Goldoni (emanuele@muug.it) (in italiano, con imagini) pubblicato su La Voce di Mantova

    FAQ
    Frequently Asked Questions here
  • Why are there no answers in this FAQ?
  • Because nobody asked anything.
  • DISCLAIMER:
    muLinux IS COPYRIGHT BY M. ANDREOLI (m.andreoli@tin.it, v. La Malfa,1 - Pontedera Italy) BUT CAN BE REDISTRIBUTE UNDER THE TERMS OF THE GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE. IF YOU BASE SOMETHING ON IT, USE ANY OF THE SCRIPTS, DISTRIBUTE BINARIES OR LIBRARIES FROM IT, OR DISTRIBUTE CUSTOMIZED VERSIONS OF IT, PLEASE GIVE ME CREDIT: DON'T REMOVE MY NAME. MULINUX COMES WITH ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THIS SYSTEM IS WITH YOU.

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