As seen over at Deadly.org: “Some Bulgarian fellows made a tiny BSD distro, which is a mix between FreeBSD and OpenBSD, has some ports and other stuff -a. Full install is about 200 megs, the install iso is 64 MB.It can run on low end x86 boxes.” More infrormation here.
MicroBSD 0.5 released
2002-08-20 FreeBSD 15 Comments
This site may be more useful than the site where it is just mentioned.
The reason I did not post directly a link is because they have mirrors for their site. They most likely have bandwidth problems, so that’s why they use mirrors. OSNews is kinda big these days (we already osnewsed one site so far), and this is the reason I did not directly linked them, but linked Deadly.org instead, where they have more information and mirror links. So please don’t jump on conclusions or linking away like that.
Sorry about that, just remove that link then. I went to the link you posted and didn’t find much of anything other than that blip.
i had no idea OSnews.com is now big enough to slashdot(erm… i mean osnews) sites…
Yes, Skyos.org went down completely the last time we linked them on a high traffic day. OSNews averages to 55,000 page views per day lately.
Now, let’s all go back to the microBSD topic.
a 200 meg install, there are not many OSs that are small like that, except for a compact install of Debian or (god forbid) WIndoze95 or Win98 can be small it closely watched because Windoze9x series are packrats for trash data and junk files…
i may download a ISO and install it just to get a taste of it…
Well, seeing as the complete install for netbsd on pmax is just 70 mb (thats with release 1.6!!), something is wrong here. The 200mb must be including the package collection. pmax install includes all sets (base, comp, etc etc), including the x set.
However, winnt40 on my mips machine currently takes 150MB of disk space. It is running on a 500mb drive with lots of space left over. Not too bad!
you call 200mb small??!?
BeOS PE was 45 MB compressed and it had quite many apps in it. Its dev tools was an extra 17 MB only. On the other hand, BeOS would need lots of drive space, depending on your memory (it calculates the amount of swap it needs and allocates, depending your amount of system memory – more memore requires more swap). So, each OS is different, it has different needs.
A specially engineered version of BeOS could run off a floppy and it included a web browser.
Ditto for QNX.
Can anyone explain to me why I can’t get a proper Distro of BSD? Linux is easy just boot off a CD and install graphcally.. I’m certainly not willing to learn all the CMDline crap you need to install this BSD or as I understand it, any of the others…
When will be be able to buy a CD with a graphical installer for BSD, KDE or GNOME and some OSS apps ready to run?
I think one bsd is working on a new installer. Freebsd’s installer is no less freindly than Linux, to me anyways. Not saying ether is the best. I think what both need are simply clearing built in instructions and comments in the installed telling you stuff as you go. With ether linux or BSD if you think of doing anything other than a default install you can be lost very quickly.
>A specially engineered version of BeOS could run off a floppy and it included a web browser.
This is wrong. And it never happened. Only the BFS indexes take almost a whole floppy space, let along the OS and the browser you say.
Ask JBQ. It is correct. A Be Engineer confirmed it in these very boards, some time ago.
This is a BSD distro, not just an operating system. OS’s are designed to run applications software, distro’s are designed to use an OS for a particular purpose or purposes, and thus include apps or packages that increase the size of the distro.
If we were just talking about the size of the OS, we would be talking about MenuetOS, or Linux kernels, or even DOS. In DOS, the necessary boot-up files take less than 100 K, and a full installation of the later MS-DOS 6.22 only took 6 Megs. Of course, there’s not too much you could do with just the basic DOS installation. 😉