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List of Linux distributions that run from RAM

Puppy Linux 5.10 desktop running in RAM

This is a list of Linux distributions that can be run entirely from the computer's RAM. That ability allows them to be very fast, since reading and writing data from/to RAM is much faster than on a hard disk drive. Many of these operating systems will load from a removable media such as a Live CD or USB stick. A "frugal" install can also often be completed, allowing boot up from a hard disk drive instead.

This feature is implemented in live-initramfs and allows the user to run a live distro that does not run from ram by default by adding toram to the kernel boot parameters.[1] The system may ignore the switch if there is not enough RAM.

Additionally some distributions can be configured to run from RAM, such as Ubuntu using the toram option included in the Casper scripts.[2]

Linux distributions that run from RAM
Distribution Based on RAM required installation drive/required size
Alpine Linux[3][4] Independent base system uses less than 64 MB CD - USB flash drive - HDD
AntiX Independent base system uses 128 MB CD - USB flash drive - HDD
Arudius[5] Slackware & Slax 210 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive
AUSTRUMI[6] Slackware less than 100 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive
Damn Small Linux[7] Knoppix 128 MB CD - USB flash drive - HDD
debirf[8] Debian 256 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
Devil-Linux Linux From Scratch 128 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
Grml[9] Debian 256 MB (required), 512 MB (or more, recommended) CD - USB flash drive - HDD
Kanotix[10] Debian & Knoppix 1024 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
Knoppix[11] Debian 1024 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
Lighthouse Linux[12] Puppy 256 MB (required), 512 MB (recommended), 768 MB (optional)[13] CD - DVD - USB flash drive
Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) [14] Thinstation 178 MB (basic), 382 MB (deluxe) CD - USB flash drive
Macpup[15] Puppy 164 MB CD - USB flash drive
MCNLive[16] Mandriva CD - USB flash drive
Mustang Linux[17] Slackware 168 MB[18] CD - DVD
Nanolinux[19] Tiny Core Linux 64 MB[20] CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
Parted Magic[21] Independent 175 MB - 312 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
PCLinuxOS[22] Mandriva 1024 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
Plop Linux[23] Independent 64 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
Porteus[24] Slackware 512 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive
Puppy Linux[25] Independent 64 MB (required), 256 MB (recommended)[26] CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
RIPLinuX[27] Slackware 512 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive
Slax[28] Slackware 512 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
SliTaz[29] Independent 192 MB (48 MB for base) CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD[30] - Floppy disk[31]
SystemRescueCD[32] Gentoo Linux 400 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD
Tin Hat Linux[33] Hardened Gentoo 4096 MB
Tiny SliTaz [34] SliTaz 8 MB CD - DVD - USB flash drive - HDD - Floppy disk
Tiny Core Linux[35] Independent 10 MB[35] HDD - CD
Trinity Rescue Kit (TRK)[36] Mandriva 256 MB - 512 MB (recommended) [37] CD - USB flash drive

See also

References

  1. ^ "Re: Debian live entirely in RAM?". 
  2. ^ Ubuntu Wiki (13 November 2014). "Booting Ubuntu To RAM". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ LinuxBSDos: Alpine Linux 2 review
  4. ^ Alpine Linux Overview
  5. ^ Freshmeat - Arudius (Last update: 2006)
  6. ^ - ABOUT AUSTRUMI Linux (Last update: 2012)
  7. ^ DSL home page
  8. ^ debirf: DEBian on Initial Ram Filesystem
  9. ^ grml.org
  10. ^ Which startparameter can i use with the LIVE-CD?
  11. ^ Knoppix Cheatcodes
  12. ^ Lighthouse development (January 2011). "Lighthouse Pup". Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Lighthouse development (2011). "Lighthouse Pup Getting Started - System Requirements". Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  14. ^ LPS Main Page
  15. ^ MacPup 520
  16. ^ Distribution Release: MCNLive "Delft"
  17. ^ Lesser known "mini" Linux runs from RAM
  18. ^ Homepage for Mustang Linux
  19. ^ Softpedia
  20. ^ Nanolinux
  21. ^ Parted Magic - About
  22. ^ Installing PCLinuxOS Without a CD/DVD
  23. ^ plop.at Plop Linux
  24. ^ Porteus forum: Cheatcodes in porteus
  25. ^ DistroWatch.com: Puppy Linux
  26. ^ "PuppyLinux: MinimumSystemRequirements". Puppy Linux Wiki. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  27. ^ RIPLinuX home site
  28. ^ Documentation - Slax Linux
  29. ^ SliTaz
  30. ^ SliTaz installation
  31. ^ SliTaz boot floppies
  32. ^ System Rescue CD
  33. ^ Tin Hat
  34. ^ Tiny SliTaz
  35. ^ a b Shingledecker, Robert (December 2008). "Tiny Core Linux Welcome Page". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  36. ^ "Trinity Rescue Kit is completely RAM-based". 
  37. ^ "Screenshots from TRK - The startup splash". 

External links

  • Using a liveCD as your Linux Desktop
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