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Linux Distribution: Finnix
Url: http://www.finnix.org/

 
<b>About Finnix</b> Finnix is a small, self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution for system administrators, based on Debian GNU/Linux. You can use it to mount and manipulate hard drives and partitions, monitor networks, rebuild boot records, insta

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You can mount and manipulate hard drives and partitions, monitor networks, rebuild boot records, install other operating systems, and much more.

Finnix includes the latest technology for system administrators, with Linux kernel 2.6, LVM2, encrypted partitions, etc. And above all, Finnix is small; currently the entire distribution is over 300MB, but is dynamically compressed into a 105MB bootable image.

Finnix is not intended for the average desktop user, and does not include any desktops, productivity tools, or sound support, in order to keep distribution size low.

Key Features
1. Finnix is based on Debian "testing"; Knoppix is based on Debian "unstable" and several other repositories.

2. Finnix is available as a 105MB ISO; Knoppix is available as a 700MB or 3.5GB ISO (CD/DVD editions).

3. Knoppix includes XFree86 and many, many desktop and productivity tools and games; Finnix does not.

4. Finnix includes utilities not found in Knoppx, such as LVM2, cryptsetup, cdpr, iftop, irssi, reiser4progs, an OTP calculator, VLAN tools, and the essential robotfindskitten.

5. Finnix includes a different Linux kernel than Knoppix; as of this writing, 2.6.13.3 versus 2.6.12, respectively.

6. Finnix uses an almost completely reworked initrd, a compressed ROM filesystem with BusyBox; Knoppix's initrd uses a compressed ext2 filesystem with statically compiled tools.

7. Knoppix can be installed on a hard drive or use floppies/USB keys for storing personal data; Finnix cannot.

8. Finnix can be copied to RAM and run in only 256MB; Knoppix requires at least 1GB.

9. Knoppix is available in several languages and has an impressive array of internationalization tools; Finnix is English only.

Requirements

1. 586 or higher x86 CPU (will work on AMD64/EM64T CPUs in 32-bit mode)
2. 32MB RAM absolute minimum; 128MB recommended
3. Standard ATAPI CDROM drive (many SCSI CDROM drives will also work)
4. Linux swap partition recommended, but not required
5. Network card recommended, but not required
6. At least 256MB RAM is required to run Finnix completely within RAM.

Releases:
2008-12-10 00:00:00.0 Finnix 92.1 has been released    View
Today marks the release of version 92.1 for the x86/AMD64, PowerPC, and UML/Xen platforms. Finnix 92.1 is a regular maintenance release. New features include Linux kernel 2.6.26, updated upstream software, and x86 boot menu cleanups. Changes: dist-upgrade; upgraded kernels to 2.6.26 (Debian 2.6.26-7); added space after boot parameters in x86 boot menu, to add extra boot parameters, simply select a menu item, press Tab, then start typing extra parameters; re-added F2 cheat codes x86 boot screen, which did not carry over in the menu transition; removed dvdrtools; added Emad, an action adventure side-scrolling RPG platformer about a boy and his loving pet pig in 38th-century Scotland.
2008-06-30 00:00:00.0 Finnix 92.0 has been released    View
Finnix 92.0 released. Finnix is a small, self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution for system administrators, based on Debian 'testing'. Today marks the release of version 92.0 for the x86/AMD64, PowerPC, and UML/Xen platforms. Major new features: Finnix 92.0 contains the fix to the Debian OpenSSL predictable RNG vulnerability - a reminder that all versions of Finnix from 89.0 to 91.1 (inclusive) contained this vulnerability, so please keep this in mind when running OpenSSH servers on vulnerable versions; Linux 2.6.25; a new graphical boot menu - this boot menu will still perform 32-bit/64-bit auto-detection, and options such as 'toram' and 'testcd' can still be added to boot profiles by pressing [TAB] over a desired boot profile.
2008-01-30 00:00:00.0 Finnix 91.0 has been released    View
Finnix 91.0 released. Finnix 91.0 includes a new Linux kernel (2.6.24), automatic 32-bit/64-bit detection on the x86 platform, stackable RAID/LUKS/LVM detection and setup, and several bug fixes. If you press 'enter' at the boot screen of Finnix 91.0 x86, the boot loader will now detect if you have a 64-bit capable CPU, and will load the appropriate kernel. You can still force 32-bit or 64-bit by entering the 'finnix' or 'finnix64' boot profiles. While RAID, LUKS (encryption) and LVM detection have been in Finnix for awhile now, they were loaded in a certain order, and some configurations were not detected as a result. With Finnix 91.0, most configurations should be detected. For example, an encrypted LVM set on top of two RAID disks should be set up automatically.
2007-10-26 00:00:00.0 Finnix 0.90 is available    View
Finnix 90.0 has been released for the x86/AMD64, PowerPC, and UML/Xen platforms. Finnix is a small, self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution for system administrators, based on Debian testing. Finnix 90.0 includes a new Linux kernel, faster booting, and the ability to boot from SATA CD-ROM and DVD-ROM devices, as well as updated Debian system software and bug fixes. After much delay, Finnix 90.0 includes Linux 2.6.22; it includes support for both Unionfs 2 and Aufs, with Unionfs as the default for stability reasons. Finnix 90.0 will now boot even quicker, about 8 seconds quicker than Finnix 89.0!
2007-07-30 00:00:00.0 Finnix 89.2 has been released    View
Today marks the release of version 89.2 for the x86/AMD64, PowerPC, and UML/Xen platforms. Finnix 89.2 is a maintenance release. Base system has been dist-upgraded to Debian's testing 2007-07-26. A new kernel was planned for this release, but was not released due to problems between Finnix and available union filesystems. Because of this, 89.2 still comes with kernel 2.6.18, but has a few backported drivers.
2007-04-17 00:00:00.0 Finnix 89.1 has been released    View
Finnix is a small, self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution for system administrators, based on Debian testing. Today marks the release of version 89.1 for the x86/AMD64, PowerPC, and UML/Xen platforms. Finnix 89.1 is a maintenance and bug-fix release. The base system has been dist-upgraded to Debian's 2007-04-03, the day 'etch' was marked stable. The 'testcd' boot option has been fixed on the PowerPC platform. The ipcalc package has been added, and the finnix-3ware-install package has been upgraded to 9.4.1. SSH agent is now started at boot-time, and is shared among all virtual terminals.
2007-01-23 00:00:00.0 Finnix 89.0 is available    View
Today marks the release of version 89.0 for the x86 (and now AMD64), PowerPC, and UML/Xen platforms. Finnix 89.0 features Linux 2.6.18, a new 'finnix64' AMD64 boot profile, netboot support with a built-in netboot setup wizard, MD RAID and LUKS crypt auto-detection. An AMD64 kernel is now included on the Finnix x86 CD. While the Finnix userland is still 32-bit, using an AMD64 kernel on a supported platform yields several advantages: more than 4GB memory can be utilized natively; statically-compiled AMD64 applications can be executed; you can chroot into native 64-bit AMD64 filesystems.
 
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