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DistroWatch.com: Nanolinux


Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 UTC

Nanolinux is an open-source, free and very lightweight Linux distribution that requires only 14 MB of disk space. It includes tiny versions of the most common desktop applications and several games. It is based on the "MicroCore" edition of the Tiny Core Linux distribution. Nanolinux uses BusyBox, Nano-X instead of X.Org, FLTK 1.3.x as the default GUI toolkit, and the super-lightweight SLWM window manager. The included applications are mainly based on FLTK.

Average visitor rating: 4.67/10 from 3 review(s).

Nanolinux Summary
Distribution Nanolinux
Home Page http://sourceforge.net/projects/nanolinux/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://sourceforge.net/p/nanolinux/discussion/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://sourceforge.net/p/nanolinux/wiki/
Screenshots http://sourceforge.net/projects/nanolinux/
Download Mirrors http://sourceforge.net/projects/nanolinux/files/
Bug Tracker http://sourceforge.net/p/nanolinux/tickets/
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Feature 1.3
Release Date 2015-12-26
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 14-19
Free Download ISO
Installation Text mode
Default Desktop SLWM
Package Management --
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64
Init Software other
Journaled File Systems  
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List  
Package 1.3
abiword (3.0.4)  
alsa-lib (  
ati-driver (18.30)  
bash (5.0)  
bind (9.15.6)  
chromium (79.0.3945.79)  
cups (2.3.0)  
dhcp (4.4.1)  
e2fsprogs (1.45.4)  
firefox (71.0)  
freetype (2.10.1)  
gcc (9.2.0)  
gimp (2.10.14)  
glibc (2.30)  
gnome-shell (3.34.1)  
gnucash (3.7)  
gnumeric (1.12.46)  
grub (2.04) 0.97
gtk (3.24.13)  
httpd (2.4.41)  
inkscape (0.92.4)  
k3b (19.08.3)  
kmod (26)  
krita (  
libreoffice (6.3.3)  
linux (5.4.2) 3.0.21
Package 1.3
lxpanel (0.10.0)  
mariadb (10.5.0)  
mate-desktop (1.22.2)  
mesa (19.2.7)  
mysql (8.0.18)  
nautilus (3.34.2)  
NVIDIA (440.36)  
openbox (3.6.1)  
openjdk (13.0.1)  
openssh (8.1p1)  
openssl (1.1.1d)  
perl (5.30.1)  
php (7.4.0)  
plasma-desktop (5.17.4)  
postfix (3.4.8)  
postgresql (12.1)  
Python (3.8.0)  
qt (5.13.2) --
samba (4.11.3)  
systemd (244)  
thunderbird (68.3.0)  
vim (8.1)  
vlc (3.0.8)  
xfdesktop (4.14.1)  
xorg-server (1.20.6)  

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Version: 1.3
Rating: 6
Date: 2017-11-10
Votes: 2

What Nano lacks is development. The reason? It is based on assembly language. Or a least it used ti be. It is incredibly fast and light. The tow cons are; 1. There is no way ti install to HD and 2. There is no repo for ADSL programs.

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Version: 1.3
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-05-08
Votes: 0

I'm sorry, I can't get Nanolinux to boot from a stick - neither the 32 nor the 64 variety.

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Version: 1.3
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-03-27
Votes: 10

Perhaps the single biggest complaint that I may have with this is the lack of a built-in installer. For micro-distribution, I would have expected something for installing it to the hard drive. Even Basic Linux, which was two floppy disks, had an installer program. Regardless, if you are looking for a low resource version of Linux for use on a machine that is otherwise just gathering dust, this one works nicely. It loads quickly, and is quite capable for just being 18MB. I would think that upping the size by about a megabyte to include a basic install to hard drive would be a good idea. Otherwise, it is nice for what it is.

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