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    Smallest OS?

    I am looking for a tiny OS... something that could fit onto a floppy ideally.

    The best I have found (and like) so far is LuPu, which is 127MB. If anyone here was around back in the day, let me know what you used.

    The requirements are this:
    1) It can save a file, minimum of 1 file. I just want 1 file, ASCII only.
    2) No graphics/networking/sound. When it boots it will open my file and put the cursor where I left off.
    3) Fits on a floppy.
    4) I would prefer to not use something extremely archaic like edlin. But that's fine.
    5) Ideally there would be no more commands than this:
    (save, restart, shutdown)

    For bonus points:
    It has a customizable ASCII art intro when the bootstrap/magic or whatever is doing its thing.

    Anyone know?

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    Have you looked into some of the really old linux distros? I beleive DSL is only 50mb if i remember. Thats Damn Small Linux btw.
    http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
    http://www.minimalinux.org/ttylinux/

    Cant beat the last one at a whopping 8 megs

    here is a link to all the linux distros that are small. Maybe one of them is what you are looking for?
    http://bengross.com/smallunix/

    Happy hunting

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    8MB

    I will definitely give that a shot.

    Thank you, I knew someone would know.

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    lol what can i say i run old computers at home and have to know these things I use DSL alot and i havent tried the 8mb linux distro yet but i would think it to be as minimal as you can possibly get Hope its what your looking for and glad i could help.

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