Nanolinux is a very tiny Linux distribution based on MicroCore Linux with busybox.

It uses Nano-X instead of X11. FLTK 1.3.x is used as the GUI toolkit. The window manager is SLWM.

The following applications are included:
Dillo browser
FlWriter text processing program
Sprsht spread sheet program
FLTDJ personal information manager
FlMusic CD player
FlRadio internet radio
FlChat IRC client
Antipaint paint program
Fluff file manager
NXterm terminal emulator
Flcalc calculator
FlView image viewer
Games: Tuxchess, NXeyes, Checkers, Blocks, Sudoku, Mastermind
Mount tool, system statistics
Software package download and install utility
NTFS support
Grub package for hard disk install
OSS sound, Truetype fonts, UTF-8 support

Nanolinux runs completely from RAM. You can remove the LiveCD and play CDs.

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  • super lightweight window manager

  • Tested on Lenovo T61 but when it boots the speakers produce a very loud static sound.

  • Perfect OS for any minimalist.

    1 user found this review helpful.
  • Increíblemente rápido, con todo lo básico, lo probé con 64 MB de RAM y 30 MB de disco, funciona fantástico, nunca vi un SO de ventanas con esas capacidades y tan rápido.

    1 user found this review helpful.
  • Looks very promising, at least from distance, since it failed to properly boot on my Thinkpad X61s - no GUI, some errors about no mouse and -1957461975492 (or something similar) bit depth so it couldn't connect to X. I used core2USB to install the ISO to a small 16MB USB stick and booted from that. Maybe that was the reason, but it should be OK, because core2USB was made for TinyCore. I would really like to try it out and see it succeed in the long run. Tinycore is cool, but Nanocore could be 'IT'. Although I think maybe spreadsheet, text editor and maybe somehing else should be optional downloads and proper web browser should be included, by default, with flash support. I do love Dillo - it's compact, elegant and hacked version has frames etc, but it just doesn't cut it in our current web centered reality, where there aren't too many basic, html websites left in the world (I wish there were). Small modern browser (maybe something like QtWeb, forked from it, or something forked from links2, although it's almost as old as Dillo) would be what's missing.

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Framebuffer, FLTK