Screenshot of dyne:bolic
|Company / developer||Jaromil|
|Source model||Free and open source software|
|Latest stable release||3.0.0 / September 8, 2011|
|Kernel type||Monolithic Linux kernel|
|Default user interface||Gnome2|
|License||GNU GPL and other free and open source software licenses|
dyne:bolic is a live CD/DVD based on the Linux kernel with a focus on multimedia production, and is distributed with a large assortment of applications for audio and video manipulation. Termed "Rastasoft" by its author, dyne:bolic is based entirely on free software, and is recognized by the GNU Project for this characteristic.
It is designed and optimized for older and slower computers, turning them into full media stations: this is why the software in it is often not at the newest version available. The result is that the minimum needed is a Pentium1 or K5 PC with only 64 MB RAM and an IDE CD-ROM, or an Xbox game console. Multiple Xbox installations can be clustered.
Live CD/DVD 
dyne:bolic is designed from ground up to be used as Live CD/DVD. It does not require installation to a hard drive, and attempts to recognize most devices and peripherals automatically (for example: sound, video, TV, etc.). Its kernel is highly optimized for low latency and high performance, making it suitable for audio and video production.
System requirements 
dyne:bolic is not based on any other existing Live CD/DVD technology. Version 3.x has higher system requirements than older versions of dyne:bolic, and is the first version released as DVD image instead of CD-ROM image.
Basic system requirements for version 1.x and 2.x are relatively low: a PC with a Pentium MMX (i586) class CPU and 64 MB of RAM is sufficient. Some versions of dyne:bolic can be used on an Xbox game console (Xbox is not currently supported by v2.0).
The user copies the dyne directory from the CD (described in dyne:bolic literature as "Docking") to any suitably formatted partition or drive. This filesystem will be recognised and booted by the CD, or there is the option to install a bootloader or edit an existing one. Booting from floppy disk is also supported. Dyne:bolic can save user settings in a file on a partition (or even user's own USB flash drive) which can also be encrypted for better privacy (described as "Nesting" in the db literature).
Multimedia support 
dyne:bolic has been shaped by the needs of media activists, artists and creators, to be a practical tool for multimedia production. It allows manipulation and broadcast of both sound and video with tools to record, edit, encode, and stream. In addition to many multimedia specific programs, dyne:bolic also provides word processors and common desktop computing tools.
The dyne:bolic author and maintainer Jaromil has also created various multimedia tools included in the distribution: MuSE, HasciiCam, FreeJ, as well as other software functionalities such as the nesting and docking, while co-developer and friend, Smilzo contributed the port for Xbox game consoles.
dyne:bolic can be extended by downloading extra modules such as development tools or OpenOffice.org. The modules are SquashFS files placed in the modules directory of a dock (see above) or a CD and are automatically integrated at boot.
dyne:bolic 3.x 
Version 3.0.0 MUNIR.
dyne:bolic 2.x 
dyne:bolic 1.x 
There are few things that were present in dyne:bolic line 1.x. It was:
- openMosix - clustering software
- WindowMaker - a fast and small footprint X window manager
- CIA Factbook - local copy
- ability to boot on Xbox game console
These features were dropped in the dyne:bolic 2.x series.
See also 
- List of Linux distributions endorsed by the Free Software Foundation
- Comparison of Linux LiveDistros
- Ubuntu Studio
- 64 Studio
- McConnachie, Dahna (2005-10-25). "Dine in geek heaven with Dyne:bolicII". Computer World. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- Kronschnabl, Ana; Tomas Rawlings (2006-01-09). "Open source websites: All change on the internet". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- GNU project website
- dynebolic.org version 3.0.0 announcement, section codename
- dynebolic.org version 3.0.0 announcement
- Mayank Sharma (2007-04-10). "Dyne:Bolic 2.4.2: A live CD multimedia studio".
- "dyne:bolic 1.2 README". Retrieved 26 March 2012. "Basically whenever you boot dyne:bolic on a local network, configuring it or having it configured automatically thru DHCP, the system automatically discovers for other dyne:bolic running on it and joins them in a CLUSTER: which means they SHARE their CPU POWER like a "supercomputer" made out of many small computers."