List of Linux distributions that run from RAM
This is a list of Linux distributions that can be run entirely from the computer's RAM. That ability allows them to be very fast, since reading and writing data from/to RAM is much faster than on a hard disk drive. Many of these operating systems will load from a removable media such as a Live CD or a Live USB stick. A "frugal" install can also often be completed, allowing boot up from a hard disk drive instead.
- tmpfs; by mounting a tmpfs and running files that are placed on this, files and programs can be run from RAM, even on Linux distros that do not run completely in RAM
- Clustered file system; network file systems are another way to avoid needing to use a (slow) harddisk (at least faster if using a E-IDE harddisk)
- initrd ("initial ramdisk"), a scheme for loading a temporary root file system into memory in the boot process of the Linux kernel.
- Lightweight Linux distribution
- List of tools to create Live USB systems
- SYSLINUX, a suite of lightweight IBM PC MBR bootloaders for starting up computers with the Linux kernel.
- Windows PE, a non-Linux operating system that can also be run from RAM.
- "Re: Debian live entirely in RAM?".
- Ubuntu Wiki (13 November 2014). "Booting Ubuntu To RAM". Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- LinuxBSDos: Alpine Linux 2 review
- Alpine Linux Overview
- Freshmeat - Arudius (Last update: 2006)
- - ABOUT AUSTRUMI Linux (Last update: 2012)
- DSL home page
- debirf: DEBian on Initial Ram Filesystem
- Which startparameter can i use with the LIVE-CD?
- Knoppix Cheatcodes
- Lighthouse development (January 2011). "Lighthouse Pup". Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- Lighthouse development (2011). "Lighthouse Pup Getting Started - System Requirements". Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- LPS Main Page
- MacPup 520
- Minimal Linux Live
- Distribution Release: MCNLive "Delft"
- Lesser known "mini" Linux runs from RAM
- Homepage for Mustang Linux
- Parted Magic - About[dead link]
- Installing PCLinuxOS Without a CD/DVD
- plop.at Plop Linux
- Porteus forum: Cheatcodes in porteus
- DistroWatch.com: Puppy Linux
- "PuppyLinux: MinimumSystemRequirements". Puppy Linux Wiki. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
- RIPLinuX home site
- Documentation - Slax Linux
- SliTaz installation
- SliTaz boot floppies
- System Rescue CD
- Tin Hat
- Tiny SliTaz
- Shingledecker, Robert. "Frequently Asked Questions". Tiny Core Linux Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Retrieved 28 September 2016.
An absolute minimum of RAM is 46mb. TC won't boot with anything less. ... Microcore runs with 28mb of ram.
- "Trinity Rescue Kit is completely RAM-based".
- "Screenshots from TRK - The startup splash".