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 USB stick. A "frugal" install can also often be completed, allowing boot up from a hard disk drive instead.
This feature is implemented in live-initramfs and allows the user to run a live distro that does not run from ram by default by adding
toram to the kernel boot parameters.
- 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
- Network 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
- 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 (December 2008). "Tiny Core Linux Welcome Page". Retrieved 8 September 2011.
- "Trinity Rescue Kit is completely RAM-based".
- "Screenshots from TRK - The startup splash".
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