Distributed as a minimal Live CD
You can download this minimal distribution of Linux from its official website or via Softpedia as a Live CD ISO image of approximately 14MB in size, which means that you must burn it onto a CD disc or write it on a USB flash drive in order to boot it from the BIOS of a computer.
Minimal boot prompt
The boot prompt of the Live CD is very minimal, allowing the user to hit the Enter key on his or her keyboard to boot the live environment. In addition, you can press the F2, F3 or F4 keys to view available boot options.
Cool and minimal desktop environment
As mentioned, the operating system uses the SLWM window manager as its default and only desktop environment. It comprises of a minimal taskbar located on the bottom edge of the screen and designed to provide access to some basic functionality of the system, and a desktop where right-click does not work.
A minimal set of open source applications
As expected, the distro includes several lightweight applications, including the Dillo web browser, FlWriter word processing software, Sprsht spread sheet software, FLTDJ personal information manager, AntiPaint paint application, Fluff file manager, NXterm terminal emulator, Flcalc calculator, FlView image viewer, and Fleditor text editor.
The distribution also includes several games, such as Tuxchess, Checkers, NXeyes, Mastermind and Blocks. Support for TrueType fonts and the UTF-8 character encoding is also provided in the Live CD.
The minimal bottom line
In conclusion, Nanolinux is a true minimal operating system that should be used by people who have a very old computer and don’t know what OS to install, or by hipsters.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on June 6th, 2014
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- This version features an improved NXterm terminal emulation, and several new applications: FlMusic CD player, FlRadio internet radio, OSS sound, FlChat IRC client, Sudoku game, Mount tool, system statistics, Software package download and install utility, NTFS support for Windows hard disks, and Grub package for hard disk install.
Application descriptionNanolinux is a free and open source distribution of Linux that weights less than 14MB and has been designed to be depl...