distribution (available at http://sunsite.auc.dk/mulinux/ ) that can be run from a
. Developed by Michele Andreoli (from
in latin everytime you log on.
This list is always a work in progress: whenever I free space on the floppy
the list will grow.
- Mini Applications
Release 4.2 comes with a set of mini-apps, based on "muless", a
less-like programmable ncurses interface:
- RNA, mail; news reader;
- Pion, File Manager with FTP and rustic VFS support;
- whois, looks up records in the Network Information Center
- info, System info;
- help, small "hypertextual" help system;
- mon, resource monitor (/proc based);
- muhex, an hexadecimal editor (v>5.3)
/bin/ash: I know it's ugly, but it is much smaller than bash
and it's the same as far as scripts are concerned. "Command history"
approximated support with ile.
- Man pages
None really. help interactive command (VAX style) is
available. Some true man pages are in GCC floppy addon.
elvis tiny (standard UNIX vi clone) and ae Antony
Editor (but this on X11 floppy).
- Keyboard support.
Many national keyboard mappings. Codepages: 437,850.
- Mouse support.
Serial mouse. Bus Mouse: PS/2 (aux port style): /dev/psaux; Logitech BUS
Mouse: /dev/logibm; Microsoft BUS Mouse: /dev/inportbm. gpm mouse server
- File-systems access.
Dos, UMSDOS, Windows, vfat, NFS (nfs.o module), WfW/NT fs
share Samba/SMB (smbfs.o module), cdrom (isofs.o
module). Commands like mount, smbmount,
umount, fdisk, fdformat,
df, free, mkfs.ext2,
- Generic commands
ls, cp, mv, gzip,
gunzip, bzip2, bunzip2,
more, less, stty,
zless, zcat, cmp, find
(emulated), grep,fgrep (emulated), sed,
tr (rewritten), date, basename
(emulated), dirname (emulated), pidof (emulated),
ee editor, dd, od (emulated),
file (emulated), pr (emulated), du
(emulated), expr (rewritten), setserial,
tar, insmod, rmmod, lsmod,
m4 macro processor, bc calculator (emulated with
Release > 4.2 comes with awk language and a set of new
classical UNIX command based on them, like: sort,
uniq, tail, etc.
I dreamt of not including gzip and using the z
option of tar. But tar only gunzips...
You won't find either zip or unzip: these are
rather big. Maybe in the future.
- Printer support
lp.o module, by request plus a simple lpr with
escape codes (no spooler). muLinux supports only ASCII, POSTSCRIPT (i.e. Apple
Laserwriter) and HP-PCL (i.e. Laserjet) printer, but print only this format:
ascii, pgm, tiff (g3,fax). Starting from 4.0 release, muLinux support also
remote UNIX printers, BSD style (contributed by Tom Poindexter
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Starting from 6r3 release muLinux support an LPD server,
contributed by Steve Flynn (email@example.com): a little C program which
understand the traditional BSD lpd printer protocol (RFC1179). Enabling this
daemon, your host may act as a simple Print Server or Print Sharer for UNIX
machines, for WinNT ( using "Microsoft TCP/IP Printing" driver) or for Windows
95/98 (using a FREE program, called ACITS LPR )
- Standby (spindown) timeout for the HD drives
Timeout is used by the drive to determine how long to wait (with no disk
activity) before turning off the spindle motor to save power.
- TCP/IP tools
- Commands like ifconfig, route,
ipfwadm for masqueranding ; forwanding processes,
ping, finger, traceroute,
- ftpget (a small FTP client, suitable for scripting),
telnet(emulated), rlogin, finger
(emulated) and netcat, a general purpose TCPUDP port scanner.
- sniffit packet sniffer and monitoring tool
- nmap (rustic) network mapper
- ssh Secure Shell (on EXT addon)
Cards supported: 3c509, ne (NE1000, NE2000, and
many clones), ne2k-pci (PCI ne2000 clones), wd
(WD8003, WD8013), smc-ultra, 3c59x ( the 3Com
"Vortex" and "Boomerang" series ethercards,Fast EtherLink
3c590/3c592/3c595/3c597, XL 3c900 and 3c905 cards), ..., but the modules are
on the floppy. You just have to gzip your own module, and put it on the
floppy. See section How can I personalize
muLinux? for further details.
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol; muLinux (>4.2) support a
dhcpcd configured client. DHCP allows hosts on a TCP/IP network
to request and be assigned IP addresses, and also to discover information
about the net- work to which they are attached.
ppp.o, serial.o and slhc.o modules;
chat and pppd commands. Configuration is automatic
and you start PPP typing pppd or ppp-on,
ppp-off. PPP mulinux setup also provide a way to link together
two PCs (or a local network to the Internet), via null-modem serial cable.
muLinux (hyper-rustic) diald is a daemon based on an IP accounting's hack.
Enabling diald, muLinux detected outgoing DNS request to some remote
NAMESERVER (port 53) and start PPP (or what you want, of course)
the traditional UNIX command scheduler.
- Fetching mail.
A fetchmail only a few K, perfectly working, with the
-F (flush) option, but also a true fetchpop.
- Sending and reading mail.
A sendmail compatible with the real one, wich support
smarthost and offline processing. I tested it with pine from my "big" Linux.
You can use the From: field you prefer (-f option).
Mail processing with RNA Messenger, symlink `mail` (offline
RNA, newsreader mode + suck (pull small newsfeed from usenet;
emulated with scripts).
- Traditional Internet Daemons
Starting from 7.0, mulinux support inetd, wu-ftpd, in.rlogind. Multi-user
is now enabled, with login and password.
- PCMCIA support
Starting from 7.0 release, muLinux support PCMCIA card (EXT addon). Tested
on IBM Thinkpad with 3c589 card and ACER Extensa 5027, with ne2000 compatible
- Modem connectivity.
- miterm command, similar to minicom, for remote
- agetty (dialin session) and efax (send,
- Fax management.
A fax script allows You to make,send,receive and print fax
files, with efax packages (C) Ed. Casas. Tested with USR
Sportster 3.66, but will work with any modem, I hope.
- Music and sound.
- sound.o module (SoundBlaster) and PC-Speaker
module+patch (by Michale Beck). On my PC the SoundBlaster works. In some
cases it may be necessary to give the kernel extra options
- mpg123 to play MPEG files (layers 1-2-3) (X11 addon)
- vplay to play .wav files
- vrec to record with your microphone.
- playcd to listen to cd.
- wave waveform generator.
- Audio .au files directly to /dev/audio
- The Web.
- lynx, version 2.6 a fully-featured World Wide Web (WWW)
client for users running cursor-addressable, character-cell display devices
(e.g., vt100 terminals, vt100 emulators running on PCs or Macs, or any other
character-cell display). It will display Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
documents containing links to files on the local system, as well as files on
remote systems running http, gopher, ftp, wais, nntp, finger, or cso/ph/qi
servers, and services accessible via logins to telnet, tn3270 or rlogin
- Quark micro browser, a very rustic colored WWW navigator, similar to
Lynx, written with sed, muless, m4
and netcat. Its one and only notable feature is its size in
- rpost (emulated), and inews (emulated) used by
Lynx for newsgroup posting.
- Chimera graphical Web Browser (in X11 addon)
- The server side
Starting from release 2.3, muLinux comes with some rustic "servers and
daemons" support. A muLinux server is, generally, a shell script (often netcad
based) running via init(8) at "runlevel 5", without inetd. Servers shutdown
with "init s" and restarts with "init 5"; "init q" update the init(8) status.
This list will grow, I hope.
- Pygmy WWW server, a simple httpd server (2202 bytes),
supporting multi-connections,download and directory browsing. Try with
- a Job scheduler (atd) daemon for deferred execution
(command like at,atq,atrm).
- a RING server, similar to ringd: wait for characters to become available
from the modem (indicating an incoming call) and execute the /etc/ring.cmd
- a SERIAL_SERVER: a getty program will be run to initialize the terminal
driver and start a login process on the serial port. This is usefull for
direct coonection via null-modem cable (I added tty.exe in DOSTOOLS.tgz if
You want to test DOS-LINUX connectivity).
- a DIALIN_SERVER, a getty program will be run to initialize the modem in
sane state and start a login process with telephonics counterpart. I tested
this with BITCOM and HYPER TERMINAL on Window$-95 machines.
- a TELNET_SERVER, for remote interactive telnet protocol.
- a FAX_SERVER: wait for characters to become available from the modem and
start fax reception.
fortune (classical Linux fortunes, in latino), paganini,
piano (sound games) reverse, blue (solitaires).
carbo (crypto games) TicTacToe , forza4