BG-Rescue Linux

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Version: 5.0.0   -   Released: 2016/11/26   -   Take a look at the Changelog

For other releases please take a look at our Release Page.

This is a very small Linux distribution that fits on either three Floppy Disks or a bootable CD-Rom or a USB-Stick.

Besides i386 it also includes a 64bit kernel generating the possibility to chroot into a 64bit (amd64) userspace environment.


You need at least a 486-DX (technically a 487-SX) machine with 32 mb ram to run BG-Rescue Linux.
You need at least 48 mb for the 64bit version, the floppy version may run in as little as 24 mb of ram.
If running a 64bit (amd64) system booting a 64bit SMP kernel is supported in the usb-stick and cdrom versions.
To use the optional VESA graphic modes You need a VESA 2.0 compilant VGA card.
The entire system runs in ram, so you can remove the floppys/cd/stick after booting.
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The system is a BusyBox and uClibc based rescue system with Linux kernel 2.6 (3.2 in the 64bit environment).
The system has full NTFS read/write support using ntfs-3g.
The system supports mounting samba (cifs) and nfs shares over network.
S-ATA devices (eg harddisk, cdroms) are supported.
The user can choose between 32 different (including swiss) keyboard layouts.
If an executable script "bgrescue.rc" or "bgrescue/bgrescue.rc" on the cdrom or stick exists it is executed at bootup.
If using the 64bit kernel an optimized 64bit version of lrzip is available.

Supported Hardware:

Additionally supported Hardware in the 64bit kernel:

Included Software:

Supported Filesystems: exfat, ext4 (with ext2 / ext3), hfs, hfs+, iso9660, ntfs-3g (ntfs), tmpfs, udf, vfat (msdos)

Network filesystems: cifs (samba / smbfs), nfs

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bgrescue-5.0.0.iso.gzBG-Rescue Linux bootable ISO-Image (ready for burning onto cdrom)    [32/64bit]
bgrescue-5.0.0-1.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 1.4 MB floppy image - DISK 1    [32bit]
bgrescue-5.0.0-2.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 1.4 MB floppy image - DISK 2    [32bit]
bgrescue-5.0.0-3.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 1.4 MB floppy image - DISK 3    [32bit]
bgrescue-5.0.0-4.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 1.4 MB floppy image - DISK 4    (including Freedos BOOT floppy)   --   EMPTY!!! ...
... ONLY for optional customisation or for booting the floppy version on systems where syslinux fails Linux bootable USB-Stick image for 200 MB sticks    [32/64bit] Linux bootable USB-Stick image for 1 GB sticks    [32/64bit] Linux bootable USB-Stick image for 4 GB sticks    [32/64bit] Linux ZIP-Archive (USB-Stick / SD-Card) (including Sources)
Win32 Disk ImagerTOOL for writing images to USB sticks or SD/CF cards - runs under Windows
fdimage.exe.gzTOOL for writing images to floppy discs - runs under Dos/Windows 9x/ME/NT/2k/XP
rawwrtxp.exe.gzGRAPHICAL TOOL for writing images to floppy discs - runs under Windows 9x/ME/NT/2k/XP
gunzip.exeTOOL for extracting ".gz" archives - runs under Dos/Windows
sha1sums.txtSHA-1-SUMs for download...

The .gz files are needed only if You have trouble downloading .img or .zip files (user request).

Download problems: "RIGHTCLICK" and "Save link as..."

For direct linking (of the current version) please use:

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Installation on a USB-Stick (or SD-Card)

Please replace X.Y.Z with the current version number (eg: 5.0.0)...

You can use BG-Rescue Linux to boot from a USB-Stick or a SD-Card if your system supports it. During the installation process ALL DATA on the stick is erased.

Installation on CD-Rom

Please replace X.Y.Z with the current version number (eg: 5.0.0)...

Installation on Floppy-Discs

Please replace X.Y.Z with the current version number (eg: 5.0.0)...

For writing the first floppy image type in the following at the command line: For writing the second floppy type: For writing the third floppy type: For writing the optional fourth floppy (only for customisation) type:

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Special-Thanks to...

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Frequently asked Questions

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Another excellent mini distribution is maintained by Christian Perle - Hal91.

The ONE-DISK-LINUX of the ONE-DISK-LINUXes is maintained by Tom Oehser - tomsrtbt.

A really interesting article: How Linux Saved My Files and My Job - PDF-Version.

Please visit also our page at Freecode - BG-Rescue Linux.

Please visit also our page at Sourceforge - BG-Rescue Linux.

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