BG-Rescue Linux


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Version: 6.0.0   -   Released: 2017/11/17   -   Take a look at the Changelog

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

BG-Rescue Linux is a very small Linux distribution (download-size < 10MB) which is intended mainly for rescue purposes.

The system runs entirely in ram and can be booted either from USB-stick, CD-ROM or three Floppy Disks. Besides i386 it also includes a 64bit Linux kernel generating the possibility to chroot into a 64bit (amd64) userspace environment. The system can serve as a full rescue / backup / restore system for Linux or Windows based computers or to facilitate the installation of a recent Debian oder Ubuntu Linux via debootstrap.

All the relevant major filesystems and many network cards are supported as well as mounting samba (cifs) and nfs shares over network. A wide range of disk- and filesystem utilities as well as strong compression tools are integrated, including a 64bit version of lrzip. A graphical frontend (ytree) is also included.

Requirements

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.

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Contents

The system is a BusyBox and uClibc based rescue system with Linux kernel 2.6 (3.2 in the 64bit environment).
The user can choose between 32 different (including swiss) keyboard layouts.
If an executable script "bgrescue.rc" or "bgrescue/bgrescue.rc" on the usb-stick or cdrom exists it is executed at bootup.
If using the 64bit kernel an optimized 64bit version of lrzip is available.
The system includes debootstrap with a custom script to facilitate the installation of a recent Debian Linux.

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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Downloads

FileDescription
USB-stick images (download-size: ~ 8.0 - 12.0 MB):
bgrescue_usb-6.0.0-64mb.zip.gzBG-Rescue Linux bootable USB-Stick image for 64 MB sticks    [32/64bit]
bgrescue_usb-6.0.0-256mb.zip.gzBG-Rescue Linux bootable USB-Stick image for 256 MB sticks    [32/64bit]
bgrescue_usb-6.0.0-1gb.zip.gzBG-Rescue Linux bootable USB-Stick image for 1 GB sticks    [32/64bit]
bgrescue_usb-6.0.0-4gb.zip.gzBG-Rescue Linux bootable USB-Stick image for 4 GB sticks    [32/64bit]
USB-stick images will expand to the full size of the USB-stick on the first usage
FLOPPY-disk images (download-size: ~ 1.5 MB each):
bgrescue-6.0.0-1.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 1.4 MB floppy image - DISK 1    [32bit]
bgrescue-6.0.0-2.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 1.4 MB floppy image - DISK 2    [32bit]
bgrescue-6.0.0-3.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 1.4 MB floppy image - DISK 3    [32bit]
bgrescue-6.0.0-4.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 1.4 MB floppy image - DISK 4    (Freedos BOOT floppy, OPTIONAL programs) ...
... OPTIONAL: Optional programs / Customisation / Booting on systems where syslinux fails
CD-ROM image (download-size: ~ 8.5 MB):
bgrescue-6.0.0.iso.gzBG-Rescue Linux bootable ISO-Image (ready for burning onto cdrom)    [32/64bit]
Additional downloads:
bgrescue-6.0.0.zip.gzBG-Rescue Linux Source-Archive (Customisation / 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 / .iso / .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: 6.0.0)...

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 USB-stick will be erased.


Installation on CD-Rom

Please replace X.Y.Z with the current version number (eg: 6.0.0)...



Installation on Floppy-Discs

Please replace X.Y.Z with the current version number (eg: 6.0.0)...

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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Links

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 Sourceforge - BG-Rescue Linux.

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


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