BG-Rescue Linux


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Version: 3.0.0   -   Released: 2013/03/23   -   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 two Floppy Disks or a bootable CD-Rom or a USB-Stick.

Requirements

You need at least a 486-DX (technically a 487-SX) machine with 20 mb ram to run BG-Rescue Linux.
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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Contents

The system is a BusyBox and uClibc based rescue system with Linux kernel 2.4.
The system uses DevFS with DevFSD for /dev and tmpfs for /tmp.
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) 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.
The great antivirus program F-Prot can be automatically loaded from CD-Rom or USB-Stick/SD-Card into tmpfs. You only have to download F-Prot and burn it into the root directory of the cdrom or copy it into the root directory of the stick.

Supported Hardware:



Included Software:



Supported Filesystems: cramfs, devfs, ext2, ext3, hfs, hfs+, iso9660, minix, ntfs-3g (rw), proc, ramfs, tmpfs, udf, vfat, xfs

Network filesystems: cifs (samba), nfs


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Downloads

FileDescription
bgrescue-3.0.0.iso.gzBG-Rescue Linux bootable ISO-Image (ready for burning onto cdrom)
bgrescue-3.0.0-1.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 1.4 MB floppy image - DISK 1
bgrescue-3.0.0-2.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 1.4 MB floppy image - DISK 2
bgrescue-3.0.0.zip.gzBG-Rescue Linux ZIP-Archive (USB-Stick / SD-Card) (including Sources)
bgrescue-3.0.0.img.gzBG-Rescue Linux 2.8 MB ELTORITO-BOOT-Image
bgrescue-3.0.0.sl.iso.gzBG-Rescue Linux bootable ISO-Image (syslinux) (ready for burning onto cdrom)
bgrescuefd.zip.gzFreedos BOOT floppy for booting the 2-DISK version on systems where syslinux fails
fdimage.exe.gzTOOL for writing image files to floppy discs - runs under Dos/Windows 9x/ME/NT/2k/XP
rawrite2.exe.gzOLD TOOL for writing image files to floppy discs - runs under Dos
rawwrtxp.exe.gzGRAPHICAL TOOL for writing image files 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: http://www.giannone.eu/rescue/current/bgrescue.iso


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

Please replace X.Y.Z with the current version number (eg: 3.0.0)...

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. Please be sure to use the right device-name pointing to your stick (eg /dev/sdc). If you provide a wrong name all data on your harddisk may be destroyed.

Installation on CD-Rom

Please replace X.Y.Z with the current version number (eg: 3.0.0)...



Installation on Floppy-Discs

Please replace X.Y.Z with the current version number (eg: 3.0.0)...

For writing the first floppy image type in the following at the command line: For writing the second floppy type: For writing the optional Freedos BOOT floppy type:

F-PROT Antivirus for Linux

F-Prot can be downloaded at http://www.f-prot.com. You only have to burn the downloaded fp-Linux-x86_32-ws.tar.gz and maybe antivir.def to the root (or "/bgrescue") directory on the CD-Rom or copy them to the root directory of the USB-Stick / SD-Card. The archives are automatically unpacked to /tmp/f-prot into tmpfs at boot time. The cdrom/stick can be removed after bootup.

Step-by-step Instructions (CD-Rom)- please replace X.Y.Z with the current version number (eg: 3.0.0)...:

Step-by-step Instructions (USB-Stick/SD-Card):


F-PROT Antivirus for Linux Workstations is FREE for use by personal users on personal workstations. F-Prot is a registered trademark of FRISK Software International.

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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 Freecode - BG-Rescue Linux.


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