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About these images
These disk images are provided for your convenience
They are certainly not
endorsed by any of the distributions they are based on,
if you would prefer doing it yourself, you can use the scripts provided or a dedicated tool like
All are in raw disk format which can be loop mounted
or used directly as a raw disk with KVM
User Mode Linux
and many others.
See below for some examples
Note: there is no bootloader! Use your own kernel or install a bootloader via a chroot.
These images were made as small as possible: no unnecessary packages were installed.
The root password has been left blank.
Many older releases are available here
(no longer supported)
Here you can find some of our favourite distributions of all time.
These are so old that only the brave will use them for anything but experimentation. (32-bit only)
Usage via chroot
This is by far the simplest option, just mount the image and chroot into it, ie:
mount -o loop Fedora18-x86-root_fs Fedora18-x86-chroot
mount -t proc none Fedora18-x86-chroot/proc
linux32 chroot Fedora18-x86-chroot
Usage with UML
(or build your own) UML kernel, then boot the image, ie:
chmod +x kernel32-3.7.5
./kernel32-3.7.5 ubda=./CentOS6.x-x86-root_fs.bz2 mem=256m
For more detailed usage information, see this howto
Usage with KVM (or QEMU)
Since these images do not contain a bootloader, you must use the
switch when using KVM,
here is an example command line (assuming you have your own
to use in
qemu-kvm -nographic \
-kernel /boot/bzImage-3.1.1 \
-append "root=/dev/sda earlyprintk=serial,ttyS0,9600 console=ttyS0,9600n8"
For more information see KVM Wiki
and QEMU home
Usage with VirtualBox, VMWare and others
Since these images are in raw disk format, you can easily convert them to any other virtualization disk format, ie:
Note: the resulting disk images are NOT bootable since there is no bootloader installed on the original disk images.
You will need to boot a recovery CD or another working disk image to access it (and install a bootloader if you wish to do so).