minimal install is too big

Daniel Marsh jahilliya at
Thu Oct 4 22:27:32 PDT 2007

On 10/5/07, Tim Judd <tjudd2k at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Recently, for pure entertainment and a little bit of a experience
> thing, I have been looking and/or finding many devices that have linux
> embedded.  While in of itself the fact that it works, I'm not
> discounting.  But I'd like to expand it or get it running on a system
> that I am familiar with.  So I was playing with the idea of using
> FreeBSD on such devices, and I would deal with the individual hardware
> specs if I could get the general system small enough.
> The minimal install of FreeBSD as from the developers is about 130MB.
> I want to get something working on a 8MB flash. (For those curious,
> it's a ethernet NAS device)
> picobsd is discontinued, nanobsd claims it can fit in 64MB.  I'd even
> go with some NetBSD flavor, as long as it's not "linux."  I've done
> some research and would like to see this happen, but may just end up
> using the GPL code from Linksys to get it working as I need it to.
> Thanks for any update/idea/clue.
> If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
> "I can" is a way of life.
> More and Bigger is not always Better.
> The road to success is always uphill. -> but claims it'll fit in 16mb flash, not 8mb.

There was an openbsd fork(?) that was along the lines of a pure packet
filter and only a packet filter... stripped to the bare minimum needed to
fit on a flash device. It was shipped with a 486dx2 66, 64mb ram, 3/4
nics... you could download the OS itself and install it on any old machine
you wanted... but if only I could remember the name...

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