Resources and Credits

This page outlines the Websites containing the Live Linux distributions, emulation software, boot tools, extraction software, and other resources that might be used in our Pendrivelinux tutorials. In addition to these resources, credits have been given to those who have volunteered their time and work.

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What is Linux?

The Linux Kernel was originally created by Linus Torvalds in 1991 and was derived from Minix, a small Unix Operating System. Released under a GNU General Public License, the Linux Source Code is freely available to anyone. Thanks to the Free availability of the Linux Kernel and the Open Source community of programmers, there are many Linux Operating Systems (Distributions) available today.

Pendrivelinux Artwork - Structure - Design

Structure and site managed by Lance (administrator)

Pendrivelinux Penguin was originally created and donated by (Aicrom) Marcio dos Santos aicrom @
Old Pendrivelinux Distro background was originally created and donated by Carlos of

Please note: "Unless otherwise mentioned, Pendrive Linux isn't affiliated with, endorsed or supported by any of the following resources"

USB Bootable Live Linux Distributions

The following resources include several USB Bootable Live Linux Distributions.

  • Debian - "The Universal Operating System" (Debian is a registered trademark of Software in the Public Interest Inc.)
  • Slackware - Slackware Linux (Slackware® is a registered trademark of Slackware Linux, Inc.)
  • Mandriva - Formerly known as Mandrake Linux
  • Debian Live - Official Debian Live CD, Live USB and Make Live Script offerings
  • Ubuntu - (By Canonical) Gnome Community developed Linux OS based on Debian (Ubuntu is a trademark of Canonical Ltd.)
  • Xubuntu - (By Canonical) XFCE Community developed Linux OS based on Debian (Xubuntu is a trademark of Canonical Ltd.)
  • Kubuntu - (By Canonical) KDE Community developed Linux OS based on Debian (Kubuntu is a trademark of Canonical Ltd.)
  • PCLinuxOS - (By Texstar) Nice clean Live Linux version based on Mandriva
  • SLAX - (By Tomas Matejicek) Simple Live Linux version based on Slackware
  • NimbleX - Another Small and Simple Live Linux version based on Slackware
  • DSL - (By John Andrews) Another super tiny Live Linux OS based on Debian
  • Knoppix - (By Klaus Knopper) Live version based on Debian that contains many useful tools
  • Feather Linux - Live Linux Knoppix remaster
  • Puppy Linux - Live Linux OS written by Barry Kauler
  • Runt Linux - (By Joel Ebel) Another tiny distro based on Slackware
  • MCNLive - Remaster or Remix based on Mandriva Linux
  • gOS - Based on Ubuntu with an Enlightenment Window manager
  • CrunchBang linux - Based on Ubuntu with an OpenBox Window manager
  • Linux Mint - Elegant remix based on Ubuntu Linux
  • Gentoo - Popular distribution named after the Gentoo Penguin
  • OpenSUSE - The free version of SUSE Linux
  • Fedora - Another community driven Linux distribution
  • MEPIS - A Desktop Remix based on Debian/Ubuntu
  • EasyPeasy -A Netbook Distro Based on Ubuntu
  • SliTaz - Another minimal and very fast Linux Distro that can be run from RAM (SliTaz USB)
  • RIP Linux - Linux and Windows System Recovery Software
  • Clonezilla - Free Disk Cloning and Partitioning Software
  • Eeebuntu - Netbook Distro Based on Ubuntu, optimized for Asus eeePC
  • xPUD - Minimal Netbook Distro by PENK
  • Parted Magic - Free Partitioning Distro
  • Sugar - Educational Distro for Kids
  • Fedora - Open Source Linux Distro Based on RedHat

Bootable Software Tools

USB Booting Tools and Extraction Software:

  • YUMI Multiboot bootable USB thumb drive tool
  • Universal USB Installer
  • PDL Casper-RW Persistent file creator
  • *No longer supported - MultiBootISOs
  • Syslinux - (By H. Peter Anvin) Bootloader that can be used to make a USB drive bootable.
  • Grub4DOS - © the Gna! people.
  • 7-Zip - Open Source utility that can be used to extract ISO's and unzip files.
  • NSIS - (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) Used for some of the Windows based Linux USB Installers.

Emulation Software Tools and Resources:

  • VirtualBox - Virtual machine emulation software.
  • coLinux - A port of the Linux Kernel to Windows (allows Linux to run as an application in windows).
  • QEMU - (By Fabrice Bellard) Virtual machine emulation software.

This list has been created and provided to give credits to these great resources. If anyone or anything has been missed, please feel free to let me know.