Install Runt Linux to a Flash Drive from Windows

This walk through illustrates how to do a simple install of RUNT linux on a USB Thumb drive and then boot and run it from USB. RUNT Linux is a super super tiny and very basic Linux version and is only recommended for intermediate to advanced Linux users who prefer to do work without using a graphical interface like X. Beware that RUNT by default does not use a GUI. It's a text only based distro.

Runt Linux Screenshot

Distribution Home Page: RUNT Linux

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 64MB

Persistent Feature: Unknown

What you'll need to create a Runt USB Flash Drive:

  • 64MB or larger USB Flash Pen Drive
  • Runt Linux
  • Windows XP or Vista to perform the install

How to create a RUNT USB Flash Drive using Windows:

  1. Download and launch our Universal USB Installer, select the Runt Linux option and follow the onscreen instructions
  2. Once the script has finished, restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device, save your changes and reboot

Save your BIOS settings. On the next reboot, you should have a successful launch of RUNT Linux.

Login name for RUNT: Root

Pass: No password set by default

Use the runthelp or diskhelp commands to get started using RUNT.

We will explain how to add a GUI login and other modules to this distro later.

Notes: If you need to create a boot floppy (no USB boot option in BIOS), run mkfloppy.bat from the runtutil directory.

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