Because of their small or non-existent footprint, micro-Linuxes are especially suited to run on laptops -- particularly if you use a company-provided laptop running Windows9x/NT. Or for installation purposes using another non Linux machine. There are several micro Linux distributions out there that boot from one or two floppies and run off a ramdisk.
See http://www.linuxhq.com or http://www.txdirect.net/users/mdfranz/tinux.html for details. You may find a FAQ and a mailing list about boot-floppies at http://os.inf.tu-dresden.de/~sr1/boot-floppies/faq.html . Also a BootDisk-HOWTO is available. Thanks to Matthew D. Franz maintainer of Trinux for this tips and collecting most of the following URLs. See also the content of Console/Mini Distributions at FreshMeat.
Xdenuis a small distribution program that installs as a set of DOS zips onto a DOS partition and gives you a complete X11 client workstation."
mkfs.ext2so that a harddisk install can be done. Useful to boot up on old machines with less than 4MB of RAM.
mkrboot(provided at least as a Debian/GNU Linux package) or
pcinitrd, which is part of the PCMCIA-CS package by David Hinds.
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