What is RUNT?
RUNT is Slackware Linux designed to run off of a 128 MB or more USB pen drive. It consists of a boot floppy image and a zip file, similar to zipslack. It is intended to be a fairly complete Linux installation for use as a testing tool capable of booting on any x86 computer with a USB port and a bootable floppy drive. The kernel is slackware's bare.i kernel. RUNT also contains an initial ramdisk to load usb-storage related modules and it pauses for 5 seconds to allow the drive to initialize. The zip file contains a UMSDOS filesystem designed to be extracted onto a 128 MB pen drive with an msdos filesystem using 2K clusters. (Larger cluster sizes are required for drives larger than 128 MB) The package set is based off of Slackware's zipslack, but contains other commonly used networking components not available in the zipslack distribution which is limited to 100 MB. RUNT was originally designed for use at North Carolina State University by the ResNet department. ResNet regularly provides support to students in University Housing using their personal computers on the NC State network. RUNT automatically probes for network cards on startup and configures them using DHCP. Although RUNT is intended for use on the NC State network, there is nothing peculiar to our network preventing RUNT from being a useful tool on any network.
A USB 128 MB pen drive with an msdos filesystem using 2K clusters. Larger drives are also acceptable. Most any pen drive will work. Sandisk and Lexar make some of the most popular ones, and they are known to work well. RUNT can also work with any USB storage device such as flash card readers, cameras, watches, etc... Those are the weird ones people have sent in to me. Theoretically RUNT can run off of any FAT drive accessible by the kernel. The bootdisk provided will work with fast USB drives or IDE drives. a USB zip drive takes longer to initialize, and the disk below doesn't provide adequate time. If you wish to boot RUNT off of SCSI or some other interface, another bootdisk will probably be required. Find or make a Slackware boot disk to meet your needs.