Finnix 0.03 release notes

Finnix, the LiveCD for system administrators
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Finnix 0.03
Finnix 0.03 boot.png
Release date 2000-03-22
Based on Red Hat Linux 6.1
Kernel Linux 2.2.12
Packages x86 (242)

These notes were taken from the old, original Finnix page.


Filename Arch Size Released
finnix-0.03.iso x86 332MiB 2000-03-22

About Finnix

Finnix 0.03 is a self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution, based on Red Hat Linux 6.1. Finnix was created as a system maintnence distribution. You can mount hard drives, set up network devices, repair filesystems, and pretty much do anything you can do with a regular distribution. Finnix is free, open sourced, and released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

System Requirements

These are just rough requirements. I don't have the resources to test this on a large variety of hardware configurations.

  • i586 (Pentium) or higher processor
  • CD-ROM drive
  • CD-R drive (for burning the ISO to a CD)
  • BIOS capable of booting from a CD-ROM (or a 3.5" 1.44MB floppy)
  • 32MB memory (64MB recommended)


Once you have the ISO downloaded, use your favorite burning software to create a CD from the ISO image. In case you are wondering, the CD is an ISO9660 filesystem with Rock Ridge extensions, so you should be able to view most of the CD from a FAT filesystem (such as Windows 95/98). If your BIOS does not support booting from a CD-ROM, you must now create a boot floppy. Enter the CD-ROM drive from Windows, go to the dosutils directory, and execute rawrite.exe. When asked for an image name, type in d:\diskimg\boot.img (where d is your CD-ROM drive). Alternatively, you can use the command dd if=boot.img of=/dev/fd0 if you are already in Linux.

Using Finnix

Insert the Finnix CD into your drive (and the boot floppy, if you needed to create one), and reboot. After the BIOS screen, you should see a welcome message and a LILO prompt. Type in finnix root=/dev/device, where device is the device name of your CD-ROM. In most cases, this is hdc, but could be hdb, hdd, or a SCSI device (sda, sdb, etc). After you execute the command and press <ENTER>, Finnix should begin booting up. If you see a message that says Kernel Panic, most likely you used the wrong device name. Reboot and try again. If all goes well, you should be looking at a login prompt. Type root to use the super-user account, or finnix to use the non-super-user account. When you are finished, type halt to shut down.