Monkey Linux
current version 06
released 9/5/1997
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     By now you know that Monkey is a mini-distribution of GNU/Linux.  “Whoopty doo, what can it do for me?” you ponder.  Okay, so it’s not Linux-Mandrake 8.2 with all of it’s hardware support and bundled software, but it may be just what you need to breathe some new life into an old machine with low amounts of RAM and disk space.  In this section I list a a few of:
  1. the programs and utilities included in the base install,
  2. the ready-to-install software packages, and
  3. my favorite commands.

     As installed, Monkey occupies only 20MB (+ 10MB virtual memory) of disk space, yet still contains many useful programs.  As Milan put it, “Monkey is small, but is not only a toy.”  Included with the Monkey Linux base install are a slew of useful programs; such as, the GNU File Utilities 3.12, GNU Text Utilities 1.13, Mtools 3.0, text editors, internet utilities, web browsers, and compilers.  A few of these utilities are listed in the following table.
Type Programs
Archival gzip 1.2.4, tar 1.11.8, unarj, unshar, unzip, and zoo
Calendar/Clock date and xclock
CD Audio workbone 2.3
Internet ftp, telnet, ping, ssh, nslookup, and traceroute
Messaging talk and write
Mtools 3.0 mattrib, mbadblocks, mcd, mcopy, mdel, mdeltree, mdir, mformat, mlabel, mmd, mmount, mmove, mrd, mread, mren, mtest, mtype, and mwrite
Network Support TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, SLIP, PLIP, and PPP
Programming gawk and perl 5.003
Scheduler crond
Server bootpd and bootpgw
Shells bash 1.14.7(1) and tcsh (default)
Text Editor elvis 1.8p13, xedit, and joe 2.2 (Wordstar compatible)
Visual Shell midnight commander (mc)
Web Browser lynx 2.5 (text-based)
X Window Xfree86 3.2, xterm, and fvwm95-2.0.41

Ready-To-Install Packages
     The following list of ready-to-install software packages (made available in the download page) further expands the realm of Monkey’s computing power.
File Name Description MB
apache.tgz Apache 1.1.3 (web server) 0.08
dosemu.tgz DosEmu 0.64.4 (DOS emulator) 0.41
gccall.tgz Gnu C Compiler 2.7.2 (libc5, for compiling kernel) and kernel 2.0.29 2.49
kern2030.tgz Linux kernel 2.0.30 4.97
manpages.tgz Manual pages 1.4h 0.73
netscape.tgz Netscape Navigator Gold 3.01 (web browser) 2.37
sendmail.tgz Sendmail 8.8.5 with PINE 3.95 and PICO 2.9 (email transfer agent, utility, and text editor) 1.08
x32ma64.tgz Mach 64 accelerated X server 0.68
x32s3.tgz S3 accelerated X server 0.82

My Favorite Commands
     It’s not a bad idea to go to your favorite bookstore (physically or on-line) and purchase a book on Linux or Unix system commands.  You could also install the manpages.tgz package and hope that a manual for the utility that you need is include in the man pages.  Good luck with that option.  If you’re on a budget then check out the Linux Documentation Project at  They have a how-to on about everything pertaining to GNU/Linux.
     What?  I can’t believe you’d think that I’d introduce you to something as amazing as Monkey Linux and then not tell you how to use it.  Come on now, I’m not going to leave you hanging.   The following table of GNU/Linux commands and their DOS equivalents is a summarized list of commands that I find myself using quite often.
GNU/Linux DOS Description
clear cls Remove all text from the screen.
ls -a dir /p View contents of a directory.
ls -la dir /p List contents of directory with permissions and block size.
pwd none Show the present working directory.
cd cd Change directory.
date date Show time and date.
finger none Find info on other users.
man none Read manual pages.
whatis none Find info on binaries.
ps none Show all running processes.
whoami none Show who’s logged in.
mkdir mkdir Create a directory.
rm -R deltree Delete a directory.
rm del Delete a file.
cp copy Copy a file.
mv rename Rename a file.
w none List all open virtual terminals and which users are on them.
which none Show the path of a command.
lsmod none List running modules.
mount none List mounted devices.

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