is a Linux distribution
interface which fits onto a 1.44MB floppy disk
, providing a way of using the computer as network-attached storage
. It supports serving files to clients running Windows
, Linux or Mac OS X
. Other proprietary
versions are available which support different networking protocols, or booting the operating system
from a USB Mass Storage
device. NASLite floppy disk images can be downloaded from either the Server Elements web page or the NASLite sourceforge
project. The NASLite
floppys have been rebadged NanoNAS
for v2.0, and released as proprietary software.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
NASLite runs well on obsolete hardware, but requires at least a computer with PCI interface. Other minimum requirements are a 486DX or Pentium CPU, 16 MB RAM, a PCI ethernet card, IDE
hard disk drive, and a floppy disk or bootable CD-ROM drive.
NASLite turns its target machine into a simple file server
. Since file serving takes up very little processing speed as opposed to network speed or hard drive speed, it is able to run on comparatively old computers with little processing power. As it runs from a floppy disk, hypothetically all (usually four) IDE channels can be used for harddrives
NASlite has three variants supporting different file serving protocols. These are Samba to support serving to Microsoft Windows client machines, NFS to serve to Unix based operating systems, or FTP (Anonymous FTP only). It also supports remote administration via  (though not SSH), and includes a web server to display usage and error logs.
Since it is based on Linux, NASLite (like other Linux distributions) supports new larger hard drives that often are not supported by older machines, by bypassing the BIOS
and directly accessing the harddrive(s), greatly increasing the usefulness of an older computer for serving large amounts of data.