To make a functioning system, you need a kernel, boot loader, initrd image, and installer. That could mean some combination like a boot CD which includes the rest. But to simply test for hardware compatibility, you only need a couple of downloads. You should start by reading this.

Many important downloads are available from Debian developers and archives. The rest of the output of this project is either found on the SourceForge project page, or the old FTP site.


Instructions for getting the kernel source can be found in the FAQ. A few old pre-compiled images can be found at the SourceForge file release page. Recent kernel builds are available here.

EMILE Bootloader

EMILE has several advantages over Penguin. Download EMILE from the EMILE File Release page. See the EMILE HOWTO for usage instructions.

Penguin Booter

See the Penguin HOWTO for information on how to use Penguin to boot Linux. You can download the latest version of Penguin at the File Release page. Older versions are available from the FTP site. Version 19 has fixed compatibility with many machines.


The FAQ has a list of MacOS utilities that may be useful on a dual-boot system.

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