This project was started in September 2011 by Brett Bourn

Nanotube Linux uses the same design ideas as FreeBSD/NanoBSD by creating an image file that is based on CentOS 6 and can be installed on a typical USB/Compact Flash device.  Therefore, it maintains binary compatibility with RHEL.  It can also be used in a Virtual machine by converting the disk image file to a VDI and importing it to the Virtualization system of choice.  Base configuration is loaded into RAM at boot time, and then overlayed by the saved configuration located in the CFG Partition. Thus, this maintains the original system configuration.  Making any changes persistant is as simple as running “cfgsync”.  Backing up and restoring the appliance is trivialized, and renders the appliance itself disposable.