BeaFanatIX (BFX for short) is a mini Live CD. It's also a compact Linux distribution.
It was originally a remaster of BeatrIX but now uses a more recent Ubuntu core. BeatrIX itself was partly based on an old version of Ubuntu, but made heavy use of Knoppix technologies. The common ancestor of all these distributions is Debian.
BeaFanatIX in its newest version has left most of the limitations and shortcomings of its venerated ancestor, BeatrIX, behind and, besides from being a lot more modern, presents itself very flexible and easy to use. It also offers additional functionality in some respects.
Minimum requirements for an installation
BeatrIX/BeaFanatIX (both equally referred to as Bea* in this document) have been successfully installed on a vast variety of hardware, even ancient and minimal; however, there are some prerequisites your target box should fulfill in order to give you a satisfying experience:
CPU: Any Pentium or compatible CPU should do (provided you have enough RAM); we recommend a Pentium MMX with at least 200 MHz or greater, Bea* works best on Pentium II or newer.
RAM: 64 MB is sufficient, but 128 MB or more will make your Bea* experience much more convincing! Starting from 256 MB, you can even boot to RAM (putting the whole system into a RAM disk!), enhancing system response and speed by magnitudes.
HD: You'll need at the very least 600 MB for the file system and 128 MB for swap, so a harddisk (or dedicated primary partition) of 1GB will suffice; if you can dedicate something like 2.5 GB to Bea*, you won't ever run into troubles even when you seriously start expanding the system.