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BusyBox is not an operating system itself, but a shell which incorporates a myriad of Linux utilities which would normally exist as seperate programs within either the /bin or /usr/bin folders on a Linux system.

It is designed for use on small systems where space is at a premium, hence its inclusion in firewall distributions.

It has fewer options available to the end user than an installed system, but takes up considerably less space, and options can be added/removed when compiling, which makes it less usable for regular users, but ideal where the system is designed to run with a predefined, specialised set of tools.

Many routers use it as a shell for configuration as a full posix toolset is not normally required (Thompson/BT home hub, some netgear routers etc.)
 
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