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Old 06-10-2007, 06:19 PM   #1
mipia
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A computer with no internet access


Hello, I am looking for a distrobution, preferably that fits on one or two cd's that can be run without need of internet access.
What I mean is something I can install to have a complete desktop without having to use a package manager to further install software that isnt included. I have been looking at Slackware and Zenwalk after trying Ubuntu, Debian and Freebsd. Without a remote server to connect to for further package installation the later three are a bit crippled.
Any suggestions?
 
Old 06-10-2007, 06:47 PM   #2
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A lot of this may be your model of computer. I have a laptop (Older Dell) that Mepis 6.5 seems to work fine without any extras. I haven't tried the codecs.
 
Old 06-19-2007, 06:09 AM   #3
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I see that you have tried Slackware.Although not a distro for everyone,I think it is a good choice if you dont have internet access.I used it for years when I had no internet connection.The good thing about Slackware is that it comes with all the tools you will need for compiling programs from source.So you can buy Linux Format magazine which includes a dvd full of the latest software and compile and install it yourself.You will only hit problems if you need some dependencies that you cant find on the linux format dvd.I have switched from Slackware to Linux Mint as I now have an internet connection.Linux mint doesnt contain the tools for compiling software.There may be other distros that will do what you need.KateOs is a Slackware derivative that I would recommend too.I had that running on the kids machine for a while.Good luck and I hope you find something to meet your needs..But Slack is a real goodie :-)
 
Old 06-20-2007, 05:15 AM   #4
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Vector Linux
http://www.vectorlinux.com/

DSL
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Puppy Linux
http://www.puppylinux.org/user/viewpage.php?page_id=3

Slackware
http://www.slackware.com/

SLAX Live CD
http://www.slax.org/

BeaFanatIX
http://bea.cabarel.com/

Elive:
http://www.elivecd.org/

Deli
http://delili.lens.hl-users.com/

Luit Linux
http://luitlinux.sarovar.org/
 
Old 06-20-2007, 07:58 AM   #5
IndyGunFreak
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mipia
Hello, I am looking for a distrobution, preferably that fits on one or two cd's that can be run without need of internet access.
What I mean is something I can install to have a complete desktop without having to use a package manager to further install software that isnt included. I have been looking at Slackware and Zenwalk after trying Ubuntu, Debian and Freebsd. Without a remote server to connect to for further package installation the later three are a bit crippled.
Any suggestions?
So what exactly are you trying to get on this PC that you can't download? What is the PC used for?

If you're looking for a distro with basic Office software, and multimedia codecs enabled(DVDs, MP3s, etc..), I'd probably take a look at Linux Mint 3.0. Its not really my favorite distro, but it works fine, and all multimedia junk is installed by default. I'm pretty sure it is installed with the complete Open Office suite also.

http://linuxmint.com/

If you go with Mint, just make sure you download the "Full Edition", and not the Light edition.. The Light Edition contains no multimedia codecs, etc(if thats important)

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