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I'm looking for a linux disto that will allow me to customise it for the following proposes/uses:
- Full-screen (looping) media playing (no controls):
DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 etc.
- LAN support
- Bluetooth LAN support
- HTML Viewer (image and dynamic text)
- Customisable Splash screens
- Automatic startup into one of two modes:
- Looping full-screen video playback
- Single full-screen HTML page
Any ideas on what disto would be best?
What software should be used for the tasks?
Bearing in mind that there are a lot of distros I have never installed, I suspect Debian might be a suitable choice. It gives you a large degree of control over which packages are installed, which modules are compiled into the kernel, etc. that would be useful to someone in your position.
If you have the time (judging from the urgency, you don't) I'd recommend Linux From Scratch . Absolute customization, but much, much more time-consuming. If you don't have the time, I'd have to agree with Debian being your best choice. And... 32 mb of ram? I haven't seen/heard of any media programs running without X windows, which would quite possibly take up 32mb right there. To minimize, i'd suggest you use straight X, i.e. with no window manager.