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Old 01-05-2017, 10:02 AM   #1
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Terminal only based distribution?


Hello,

Would you know and may eventually recommend any good terminal only based "Live" Distro (live distro based on a Terminal only)? (with gcc, ncurses).

There was few for hacking live cdroms with only a terminal. There was also debian live rescue cdrom.
Maybe there are some more.

Pure terminal without X11 installed for modern PC x86, 686,... (>3.x kernel).

Thank you / Best regards

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Old 01-05-2017, 10:33 AM   #2
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In general any distribution can be installed without a desktop or can be turned off so pick the one your most comfortable using? What do you mean by >3.x kernel?
 
Old 01-05-2017, 10:44 AM   #3
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Most any distro can be installed as server/terminal-only, so take your pick: Ubuntu, Slackware, CentOS, Debian, etc.

If you have a favorite distro that you are already familiar with, why not use that one?

Or, if you are looking for something more geeky/niche/non-mainstream, check out the "nox" releases from LinuxBBQ.
 
Old 01-05-2017, 11:30 AM   #4
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"Live" Distro based on a Terminal only, which are maintained. I improved the post.
 
Old 01-05-2017, 01:10 PM   #5
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In addition to my excellent suggestions above, I'll also point out that you can get a full-screen terminal on just about any live distro by toggling through the virtual consoles with Ctrl+Alt+F1, Ctrl+Alt+F2, etc. so you can run whatever live DVD/USB of Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, etc. you have lying around.

You haven't said WHY you need this, so I am just taking shots in the dark with these suggestions.

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Old 01-05-2017, 01:35 PM   #6
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The Anaconda installer for CentOS is useless since you can't set up LVMs without the graphical tool. The system can run text-only after installation, though.
 
Old 01-05-2017, 01:47 PM   #7
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Hi...

I'm not sure if it has what you need but you can try the Core version of TinyCore. Download page is here.

Regards...
 
Old 01-05-2017, 04:16 PM   #8
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Hi...

I'm not sure if it has what you need but you can try the Core version of TinyCore. Download page is here.

Regards...
looks cool, thank you.

Man, just 11 MB !?

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Core
(11 MB) Core is the base system which provides only a command line interface and is therefore recommended for experienced users only. Command line tools are provided so that extensions can be added to create a system with a graphical desktop environment. Ideal for servers, appliances, and custom desktops.
 
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looks cool, thank you.

Man, just 11 MB !?
Pretty minimal, huh?

Let us know how it works.

Regards...
 
Old 01-05-2017, 06:35 PM   #10
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netinst

https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/u...ding-firmware/

live CLI could be any distros installer as well.
 
Old 01-06-2017, 04:49 AM   #11
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iirc ('s been a while) the archlinux install medium also boots into a live cli environment.
 
Old 01-06-2017, 05:25 AM   #12
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https://www.gentoo.org/get-started/about/
 
Old 01-06-2017, 07:01 AM   #13
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AntiX Core - http://antix.mepis.com/index.php?title=Main_Page
 
Old 01-06-2017, 07:10 AM   #14
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I think all of the linux distros should work without GUI, it depends on the boot, the runlevel. So actually you only need to use the one which will not run X. (it may depend on the distro and also I do not know all the distros therefore I cannot be really sure about that)
https://access.redhat.com/documentat...down-sysv.html
https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/d...e/ch03.en.html
 
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