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Old 09-12-2003, 05:38 PM   #1
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No... Im not going to ask which is a nice fluffy distro for newbies, some people where probably going mental at the sight of another should-I-use-mandrake post.

What I would like to know - if anyone can spare the time and avoid any elitist tendancies - is what is the most modular distro so I can add only the things that I want ...but... preferably without having to compile everything.

I would have a go at my own build of linux using the kernel etc but I am not having much luck at finding comprehensible guides for that sort of think on the net.

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Old 09-12-2003, 05:41 PM   #2
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Id say Debian or ArchLinux.

Gentoo is very configurable, but you have to do a lot of compiling.
 
Old 09-12-2003, 05:47 PM   #3
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I think I will try ArchLinux or Debian then - after I have gone and compared them.

Thank you for the quick reply.
 
Old 09-13-2003, 04:36 AM   #4
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Why are all the downloads so big? Even the smallest download of ArchLinux is apr. 100mb - the windows installation I am using at the moment is only 50meg when installed (excluding swap file).
 
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Old 09-13-2003, 10:22 AM   #6
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Try Red Hat 9 or even 7.3
 
Old 09-13-2003, 11:39 AM   #7
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Why are all the downloads so big? Even the smallest download of ArchLinux is apr. 100mb - the windows installation I am using at the moment is only 50meg when installed (excluding swap file).
Because you are downloading the installation disk iso. Just as your windows installation cd has a lot more than 50 megs of data on it (around 600mb for win98 SE), so will a Linux installation disk in many cases.

That said, you can actuall Debian Sarge from a 59mb iso.
http://gluck.debian.org/cdimage/testing/netinst/i386/

You can also do a hard disk install of Damn Small Linux (47mb iso) and use apt to set up a Debian system.
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

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