[SOLVED] Distro that needs the least amount of space
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To use the least amount of space, you could try the PuppyLinux live CD and save the sessions to hdd for faster boot-up. The session is saved to a compressed file that has a recommended size of 512M and a max of 1.25G. It's going to be really difficult to squeeze a swap partition and file system out of 4G.
I wouldn't recommend DSL, it is unsupported since 2008.
For tiny distros you have many choices, I would recommend antiX or Vector. If you want something really small you can try Tinycore (steep learning curve), Slitaz or Puppy.
You can also do a base install without desktop of one of the greater distributions and then add only the applications you want to use on that machine.
as TobiSGD said the XFCE & LXDE versions take up less HDD space than the standard GNOME version. The same goes for any distribution.
You'll need at least two partitions, one for / (where all the files will be stored) and another for Swap (where Linux will store data when it runs out of RAM).
Thanks you so much! Apparently all this time I was trying to install the wrong debian. I was able to install the debian 6.0.1a lxde desktop and sofware utilities this morning. I did not partition. I have 512 mb ram (I think). It is an ASUS eeepc 701 4 g 512mb 900 mhz.
So when I get home later I will need to figure out how to use it! ugh... It looks like it has nothing. I was hoping to have skype and firefox.
Would the xfce be a better choice. Should I reinstall and partition?
Thanks again for helping me out.
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