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What flavor of Linux is smallest? I'm trying to put a mainstream Linux on my laptop, and it has a small hard disk (about 700MB). Mandrake 9 fits OK, but it is a pain in the arse and isn't worth playing with. Mandrake 9.2 is on the verge of being too big and RedHat 9 is an outright beast with its minimal install being very close to Mandrake 9's X and utils install. Why such a diference? (more emportantly What flavor is smallest and has the flexability of Mandrake or RedHat?
Why not try knoppix, or knoppix-std http://www.knoppix-std.org it runs off a single CD so you don't even have to worry about running of the space - additional software for linux in excess of 700 MB's is too damn much, well it isn't much at all for a single DVD rip, but it can be used other than holding OS files.
DSL only needs about 300 megs for a full HD install. It's neat, but a bitch to keep current, the applications are a mix of half debian binaries and half misc. hacked packages from other distro's. And the debian package database is stripped out, so apt-get isn't an option.
Not knocking it, like I said it's fun, but there are drawbacks
I don't want anything that reminds me of SubWay though. I actually want it to have the general feel of my "big machine" with KDE and everything, but not alot of the other crap that I don't use. Most everything I'm seeing takes so much room because it has a lot of stuff most people don't use. ...just a core Linux, KDE, and I'm happy. I'll add the rest.
Last edited by lectraplayer; 12-14-2003 at 04:04 PM.
Originally posted by mymojo Basically any distribution... just select the packages you need... (watch out for dependencies though!)
Oh, and have you considered investing in another harddrive? I hear they're pretty useful these days... especially the 120 gig ones.....
This machine asks for a CMOS setup floppy when I change hard disks. Otherwise, I would have already thrown in a 2GB disk by now. Since I have no floppy drive for it (and it won't boot from other ways to interphase a floppy drive), that is not an option. Don't say Put Another Floppy In, because this is a laptop.