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I want a small linux distro for three things, and only three things. HTML editing, C programming, and GIMP. What would be a good, small, uncluttered distribution for me to use, hopefully one that has a resize utility for HFS+ built in, and can read from HFS+ partitions.
Distribution: Debian E, Vectorlinux 5.1std, Arch, Gentoo 2006.0
I suggest Debian or Vectorlinux.
Debian Sarge will fill your needs, just do a netinstall, avoiding all the things you don't really want.
VectorLinuxSOHO fits into even wery small harddrives (alot smaller than your 20GB), and it comes with a multiple light window evironment(s), which is good, if you want to use your ressources otherwhere...like Gimp
Vector Linux doesn't run on the PPC archietecture (as far as I can tell) and a net install of anything is impossible. Im in a university setting that isn't very linux friendly...i've been told by professors that the only way to connect to the web on the university network via linux is to telnet/ssh to another machine and use it's web browser, not very practical for an install. And I definitely don't want to download and burn 9 debian disks. Any more suggestsions?
Just to clear things up a little. It would be best if the linux OS could write to HFS+, and my 20GB drive is misleading, I only have 3 gigs available for the linux partition.
You might also try talking to the IT department. Mine told me they just tell people they can't connect linux to the net because they don't want to deal with supporting it. They said if I just plugged it into the wall, I'd get an IP via DHCP just like a windows machine. Just don't call them for tech support in getting linux set up. And I wasn't allowed to run any external servers (i.e. apache, ftp, games, etc). Didn't need that anyway...
Oh, and if that doesn't work, see if there's a local Linux User's Group, where you could go do a netinstall of debian on the machine and then bring it back...
A lot of suggestions have been thrown around, and not much has been said about why to choose which one.
I think the usefulness of one distro over another is a function of:
How well it does the jobs you've listed, and how little work is required on your part
How easy it is to get support for it, should you run into problems
How often new software is made available on your distro, price (they're all free, right?), how pretty it is, more tertiary stuff.
I can't imagine a distro shipping without GIMP, gcc, $BROWSER and $EDITOR, for several popular values of BROWSER and EDITOR, including firefox,konqueror and emacs,vim,gedit,kate. That means you should base your choice more on the availability of support (I don't know about the handling of HFS+). The popular distros typically have more users in their forums, irc channels and mailing lists; distrowatch has statistics of what the hot new thing is, which currently is Ubuntu, openSUSE, PCLinuxOS and Fedora (by decreasing popularity). So I'd suggest ubuntu.
I will do so. With all due respect, why waste a new thread with one that is perfectly fine. Secondly, I appreciate when people do not give up on a thread. I have a lot of legacy equipment an it is neat when I can get an email notice about a subject that is important to me. If I started a new thread, then maybe the people interested in that subject might more easily get the news. I do not seem to see people cut off in other threads. Are you prejudiced against mac users or are you against people who do not have the money to buy every new toy? Old is relative...... I started in computers when in college i had to key in Fortran code on to punch cards. Now that is old. I still keep a few blank cards around to remind myself how much has changed and how things are so much easier to do now. CHILL OUT!!!!