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Old 07-14-2008, 06:19 PM   #1
lyric0n
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Which flavor to use?


Hello,

I am looking for a flavor of Linux which I can easily setup to run a command line BitTorrent client/tracker. The only other real requirement will be an ability to SSH into the box to control it. Does anyone have any recommendations?

My ultimate goal is to be running many of these VM's in a single machine to simulate a BitTorrent network. So, minimal system requirements is a plus and GUI is not needed.

Thanks,
Chris
 
Old 07-14-2008, 06:40 PM   #2
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Hi,

It seems that while LQ has quite a bit of reviews, I can't seem to find any way to utilize that info without knowing what I'm looking for first.

This would lead me to suggest my personal favorite: http://distrowatch.com/search.php

This will give you a page with a bunch of checkboxes to narrow down what you need out of a distro.

I would suggest using the "Distribution Category" checkboxes to look through Old Computers, Specialist, and Thin Client if you have very strict hardware requirements for your vm instances.

However, avoid the No Desktop checkbox as that will only show distros with absolutely no desktop available by default and rule out distros you can simply choose to not install a desktop.

Also, consider a server like implementation of any OS of your choice. A good example is to use Debian and not install the Desktop package. You could even leave out all major packages and only install the base system and use apt or aptitude to get you a torrent client/server with the necessary dependencies. I'm not sure which of these you are aiming for, a server farm, or a peer swarm.

Finally, if you just want something fast to deploy that's reasonably tested with little variance to setup, I would suggest something like Damn Small Linux (which you'd find listed on DistroWatch with many other minimals) that is a complete system with very little resources needed for storage or operation. These miminals might not come with a BT client/server, but most have a package management system, such as DSL's MyDSL. So you could install a full system fast with little effort even from an image, and simply get a package or two that you need.

Lenard
 
Old 07-14-2008, 06:46 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lyric0n View Post
I am looking for a flavor of Linux which I can easily setup to run a command line BitTorrent client/tracker. The only other real requirement will be an ability to SSH into the box to control it. Does anyone have any recommendations?

My ultimate goal is to be running many of these VM's in a single machine to simulate a BitTorrent network. So, minimal system requirements is a plus and GUI is not needed.
If those are your only requirements, then any distro would work.
 
Old 07-14-2008, 06:50 PM   #4
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I would suggest a distro with good firewall capabilities. It is best to take something minimal with a GUI, administration tools and add

1. TOR
2. Firewall GUI/cli config tool
3. Other torrent clients

Search distrowatch.com of course..
 
Old 07-14-2008, 10:35 PM   #5
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for a very small foot print there is puppy linux
puppy is so small it might even be installed ( with a bit of help) onto my /boot partition
 
Old 07-15-2008, 07:52 AM   #6
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http://www.slitaz.org/en/
 
Old 07-15-2008, 09:28 AM   #7
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Choose the one you're most familiar with. All of them are capable of doing what you want, the actual choice boils down to your own preference, not ours. You'll be using the system, not us.
 
Old 07-15-2008, 10:01 AM   #8
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If you aren't going to use a GUI, you really won't notice much difference among the distros - any of them.

The details of /etc will vary from distro to distro, and some distros will put packages in /usr while others use /opt but beyond that it will all look the same.
 
Old 07-16-2008, 07:42 PM   #9
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Indeed the only difference lies between the distros is arrangement of files.And whether they provide better GUI
in GNOME or in KDE.
 
  


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