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Old 09-02-2006, 01:51 PM   #1
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I need a good, small, debian based distro

I'm planning on running a linux server. Are there any smaller distros beside DSL and Feather? If so, which would you reccomend? Thanx!
Old 09-02-2006, 02:38 PM   #2
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A network install of Debian itself will give you the option of installing a set of packages based on the intended use of the system. If you select to install a server system, you will get only the required packages and AFAIK no X windows. Unless your system has a miniscule amount of RAM and hd space, or you want to run from removable media, this might be your best option.
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i just wanted something small so it didn't take as long to download
Old 09-03-2006, 05:14 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by cwncool
i just wanted something small so it didn't take as long to download
The 'small' version of the netinstaller is the 'businesscard' installer iso which is sized to fit on a 50MB businesscard CD (I think the iso is approx. 40MB).

look for the the text "Official businesscard images for the stable release" located towards the bottom of this page:

The above 'small' iso is good for server setups, many people (including me) run production servers with it. Aside from being a convenient size to download and as Mikieboy said above, it produces a minimal install which keeps your server simple (not much bloat). Indeed he is correct, X is not included in (at least the business card) installer.

And of course the beauty of Debian is that you could add X if you wanted by simply typing
apt-get install x-window-system
and probably
apt-get install gnome
apt-get isntall fluxbox

and it will all work.

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Old 09-03-2006, 09:54 AM   #5
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have look at this list of debian based distributions

hope this helps
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thanx guys! all of you were really helpful!


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