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Old 11-26-2005, 08:59 AM   #1
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RULE for debian?


Have a look at

I think there should be something like this for Debian.
It would be great to have a sort of installscript for debian on the install cd,
which would install a light IceWM desktop with light applications and as much
as possible preconfigured. So that it would be very fast and easy to use.

Something like
IceWM with SilverXP theme, links2, firefox (maybe stripped down, like in Damn Small Linux),
xmms (uses little cpu), sylpheed-claws, emelfm, aterm, xzgv, mplayer, ... you got the point.

It would be as easy as Ubuntu to install, but still use original debian packages so as not to make a new distro. I don't like it that there are so many different distro's with no big differences anyway.

Ofcourse it could also be based on ubuntu and be like ubuntu light.

What do you debian guys think? Is there anyone interested in trying this?
Or does it already exist?

Old 11-28-2005, 08:15 AM   #2
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both Ubuntu and DSL are based on Debian to begin with.. if I need a lightweight box I do a debian minimal install with the netinstall CD then l drop in a list of the minimal packages I want to install. If I wanted to do the same thing pre-packaged I would just use DSL..

If you really want to generate duplicate lightweight Debian systems.. manually setup the first system with the packages you want.. I would start with a minimal net install. Install all the applications you want, then

dpkg --get-selections > list.txt

This will create a list of all the installed packages on the debian box, which you can use to setup another machine.

on the new machine do a minimal network install, (I prefer the net install to the Disc based install it's personal preference, this should work fine with the CD or DVD install as well..
copy the list.txt file to the new system .

dpkg --set-selections < list.txt

This will set the package list on the new system to what is in your list

dselect install will install all the packagews in the list on the new system giving you your customized lightweight Debian system.

This should work on Ubuntu as well, since it is Debian based..
Old 11-28-2005, 09:40 AM   #3
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nice, I'll try that out once!

I already know how to run debian very lightly though, I was thinking of the new users who try debian out and have quite an old computer.
Old 12-06-2005, 02:23 PM   #4
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I found something which is exactly like what I ment:

The debian stem desktop. Nice!


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