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Old 12-16-2018, 03:58 PM   #1
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cli bare bones distro


I have an old computer or two that are XP win veterans. I'd like to re purpose one or two of them with a complete but bare bones cli version of linux for experimental purposes. What is the best distro for this purpose?

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Brian H.
 
Old 12-16-2018, 04:03 PM   #2
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My bias

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njj6geeCOds

Edit. Video shows 13.2 core iso install.

Versions are up to 17.2 core iso

https://sourceforge.net/projects/ant...al/antiX-17.2/

I am sure Tiny Core, Puppy, and Slitaz Linux are viable options also.

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Old 12-16-2018, 04:15 PM   #3
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Install Slackware only with a ap d l n

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Old 12-16-2018, 04:41 PM   #4
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LinuxBBQ has some great minimal WM and no-X spins, based on Debian sid. Most recent no-X spin is adipositas.

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Old 12-16-2018, 04:47 PM   #5
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In bear bones, meaning not a lot, VOID Linux even the one that has a desktop comes bare boned.

No xorg . it too is a rolling release.
https://vm1.a-lej-de.m.voidlinux.org...4-20181111.iso

all flavours.

https://vm1.a-lej-de.m.voidlinux.org/live/current/


Linux BBQ is basically dead 2014 last update, half of their web sight doesn't work.

https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=linuxbbq


LinuxConsole

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LinuxConsole is an independently developed Linux live CD with different editions designed for
desktops, servers, gaming consoles, and old computers. Its primary characteristics are easy
installation, extensive choice of software in the form of modules, and excellent hardware detection.
distrowatch to look through them and find one that should aut'a work on your old box/

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Old 12-16-2018, 08:53 PM   #6
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In most cases, any distro that offers a "server" version will meet these requirements. Server versions commonly do not have GUIs installed, because most servers sit in racks and are administered remotely via the command line. Note that I said "commonly," as I have not investigated them all. You should investigate any that you are interested in before making the leap.

This article should help: https://www.techradar.com/news/best-linux-server-distro
 
Old 12-16-2018, 08:58 PM   #7
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An issue might be 32-bit continued support which the OP likely has. I was going to suggest Arch, but it no longer (officially) has 32-bit support.
 
Old 01-22-2019, 10:26 PM   #8
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cli bare bones distro

Slackware still has an official 32 bit branch.
 
Old 01-23-2019, 07:24 AM   #9
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SliTaz - Tiny Core - AntiX - Debian - Slackware - all will likely run on an old Vista machine, some of which can run from ram.

(That's not an exhaustive list, just a few suggestions. )
 
Old 01-23-2019, 07:47 AM   #10
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Debian netinst is my all time favorite for a barebone cli installation. Though there are others that fit the bill, as mention.
 
Old 01-23-2019, 08:22 AM   #11
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Void Linux has a hand full of i686 installs. Void is very bare bones.
https://a-hel-fi.m.voidlinux.org/live/current/

void-live-i686-20181111.iso no gui

it is a rolling release distro.

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Old 01-24-2019, 11:10 AM   #12
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Actually, if you are willing to look beyond Linux, OpenBSD would be perfect for this. Very quick, minimal installation that you can build on, and still supports old hardware.
 
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Old 01-24-2019, 03:14 PM   #13
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I have an old Dell laptop that originally came with XP that runs Q4OS just fine including the GUI. It's Debian based.
 
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I have an old Dell laptop that originally came with XP that runs Q4OS just fine including the GUI. It's Debian based.
its like kde / windows xxx
Interesting....

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Old 01-24-2019, 09:38 PM   #15
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I'd ask what type of experiments do you wish to do?
 
  


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