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Old 03-02-2003, 06:48 AM   #1
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Really need help finding Linux disto fast


I'm looking for a linux disto that will allow me to customise it for the following proposes/uses:

- Full-screen (looping) media playing (no controls):
DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 etc.

- LAN support
- Bluetooth LAN support
- HTML Viewer (image and dynamic text)
- Customisable Splash screens
- Automatic startup into one of two modes:
- Looping full-screen video playback
- Single full-screen HTML page

Any ideas on what disto would be best?
What software should be used for the tasks?

Thanks for all your help,
Kind Regards,
Old 03-02-2003, 07:06 AM   #2
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these features are not specific to any particular distribution. they can all do them just fine if the software exists. please search this site for views on what the best distros are for various needs.
Old 03-02-2003, 08:28 AM   #3
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I’ve missed out some important details…

- It should be as small as possible using the least amount of HD space…
I’m attempting to use CompactFlash, so it would be best if it was also be read-only…

- How much RAM do you think would be needed? 32Mb? Or more?

Baring in mind that there will be no no swap.
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32MB RAM with no swap for video playback?
Old 03-02-2003, 11:27 AM   #5
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Bearing in mind that there are a lot of distros I have never installed, I suspect Debian might be a suitable choice. It gives you a large degree of control over which packages are installed, which modules are compiled into the kernel, etc. that would be useful to someone in your position.
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If you have the time (judging from the urgency, you don't) I'd recommend Linux From Scratch . Absolute customization, but much, much more time-consuming. If you don't have the time, I'd have to agree with Debian being your best choice. And... 32 mb of ram? I haven't seen/heard of any media programs running without X windows, which would quite possibly take up 32mb right there. To minimize, i'd suggest you use straight X, i.e. with no window manager.


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