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Old 01-07-2017, 09:18 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by pan64 View Post
I think all of the linux distros should work without GUI, it depends on the boot, the runlevel. So actually you only need to use the one which will not run X. (it may depend on the distro and also I do not know all the distros therefore I cannot be really sure about that)
It is also cool to compile the kernel, start it with syslinux and to run directly busybox. It is then very much pretty light.
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grml boots to tty per default, but the last release is quite a while ago, if i understand it correct.
Old 01-11-2017, 07:20 AM   #18
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LinuxBBQ also do a text only distro, (one of many that they construct).
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:55 PM   #19
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You need to choose a distribution that can guaranty you to not install any graphics library as dependencies.
Unfortunatly most of the distribution do not make a clean split between cli and gui packages.

At least one does it: NuTyX, it's even one of it's target concept. Thanks to the concept of collection which in this case can guaranty you that not one single lib from xorg (for example) will be install. I suggest you to take a look at the documentation for more info (or you can register on our NuTyX forum as well)

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