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Old 09-19-2009, 10:41 AM   #1
AndreAPL
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What light distro to use?


Hi there. Have a new toy, a thinclient HP t5725, and have been using crunchbang linux since it uses openbox. Since i have to reinstall all the system to a new hdd, i'm considering more options. Maybe debian+openbox. Mainly is for nfs/samba/printer share and torrent client, so i want to maximize the available resources.
What do you think? Other opinions ?

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Old 09-19-2009, 11:31 AM   #2
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I like Arch. But I know the Ubuntu installer has LTSP installation mode.
 
Old 09-20-2009, 01:48 PM   #3
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I guess it depends on what you're looking for in a "light" distro.
There's quite a few,..including:
* Vector Linux
* Antix
* Puppy
* Debian (customized)
* Slitaz
* TinyCore
* CrunchBang
etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
 
Old 10-16-2009, 04:32 AM   #4
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.Arch Linux.
 
Old 10-16-2009, 12:31 PM   #5
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I'd go for a minimal Debian install using the netinstall disc,with Fluxbox for a window manager.
Here's a link to an excellent guide to doing a minimal Debian install:

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?t=13362
 
Old 10-17-2009, 06:29 PM   #6
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Do not think that just Debian or Debian based distributions will work. All distributions will work. I suggest either Gentoo or Arch because you can install them with out GUI and still configure them with out any problems. The video card that computer has is very limited in Linux, so I suggest do not use or install X11 (X Window System).

No offense to others that mention distributions that are known to be used for minimal or embed setups, but they also have minimal support. Gentoo and Arch have very good support for any setup.
 
Old 10-17-2009, 06:50 PM   #7
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Do not think that just Debian or Debian based distributions will work. All distributions will work.
Yes,that's true.

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I suggest either Gentoo or Arch because you can install them with out GUI and still configure them with out any problems
Same goes for Debian.

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The video card that computer has is very limited in Linux, so I suggest do not use or install X11 (X Window System).
That's a good suggestion.

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No offense to others that mention distributions that are known to be used for minimal or embed setups, but they also have minimal support. Gentoo and Arch have very good support for any setup.
How do you mean minimal support?.
I'm not clear as to what you are referring to here.
 
Old 10-17-2009, 07:57 PM   #8
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i'm going to throw Slackware in here. At the end of the day if you do a bit of research just about any distro can be made small and light. Which one do you like? and understand the most?

 
Old 10-17-2009, 11:58 PM   #9
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i'm going to throw Slackware in here. At the end of the day if you do a bit of research just about any distro can be made small and light. Which one do you like? and understand the most?

I don't know if I can deal with no dependency handling. Arch for me. Especially since I can compile whatever packages I want from source easily (good for a small system)

Last edited by Meson; 10-18-2009 at 12:00 AM.
 
Old 10-18-2009, 12:07 AM   #10
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I don't know if I can deal with no dependency handling
I can understand that. I don't play with many other distros so can't comment in great detail about their dependency checking. Although i had a play with Debian a while back to make a server, which amongst other things was going to have CUPS. However i got put off when it decided it wanted to install half of Gnome too. Maybe i was doing it wrong, i never found out cause the install cd got removed and conveniently lost.

 
Old 10-18-2009, 12:36 AM   #11
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Well, that type of thing can happen, but the beauty of being able to compile your own packages is that you can skip the features that depend on all of those libraries. Gentoo is even better at this, but with Gentoo, the default is source-based and I don't think it's always easy to go binary, whereas with Arch the default is binary but it's extremely easy to go source.

Also, I am a big fan of a rolling release system, Arch and Gentoo both do this. Afaik, Slackware does not.
 
Old 10-18-2009, 05:02 AM   #12
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Although i had a play with Debian a while back to make a server, which amongst other things was going to have CUPS. However i got put off when it decided it wanted to install half of Gnome too.
By default apt installs recommended and suggested packages.
You can configure apt to not do this,and only install the packages dependencies.

And don't forget you can compile from source on any system.
Anyway,enough of me banging the Debian drum!.
Arch is also a good choice,it's what i'd use if it wasn't for Debian..
 
Old 10-18-2009, 12:09 PM   #13
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.Arch Linux.
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:37 PM   #14
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I've built many systems using Arch and the Debian netinst method. They are both tremendously flexible for building a custom system from a minimal base system, but they are arguably more difficult to get going than something already designed to be small and light. So it depends on how good you are, or how much work you're willing to put into it, I guess.
 
Old 10-20-2009, 12:24 AM   #15
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I vote for Archlinux. The core is so minimal and has DIY configuration. Its a rolling-release one just like people above have said. The wiki is also very helpful.
 
  


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