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Old 09-25-2009, 07:29 PM   #1
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Replace Glibc with uclibc and add busybox?

Ok I am doing a LFS build for a friend of mine that is a BIG linux person and he wanted me to make a very small, compact, and fast linux distro for his custom computer.

Glibc is WAY to big so I thought I would replace it with uclibc and add busybox because it has a lot of useful tools.

The target size for this text ONLY distro is 20MB and I really hope to get it there.

I am going to use Links browser as the internet browser.

Nano as the text editor

CenterIM as the MSN client

MOC as a music player

and the rest of the tools needed are included in busybox.

This custom LFS distro is going to be run on a VERY small computer he built from scratch that runs on a 200MHZ CPU, 104 MB Ram, 50MB Hard Drive space, and 8 MB graphics card. The rest of the info I dont know.

Is this even possible with LFS to meet those small requirements?
Old 09-30-2009, 03:12 AM   #2
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It probably is . . . I would recommend using legacy code, though . . . your kernel image (zipped!) is liable to exceed 4 or 5 MB alone if it is modern.

Since you are building everything from scratch, why not use a 2.2 series kernel with glibc version 2.3 or 2.4? These will naturally take up less space and, depending on the hardware in this custom machine, probably run faster on your 200MHz processor.


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