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LFS is a project that provides you with the steps necessary to build your own custom Linux system.


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Old 11-01-2004, 08:27 AM   #1
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What can I get away with

I have a project planned. In looking for a good linux distro I could customize to my liking for my project and taylor to my requirements, I have decided on LFS. I have a question though for some of you who have built LFS before.

I have size restraints and it's pretty major, but I have some flexibility. I have seen some distros like Damn Small and Slax be able to fit on minimal disc space. This is what I'm after. I need a distro with the following things:
Firefox (with the usual plug-ins
Evolution (or some email client)
Media Viewer (mpg, wmv, etc)
Something to read .doc, .xls, .pdf and .pub
An Image viewer
KDE, Gnome or Fluxbox (this will depend on how much space the above takes up)

Other then that, there is not anything else really needed for the system. This is a minimal system used for viewing media files, but also allow some Internet activity. I would like to know if anyone can guesstimate what I would be looking at in disc space. I know it's hard to tell, but literally the above is all I would need on the system, no other applications.
Old 11-01-2004, 07:24 PM   #2
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I'd be willing to wager that Gnome or KDE each would take up more space than all the others combined, so if space is a premium, I'd strongly suggest a different WM. XFce4 is smallish, while still being very nice-looking, but of course blackbox or fluxbox would be much smaller.

Firefox is likely to be the next-heaviest application, in the ballpark of 30MB. Evolution is about 15MB. The only media player worth anything in Linux, IMHO, is mplayer. It's in the region of about 5-10MB installed.

For an image viewer, I've always been a fan of GQView. It's a couple MB.

Not sure about the rest. Cut out KDE or Gnome, though, and you'll free up a huge amount of space.


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