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Old 03-19-2006, 06:12 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a linux distribution where I can install and once done it takes me to root, and then I can install and set up a window manager from there (like fluxbox).

I'm using Ubuntu, but I don't need all the bells and whistles that usually come with commercial distributions.

I want to start out small, and then add to my linux as need be. I also need it to be easy to install software if I have to, and should have something like apt or adept....

Any recommendations?

Old 03-19-2006, 06:17 PM   #2
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:14 PM   #3
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Debian will do an advanced install that lets you choose what packages you want to install, including gnome and kde. You don't have to either of these, however. I am sure most dists offer this feature.
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Debian, Rubix (Standard Install is always minimal), Gentoo (Another that starts out Minimal), FreeBSD (Yeah it's not Linux but it /does/ start off minimal)

These are just the ones I have tried there are probably hunereds more that allow you to do a minimal install

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gentoo also sounds like a good choice to me. However if you really want to go for it and do a REALLY good job of it try LFS which lets you build the entire thing from scratch. Also try to make a more descriptive title for your posts.
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While gentoo and LFS are both wonderful choices, if you don't have the patience to compile everything yourself, check out Arch Linux or Debian.

Both are great, but Arch tends to be a little more simple (the KISS philosophy), while Debian Pure has a large community and huge repositroy.


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