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Old 06-17-2008, 09:23 PM   #1
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best linux distro for torrent/gnutella/fileserver box

edit: i stuffed up the title, it should be:
best linux distro for torrent/gnutella/fileserver box

hi there

i have an old pentium D box (2.6ghz, 512 ram, 80gb hd, netgear wg311v2 wireless) that used to have windows XP on it, and i used VNC to use limewire and utorrent. however it has slowly become filled with viruses, so i would like to try a linux OS.

i tried ubuntu 8.04 but for some strange reason it would not connect to my wireless LAN, so are there any other good distros out there which would do the following:
- basic file sharing
- torrent downloads
- gnutella/limewire downloads

i am happy to use command line control through putty or something, instead of gui control using vnc if it would work better.

something lightweight would be cool, ubuntu seemed to have a lot of extra stuff on it which i wouldn't use.

thanks for reading!

Last edited by icic; 06-17-2008 at 09:30 PM.
Old 06-17-2008, 09:42 PM   #2
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Just about any distro would fit the bill, If you are using it for that, you could use Ubuntu server edition if you want to use ubuntu
Old 06-17-2008, 09:47 PM   #3
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Best Linux Distro

Ubuntu sounds like a good choice of Linux Distro.In the case of the
wireless is there a windows driver for the wirless card? if there is you can use something callled ndisgtk which you can install wireless drivers
ment for windows?
In the Case of the Excess apps you can use sympatic to remove them
You could also install a diffrent Window Managare such as Fluxbox
to save more RAM

Hope that Helps
Old 06-17-2008, 10:21 PM   #4
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I use Debian Etch on my server in text mode (I removed all xorg packages) with rtorrent. When I need to add a torrent, I simple telnet back to the machine and use wget to download the torrent. rtorrent will pick it up immediately.
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The acx driver should also (mostly) work with your wireless.


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