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Old 02-10-2013, 10:50 PM   #1
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Does this exist? (Distribution Question)

I need a version of Linux that consists of only the following programs and resources:

1. The kernel itself
2. A browser
3. Only the most essential hardware drivers
4. A firewall
5. A GUI
6. A software manager that would allow me to download programs as I need them.

In the research I've done, it seems that I can either try TinyCore or strip down a "fuller" version to achieve what I've described. Does a version of Linux like the one I've described actually exist, and if it doesn't, what's the best way to achieve this very minimal design? Thanks!
Old 02-10-2013, 11:02 PM   #2
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It looks like Tiny Core is your best bet, as the Core Plus version also includes a remastering tool, so you could theoretically set it up with only the drivers, codecs, browser you want to use. By the way, what will you do with such a stripped down solution? Thin-client? Internet kiosk? Fool-proof system for computer illiterate family members?
Old 02-11-2013, 12:37 AM   #3
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Well any linux you install has to have a few components along with those but just picking a distro that allows you to do minimal install will work. Debian, CentOS, Possible ubuntu alternitive installers, Slackware (advanced user only due to knowing what needs to be installed and resolve dependicies).

Basically what your asking I've achieved with debian. I download the first disk witch is enough to setup a working system then start add the repos,

log in a root

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

Install xorg, your preferred desktop, install iceweasel. If you wish you can download debian source kernel and rebuild it with only drivers your system needs.

Anyways thats how I achieved that. Personally I'm stuck using ubuntu at the moment because I to lazy to backup all my data on externel Harddrives and reformat my whole system. But oneday....
Old 02-11-2013, 02:19 AM   #4
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I think this is the key qn
By the way, what will you do with such a stripped down solution?
If you tell us exactly what you're trying to achieve and why, we can give better advice.

In general though, most distros offer a 'Custom' install option through which you can choose exactly what you want.
Old 02-11-2013, 06:25 AM   #5
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I've been investigating "Ubuntu Core" myself.

"Be aware that Ubuntu Core is not a super small run-in-memory embedded distribution; it is the smallest implementation of Ubuntu that enables one to install other packages."

Start small, install what you need.


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