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Old 09-28-2008, 12:42 PM   #1
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in need of a good small linux distro any recommendations


hello
I am in need of a good small linux distro. I have looking into many, but the problem is they don't specify which are good for an slower computer with a little space. I have about 6 gb. on a 1999 laptop. It doesn't have a connection to the internet. And I need a good quick distro for it. the next problem is I need to be able to install additional programs on it, since it doesn't have access to the internet. It needs to be C, cc compatible. basically able to install tar.gz, and any other main program files. an example of distros that won't work from trial and error ar Damn small linux, Puppy Linux for some dumb reason that distro gets stuck just trying to boot up. Also Vector linux won't work. It too freezes when booting up after I have installed it. so Dsl distro boots up great, and works great, but I can't install any programs on it.
remember the distro has to fit comfortable on a 6 gb hard drive. when installed 2gig maybe 3 max, but preferred 1-2 gig. a link to the .iso or website would be great too, because I think there are ubuntu versions that are smaller, but I can't find them anywhere on there site.
Thank for your help
 
Old 09-28-2008, 01:02 PM   #2
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why can't you install programs on dsl? you can install it to the hard disk and then 'apt-get install' to add what you need:

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/dsl-hd-install.html

you could also check out bonzai a minimal debian based distro that fits on a 180mb cd:

http://developer.berlios.de/projects/bonzai/
 
Old 09-28-2008, 02:18 PM   #3
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I can't find any apt-get program on dsl. I have tried to install it in the source, but everytime I do it tells me error no C compatibility. which means that there is no GCC, and other unzipping/configuring files aren't on dsl. This means the only files that I can install are the files that end in .dsl which I can not find as well. I also remind that this computer doesn't have any sort of connection to the internet, and files have to be transfered via USB.
Thanks for the recommend on the other Distro. I'll give it a shot.
Thanks for your help, and if someone knows a way/ step by step to install programs on dsl. that would be cool too. but I can't install gcc, and other files for dsl is trimmed down to small to include those fetures.
thanks again
 
Old 09-28-2008, 02:45 PM   #4
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Glancing at the homepage it seems as if Bonzai uses KDE and I would avoid any desktop environment with a computer that old (I just glanced at tha page out of curiosity though, I might be wrong). If you need a graphical environment, I'd say that a window manager and lightweight applications is the way to go.

You mentioned Ubuntu. If you're interested in Ubuntu I'd recommend you to go for the server edition and then, if you need too, add xorg and a windowmanager. I'd even stay clean from login manager. Be careful though, Ubuntu comes with a fair amount of crust and lots of stuff comes in metapackages, which I think you'd want to avoid.

Debian proper might also be a good alternative. Install the base system and go from there. It has a huge amount of packages in the repositories so you'll be able to keep a nimble system.

/CZ
 
Old 09-28-2008, 03:12 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by ashitaka View Post
I also remind that this computer doesn't have any sort of connection to the internet, and files have to be transfered via USB.
You can run linux or any OS without an internet connection, but having online access can be a great benefit. Without an internet connection, installing software in any distro will be a hassled, since the files are downloaded from the net.

You can try slackware. Slackware has preinstall compilers and libraries to compile tgz software. But you still need internet access to download any dependencies.

Since you have no internet connection, ask a friend or family member if you can download the iso image(s), or you can purchase them. Prices start from $1.99 and up.

- Good luck

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Old 09-28-2008, 04:07 PM   #6
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slackware is my recommendation too

Debian

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Old 09-28-2008, 05:17 PM   #7
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I recommend either slackware 12.0 or slackware 10.2 I've used both on a compaq pentium II with 128mb of ram with good results, using both kde and xfce window managers.you can save disk space by only installing just what you need.
 
Old 09-28-2008, 05:55 PM   #8
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now that I think about it. every time I put linux on a low-spec laptop I use slackware too. just use slack you will be so much happier then if you go with one of the minimal or livecd distros.
 
Old 09-28-2008, 08:00 PM   #9
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thanks
I am trying debain, and working with, a little to get past the bash shell to the desktop after the login, but I'll fiddle with it.
 
  


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