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lectraplayer 12-08-2003 10:16 PM

littlest flavor
 
What flavor of Linux is smallest? I'm trying to put a mainstream Linux on my laptop, and it has a small hard disk (about 700MB). Mandrake 9 fits OK, but it is a pain in the arse and isn't worth playing with. Mandrake 9.2 is on the verge of being too big and RedHat 9 is an outright beast with its minimal install being very close to Mandrake 9's X and utils install. Why such a diference? (more emportantly:) What flavor is smallest and has the flexability of Mandrake or RedHat?

neo77777 12-08-2003 10:24 PM

Why not try knoppix, or knoppix-std http://www.knoppix-std.org it runs off a single CD so you don't even have to worry about running of the space - additional software for linux in excess of 700 MB's is too damn much, well it isn't much at all for a single DVD rip, but it can be used other than holding OS files.

burnpile 12-08-2003 10:27 PM

Whenever I see this question I always say the same thing
Vector Linux or Peanut Linux

lectraplayer 12-08-2003 10:30 PM

Trust me, I am thinking about Knoppix. ...but this system does not boot from the CD. I'll have to put it on the hard disk. I know it'll fit. Let me look at others first. :D

That brings up another: Damn Small Linux. It's based off of Knoppix, but it's only about 30MB. Can I make it work?:scratch:

burnpile 12-08-2003 10:38 PM

DSL only needs about 300 megs for a full HD install. It's neat, but a bitch to keep current, the applications are a mix of half debian binaries and half misc. hacked packages from other distro's. And the debian package database is stripped out, so apt-get isn't an option.
Not knocking it, like I said it's fun, but there are drawbacks

lectraplayer 12-09-2003 11:30 PM

Keeping it "current" really isn't a primary concern. ...just keeping it running. :D

Whitehat 12-09-2003 11:49 PM

Peanut Linux is what you want then :D

Check it out here :)

http://www.ibiblio.org/peanut/

I've run it and it's schweet!

Peace,
Whitehat

burnpile 12-10-2003 12:03 AM

Ditto. Peanut would be an excellent choice.

lectraplayer 12-10-2003 11:06 PM

I'm trying Vector right now. I have yet to secure the ISO unfortunately.

win32sux 12-10-2003 11:14 PM

you might find deli linux interesting:

http://delilinux.berlios.de/


"A full install, including XFree and development tools, needs not more than 300 MB of harddisk space."

lectraplayer 12-14-2003 04:01 PM

I don't want anything that reminds me of SubWay though. :p I actually want it to have the general feel of my "big machine" with KDE and everything, but not alot of the other crap that I don't use. Most everything I'm seeing takes so much room because it has a lot of stuff most people don't use. ...just a core Linux, KDE, and I'm happy. I'll add the rest.

Hitokiri_X 12-14-2003 04:17 PM

Debian worked nicely for me when I was tight on space.I did a bare install with no optional packages and just apt-get installed everything afterwards.

win32sux 12-14-2003 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by lectraplayer
...just a core Linux, KDE, and I'm happy. I'll add the rest.
have you looked into bonzai linux?

"Bonzai Linux has been built to offer a Debian based Desktop-OS that fits on a 180MB CD-R(W)."

"The Distribution includes the current stable version of KDE and has been modified for easier installation."


here's the official bonzai website:

https://developer.berlios.de/projects/bonzai/


here's a couple bonzai reviews:

http://www.distrowatch.com/dwres.php...=review-bonzai

http://www.cahtech.co.nr/reviews/bonzai31.php

mymojo 12-14-2003 05:21 PM

Basically any distribution... just select the packages you need... (watch out for dependencies though!)

Oh, and have you considered investing in another harddrive? I hear they're pretty useful these days... especially the 120 gig ones..... :)

Be careful with stripped down versions... some leave out man pages and other important goodies.

lectraplayer 12-16-2003 09:21 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by mymojo
Basically any distribution... just select the packages you need... (watch out for dependencies though!)

Oh, and have you considered investing in another harddrive? I hear they're pretty useful these days... especially the 120 gig ones..... :)


This machine asks for a CMOS setup floppy when I change hard disks. Otherwise, I would have already thrown in a 2GB disk by now. Since I have no floppy drive for it (and it won't boot from other ways to interphase a floppy drive), that is not an option. Don't say Put Another Floppy In, because this is a laptop.


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