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Old 02-19-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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Looking for a very simple linux distro


I'm looking for some very simple linux distro that is not based on any other linux (debian/slackware etc) and that doesn't use any package manager.. something very simple...

I wanted to go with Damn Small Linux but It is based on Debian distribution..

Any suggestions?
 
Old 02-19-2009, 02:29 AM   #2
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Your question basically contradicts itself. Normally what makes a distro simple is the package management. If you do not have packages that means that you have to compile everything. Compiling a lot of stuff CAN be a royal PITA. As far as it not being based on anything else, you are kind of asking somebody to reinvent the wheel.
 
Old 02-19-2009, 02:29 AM   #3
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This is an exellent place to start, click on the link called "Distributions" and select category and arch. on the next page to narrow your search.
 
Old 02-19-2009, 02:33 AM   #4
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Your question basically contradicts itself. Normally what makes a distro simple is the package management. If you do not have packages that means that you have to compile everything. Compiling a lot of stuff CAN be a royal PITA. As far as it not being based on anything else, you are kind of asking somebody to reinvent the wheel.
huh?? What's a package manager then??
 
Old 02-19-2009, 02:36 AM   #5
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huh?? What's a package manager then??
It's a program that makes installing/updating/removing other programs really simple.
 
Old 02-19-2009, 02:37 AM   #6
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It's a program that makes installing/updating/removing other programs really simple.
well from previous post it seemed like it's a compiler Am i wrong?
 
Old 02-19-2009, 02:38 AM   #7
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Your question basically contradicts itself. Normally what makes a distro simple is the package management. If you do not have packages that means that you have to compile everything. Compiling a lot of stuff CAN be a royal PITA. As far as it not being based on anything else, you are kind of asking somebody to reinvent the wheel.
Package manager is installer remover and updater.. why do i need to compile everything from source?
 
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A package manager does just what it says it does, it handles the packages. On a rpm based system the root package manager is rpm (yum depends on rpm, and MOST other rpm package mangers(RH based) depend on yum). Packages are precompiled binaries with built in directions as to what they require and where they should be installed. Basically Debs are the same thing, just handled with different tools.

Edit: a couple of post were made while I was typeing.

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Old 02-19-2009, 02:40 AM   #9
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A piece of software that installs and uninstalls software for you, and other things dealing with software.

For example, on my distro (Arch), I run

pacman -S firefox

And Firefox, plus all its other software required to run, is downloaded and installed in the proper place.

pacman -R firefox

Removes it. The process is similar in other distros. Debian and those based on it have apt-get, which I'd say is the best binary package manager (read: easy, fast to install) outside of pacman. There's often graphical front-ends that make things easier for new users. Some are different - Gentoo, notably, and some others download source automatically and compile it, giving you more customization and speed at the expense of time to compile and related complications. Slackware does not do dependencies - it doesn't automatically download other packages required for the one you want to work. This can be a feature, or a weakness - depends on what you want in a distro.



If you want a simple distro, I'd recommend Arch. I can tell that's NOT what you want though - Arch is simple as in being clean and easy to dig into the internals. You want easy to use. *ubuntu, Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, Mint, openSUSE, etc.

Why don't you want a distro based on another distro?
 
Old 02-19-2009, 02:42 AM   #10
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One of your requirement was "that doesn't use any package manager.. ". At some point somebody has to compile the code. If you do not use a package manager, that somebody is you.

Edit: Have to learn to type faster. I would point out that the distros suggested by Ranguvar(in that last paragraph) all use package managers. Other than that they are all good choices.

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Old 02-19-2009, 02:45 AM   #11
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well from previous post it seemed like it's a compiler Am i wrong?
Yes, you are wrong. A compiler is a totally separate program. Some package managers will work with source-based packages (and will automatically use your compiler to compile the packages prior to installing them). Most package managers, however, use binary packages, in which case a compiler isn't necessary at all.
 
Old 02-19-2009, 02:46 AM   #12
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One of your requirement was "that doesn't use any package manager.. ". At some point somebody has to compile the code. If you do not use a package manager, that somebody is you.

Edit: Have to learn to type faster. I would point out that the distros suggested by Ranguvar(in that last paragraph) all use package managers. Other than that they are all good choices.
why in the world would i have to compile the code??
 
Old 02-19-2009, 02:48 AM   #13
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As I said before:

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At some point somebody has to compile the code.
That is assuming that you do not use a package manager.
 
Old 02-19-2009, 02:57 AM   #14
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Hmmmmm....sometimes it is hard to see when you are being trolled.....
 
Old 02-19-2009, 03:08 AM   #15
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Thanks for pointing it out. I have a habit of believing in the good nature of people a little more than I should.
 
  


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