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Old 06-06-2011, 08:54 AM   #1
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Question Minimum Linux for Firefix and Java SE only

Dear Friends,

After working for about 15 years on MS Windows, I have decided to to change over to Linux.

I have a current netbook with 1 GB RAM.

The only work I would be doing on the netbook are:

1) Surfing Internet using Firefox browser.

I would avoid saving anything on my disk while browsing. If I need to open files, videos, then I would be opening them directly in the browser while I am connected to the internet.

2) I would be writing code in Java using Java Standard Edition (not the enterprise one).

Those Java programs may need to use the network, graphics, sound- actually the programs will need to use any available Java API/Package/methods available in the Sun distribution of Java.

Now, For the above to jobs, I want to install the bare minimum, smallest linux on my netbook. I mus mention taht I do not want any Linux package/program/library that will not be required for the above two jobs. To rephrase this, I want to have only those linux components that are absolutely necessary for the above two jobs (Surifng the internet with full power on Firefox, and developing Java programs which may use _any_ functionality that is provided by the Sun distribution of Java Standard Edition.

So, my question is:
How to do this? Which Linux should I install? Should I try Linux from Scratch ?

I am from India. I need to use either a) Reliance Netconnect broadband modem OR b) BSNL/Micromax modem (with sim card from any provider), to connect to the internet using Linux on this netbook.

Eagerly awaiting your reply.

Old 06-06-2011, 09:07 AM   #2
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I would say PuppyLinux is about as minimal as you can get. Takes up very little space on the HDD and in RAM. Does have Firefox and Java in the repo with one-click installation.
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I don't know about support for that modems, but I would recommend to do an minimal install of Debian, then simply add only the programs you need. This way you will get a fast, slim and reliable system that hasn't to be reinstalled every six months.


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