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Old 01-31-2004, 08:36 PM   #1
csvke
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recommend a disto for some special requirement


Here I need some help from experienced users...

I have a Fujitsu Laptop, Pentium 133, 96MB Ram, 1.5 GB HD and a very annoying japanese keyboard... wanna try slackware or debian, which one is more suitable for that piece of hardware? I dun need an office suite and I most of the time I will use a Internet browser + terminal + text editor and a fluxbox for WM. Heard that debian deals with application installation really well that you can forget about module dependencies (automatically d/l modules needed for you), is it true? will this function be available in slackware as well? Mentioned about my japanese keyboard, as I reckon, there's a .conf file that I can configure to map it correctly, but I forgot which file.. but is it gonna be the same way to configure a japanese keyboard for most of the disto including slackware and debian?

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I am thinking of building a custom kernel that is small enough to fit in a 128MB flash drive in order to build a VPN router, is there a particular suitable disto that can save my time on doing that? My plan is to use a PC106 all-in-one machine to be the hardware of the router, do I need to modify the kernel / disto in order to support such kind of device or is it depending on the CPU architecture?

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Sorry if the question is a bit too long, thanks for reading and looking forward to your reply.

Cheers,
Frankie
 
Old 02-01-2004, 05:36 AM   #2
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thats right, debian has a quite good package system on slack theres none native but there are some apps like slapt that support the same comfort like the debian apt system does...
the file youre searching for to define your keyboard is /etc/rc.conf
for your laptop i would say youre better with a older version of those distros and older xfree versions and so on
for your 128 mb flash drive there are some small distros have a look at :
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/ , http://home.wanadoo.nl/peterdekoning/main.htm
 
  


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