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Old 07-09-2017, 01:25 PM   #1
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Any small server distros?


I'm wondering if there are any small Linux distros that are built to be servers. I want to set up a server in virtual box just for localhost use. So the smaller the better.

So what are some of the smallest server distros?

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Old 07-09-2017, 01:52 PM   #2
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Every distro provides servers like apache, mail servers. You do not need X, so all that crap can go.
These choices presume you're foregoing automagic dependency loading distros in the interests of being small & light, etc.

Damnsmalllinux unless you want to compile stuff like D.J.Bernstein's nutty, but small & secure stuff. http://cr.yp.to

Linuxfromscratch if you do? http://www.linuxfromscratch.org
 
Old 07-09-2017, 01:54 PM   #3
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You could go with a minimal Devuan installation. During the installation you can choose more or fewer packages. However, if you are getting started, you'll want to at least add the usual collection of standard system utilities.

If you want something more pre-made, then Ubuntu has a server image in its LTS series.

If you want something truly small, then you could consider a completely different operating system and install OpenBSD base minus the x and compiler sets.

But with all that said, which service(es) do you want to run on your server?
 
Old 07-09-2017, 02:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm just setting up a simple website on localhost so apache would do everything i need. I'll probably just use a small distro and install apache. This may be stupid but can you install a server on core or tiny core without to much hassle?

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I'm using Haiku with poorman just because everything was set up already. But it's not quite reliable enough
 
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One of characteristics of Linux is that "it scales well." That's why there really are no specific distros for "small servers," just distros for servers.

Indeed, just about any distro can be used as a server distro, even if it doesn't come with a specific "server" flavor. Generally, distros that are labelled as "server distros" come with the LAMPP stack preinstalled and often come without desktop environments or window managers, as most servers live in racks and are administered via ssh.

In your case, you may wish a lightweight desktop or window manager.
 
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mini.iso #Ubu
and
netinstall.iso # Debian

Disk space: 20 G
Memory: <enough>
 
Old 07-09-2017, 07:35 PM   #7
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Well I went with puppy Linux running lighttpd and it's super fast and doesn't drain to much ram.

I checked and you can install apache on tiny core. that's probably as small as it gets.

Thanks
 
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Good work!
Glad it worked out.
 
  


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