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Old 11-10-2006, 04:01 PM   #1
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Looking for Nlite software for linux


Im looking for a software solution like nlite for windows systems. I want to be able to get a distro and strip it down from the unneeded components (even for the kernel itself) and be able to obtain useful, minimum resource using through my wishes (that doesnt mean to run only shell). so i mean to go far from the package selection. So i can prepare light resource using, but full useful of a distro i can use on my hardware and also for especially light virtual machines
 
Old 11-12-2006, 02:27 AM   #2
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There are many lite linuxes already available - pick one and fiddle with the installed packages.

nlite is basically a package remover for windows - major distros also have their own package removers. Just remove what you don't want.

However - if you want to make your own install disks for a distro - this is also accomadated. You can remaster existing install disks (like Ubuntu) or create an entirely new distro... there is even a script which will let you create your own live distro.

May I suggest gentoo as the power distro for your purpose. You can trim this to your hearts desire. Slackware similar. Fedora is more gui oriented, you can preview what each package does as you install (or remove).

Basically, the different philosophical base between linux and windows renders nlite-like apps irrelevant to linux.

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Old 11-12-2006, 05:21 PM   #3
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But what about the kernel? There must be something in the kernel that can be cut off (even simply ynneeded drivers etc) what about gaining this easily?
 
Old 11-12-2006, 08:14 PM   #4
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Unlike windows, which is monolithic, mot stuff in linux is provided outside the kernel. (Though the recent kernels have been critisised for getting bloated.) So practically all of the functionality provided by nlite can be done outside the kernel.

However - it is posible to downsize the kernel.

The lite distros (DSL etc) and the ultra-streamlined ones (Yoper etc) have default kernels optimised already. If none of these suit, then your best bet is to recompile your kernel... this is a simple(ish) process these days, with a gui thingy which gives you a tree-format teling which things you can compile and as what. It also provides information of what each bit actually does.

One way to get a very fast kernel is to compile only the bare minimum you need, but into the kernel rather than as modules (for eg).

But the main way to customise under linux is just to find a distro already doing most of what you are after, then shutdown the services you don't want. (Most distros have a gui to do this - the program is still installed, but it ain't using runtime.)

The example of this that springs to ming is from www.mjmwired.net in the notes for the various fedora core installs.
 
  


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