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Old 08-12-2017, 09:31 AM   #1
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How much space does it require

I have tried running Linux Mint on an Asus Eee PC 4G 701. It seemed to be progressing until I reached the 'Select a wi-fi', at this point, it wouldn't let me use the arrows to select. I chose to by pass this bit and then it told me that the OS requires 9.2 gB of space and of course mine only has 4gB. Any ideas?

Will Dammsmalllinux work?
Old 08-12-2017, 11:04 AM   #2
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DamnSmall hasn't been updated in a long time. I would recommend a modern Linux distribution, such as Debian. A full XFCE4 desktop install will fit, but it'll be very tight. Instead, I'd go with a minimal install and only adding XFCE4 plus the software you want.

After doing a minimal install, do a lightweight GUI install with:
apt-get install xorg xfce4 lightdm network-manager-gnome
apt-get clean
Depending on the precise hardware in that eeePC, you may have to add the "contrib nonfree" components to /etc/apt/sources.list (append " contrib nonfree" to all source lines after "main"), and then run:
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree
You might need to install a non-free wifi module, depending on what's in that eeePC.
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on an asus eeepc 701, you won't be happy with mint's performance anyways - even if you install a "lightweight" xfce or even mate. (900MHz Celeron)
you should go with something that is actually designed for this sort of extremely underpowered & outdated machine (*) - if you like tinkering, set yourself up with debian oldstable netinstall + some lightweight windowmanager, or maybe use something like antiX or Sparky or puppylinux...

(*) i'm not dissing you, in fact i love these old netbooks and have one myself, but that's just how it is...
Old 08-13-2017, 04:37 PM   #5
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Go with puppy linux
Old 08-27-2017, 06:24 PM   #6
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^^^ + 1!

I'll second Mill J. For your machine, Puppy really is the way to go. There's a guy called 8Geee who runs a fleet of these old netbooks, and he's built a couple of 'special' Puppy distros specifically for the EeePCs.

You won't find anything that'll run better on one, neither, as they've been specially optimised to take advantage of the wacky hardware Asus used in these things.

No disrespect to Isaac, but he's right; Debian will be a tight fit.....especially with those dozy eMMc drives. Or, if you like the idea of using the Debian model with apt-get and the stable repositories, there's another breed of Puppies known as the DebianDogs. These are really the Debian LiveCD, which have been customized to act, feel & behave like a Puppy.....yet still have all the advantages you get with Debian's famous stability.

If you're interested, you can read about it in the Dogs' development thread on the Puppy Linux Forums:-

I will warn you that there's been some bickering going on recently in this thread. The Dog's originator, Toni from Bulgaria (better known to all as saintless), no longer maintains them, as he had an extended spell of illness which meant he couldn't continue with their development. The guys who 'took over' development began to take them in a totally different direction to that which Toni intended; as a result, he's been accused of deliberately 'disrupting' his own thread..!

Puppy 'politics'. Ugh. Don't get involved.....


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Old 08-27-2017, 09:34 PM   #7
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Debian is NOT a tight fit. It's an easy fit. Only the full default desktop install will be a tight fit. That's because it includes the entirety of LibreOffice and many other things by default. But if you just do a minimal install the way I suggest? It'll fit easily in under 2GB even after adding useful software (in other words, less than half of the available space).

Seriously, I have a keen knowledge of how much Debian will fit in under 4GB because I use RAMBOOT with various computers that have 4GB of RAM. This is a technique where I customize the initrd script to load the entire OS into a tmpfs RAM drive (tmpfs is uncompressed, so performance is incredibly fast). With RAMBOOT, not only does the OS have to fit within the 4GB of RAM, but also all of the normal RAM usage.

Also, I have various USB thumbdrives that I do regular Debian installs on. None of them are very big - only two of them are 8GB in size and all of the rest are smaller. This gives me a very good idea of how much Debian will fit on a 4GB or 2GB or 1GB drive. For 1GB, I don't install a GUI; it's mainly useful as a boot utility. For 512MB or less, it's mainly useful only for /boot, but it's less elegant to maintain than a full install on a 1GB thumbdrive.

But for 2GB and 4GB USB thumbdrives? I put XFCE4 GUI on them. With plain old Debian stable. (There really isn't much of any sort of savings by using oldstable.)
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I'd go for AntiX. That installs software from Debian stable that's specially selected for small or elderly computers: it will take less that 2 of your precious 4GB. Yes, you could make a basic installation of Debian and add more things, but AntiX has already done the job for you.


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