[lug] compact linux distributions
matt.poepping at gmail.com
Mon May 16 21:29:04 MDT 2005
Here is a list of the single floppy distros that I have used in the
past and work ok
Or you could just have your remote computer pxe boot from another
server in your house, so at every boot it would have a clean image.
This page http://www.kegel.com/linux/pxe.html has a bunch of links on
setting up linux to boot via pxe for a linux diskless workstation.
the linux terminal server project.
If this is just for playing music then here are some bootable linux
distro that where created for just that purpose
Apple also has the airport express basestation, which streams music
from itunes over a wireless network.
On 5/16/05, Hugh Brown <hugh at math.byu.edu> wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-05-16 at 13:05 -0700, Brian Stiff wrote:
> > > Message: 1
> > > Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 21:27:51 -0600
> > > From: David Anselmi <anselmi at anselmi.us>
> > > Subject: Re: [lug] compact linux distributions
> > > Brian Stiff wrote:
> > > > I'm looking for a fairly flexible,
> > > recently-maintained
> > > > compact distribution, hopefully based on Red Hat
> > > or
> > > > Debian. I want to build a compact streaming media
> > > > player for the garage so I can listen to my mp3's
> > > > while I twist wrenches.
> > >
> > > What do you mean by compact? If you have 1GB of
> > > disk space you can run
> > > Debian testing out of the box. I have a web & mail
> > > server in <700MB of
> > > disk with 64MB of memory on a machine that's close
> > > to 10 years old.
> > Sorry, I should have been more specific WRT the
> > "compact" label. I'm hoping to avoid using a hard
> > disk, so a small read-only compactflash-based
> > installation is more along the lines of what I'm
> > after. Lori Reed's suggestion of using Damn Small
> > Linux is looking like the winner so far. I'd run
> > across it earlier and dismissed it for some reason,
> > but apparently I've been breathing enough brake
> > cleaner fumes or something to have re-arranged my
> > priorities, so upon re-visting, it's looking good.
> > >
> > > I think that Debian is easier to minimize than the
> > > RH distros, based on
> > > my experience with RH9 and FC2. And aptitude's
> > > tracking of
> > > automatically installed packages rocks for just that
> > > (let me know if you
> > > want details).
> > >
> > It's looking like Damn Small supports apt-get, so I'll
> > be able to put together the image I want, then fairly
> > easily get it up to date.
> > I realize that most distributions can be pared down to
> > a "minimal" sort of installation, but I've had limited
> > success with that sort of endeavor. I had hoped for
> > something that was already pretty well put together,
> > so I wouldn't have to spend too much time playing
> > hit-and-miss with the software. Call me lazy, but I
> > prefer to play with hardware more than software.
> > -B
> I believe Damn Small Linux is a stripped down version of knoppix which
> is a stripped down version of Debian.
> You might also look at Compact Flash Linux (http://www.cflinux.hu/ and
> http://freshmeat.net/projects/cflinux/ for quick info).
> I've used a stripped down version of Knoppix on a 256MB USB thumb drive
> (it only needed a browser/sshd and not much else). I think I was able
> to squeeze it down to about 160MB, so there was room to add back in a
> few things if needed.
> Back when I checked (about 2yrs ago), DSLinux had about a 50MB
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