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When it's Ubuntu! All I wanted was a base Linux System with the Ubuntu repos available, so I downloaded their minimal CD and went through the install process. I think ...
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- 02-11-2010 #1
When is minimal not minimal
All I wanted was a base Linux System with the Ubuntu repos available, so I downloaded their minimal CD and went through the install process.
I think I am going to build this one using the Debian net install as a minimal Ubuntu system includes loads of unnecessary Gnome libraries and applications which I specifically didn't want and definitely didn't ask for!
I think Ubuntu is great and use it on my main desktop but for my requirements this time it just doesn't fit.
Not really bashing it but be aware that minimal isn't always what you may think
- 02-11-2010 #2
By "minimal" did you mean the Server or the Alternate?
Both have their quirks. Alternate is just a minimal installer, but it installs the full desktop. Server only installs the cli, but it also uses a server optimized kernel that may refuse to boot on older machines.
Have you taken a look at CrunchBang (#!) Linux? It's an Ubuntu derivative designed for light weight by using OpenBox as the window manager. "While CrunchBang Linux is not primarily designed for old systems, it has been reported to operate very well where system resources are limited."
CrunchBang Linux - A nimble Openbox Linux distro
- 02-11-2010 #3
I meant Minimal - it's kind of like the Debian net install. I use Crunchbang on one of my laptops. It's a great little re-spin. In this case I want a base system with only build-essential, vim and links installed. No need for any more as I don't think the K&R book needs it
Therefore no need for Gnome libs or apps which hardly makes it minimal to my mind. I went for a Debian net install in the end.
My eepc now boots to a command line in seconds which allows me to fail at C more quickly and efficiently
Last edited by elija; 02-11-2010 at 07:04 PM.
- 02-11-2010 #4
Did you check the cli, cli-expert, and expert boot methods with the minimal CD?
- 02-11-2010 #5
Trying cli in a VM but damn it's slow installing!
In fairness - it sped up a bit. Went from 6% to 90% within a minute
cli seems to avoid the gnome libs but I'm sticking with the Debian
Last edited by elija; 02-11-2010 at 08:07 PM.
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- 02-11-2010 #7
Well it certainly fulfils those criteria
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- 02-12-2010 #9
"Open Mouth, Insert foot"
My bad for assuming you were looking for a minimal desktop instead of true minimalist cli. Sowwy. Sounds then like you hit the nail center on the head. Let us know what actually works out for you.
- 02-12-2010 #10