Hello, im a newbie to linux, so first i think i will explain a bit. For those who would rather get to the question, goto the next paragraph :p. Im what you call a minimalist, hell, im still using 133mhz desktops running 98 to do my work :lol: and and as everyone knows, any machine with windows on it is bound for a blue screen in a day or less. Well i like to leave my computer on all night and download things, or encoding home videos(not wise on a 133 :lol:), number crunching... the list can go on... but with windows i must boot down and save progress every morning because i know a blue screen will screw things up, so i decided linux will be the way to go. I knew they were free for download, so i downloaded a mainstream distro. The default mandrake install was WAY too slow and large for me(as xp and any newer os's seem to be). So then i formatted, went and downloaded 4 more distros. The lindows livecd trail w/e wouldnt even boot, but why would i install linux to get back into windows again hehe. anyway, gentoo took WAY too long to compile. slackware and delilinux(minimalist slackware) were the only ones to install right. Since i prefer minimalism and have unneeded "bloat" (thats why i dont upgrade past windows 98 ), I tried the slackware "newbie" install and took off a few things, and install was just under 2 gigs. I then tried with "menu" and deselected almost everthing except stuff like file manager, window maker, compiler. This install was amazingly still 1 gig. Some people might be saying "wtf, who cares".. well compared to windows 98 installs of less then 150mb, thats with all the "basics", this is huge. I currently have 1 gig hdd with windows 98 cabs, photoshop, k-meleon, dirextx, windows installed, a few shells, visual studio + approx. 100mb left over .. so i dont see why kernel + window maker+freex + compiler + file browser = 1 gig
Now for the question, is there a distro that will install only kernel, then allow you to select/download packages you wish, like gcc, a paint program ect. Im sure if some distros can install at 1mb-50mb then the kernel cant be THAT big. Just for reference, how large is there average kernel? the source? I want to try some "minimalist" distros but most are very small, and made for livecd servers only which is not what i want. they say they are geared toward experts so i think i should really stay clear lol. Now there was one called "Damn Small Desktop" or something that was 50mb with all software you need, this sounds great except its mainly for livecd only, you COULD copy to your hard drive but iirc it said soemthing about not allowing any other software to be added, but i could be wrong. So any other hints, distros, guides i could use would be great... i plan on looking in the guides section of the forum later tonight. I also tried to search the forums so i didnt repeat a question, so sorry if i did, and also wasnt sure if here, or "Newbie" section was appropriate(sp).