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I have a netbook without HDD, I think it could be useful for monitoring logs. Do someone know about a light LiveCD, running only a Xserver?

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Should it be really lightweight? What's the hardware in netbook? If you want to use it for a longer time maybe better solution will be some distro installed on USB stick (not LiveUSB). – pbm Jul 7 '11 at 20:17

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Take a look at Tiny Core Linux: http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/welcome.html

It runs in 10M of memory, and has a very sparse install. If you want to go even lighter, you can use Micro Core, which is basically Tiny Core with X, and weighs in at 6M.

If you grab the MultiCore cd, you'll get both systems on the cd.

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