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Need minimal linux distro, with install size less atmost 250 - 300 mb

I need a distro of Linux which occupies 250-300 MB of hard drive space. It should be able to run C programs (NOT COMPILE!! just execute)... and must be compatible with grub2 (NEED TO USE ...
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Which FreeBSD version or ISO for Dell R310?

When I try to install FreeBSD I always get confused as to which iso is the correct one for Rack mounted servers. In their download choices, there are too many versions of FreeBSD Which one is the ...
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Which of the bigger distributions offers the latest updates?

I am currently using Ubuntu and I appreciate the big community, the Software Center and the fact that it's very easy to use. But additionally I'd like to have the latest updates, like e.g. LibreOffice ...
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Linux Distro and Media Server Software choice

I'm going to be building a computer and setting it up as a media center for the guys I live with. The things I would like it to do are show up in iTunes as a shared library, and probably be able to ...
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Which linux distro is good as a VPS in parallels? [closed]

I will use Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for virtualization and have a good server machine. Which linux distro is good to use? I am new at parallels and vps. I have CentOS 5, Debian 5.0 Lenny and ...
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Which GNU/Linux distribution for a 12-year old system?

I have a 12-year old Toshiba Libretto laptop with a Transmeta Crusoe Processor TM 5600 running at about 600 MHz, 128 MB RAM and S3 Savage graphics. Which Ubuntu (or any other GNU/Linux based ...
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Why would someone choose FreeBSD over Linux? [closed]

Why would someone choose FreeBSD over Linux? What are the advantages of FreeBSD compared to Linux? (My shared hosting provider uses FreeBSD.)
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Gentoo versus Funtoo [closed]

I've heard that Funtoo is a somewhat improved version of Gentoo, but I haven't been able to find any concrete sources for this. Funtoo's website says this: Funtoo Linux features native UTF-8 ...
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Live Linux CD/DVD with Bittorrent client, Java, Flash, VLC?

I'm looking for a live CD distribution that offers me fully featured environment for using Internet and OpenOffice (or some other office app compatible with M$ Word). I thought about installing a ...
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Which live USB distribution offers selective persistence?

I'm looking for a live USB Linux distribution that would offer semi-persistent functionality. What I mean by that - normally the system should work in a non-persistent mode (read-only) and no writes ...
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What is a good desktop *nix aside from Linux, *BSD, and OS X?

What other common or semi-common or simply not super-rare *nixes are there in desktop use aside from distributions of Linux, various BSDs and Mac OS X?
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Good OpenWRT alternative? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Open Source router firmware options? I own an ASUS wl-520gU (4 LAN, 1 WAN, WiFi, 1 USB, 4mb flash rom, 16mb ram. Broadcom BCM5354 @ 240). I am going to use it as a ...
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What distro for this task?

Requirements: firewall internet connection sharing DHCP server Freenet (Sun Java) torrent Samba SSH server Take up as little RAM as possible. Must be 100% usable in console (remotely over ssh). ...
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Linux on pendrive? Which distro to use? [closed]

Terms regarding the OS: Must be installed on pendrive It must contain software for office use Need to save files, GUI settings on it (auto) So I'm not searching for a LiveCD. What could be the ...
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perfect distro for an old mac desktop (ppc g3) (320mb ram)

I have on old mac desktop: Power PC G3 (300MHz) 320 MB Ram I want to use it for browsing the internet and playing videos. What distro should I use?
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Good distribution for Gnome shell

With Ubuntu pushing Unity, what distribution would you recommend if I just want to run Gnome 3 with the new Gnome shell? Personally, I'm interested in distributions which have the polish and support ...
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Need advice to install Unix-like OS on my Laptop

I'm a CS undergraduate, and I'm a newbie to the Unix-like OSs. We used Fedora in our labs, but I've not mastered it. I've installed Windows 7 on my laptop and I want to install this Unix-based OS. ...
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Advantages of Debian over Ubuntu

What are the main advantages of using Debian instead of Ubuntu?
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Distro recommendation for “Out The Box Multi Touch Tablet Support”

I have a Dell Inspiron Duo - The tablet netbook, the 1090. It's beautiful, and I want to get the most out of it. I don't mind digging deep into a distro and installing patches and such to get ...
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looking for light weight Linux for a old 104 pc [closed]

I am looking for a light weight Linux for a PC that runs at 200 Mhz with 256 Megs of RAM. I was thinking maybe Lubuntu, as the system requirements state it needs at least a Pentium 2 generation with ...
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Which is better for product level web server: RHEL/Ubuntu Server/Debian/CentOS

We are planning to setup a linux based web hosting solution, which should include an HTTP server, SMTP server, mongoDB and Java. We want to understand which distribution is better for this purpose. ...
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Looking for tools to build minimal linux desktop

Increasingly I am dissatisfied by the fact, that configuring my linux desktop usually means removing bloat instead of adding and tweaking features. I have come to the conclusion that I would rather ...
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Ubuntu vs Debian for server

What would be a better choice for a web server, Debian or Ubuntu? I mainly use Python & PostgreSQL with Nginx and sometimes PHP & MySQL. What are pros/cons of each?
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What is a free, small Unix/Linux OS? [closed]

I have a spare machine with an 80GB HDD and 512 MB RAM. I want to try a Linux distro that's very small (and free too). What should I try?
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Which distro should I switch to?

I've been an Ubuntu user for quite a few years now. However, with the recent release of Gnome 3, and with Ubuntu not going to include it by default, instead including its own customizations (such as ...
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Make minimal linux disk live

I was wondering if anyone had a minimal Linux system with nothing but the bare minimum to boot. Is there any tutorials on the web, I couldn't seem to find any.
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Looking for a Linux distro with specific window related features

I have been looking for the past few days, I need these features: Docking a window on any side of a desktop expands it to fit half/a quarter of the space Resizing and moving windows must be very ...
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linux distro that's lightweight & works in seamless mode for commandline use on VirtualBox

Currently, I'm doing web development on my windows machine. Some projects are just easier to run on Linux (like Node.js.) I only need the commandline, so I run Ubuntu in seamless mode. I don't need ...
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The Right Distro for text-based needs

I'm searching for the right Linux Distro. My four current ideas are: Gentoo Grml Arch Debian But I'm absoluty open to more alternatives. Now a little bit more about my needs: I want it to be ...
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Are there any Linux distros aimed specifically at being Linux tutorials?

Are there any Linux distributions that come pre-loaded with hands-on, guided tutorials or other learning software aimed at teaching a new user how to work with Linux? I'm aware that some distros are ...
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Looking for a distro with GUI fit for Windows 98 PCs

I have a Windows 98 computer that we still use (the hardware works just fine, but Windows is becoming a bit flaky and I'd rather go problem hunting and solving with Linux rather than Win98). I'm ...
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Centos or Scientific Linux

When I need to create a new server I've always chosen Centos mainly for it's compatibility with Red Hat which i consider the standard de-facto for the general purpose linux server. Now the problem is ...
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Recommend a Linux Distribution for my use

I have no experience with Linux. I'm looking for a distribution which is beginner friendly. Ubuntu looks great. My usage for this system will include web development, and possibly application ...
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Need Advice: What Linux distro should I install on an old PowerPC Mac

I'm trying to set up my brother (who has a PPC Mac, with 1 ghz processor and 256 ram) with a Linux distro that would allow him to surf the web on the device. Support has faded for the new browsers, ...
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Linux distribution for the AMD Geode LX 800 (i586) [closed]

The manufacturer recommendfs RH9 (ugh) and many of the google search hits come up with comments from 2006/7 which detail xorg problems with the AMD video driver and I'm hoping someone here has had ...
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Lightweight custom linux build

I am looking for a Linux build that takes up very little memory to boot up. I don't need any of the UI modules. I need help on choosing from the ones currently available or pointers on building my ...
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Linux Distro for use as Wireless Infrastructure Basestation

I am looking for some input on how to get a linux distro rolling that will be suitable for use as a wireless basestation. Now, there are the router firmware projects OpenWRT and DDWRT which are both ...
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Straightforward Linux Clustering

We have many unused PC machines and we would like to use them to set up educational lab for high performance computing applications. Which Linux distribution is the most convenient to set up and easy ...
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Distro- lightweight and easy to install

Ubuntu was too slow on my computer and Arch installation had many problems too. Which distro do you recommend to me that's lightweight as well as easy to install?
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Distribution recommendation for a multiseat setup using dual-head and supporting direct rendering

I have two keyboards, mice and monitors and a ATI Radeon HD 4290 onboard a ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 mainboard. Can you recommend a distribution or livecd that supports the GPU and offers easy means to ...
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Where on the Web can I find a comprehensive list of rolling-release Linux distros?

I'm asking as I've looked for such & can't find a comprehensive list. Feel free to post any less-well-known rolling distros, but I'm really looking for a comprehensive list. I'm thinking of ...
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Would anyone like to help me start a Wikipedia page “List of rolling release Linux Distribustions”? [closed]

I can't find a definitive list of rolling distros any where on the web. DistroWatch doesn't have one, though I posted a comment suggesting they add such or label rolling releases and the type of ...
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Linux distribution that offers a good KDE experience

I have been a Gnome user for years (8 years), and I'm looking for recommendations and comparisons of Linux distributions that offers good KDE integration/experience. Some details to mention: the ...
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Which minimal but extendable Linux distribution to choose

I need an extendable Linux distribution which I can easily reduce in size so much that it fits into a 64 mb CF card. In this stripped version it will run on a Via C7 and needed is Kernel, ...
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What distributions work out of the box with tablet computers?

I recently got my hands on a tablet computer. I tend to at least dual boot my systems. While doing some research about tablet computing and *nix most of the information was from the 2004-2008 era ...
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What is the smallest possible Linux implementation?

What are the bare minimum components for a Linux OS to be functional, and that I can use as a base to expand and improve as I learn Linux and my understanding and needs grow?
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Linux for low-end hardware and internet browsing

I'm going to host an event where we have ~15 computers with low-end hardware. I think the computers got 256 MBs of RAM, 5 GB of storage and a 300 MHz Intel CPU. We've been running DSL on the ...
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Which BSD to start with?

So I've been a linux user since June 2008. My first distro was Ubuntu. I've tried OpenSuSE, Fedora, Mandriva, Linux Mint, Puppy Linux, Damn Small Linux and Arch Linux, and I was thinking about giving ...
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How do you choose a distribution? [closed]

I'm currently looking at putting a Linux (although BSD is still an option) distribution on my old laptop. However, I'm not sure how to wade through all of my options - rolling releases versus not, ...
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Good distro for a VM?

I want a lightweight Linux VM that I can run with VirtualBox on Windows so I can test how to deploy PHP apps, Mono apps, etc. I don't need the UI and was thinking of going with the Ubuntu server ISO. ...