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Custom Linux Distro that runs just one program, nothing else

I am wondering how I could go about creating my own "custom" Linux distro that will run just one program, pretty much exactly the same way as XBMCbuntu. I'm not asking for a step by step guide, just ...
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Building a Debian-based Linux Distro Online

susestudio provides an online tool for building one's own Redhat-based Opensuse linux distro. However, I am more of a Debian-based guy. I was wondering of there is a similar website that let's us ...
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How to handle a mass rpmbuild for a new distribution?

How could I define and initiate a mass rpmbuild for a coresystem of a new distro? Which requisites beyond rpmbuild-dir are needed?
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What software allows the change of runtime-environment, while keeping the same kernel running?

I know that with a GNU/Linux distribution you can switch between different distributions at runtime when they use the same kernel or the kernel is compatible between 2 or more different distributions; ...
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What are all of the linux distros? [closed]

I am running Ubuntu currently, but I want to try other linux distros. I am not bored of Ubuntu, but I want to try as many Linux distros as I can. So if anyone knows of a Linux OS just post the name ...
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What goes into a Linux distribution?

My understanding of Linux distributions is that: They are operating systems based on the Linux kernel, and most have default desktop environments, something that is not in the Linux kernel. Fedora ...
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What makes a distribution GNU and are there Linux distributions, that are not GNU? [duplicate]

So GNU/Linux is an operation system, consisting of several programs at a minimum: Linux kenel, gcc, gnu-binutils, Gnome desktop, etc. What makes a Linux distribution GNU? Is it the tools, with which ...
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Can one make a bootable device with several distros of Linux?

I think this question explains itself. But here are some more details anyway: Many Linux distributions have "live USB's" which one can use to try and install that distro. However, that pen must often ...
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How can I reliably get the operating system's name?

Say I am logged into a remote system, how can I know what it's running? On most modern Linuxes (Linuces?), you have the lsb_release command: $ lsb_release -ic Distributor ID: LinuxMint Codename: ...
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How to easily build your own Linux Distro? [duplicate]

I wanted to have a go at creating my very own Linux Distribution. Could you suggest some nice and easy-to-follow tutorials (preferably text based and not videos). I have heard something about Arch ...
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1answer
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How to make mk809III run linux like picuntu?

I bought a mini pc Android stick called "mk809 III" which is quad core and has 2 gig's of ram. I want to make it as my web server with Apache and MySql, to do this I got to install some linux distro ...
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How to get differences between different distributions of linux

I tried out Red Hat, Ubuntu, Kali Linux. While working on them I searched for the difference between the distributions of Linux. One thing I got was the difference in Package Management, (.rpm and ...
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Where are all the Debian ISOs?

I am downloading ISOs for the "wheezy" distribution of Debian Linux for an old AMD box without any Internet. However, the index at http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/7.1.0/i386/iso-cd/ only lists the ...
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Linux-distro with built-in Xen?

Are there any Linux-distros with Xen "built-in" and ready to act as host for virtual-computer out-of-the-box? Alternatively, distros where you can easily select "Xen-host" as an install option? I'm ...
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2answers
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Crunchbang as an optimal OS?

I have a small netbook that I've been using for all of my learning to program/learning to *nix needs. It is pretty underpowered (1gb RAM, 1.66hz processor) and has a dire battery life (under an hour ...
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1answer
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Getting contradictory information regarding the linux distribution

I wanted to check which linux distribution is running on a remote linux box given to me .i have see this answer on super user which says that LSB tools provide this information And then it goes ...
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Linux without any distribution [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to install the linux kernel alone? I had watched the documentary Revolution OS and there is a basic operating System by GNU and the kernel by Linux. Then ...
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2answers
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Checklist for a painless distro-migration for a workstation: what should I keep in mind?

I have long been frustrated and unsatisfied with the setup I have at work. I have been running OpenSuSE 11.3 with great joy, but as it phased out of official existence I tried out 11.4, got lots of ...
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Best distro for programming [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux distribution geared towards developers I don't know if this question qualifies to be a question to be asked here. But can anyone tell me what's the best (linux) ...
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Why is Perl installed by default with most Linux distributions?

Just curious. The title says it all: Why is Perl installed by default with most Linux distributions?
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515 views

Understanding different Linux Distros

I'm having a little bit of confusion when understanding linux based OS's. When I download the newest version of Mint and Ubuntu, aren't they the "same" at their core (kernel)? It just seems that they ...
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1answer
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Regarding the server distributions

I am confused as to what defines a "server" distribution against a normal, desktop distribution. What I mean is that if you wanted a corporate server, you might be able to pick just about any linux ...
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1answer
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Changing linux distro remotely while preserving data

I have a headless Fedora 15 (without GUI) box. With the following partition structure: $ df -T -h Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on rootfs rootfs 49G 2.8G 46G 6% / ...
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1answer
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What are the main differences between those linux distro vs general daily linux we use?

In one hand i have general daily linux: Fedora/CentOS/ArchLinux/Ubuntu. On other hand i have following: eCos FreeRTOS BuildRoot RTEMS openembedded uCLinux Did anyone used those uncommon linux ...
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555 views

Which Linux distribution should I use for a Web server? [closed]

I'm going to set up a webserver at home, but I'm not sure what dist I should use. I have used Linux before but I'm not a proffesional. I've been reading about the differences between some of the ...
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2answers
257 views

Linux flavor for beginners

I bought a new notebook (HP Probook 4530s - i5, 4gb RAM) which has just DOS on it. The idea is to install a flavor of Linux which can serve as an alternative to Windows for my regular work (software ...
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2answers
291 views

GNU/Linux distribution for network virus || malware identification

I'm looking for a GNU/Linux distro that I can install in transparent setup to look for infected hosts on a LAN. I don't need to stop viruses and malwares but only identify them and the host where they ...
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2answers
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Git based package manager/installer for Linux

Is there any linux distro that has a git based package manager/installer. I want something similar to FreeBSD Ports (which is CVS based, I think) or Mac OS X Homebrew (git based).
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Am I in the right direction for a linux os?

I compiled the linux kernel by downloading it from kernel.org, put it on my desktop, and opened up terminal. I changed to the linux-3.2.13 folder, typed mr proper. Then I use "make menuconfig" to ...
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How do you properly fork a Linux distro?

I was wondering, how one would go about creating a Linux distro. LFS seems like overkill, I would rather fork an existing distro. I know there are several "respin" applications, but these only seem to ...
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Does brand/hardware limit the distributions that are safe to run?

I recently tried running Fedora 16 on my laptop and had problems with the fan. In particular, the fan would start, run at full power, and never turn off. I spent a few hours online looking for ...
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1answer
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How do I search for Linux distro build tools?

After having worked through Linux From Scratch, I get the eerie feeling that in practice, this is not how new distros are built. How do I search for tools that other distributions are built with? Is ...
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Is linux.org still maintaining their OS? Who's using it?

There are many distributions of linux, so is linux.org still maintaining their orginal OS? If yes, then why use it when you can get Ubuntu, Debian, Centos, etc?
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Why doesn't uname -a return a useful identifier

I typed the command uname -a into my college's server and got this: 2.6.18-274.3.1.el5 #1 SMP Tue Sep 6 20:14:03 EDT 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux Are they trying to hide the version of Linux that ...
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Which Linux distributions have good screen magnifier software, either freely available, or preinstalled?

Which linux distributions have good screen magnifier software, either freely available, or preinstalled with the OS? Being a visually impaired nerd, I'd like to gain experience on as many platforms ...
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FreeBSD vs Damn Small Linux for a Really Old Machine?

I am doing this just for fun, I have several more powerful machines at hand but thought it would be cool to resurrect an approximately 14 year old machine with a Pentium II processor. I will have to ...
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Linux distribution geared towards developers

I am looking for the best flavor of Linux that would appeal to the developer's side of me. I am a lover of open source and use several different languages. Is there such a thing as a Linux geared ...
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Understanding Linux executable formats and software distribution packages

This kind of question might've already been beaten to death. If so, I'm sorry for beating it some more. I am having trouble understanding Linux executable formats and software distribution packages. ...
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Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu Linux all are open source linux, but what about when i want to make my own brand from that?

I have used Fedora/Ubuntu/CentOS all of them, and they are open source linux, free to all users and free to do almost anything. But i do not get this correctly yet. They are open source, and they ...
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How to write a script that effectively determines distro name?

I saw this post on all the different ways to find out what distro is installed, so I'm trying to write a script that tries them all. The possible commands include: $ cat /etc/lsb-release $ cat ...
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1answer
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Are there any problems if I install an old version of a Linux distro?

I've got a computer with 512 MB of RAM, and a 50 GB hard disk. Question: will I have any problems if I install an old version of Ubuntu, Knoppix, or any other distro? For example: may I have any ...
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Is there a web site to search in the file contents of default installations of different linux distributions?

The text string "Network services, Internet style" is found in the first line of the file /etc/services on a computer running Ubuntu 11.04 erik@laptop:~$ head -1 /etc/services # Network services, ...
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2answers
591 views

Classification of Linux distributions

What criteria distinguishes various distributions of Linux, such as Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE? In other words, given a release of a Linux OS, what features mean it is classified into one ...
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378 views

minimal graphic requirements linux distribution

Which modern distribuition of linux has minimal graphic requirements? My graphic card has only 64MB of memory.
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How to determine distribution from command line? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bash: Get Distribution Name and Version Number Given (root) access to a machine with Linux through the command line(over ssh), how can I determine which distribution is ...
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5answers
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How to start a new Linux distro?

Some of my friends and I are interested in starting a new Linux distro. How do we do that? What do we need to plan? Backstory I represent a community of Linux sysadmins/implementors whose special ...
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3answers
272 views

Turning an old computer into a network firewall

I have an old Dell Dimension with two ethernet cards, and I need to turn it into a firewall. I've tried FireStarter and IPCop, but I don't think I'm setting them up right. Here's the setup that I'm ...
5
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3answers
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Why does one linux distro run hotter than another on laptop?

I had been using Arch Linux 64 bit on a Gateway P6860FX for about two years, and recently switched to Ubuntu (also 64 bit). When I type on the keyboard, my left hand feels a lot more warmth than ...
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477 views

What Linux distribution(s) contribute the most development to the GNOME project?

If I plan to contribute to the GNOME project, am I advised to use THAT distribution as my primary development platform or does my choice remain a simple matter of taste? EDIT: I'm a Linux user and my ...
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3answers
463 views

Open Source router firmware options?

What distro's exist that are designed for routers? Please include the following link to the project page link to supported hardware list what distinguishes them, why pick this option friendly web ...