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Very basic Linux for educational purposes

I want to play with Linux to better understand how it works. Thus, I am looking for a very basic and small Linux to play with. I tried small Linux distributions (which copy themselves to RAM), but ...
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Linux distributions specifically for non pae CPU and no internet [duplicate]

I will try to word this so that it doesn't sounds like a request for recommendation, but it might not work well. Anyway: I have an old (about 12 years) with Windows XP. 256 mb ram 20 gb ...
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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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OpenBSD stripdown

I recently tried to install OpenBSD to my Soekris net4526, but the 64MB onboard memory is too small. Is there any way to make OpenBSD smaller, because even the smallest configuration (bsd and baseXX....
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Small CLI-only distribution based on Arch or Debian

I've looked at a lot of topics that look like what I'm looking for but aren't quite what I want. To give you some context, my ultimate goal is to have a Vagrant box that can compile some C code and ...
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1answer
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Altering DBAN files to run automatically

I am using DBAN to wipe some of our hard drives, but I want to speed up and simplify the process. Is it possible to modify the files in a manner that the 'autonuke' process runs automatically when ...
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9 Mb Slackware distro - possible?

Is it possible for a slackware distro to be 9 Mb in size, have /bin /dev /var /proc /sys directories completely empty, and have only following content in the rest of the directories: /proc /sbin /...
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Smallest Distro To Compile Code

I am running Windows and I don't have a very big SSD. I want to use Linux in a VM to compile GIMP but I want to keep the VM as small as possible. What is the smallest distro you can use to compile ...
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Best small distro for ROM burning of the system for an embedded system

I am building a specific device and I would like to know what Linux based small distribution would be good when I would choose the put-Linux-on-the-ROM route, so, that the system is not possible to ...
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Making persistent USB with minimal OS on os x

I am looking to turn a 8Gb USB into a bootable drive with a minimal OS. All I want is an OS that will allow me to use vim, nothing else (no internet/any other services). I basically want to turn a USB ...
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What is the most basic version of Linux with a package-manager? [closed]

I'm starting a project where all I really want is a shell with apt-get or something similar. I've searched for small distros, and there are plenty, but I don't need any GUI other than command line. ...
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3answers
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Appropriate 2015 distribution for a 2008 netbook? [closed]

I bought a netbook (Asus EEE PC 1000H, specs here and here) back when it came out in 2008, and installed Debian 4.0 Etch with Gnome. It worked wonderfully well, and served me appropriately for most ...
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What is the smallest Linux distribution by installation size? [closed]

I'm trying to run some experiments with Linux and look for the smallest distribution by installation size. (RAM, CPU doesn't really matter)
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How should can I set up a machine dedicated only to running ZynAddSubFx syntheziser?

I'd like to set up a Linux machine dedicated only to run the soft synth ZynAddSubFx or Yoshimi (and receive midi data for ditto). The synth should start automatically when I switch on the power. I'd ...
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2answers
435 views

Full Linux distro under 50 MB for a business card CD

I need a full Linux distribution for a non-profit activist organisation that can fit on a business card CD. If that's not possible, there is a business card DVD option too with up to 400 MB capacity. ...
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3answers
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Which *nix distro is most lightweight for running virtual machines? [closed]

EDIT: This question was expanded to include other Unix-like distros such as Hurd and BSD. Before anyone wonders, I did read related questions and answers; I think I have a sufficiently unique ...
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What are suitable distros for the Asus EEE PC 701 4G? [closed]

I have an Asus EEE PC 701 4G - one of the original ones - and would like to install a new OS on it. What options are out there? I'm looking for: Easy to use (it's for my parents) Office software ...
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Is there a very small version of Linux which could be filled to own wish?

Is there a mini-Linux, which would be just practically terminal prompt and you could install environment on your own? Including programs, plugins, drivers, DE (desktop environment)? I'm currently ...
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1answer
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Which distributions can have a network installation started from a floppy?

Suppose I have computer with no USB boot option; no CD/DVD drive; an unformatted HDD; and a working connection to the Internet (via a local network segment with a DHCP server etc)... and an FDD. Can ...
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1answer
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CLI only Linux on Intel Celeron 266 MHz

I want to install a CLI only Linux system on an old desktop computer for testing and development purposes. It's an Intel Celeron 266MHz with 64 MB of RAM and 4 GB of HDD, and it doesn't reach the ...
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1answer
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Dedicated-purpose, single application linux boxes

I'm designing an app that will be deployed/installed to a linux machine (perhaps Archlinux, but could be any distro and in fact I would actually prefer something lightweight and inside the Debian ...
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Linux recommendation for old laptop [closed]

I want to install Linux on my old laptop from 2006 February. Primarily I want to use it for lightweight coding and browsing the internet. Software needed: python some web design tools (i have some ...
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1answer
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A Linux Distribution under 8MB RAM?

I have recently acquired for free a laptop from 1995. I haven't tried turning it on yet, (no power cord, should have one soon though), but I noticed that it has 8mb of RAM in it, and I currently have ...
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2answers
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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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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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3answers
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Need small distro without a desktop or windows manager, just to run a single graphical app [duplicate]

I am looking for some help on this from a linux expert. I am very novice when it comes to linux so I am hoping someone can help out. I need a small distro, that is stable. I don't need a full X ...
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6answers
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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 machines,...
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1answer
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Is there any small linux distro for ARM NAS?

I want a small linux distribution, that includes the following open source packages: busybox samba afpd avahi pureftpdftp minidlna transmission I thought, I can compile one from sources, but it's ...
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Smallest Linux/BSD distribution for IPv6 testing?

I'd like to do some IPv6 testing at home, using VirtualBox. I could create a few VMs and leave it at that, but I feel that to really test IPv6 you have to scale up to many nodes. So I wonder: what's ...
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Linux distro to run a MIDI-server on a PII 333 MHz

I am looking for a Linux distro that can be used to redirect MIDI message from the network to the soundboard a TurtleBeach Montego from 1997. Currently the computer is running Windows 98 se and I get ...
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3answers
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Small Linux distro with Ruby

I have been using Puppy Linux for basic Linux needs, however now I would prefer one that has Ruby included, so that it does not have to be downloaded. I would prefer a small distro that can run from ...
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5answers
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Can anyone help me finding a simple *nix distro that can run Wine

I am looking a distro of either Linux or Unix, that is so very limited that I don't even need a desktop or any applications, it's only use would be to run wine. I actually would prefer it didn't ...
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1answer
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Changing the defult directory structure

If I start a new distro (e.g. LFS): How can I change the directory structure? What should I expect after it's ready? (probably can't install most of the packages without modification, right? But, ...
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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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1answer
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TCL vs. DSL vs. TTY vs. Feather - How to choose one over another?

In my search for Linux distros that can run on extremely modest resources, I found the following alternatives: TCL - Tiny Core Linux DSL - Damn Small Linux TTY - ttylinux Feather - Feather Linux ...
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1answer
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Asus Eee Netbook Distribution [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are suitable distros for the Asus EEE PC 701 4G? In our school we have Asus Eee Netbooks working with Lubuntu 11.10. The problem is that we need a new distro, because ...
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What would be a light weight, memory non-intensive distro for virtual server use?

I have come across several posts talking about light weight distros from a general context, but none of them are really hitting the nail on the head for me. Specifically, I have PHP script that I run ...
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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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Looking for small distro (to be installed automatically, with g++ and javac)

I'm looking for linux distro only with comand line and i need in it only g++,javac,python. I found Damn Small Linux but it dont have g++ and javac. It should have it out of the box because linux will ...
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Linux for a writer, running on a Pentium II [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux for low-end hardware and internet browsing My dad has a rather old computer that's just sitting there that I want to repurpose. Now I know could probably get a ...
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1answer
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Lightest Debian Linux Distribution : Console Only - StandAlone (not net install)

Please suggest to me the lightest Debian Linux release with console only (no GUI). Please don't suggest any net install like netinst. I need an ISO of that release which is capable to boot and install ...
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2answers
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Damn Small Linux on EEE PC 901

Has anyone tried to use (either install to HD or LiveUSB) Damn Small Linux on the Asus EEE PC 901 netbook? If so, does it work well? Does it have any problem with the WiFi connection?. I ask because ...
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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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small Linux host for virtual box

Does anybody know a small and simple Linux distribution that contains not much more than the "VirtualBox" program? I'd like to set up a machine that actually needs some kind of graphical display plus ...
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3answers
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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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A Live Linux Distro which is as small as possible (no X, no networking, bash) [duplicate]

I've been trying to find a Linux distribution to fit my needs but I need something that seems to be more minimal then "minimal" distributions (Eg: Microcore Linux) seem to provide. I don't need X, I ...
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How 'safe' is it to use new distributions of linux? [closed]

I hope this is the right place to ask this. I was looking at some new distros of linux that came out fairy recently and I really like their UI. I want to start using one of these but I'm a bit ...
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2answers
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Linux distribution for a netbook with 7-inch display with 800×480 screen resolution [closed]

What distros work well on an eeePC with an 800x480 7-inch non-touch display and a 2GB SSD flash drive? I tried a couple, but they're definitely not optimized for 800x480. I need something for rich ...
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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 'GRUB-REBOOT')...
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Adobe Flash App based Linux Distro

What would be the best way to create a small Linux image that just runs a single Flash SWF on startup (full screen)? Are there distros catered to something like this, or is my best bet manually ...