K.S. Bhaskar on 19 Mar 2008 12:09:23 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Linux distribution for virtuous machines

On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 9:17 PM, JP Vossen <jp@jpsdomain.org> wrote:
> > Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 19:17:03 -0400
>  > From: "K.S. Bhaskar" <bhaskar@bhaskars.com>
>  > Subject: [PLUG] Linux distribution for virtuous machines
> >
>  > What is a good Linux distribution to use for building virtual
>  > machines?  I previously used DSL (damnsmalllinux.org), but I need a
>  > 2.6 kernel and a more contemporary selection of packages.  VM size is
>  > important - both Debian Stable and Ubuntu server VMs are bigger than
>  > DSL, but I don't need a graphical desktop - just character mode.  Any
>  > recommendations on distros I can use to get me a small character mode
>  > VM with a 2.6 kernel?
>  Have you tried doing a *minimal* Debian install?  Unlike Red Hat, Debian
>  understand what "minimal" means.  The way I do it is when you get to the
>  tool that selects packages (I forget which incarnation of which tool is
>  used in the installer), just exit it.  Very little is installed, not
>  even SSH!  From there I simply aptitude install whatever I need.  That
>  gives you all of the stability, and l33tness of Debian, along with it's,
>  errr, timeliness <ducks>.  IIRC a minimal Etch was < 300M.

[KSB] My minimal etch came to 387MB.  Next step is to see what I can get rid of

Thanks to all for the comments.

-- Bhaskar
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