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Re: [slug] A challenge..
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- Subject: Re: [slug] A challenge..
- From: Roland Turner <raz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu Aug 17 12:36:11 2000
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Steven downing wrote:
> I tried SuSe 6.1 I had lying around, it ran quicker but I prefer Gnome, and
> I had to work hard to get it to fit into 2 gig, god knows what packages I
> got rid of and might want. Deb 2.2 is out and I'm not so afraid of 'getting
> my hands dirty' but after using Linux all of 3 months, am I taking on too
> much? <current front-runner> I know there are others, so sell me on the vitrues!!
You had trouble fitting SuSE onto 2GB? Yikes.
I install Debian in single a 500MB partition. /home and /usr/local (many
more GB) are placed elsewhere (another partition, another machine,
wherever). My Debain installation is not exactly lightweight either: in
addition to the dev tools (C, Java), X, Apache, GNOME and Communicator,
I typically have dozens of packages installed to look at, that I
routinely forget to remove.
So, if the ability to fit onto less that 2GB is important to you, and if
SuSE makes it hard to do so, than I'd suggest Debian as an obvious
choice. (I imagine that RedHat fits likewise, but I am not familiar with
I suspect that the compelling reasons to use SuSE are all of the other
(not open-source) items that they bundle with it. This may explain the
bloat. If you can live without these, then Debian is ideal.
(I won't bore you with the package management virtue, that's been done
at length on this list already.)