what is my distro

February 2, 2012 at 10:39:40
Specs: Windows XP/Linux, Intel Dual Core/1GB
Hi
I am looking for a distro and I have following requirements;
1. It should be a full rolling distro.
2. It should be available in minimal iso which contains kernel along with basic system utilities but no gui or any desktop.
3. It should be an independent distro and not based on any other.
4. It should contain a package manager.
Can anyone tell me about a distro which fulfils this requirements?
Regards

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#1
February 2, 2012 at 11:15:08
You're very particular.

Gentoo, I believe, meets your requirements.


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#2
February 2, 2012 at 13:17:58
I'd have to agree that Gentoo may be a good choice.

Debian and Slackware also fulfill that too.

In a basic sense Fedora and Opensuse do as well.

The BSD's would do that also.

OpenSolaris would too. I agree that it is based on Solaris but you'd have to purchase Solaris so the same deal as Fedora and Opensuse would be the same.

Puppy linux may suite the requirements.

Slitaz and Austrumi might also.

But not the least. LFS would be the absolute best if one used their own packaging.

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#3
February 2, 2012 at 14:17:19
LFS is great, and is my main Linux install. Fast as you like.

But it most definitely fails the requirement for a package manager. It is not for the faint-hearted and (IMO) is probably beyond the capabilities of someone who needs to ask the question posed in the OP. I was a bit wary of recommending Gentoo for the same reason, but it does come closest to the stated requirements.

FreeBSD is, I agree, an even closer match (not so sure about Solaris) but I was taking the post to refer to Linux. But rereading it it doesn't actually mention Linux, so I'll add FreeBSD as a second recommendation.


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#4
February 2, 2012 at 15:08:29
FreeBSD does seem aimed at the more serious user, and it would appear to be a good choice:

http://www.freebsd.org

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#5
February 2, 2012 at 15:13:57
And you can use ZFS with FreeBSD. Worth it for that alone.

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#6
February 2, 2012 at 19:49:34
The Gentoo live dvd would give you an idea of what your gentoo build might end up like. Worth a try just to see a nice live dvd. I haven' t tried the latest but the last one was great.

Most of the choices above have some form of live cd or dvd to test.

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#7
February 3, 2012 at 03:42:39
As I heard that Gentoo is source based as portage downloads packages in source form and then compile and install it. So wouldn't the software installation in Gentoo takes a lot of time as compared to RPM or APT?

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#8
February 3, 2012 at 04:46:34
Time wasn't on your original list of criteria. It's a trade-off between getting really up-to-date code that is optimised for your machine and ease of update.

You may wish to review your original list of criteria, taking into account ease of use, ease of update, how long it takes to update, knowledge required, and other factors. The more you refine it the closer you will come, I suspect, to the answer "Ubuntu". Doesn't suit me, but thousands love it.


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#9
February 3, 2012 at 05:14:19
If you want ease-of-use with a little bleeding edge then Linux Mint Debian Edition 2011 may be a consideration: http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1818

Though from original criteria FreeBSD would be a better match !

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#10
February 3, 2012 at 13:32:17
Yes, Gentoo and LFS is a tradeoff between the best tuned system and your time and between using a cookie cutter distro.

Gentoo is a well respected distro.

The BSD's have been work horses for decades. Some of the very biggest internet companies rely on them.

I added in a few that were outside your posts requirements.

I don't see you going way wrong by picking any of the top 30 at distrowatch.com

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