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Hi,

I'm looking for a lightweight linux distribution with Gnome or KDE, some plain text editor, Mozilla and Wine.

I don't want to install a distribution with thousands of programs that I'm not going to use. I just need this to test some Win32 exes on Wine and browse on the internet.

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by:mmartha
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Knoppix
http://www.knoppix.net
"Knoppix is a GNU/Linux distribution that boots and runs completely from cd."

It has Mozilla, wine... About editors, all linux (most of them?) have the vi editor :D
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by:paranoidcookie
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Try debian www.debian.org its go very good stability and your can customise in as much or as little as you want. Otherwise knoppix, slackware slax http://www.slax.org and gentoo are all very customisable.

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by:john_bindas
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If you don't mind waiting a for programs to complie :), a source-based distro can be very lightweight. Only the necessary supporting packages that are needed to make a given application compile and run are installed. You can also further customize the applications at build-time. If you don't want java, for example, your programs are compiled without java support.

Gentoo, www.gentoo.org, is the one of the better source-based distros that I looked at. There are a lot of resource available to help get up and running.
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by:rid
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Take a look at www.yoper.org or www.gobolinux.org - they seem quite lean.
/RID
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by:de2Zotjes
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If you are going to want to use Gnome or KDE we are not talking lightweight distro's. It is a bit like saying you want the windows, but you don't any of the underlying stuff. If you manage to strip out all the graphical stuff even microsoft's OS become lean :-)

Anyway, what you want is a quick install and no hastle. If you have a normal desktop (or mainstream laptop) computer Knoppix is definitely what you want.

The source based stuff is indeed great: It is lean, it is quick, but is a LOT of work to get it all to run. A waste of time if you just want to test some wine compatibility...
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by:paranoidcookie
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You dont have to compile all of gentoo you can download precompiled binaries you still get to choose a smaller amount of untilites I recommend using a more lightwight window manager like wm or fluxbox
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Hi,

I have also been after the same issue, a lightweight distribution that allows me just the essentials and provides me an option to easily install those that I need.

I have been using redhat, then moved to mandrake, then knoppix, then gentoo and again on fedora core 1 and have tested all again and again. I have even found knoppix bulky.


For almost a month back, I have been using UBUNTU linux. It is a debian based distribution, that is very easy to install and installs just the basic of what we do and use in daily day to day job.

It installs kernel 2.6 and gnome 2.8
open office
a few games
wireless cards and sound card supported
installs a mp3 player, and a movie/DVD player
option to check for updates on the wep.
it installs firefox as the default browser
and evolution 2.0 as the email/groupware application


one click packages install and uninstall.

I have moved all our workstations and laptops from fedora and mandrake to ubuntu.
Its just 1 cd that installs everything.


Ubuntu:
http://www.ubuntulinux.org/

gnome 2.8 screenshots:
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/teams/marketing/en/2004/two-eight-screenshots/html/index.html

very light, very sober and highly recommended.



Cheers,

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