[nycbug-talk] BSD on the <$100 laptop?
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Mon Apr 10 18:51:04 EDT 2006
On Apr 10, 2006, at 11:52 AM, Pete Wright wrote:
> ok, i'm gonna play devils advocate here. what exactly does he mean by
> "linux has gotten too fat"? if he is refering to the kernel (which is
> all that linux really is) you can strip out anything you want...sorta
> easilly, to create a lean image. is he refering to a specific
> linux distro?
> debian is actually quite small IMO, and can be stripped easilly as
> ...as can slackware. i'll have to dig around and find exactly what he
> is talking about here.
Thats not being devils advocate, thats being completely reasonable -
and the original comment that linux is 'too fat' sounds pointed and ,
The common linux distros are 'fat' - but they're fat for 2 reasons:
a- they take a kitchen sink mentality -- they come with virtually
everything under the sun available as a package/port
b- they ship with every damn driver near imaginable
That refers to the disk and the kernel - Pete is dead on, you can
pretty much strip out anything under the sun
Knoppix , the debian distro, is tailored down to 700mb and has just
about everything someone would need - and then some. last i checked,
there were some 100-200mb versions of it that still had all the
basics. the bulk of it is hardware detection stuff too - given that
OLPC is going to be pretty standardized, thats a ton of drivers that
aren't needed. ( knoppix.net )
FeatherLinux is the knoppix remaster thats ~128mb ( http://
and Damn Small linux is ~50mb and has , surprisingly, a ton of stuff
( damnsmalllinux.org )
I don't know if there are any FreeBSD things that are compatible.
I've used some pen-drive ones to do a router-on-a-usb-key in an
emergency, but I haven't seen a stripped down live-cd or equivalent
that included a GUI - most seem console oriented, but I'm sure there
My point is that Linux/FreeBSD is as small or as large as you want
your installation to be. It can be 120mb or 12gb , depending on what
you want - and given that the hardware specs can be pretty much
controlled - it should make things way easier.
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