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    How is the music browsing setup in Freevo? I would be very interested in using that. Thanks for the linkage!

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    Originally posted by SiGmA_X
    jospfh - What do you mean by customizing the Slackware? I was planning on just running flat Debian, with upgrades of course (Kernel, software, etc). I use Debian on my comp system.. How did you go about installing your OS on a 8MB CF card?
    I basically made a new OS and copied some things form slackware 8.1.
    - compiled a new kernel and only the few modules needed for my hardware.
    - used busybox instead of bash and all the seperate ls, cat, etc programs.
    - used the tiny login package instead of the normal login tools.
    - shrinked libc from 1.2 Mb to about 650 Kb.
    - use ldd to determine libraies neede for the executables you use.
    - in general use small stuff.

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    I guess I am newer to Linux then I thought.. Kernels are easy, but all this selecting packages.. How do you select them to that much detail? Can you message me on a messanger? (Check my profile..)

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    One of the ones I'm looking at http://www.slackware.com/zipslack/

    Slackware seems to be a nice minimal install

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    I can get Debian into that much space.. I am currently re-compiling the kernel (On a full install, of course) so I will be able to demo a 256MB install, with a GUI. Once I get that, I will be ready for the CF install
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    Well, tried freepia. Didnt work for me cause I dont have an EPIA-M. Guess i'll try an install of zip slack. I really just want to try the Freevo..Does anyone know of anothe cdrom bootable disto with Freevo bundled??


    EDIT: I was reading about zipslack. Does it not have a GUI? From the reading it does not appear to. Just a console. Are there any other small distros, like freepia? I do have a copy of Mandrake 9 here. How do you think that would work?

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    I did an install of MDK9, and installed Freevo. And I must say im hooked!! That is a sweet piece of software. Better than anything available on the PC now for in-car (or htpc) use. MDK9 got down to about 270 or so mb with minimal packages. But should I do Slack instead?

    And how are the boot times on linux? Would it be better than 98 lite?

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    Unrealer33 - No flavor of Linux has a GUI built in. Some include them with their packages, but Linux does not have a std GUI. You can use Fluxbox, Blackbox, KDE, etc as your GUI, which are all really easy to use. I am working on my Debian skillz. I should have it down to under 128MB by tonight!
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    yea, well thats what i meant. A distro with a window manager packaged.

    I found this distro http://www.ibiblio.org/vectorlinux/ Based on slack. Anyone heard of it? ISO is only 225 mb.

    When you get your custom linux distro finished are you going to put it up for D/L, and/or post instructions on what I need to do to duplicate it?

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    Mine? It's not really custom... It's just striped Debian, with an (optional, I'm doing it of course) striped kernel. Yeah I guess I could put up the commands to remove the bloat. It's not going to fit onto an 8MB card, I am not that good at Linux, but I think that it should fit on to a 128MB card and have a GUI... That is the goal at least!

    BTW, I would really like to talk to anyone using Linux on their CarPC, or anyone who has experience removing the general bloat from Linux (Yeah, that is a term used in Windows... I mean the extra packages )
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