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Thread: How many run Linux on their car PC?

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    what are your boot times on that?

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    Zipslack is not just a small slackware. It is a basic version of slackware compressed as zip to be installed on a FAT filesystem. You might as well install slackware and just be carefull with not selecting to much packages, same effect.

    But to give linux a try zipslack is great because you don't need a free partition. It can be installed in a directory on a FAT partition. It is booted from pure DOS.

    So for a carputer i sugest you use slackware.

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    I think I might go with Slack. I was trying Debian today, and it was at about 220MB once I installed the GUI stuff (Blackbox and X) so it's too big for what I really want.. I downloaded Slackware tonight, and I'll give it a shot tomorrow
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    what about gentoo?? you should beable to get that pretty small and custom as well. WIth the kernel being compiled at installation and what not.

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    Yes, I was looking at Gentoo as well But since I don't have the CD yet, I'll try Slack. I currently have it installed on a 256MB partition, with complete X support, and Blackbox.
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    Is that straight off the slack CD? Or did you recompile the kernel to how you wanted it? Once you get done with all your experimentation, LMK which distro you liked the best.

    Are you going to run Freevo? Or, what are you planning on using for a frontend?

    And which one did you think was faster, slack or Debian? I also am curious to find which will be the fastest booting

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    System in progress:
    New install in progress...

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    Right off the CD. I am going to install again and compile kernel and all.
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    Stripping a linux install (in short)

    First of all, do an ‘expert’ install and try to keep it minimal.

    Don’t install KDE or Gnome, they are BIG. Use a lighter/smaller one, fvwm, twm for instance. Offcourse don’t install any GUI stuff when not using a graphical screen.

    Leave out any fancy stuff, you can always install it later.

    Use a free partition. Create a filesystem on it. Make a new directory. Mount the partition. Create the linux root structure in it and use that to copy all your files to. This will be the root partition of your ‘new’distro.

    Recompiling your kernel won’t bring you much. You should determine which kernel modules are needed and you should remove those that are not needed form /lib/modules/. You will discover that there are a lot of them….

    Libraries. Make a list of all the executables your are going to use. Use ldd on each of them to determine which libraries your need. The rest can be left out. Libraries can be found in /lib/ and /usr/lib/ and in /usr/local/lib/.

    Only copy the needed executables from /bin/, /sbin/, /usr/bin/, /usr/bin/, /usr/local/bin/ and /usr/local/sbin/.

    Man pages and other installed documentation, throw it away and use google…

    This is how I started, later I replaced standard executables by smaller ones: no bash but busybow, no login, getty but tinylogin. I also stripped glibc. Mor info at my website.

    Hope this helps!

    P.S. Maybe this is a very rude way to make your own distro but you will learn much of it.
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    That helps a lot for me! Thank you! I'll be giveing it a shot tonight.

    Question tho. Once I have it all installed and my new sources compiled, can I remove things like g++/gcc/make/etc? I won't be needing them for runtime, right?
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