[Beowulf] Streamlined standard Linux installation

Alan Ward award at uda.ad
Fri Oct 3 11:06:02 PDT 2008


Several days ago there was a thread on using a streamlined standard Linux distribution. These days I have been fiddling with the new Debian Lenny version (still beta, but it seems not for long). 

A "no frills, no X" install with vi, aptitude and a few other rescue tools fits comfortably into about 300 Mbytes on an old USB pendrive. Setting a maximum of 512 MBytes for a basic cluster node setup seems feasable for some applications. 

Boot time from GRUB to login prompt is 22s on a 6-year-old Celeron laptop.

And no - no OpenOffice on this one! ;-)

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