[Beowulf] Streamlined standard Linux installation

Bruno Coutinho coutinho at dcc.ufmg.br
Fri Oct 3 12:06:13 PDT 2008


2008/10/3 Alan Ward <award at uda.ad>

>
> Hi.
>
> 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.
>
On ubuntu server you can get less. Thanks to upstart.
The only problem is that login screen gets polluted with starting services
output.

>
> And no - no OpenOffice on this one! ;-)
>
> Cheers,
> -Alan
>
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