[oclug]brownie points to mandrake
shad.young at sympatico.ca
Wed Jan 8 10:29:38 EST 2003
After the SuSE 8.1 trial, I restored the system back to my beloved
Mandrake and decided this time to see how small I could make the system
without breaking any dependencies and including a nearly complete set of
test servers/productivity apps, both major WMs, and development tools
Let me start by saying, Mandrake's minimum install (using their
installers) is smaller than SuSE 8.1. In fact it is so small, I had a
fully working X and KDE in under 320mb. This is smaller than Win98SE
after updates and SuSE 8.1 is up to 300mb w/o X.
Needless to say the system is not very usable at this point, but neither
is Windows. After installing all of the applications I wanted, including
games and multimedia, updating the system and adding third party SW not
included with the distro, total install size (not including /home, /swap
or /boot, but including /var) is 1.43 gig. This is smaller than XP by a
factor of 2 yet containing nearly double the number of applications.
I also discovered that the lists in the MDK CP installer are not equal.
When you select alphabetical sort about 1000 more apps show up,
including some tools I had never seen before and some I thought had gone
missing. Discovering Kedutainment was cool. Been practicing my touch
typing ... f f j j f j f f j heh heh.
There is still some garbage software installed, stuff I will never use
and do not need, but again I was trying not to break any dependencies.
Things like 10 mb of fax SW simply because KDE-Utils depends on them and
such. The main problem is it is very time consuming to install a system
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