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Looking for recommendations for an embedded Debian based distro

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I'm looking for a distro that is based off Debian that has a small foot print. I'm not totally up on building a distro by myself, but I'm sure there is something out there that will allow me to run Linux and a few simple command prompt only programs (ie no GUI at all) from an 800MHz based Vortex86DX CPU. Basically I'm going to be using a CPU from Tri-M technologies, the VDX104, with a 2-4GB compact flash drive and I'd like to get something that can boot up and run with full wired (no need for wireless) network ability, SSH, multiple serial ports and USB ports, and will control other analog and digital IO.

I've messed with Voyage Linux, but that seems to take forever to boot up from a compact flash drive (at least a good 90 seconds). I'd really like to keep the boot up time to a minimum. By way of comparison, I can boot to a DOS prompt on that VDX104 in less than 20 seconds from a cold power on.

Again, I'd like to stay with Debian.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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You could just use Debian. The "netinstall" ISO comes with almost nothing but the core system utilities. Everything else that gets installed you have to select from a menu during the install process. Just deselect the GUI environment and the install won't download it. After that you will just have a command line only version of debian.
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I agree with frozne, if you want Debian based, then just go with Debian. Else, if you want anything smaller, you'd have to go even more barebones.
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  • DSL (Damn Small Linux); pretty much a dead project these days so you might not gain anything with this being Debian based
  • Debian; do a 'minimal' install
  • Crunch Bang
  • Tiny Core Linux; not Debian based, but only takes up between 8MB and 64MB depending on the packages you run. So might be worth a look if the above are too 'beefy'.

Edit, if you want someone with the performance of DOS, then you cannot have anything Debian based. You'd need something running Busybox, like Tiny Core
Edited by Plan9 - 10/11/12 at 7:33am
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Originally Posted by frozne View Post

You could just use Debian. The "netinstall" ISO comes with almost nothing but the core system utilities. Everything else that gets installed you have to select from a menu during the install process. Just deselect the GUI environment and the install won't download it. After that you will just have a command line only version of debian.

Ok, I'll try that.

I take it I should look at the "Tiny CDs, USB sticks, etc." section?

When I go there, and select i386, it throws me to a link that I'm just not seeing the ISO file to download. Is it the boot.img.gz file by chance?
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Ok, I'll try that.
I take it I should look at the "Tiny CDs, USB sticks, etc." section?
When I go there, and select i386, it throws me to a link that I'm just not seeing the ISO file to download. Is it the boot.img.gz file by chance?

http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/6.0.6/i386/iso-cd/

http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/6.0.6/i386/iso-cd/debian-6.0.6-i386-netinst.iso
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Thanks a ton. I'm having a "Senior Moment" today. biggrin.gif

+Rep to everyone for the help
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