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1st question - How much space does ubuntu 10.10 x64 take up on a fresh install?

2nd question - What's the most windows-like linux OS that takes up the least amount of space?
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ubuntu 10.10, is under 2 gigs on a fresh install, kubuntu would be the most windows like, about the same install profile, maybe a bit more.
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whats the goal for using a small distro j/w have something like this in my mind too was interested to see what your using it for

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My Ubuntu 10.10 x64 Server fits and runs easily on a 4 GB CF card.
Some sort of GUI would undoubtedly add to the space taken but it would not exceed the capacity of the card.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by transhour View Post
ubuntu 10.10, is under 2 gigs on a fresh install, kubuntu would be the most windows like, about the same install profile, maybe a bit more.
Okay, that seems pretty damn low. We'll see what other responses I get.

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whats the goal for using a small distro j/w have something like this in my mind too was interested to see what your using it for

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Uhh....Just want a secondary OS with a nice GUI. I will potentially use it for coding in unix.

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Originally Posted by beers View Post
My Ubuntu 11.04 x64 Server fits and runs easily on a 4 GB CF card.
Some sort of GUI would undoubtedly add to the space taken but it would not exceed the capacity of the card.
Ah, maybe too big.


I'm currently just running putty to do my unix coding for school but if having a secondary OS isn't costly to my ssd's size on my netbook, I want to do it.
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I'd give Crunchbang a try, it's quite small, and very light. It should absolutely fly on your netbook.

Crunchbang is based on Ubuntu, but trimmed down. Of course, there's also Ubuntu Netbook Edition.
    
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post #7 of 28
Well, Damn Small Linux is less than 50mb, but it's....sparse.
Puppy is another shout, that's less than 150mb and much nicer than DSL, but still not that "windows-like".

"Windows-like" is a pretty vague description, Linux isn't Windows, and none of the desktop environments behave the same as Windows either. Exactly what are you looking for in terms of "Windows-like"?

Oh, and LiveCDs & DVDs don't use any space at all.......

Edit: You could try Xubuntu, then install this theme. I haven't used that theme, but used to run Xubuntu on my netbook before UNR came out, and it ran ok
Edited by chemicalfan - 2/23/11 at 7:12am
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Quote:
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I'd give Crunchbang a try, it's quite small, and very light. It should absolutely fly on your netbook.

Crunchbang is based on Ubuntu, but trimmed down. Of course, there's also Ubuntu Netbook Edition.
i second crunchbang its quite impressive for a little light weight... install is less than 3gb and on my vm i run for school it takes 45mb of ram on start up, my home machine takes like 100 or 150ish though lol so it can get a little more robust depending on what you want to do...

one problem with the quoted statement though, its based on debian not ubuntu it even uses the debian squeeze kernal and the debian repositories.... saying its based off of ubuntu is an out right insult, debian never gets any credit

ive also tried damn small linux, that was pretty cool just for an ultra light little 50mb iso... and ive tried puppy linux... puppy linux was about 100mb iso when i checked it out, and was really good about live disc features while being fairly easy to use for a super minimalistic distro

if you are going live disc, check out puppy linux to see what it does... you can save files to your hard drive and save your config to your hard drive and stuff and use all taht stuff every time you boot from a disc or usb with puppy linux, if you are going an actual system install crunchbang would do ya well just because its a little more full featured while still being relatively light weight...

the problem though, you arent really gonna get a nice os for under 2gb... the minimalistic ones are tiny, but they arent the easiest to use and lack some features that would be kinda difficult to put in... if you are short on hard drive space, consider installing to a usb can pick up an 8gb usb for dirt cheap these days and that would hold just about any linux install you want (aside from the ridiculous dvd sized ones)

NOTE: got my vm of #! up right now, 2.30gb hard drive space used, 46mb of ram... hard drive space doesnt go up so fast, but the ram usage spikes up pretty fast once you start loading programs (duh)
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I'll vote against Crunchbang - it's not at all like Windows. It's not even like a Mac, it's pretty unique (in a typical Flux/Openbox user un-friendly way). It is lightweight though, but I could never get on with it. In defense of citruspers, Crunchbang was based on Ubuntu until the latest release, which only came out a few weeks ago.

To keep the size down, you'd probably need to look at Arch or Debian (minimal) - not for the faint-hearted! I'd suggest having a go in a Virtualbox with Debian minimal running an XFCE desktop (and that theme I posted earlier), see how you get on. If you get stuck installing it, stick a post on here and people will help you out
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When I say "like windows" I basically mean for it to just have a GUI that's easy to follow like windows. I've used Ubuntu before and I like it. I wanted to try out Ubuntu Netbook Edition but there isn't a 64 bit version and I have 6 gigs of RAM...
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