Debian :: Best Small -600mb Frugal Debian Or Debian-based Distro's?

Jul 17, 2009

I know of 3 at least so far Sidux and GRML and DRBL are there any others that are based on stabel or sid? or what? frugal as in like puppy, tinycore, dsl, etc nomadic like, usb, hd, etc?

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Debian :: How To Make A Debian-based Distro Like Pinguy OS

May 29, 2011

Anyone know how to make a distro like Pinguy OS? How do I rebrand it and add stuff like Pinguy OS. Or should I base it on Pinguy OS and remove stuff I don't want in Pinguy OS.

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Debian :: Criteria For A Debian Based Distro

Dec 8, 2009

The most recent flavour of Linux I've been using has been Sidux, but the update cycle in sid is a little too fast for my liking.

What I'm looking for:
- Debian Based

- KDE 4.X

- Ideally it would still be able to use debian archives (ie like sidux)

- Updates less often than sid, so you aren't a long way behind if you miss a week, but often enough to still have up to date versions of software.

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Debian :: Reinstall - Debian-based Distro ?

May 27, 2010

I need to reinstall my distro, MEPIS, but--mostly just because I feel restless--I'd like to try another Debian-based distro. It has to be Debian-based because I'm comfortable enough with apt-get that I don't want to learn another package management system; and I want to avoid Ubuntu and distros based on it, because I've long since decided I don't like the decreased user control in Ubuntu. What are my choices? If I want to leave MEPIS and don't want Ubuntu, I don't really know what there is other than Debian itself. I don't know if I feel like tolerating the supposedly greater difficulty of Debian, but I would otherwise expect to feel at home in it, since MEPIS is based on it. And does the Debian Project still make a version small enough to fit on one CD?

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General :: Distro Should Use, Rpm Based Or Debian Based?

Feb 2, 2011

what distro should i use, rpm based or debian based?

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General :: How To Make A Debian Based Distro

Aug 2, 2011

Ubuntu, Knoppix, etc are based on Debian.
What does that mean. How I can make my own distro based on debian.

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General :: KDE Distro Based On Debian That Is As Good As OpenSUSE ?

May 10, 2010

All my friends say, OpenSuse is the best distro. I have tried it, but I just can't make it work for me. I have a lot of problems touchpad not working properly, wireless, it crashes. It looks good, but I need a distro which will work on my dell Vostro 1700. I have found Ubuntu (gnome) best for my laptop, but I would like to try (KDE) something more polished like OpenSuse. A distro which works like a charm.

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General :: Lightweight Distro Based On Debian - Ubuntu

Aug 7, 2010

I have an old Dell cpt500 laptop with a 4 gig hard drive, I am looking to install a lightweight distro based on Debian/Ubuntu.

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Debian :: Debian Live - How To Make A Small Distribution

Jul 31, 2009

I have a mini-ITX based system with a 256Mb Flash Drive and 256Mb of RAM.

I aim to use it for the following applications:
Samba Server
Basic Web Server
File based Wiki (perhaps Dokuwiki)
Package Management (to easily add other software as required)

I don't need any X based software or Desktop.

I was hoping to create a Debian Live distribution and run the whole operating system either from a Read Only file system or from RAM.

However (after connecting a standard HDD) and installing basic Debian along with the packages I require (and their dependencies) the filesystem is already over 1Gb in size.

Is there any way this can be reduced drastically in size? Is Debian Live the best way of achieving what I want? Something like Puppy Linux is much smaller in size but I don't want something with such an emphasis on having a Desktop environment which I don't need.

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Software :: Debian's And Debian Based Distros With Disk Space - Burn Video On Hard Drive

Aug 13, 2010

Debian and debian based distros issue has a issue that has come to make it self aware to me when I was trying to burn a video on my hard drive with braseo and it won't let me burn more than 4.4 gigs to a dvd with 4.7 gigs of free space even a file that is over the 4.4 gig limit by a megabyte with windows i didn't have this problem. One more thing I have 16 gig flash drive and on debian and debian based distros i can only use 13.1 gigs of it but on fedora I can use all 16 gigs.

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Debian :: Auto-dhcp In Grml - Debian-based?

Aug 9, 2009

Can't seem to figure out how grml is stopping the auto-dhcp during boot by default in grml network is disabled. I tried init.d, inittab, or whatever I cannot seem to find anything? I need eth0 to come up automatically at boot grml, for some reason won't remember my net setup and must re-setup at every boot? How can I make it do that?

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Debian :: Resurrection Of Old PC - Which Debian Distro - Cdrom?

Dec 9, 2008

An amazing machine with huge and allmighty capabilities 380 MHz AMD-K6 gratefully powered with 64MB of ram

Could it own Debian? which Debian distro/cdrom would you recommend? Just for a internet, got with wifi running and surfing with X.

I guess that kde 1.0 or kde 2.0 was running very fast on it.

From scratch or can I get an already sources.list for old pc with old stable stuffs - debian ?

I found some debs there, might I use them? and concerning the cdrom?

Is there someone that could post an iso of potato preferably eg? (free is linux )

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General :: Debian Based - Arch Based - What Is The Practical Difference?

Jun 7, 2010

I notice that on DistroWatch, the descriptions include "debian based", "arch based", etc. For the newbie, is there any practical difference between the different bases, or is it a Coke vs Pepsi type question?

Is a distro based on Debian say, easier for a newbie to learn or work with than say one that is FreeBSD based?

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Debian :: Squeeze's Console Font Is Too Small

Sep 10, 2010

After reinstalling Squeeze's base system, the console font is too small to read comfortably. I tried to pass the kernel parameter vga=0x303 without success. After init starts the font reverts to a very small font that I cannot read comfortably on my 17 inch TFT LCD monitor.

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Debian :: Small Program / Large HDD Footprint

May 18, 2011

I have recently dropped to a command line to run a DB server. In attempting to write a bit of Python to do this process I went to install emacs using apt-get and noticed that the foot print of the install was going to be around 130 Mb. Likewise with a couple other programs the install size was going to be a lot larger than I anticipated. I was wondering how the footprint could be so large and is there a way to install software without this blow out. While I am happy to use vi or import the code from a desktop with a GUI I think this would be interesting to know.

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Debian :: Small Apt Repository Is Missing Installer Component

Mar 20, 2011

Today I've setup Debian Squeeze for netbooting with tftp-hpa and isc-dhcp-server. I have also downloaded-only all gnome packages (apt-get install -d gnome) and setup a small apt repository for base system and gnome on the same pc (server).However, my small apt repository is missing debian installer components like libc-udeb, dmsetup-udeb, ppp-modules-udeb, etc. The question is: Where to obtain those packages and their dependencies? I cannot find or download them with apt-get nor aptitude.

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Debian Configuration :: Startup Program Screen Too Small?

Oct 10, 2015

The "System Settings/Startup Programs" window is large enough but the "Program" column is too narrow and it cannot be resized. The window can be dragged to make it larger but not the individual columns. It looks like a Java listbox with "Enabled = false" set. This occurs in Debian8 64 bit and also in Mint 17 and Mint LMDE2. I am surprised nobody else has raised the issue. I have a basic setup with 22" screen and 1680 x 1050 resolution. It occurs with Nouveau and NVidia drivers. It is not a critical bug so I have coped with it for 2 years but it would be nice to see it fixed. Unfortunately I could not upload a screen shot as "board attachment quota has been reached".

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Debian Configuration :: Setting Up Small Web Server With PHP And SQLite3

Apr 5, 2010

I'm trying to set up a small web server with php and sqlite support. I installed lighttpd, php5, php-sqlite3 and php5-sqlite3. Then, I enabled sqlite and pdo extensions in php.ini:

However, when I try to open a SQLite3 database from php:
$database = new SQLiteDatabase($myDB, 666, $error);
I get the following exception:
SQLiteDatabase::__construct() [sqlitedatabase.--construct]: file is encrypted or is not a database

Some readings in the net make me think that my php settings are not compatible with SQLite3 databases. Is anyone successfully working with SQLite3 databases from PHP5 under Debian? Have you any recommendations? Should I rebuild php maybe?

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Debian Multimedia :: Xorg Only Uses Small Part Of Screen?

Jun 9, 2011

After a install on a old Toshiba today everything looked fine. But when i tried to start Xorg it start but doesn't use my whole screen. It is not a resolution problem it just doesn't use the whole screen. Hopefully this explanation is understandable. On lenny i had the same issue but once i changed the console resolution size in grub everything was fine. Sadly this is not the case with squeeze. I already tried "X -configure" and had a look at the generated xorg.conf (posted below)


After that is tried to run the generated xorg.conf but then it just frooze.

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Debian Multimedia :: Very Small Problem With Fglrx On Startup

Aug 16, 2011

The GRUB2 menu loads up fine, and I am logged into Gnome okay right now, but in between Grub & Gnome, I see no log messages during startup. So far, it's just an annoyance, but one of these days an automatic fsck is going to find something, and I won't be able to see it. I have a custom kernel, with fglrx compiled into it, in case that matters. This system has never used radeon drivers, so I can't add any information about how this worked before fglrx; it just didn't work without it. I saw startup messages IIRC with kernel 2.6.32 / Debian 5.0, but I couldn't tell which of the many changes led to this little malfunction. Now using Debian 6.0 / kernel 3.0.0.

Hopefully, this is just a minor glitch in Grub2 or some other .conf file, maybe in /etc/X11.

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Debian Installation :: Minimal System With Small Window Manager

May 15, 2010

I have installed the debian lenny base system in my old pc. I want only a minimal system with a small window manager like icewm and firefox to surf the web. What I need to write now in text mode to install this minimal system?

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Debian :: GTK Fonts Extremely Small After Upgrade To Lenny / Sort It?

Jul 23, 2010

I finally got around to upgrading from etch to lenny. After having upgraded, I find that the fonts are extremely small in all gtk applications (iceweasel, abiword, gnumeric, etc.)

Everything looked fine before the upgrade, but now the application fonts in the menu bars, dialogs, etc. are so small as to be unreadable. Also, when I open up gnumeric spreadsheets the fonts in the cells are unreadable. All my X-based applications (rxvt, xfig, xmms, etc.) look just fine, it's just the GTK apps that have the font problems.

Interestingly, web pages themselves render just fine in iceweasel. Also, abiword documents look fine even though the menus, dialogs, etc. are too small to read.

I was able to get a workaround for the application fonts. I put the following in ~/.gtkrc-2.0 code...

At 24 point the fonts are still a bit on the small side, though. And I still have problems reading information in the gnumeric cells.

I use the fvwm window manager without gnome or kde.

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General :: Debian - Gnome - Metacity - Fglrx - Text Too Small

Sep 7, 2010

I am running Debian Lenny with Gnome and Metacity, and I've just installed the fglrx driver for my ATI card. I am running at a humble 1024x768 resolution, but I can barely read the text in many applications and on the desktop itself. Some programs are better than others, but for example, Icedove/Tbird's text is extremely small.

I encountered this thread: but wasn't sure if it was up to date or not.

I'm sure this topic has been covered plenty of times, but I'm new to setting up X/Window Manager/Desktop on Debian, and am not sure how to proceed. I've been using Linux for a couple of years but am relatively new to Debian (I started on Ubuntu - hence the being stumped by something like this).

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Debian Multimedia :: Nvidia Jessie 64bit KDE Small Menu Characters

Jan 2, 2016

I was updating my system (sudo apt-get upgrade) and had several nvidia drivers proposed as "Suggested"... I changed the options for apt-get to include the suggestions, did the upgrade, and suddenly the normal size fonts in menus, along the "task bar", inside Chrome tabs and headers, and other places became too small for my old eyes to read.

I have tried Google and found issues within Gnome (mostly fonts too large).

I have tried removing the nvidia-driver so I could go back to nouveau (which worked fine) but the next time I updated my software table (sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get upgrade) the nvidia drivers seemed to return, even though I had purged the nvidia that I had removed... what remains on the system is:

Code: Select allglx-alternative-nvidia                          install
libegl1-nvidia:amd64                            install
libgl1-nvidia-glx:amd64                         install
libgl1-nvidia-glx:i386                          install
libgl1-nvidia-glx-i386                          install
libgles1-nvidia:amd64                           install


The motherboard is a Gigabyte AMD 9 Series FX Motherboards GA-970A-D3P; CPU is AMD FX-8350; video card is a GEForce 8400 gs; system has 32GB of 1866 RAM; a SSD for software and 750 GB spinning HD, both SATA III/6G.

I just want to be able to easily read the headings, and content in dolphin

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Debian Hardware :: Upgrade The Infrastructure In Our Office (small Web Development Shop)?

Dec 4, 2010

I'm looking to upgrade the infrastructure in our office (small web development shop). I'm going to buy a small floor standing rack and in it we will have a dedicated firewall / VPN box, a web development server and a fileserver (for now). I intend to use Debian squeeze for everything.

My main question is what should I do about RAID? I've not used it myself before, instead relying on backups to removable disks. This time I want to do everything properly, and a measure of disk redundancy is required so I guess we will be going for RAID 1.

I'm looking at this [URL].. server which comes with an Intel ICH10R RAID controller on board, and also has an option to add a 3ware 9650SE-LP. The site says the Intel chipset is Windows only, so I guess the 3ware alternative is the way to go. The server also has two 3.5" hot swap drive bays. Could anybody advise me if the 3ware card is a good choice for use with Debian? Also, how can I monitor the health of the drives with standard Debian tools out of the repos? Any other RAID tips are also interesting for me.

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Debian :: Switching To Another Distro?

May 9, 2010

I am considering switching from Ubuntu to another distro.

Is it possible to crossgrade from Ubuntu to Debian rather than reinstalling? Has anyone ever done that before? Are there any instructions for this anywhere?

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Debian Configuration :: Pamthreshold To Create Small Greyscale Image Of A Text Document

Nov 23, 2010

I have an old scanner script that uses pamthreshold to create a small greyscale image of a text document. This program does not seem to be available in debian. Can anyone tell me how I can install it, or if there are any better alternatives available?

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Debian Configuration :: Dual Boot Ubuntu/Debian: Debian Has Disappeared?

Apr 5, 2011

I have just installed Ubuntu (/dev/sda7) and Debian (/dev/sda4), but since I have updated all informations on Ubuntu, then Debian did not appear anymore on the grub list. There is an wiki I have found, but I an not really sure about what to do.

Here are the boot informations:
Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

Boot Info Summary:

=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 488861020
of the same hard drive for core.img, core.img is at this location on
/dev/sda and looks on partition #3 for (,gpt3)/grub.


ps: on this file, it says that the /boot is installed on the MBR and /dev/sda3. I will remove the boot from MBR as I am now using /dev/sda3 instead. Sorry for my english

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Debian :: Text Based Browser For Tor

Nov 3, 2015

I'm looking for a text based browser (like elinks) that works with tor??....

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Debian Hardware :: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M And 4k Display - Small Icons / Windows And Texts

Mar 5, 2016

I have recently bought a new notebook, an ASUS K501UX, and I have encountered some problems installing Debian 8.3 on it.

In fact, already during the installation process it looks like there are some problems with the video card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M), since the lower part of the screen is just black (even if it still "exists", that is the mouse can go "behind" it and click the "next" or "cancel" buttons which are "covered" by the black stripe): [URL] ....

This problem persists also after the installation. Furthermore, since the screen has a 4k resolution (3640x2160) all icons, windows and texts are painfully small: [URL] ....

As you can see, however, if I take a screenshot all the desktop is visualized. This is what the screen actually looks like in the lower part: [URL] ....

I tried changing the resolution from the Settings, but apart from 3640x2160 no other options are available. Furthermore, the display is labelled as "Unknown display": [URL] ....

I then tried to change it with xrandr, but the output of xrandr command is the following:

Code: Select allxrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
Screen 0: minimum 3840 x 2160, current 3840 x 2160, maximum 3840 x 2160
default connected primary 3840x2160+0+0 0mm x 0mm
   3840x2160      0.00*

I then looked around the web, and found that this is a problem related to the video card driver. So, I followed the DebianWiki on the subject to install the driver, namely I installed the nvidia-driver package and then configured xorg with nvidia-xconfig. However, rebooting Debian, all I got is a blank screen with a flashing pointer, and xserver not working at all (if I press Alt+F3 and login and then try startx I get a long list of deadly-sounding errors like "screen not found").

What should I do? Should I try installing the drivers from the NVIDIA website? I've read (also in the DebianWiki) that this can cause problems to the system. Or is it really a driver problem? Why doesn't it detect the screen?

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