Tiny Core Linux

Off-Topic => Off-Topic - Tiny Tux's Corner => Topic started by: clivesay on December 02, 2008, 08:02:18 PM

Title: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: clivesay on December 02, 2008, 08:02:18 PM
What Linux OS occupies the majority of your hard drive space?

For me it's sidux. I've been running it for a couple years now. For a full KDE distro it is very fast and sid allows me to have mostly current apps. The sidux devs do a great job of almost making sid feel stable as etch.

Sidux stopped my distro hopping.

Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: mikshaw on December 02, 2008, 08:40:24 PM
The largest amount of space taken up by an OS is with Debian Etch.  I haven't booted it more than a few times so far, though, because it's a pain in the groin to download packages on a winmodem dialup, particularly when I have to download them with a different OS, reboot, attempt to install, and reboot again to download dependancies for the package I just tried to install. It probably would have been much easier to simply  mail-order the complete CD set.

I use DSL about 99% of the time.

I still haven't found my ideal distro.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: roberts on December 02, 2008, 08:54:45 PM
I "eat my own dog food" !

Really, I just don't have the patience to wait for KDE or Gnome.
I find most Linux distributions getting to large for my old hardware.

Or perhaps, I am just too much of a control freak! Smaller, re-factor, no smaller still!

I do have to admit, I used Finnix to bootstrap the development of Tiny Core.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: dmoerner on December 02, 2008, 09:30:45 PM
I use Sidux with KDE on my laptop and plain Sid with GNOME and eyecandy on my desktop.

Then again, I maintain pekwm and tint2 and have ITPs against ipager and transset-df in Debian so you can tell where my real sympathies lie.

Tinycore is residing on a spare Dell test machine at the moment.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: softwaregurl on December 02, 2008, 10:12:23 PM
I have to agree Etch.  A 3 gig partition filled almost instantly.  I have to manualy delete the package cache (25% of the disk usage) and when the drive filled up I had to use DSL to delete the .deb's because It refused to let me log in as root.  I've seen some critisism of the latest version of Gnome and I have to agree that It takes away a lot of my power over my computer.  I can't type the name of a hidden file or make it show me hidden files evidently.   I find myself willing to put out the effort so I control my computers instead of my computers controling me.  Thats why my car for the last 9 years is one built in the early 60's.  No computer controling it or me and it has never left me stranded. There is a place for wiindowsesk, idiot proof, Linux distros for casual users and they help further the idea of free software to the masses, but it's just not for me.  I have developed a philosophy about computers.   Computers are probably the most valuable tool that the human race has ever had.  But they are just that, a tool.  They are not the end-all be-all of our existance and should not be a requirement for the basic requirements of life as I leared them in school... food, shelter and clothing.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: Jason W on December 03, 2008, 03:37:03 AM
TC is the only one I actually use, but I have an Etch install on one of my systems.  I like to keep another distro or two installed to test packages with. 
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: curaga on December 03, 2008, 07:25:50 AM
It's my own mix of LFS on most comps. DSL on the oldest laptop, and both DSL and TC on an usb stick.

I don't think of myself as a control freak, but *definitely* want total control over what happens in my computer. What takes space, what I want there, how I want it there. DSL converted me from Xfce to JWM, and I dare to say my systems outperform even Gentoo ;)

Hacking on TC is great fun. It's something I've always wanted to be doing.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: Juanito on December 03, 2008, 08:52:05 PM
old desktop -> dsl and occasionally lfs/blfs
laptop -> tc from usb stick
ps3 -> ydl, but I'm at the xorg stage of a multi-lib clfs build

If we ever want to open a new target audience for tc, cross-compiling for ps3 would be the way to go...
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: MethodOne on December 03, 2008, 10:59:41 PM
On my laptop, I dual-boot Arch and Windows Vista.  My desktop has Windows XP, Ubuntu (used for building Haiku for another partition on the same drive), and Fedora on different drives in a mobile rack.  My Power Mac G4 Sawtooth is running Mac OS X Tiger, but will be replacing it with Debian Lenny once Apple stops providing security updates for Tiger.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: florian on December 04, 2008, 12:30:28 PM
I had a top-notch P2 from 1999 for which DSL was a perfect fit but it died recently. Now my main computer is a cheap laptop I bought in 2003. Now, I have those five distro/OS installed there.

* Windows XP
I boot that one occasionally to play two videogames I like.

* Ubuntu
Gnome and many installed applications are painfully slow! Even opening a terminal feels sluggish! And there are so many processes running which I don't know what they really do. It makes me feel stupid.
This whole dumbed-down experience is quite awful.
I'm planning to replace this entirely with U-lite ( http://u-lite.org/ formerlly know as Ubuntulite),
which adds the LXDE environment on top a basic Ubuntu CLI install.

* Damn Small Linux 4.4.x
My favorite distro so far (and my default GRUB entry).
simplicity, elegance, raw speed, power :)))
And the distro has always got better over time.

* Slitaz
This one is new for me as I installed it beginning of this week. http://www.slitaz.org/
Mini distro, runs fully in RAM, LXDE environment, elegant defaults, and impressive package mgmt system, and a lot of apps. Only had a brief look at it, but I have to say it seems nice. More exploration needed.

* Tiny Core Linux
I installed Tinycore on Tuesday. I like it a lot so far.
And hey it's the same ppl and somewhat same philosohpy than DSL, so it's easy to feel at home.

I'd like to see how much Tinycore could be completed by great tiny-weeny clever X/FLTK-only apps in order to create a really productive micro desktop. This is the direction in which I want to push! I'm fed up with bloat, GTK2 and dependency hell :))
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: sankarv on December 04, 2008, 10:09:02 PM
hmm.... i started off with windows 98.. then to win xp but it was too large for my 64mb ram... so back to win 98 and then first linux insight was dragon linux (from windows), then to mandriva... but again mandriva (it was called as mandrake at that time) too slow for my ram.... i also don hjav broadband at that time... so wanted tiny distro.. then came DSl into my life... from the version (0.7 or so) im using that... however..... as time passed, i bought new hardware and then hands on with fedora, ubuntu, debian, slackware, suse then all their derivatives (like vector, mepis, antix, arouns 100 i suppose) then to puppy, slitaz (as dsl was not recog my hardware properly with 2.4.x series kernel, only 2.6 series was reckon, thanks to tiny core it suits me now..), then with time..... now antix and win xp are there...... (also after i bought my new hardware i had xp  there permanetly only bacause to high end games and browsing asp pages)

however i dunno when i  will change my linux os as i do suddenly at times (over 1000 times i suppose, pity my harddisk )

got infact lot of knowledge from  those (?nonsense) work....

and now i will try with tinycore adding extensions to form a permanent harddisk version once the styable is out.. presently thanks to virtual box nicely supporting tinycore (infact its easy to use for me :) )

hope thats a long story (boring too)
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: Onyarian on December 05, 2008, 09:43:11 AM
On my desktop -> Suse
On my laptop -> DSL
On my new AAOne -> modificated Linpus and DSL

at work - w$ XP

Possible TC on my AAOne??? I want to try it first with an external HD instalation.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: ahmrahtcheer on December 10, 2008, 10:14:59 PM
Many of the TC community who know me will state that I am a dedicated distro slut, that i can't stick with just one distro for any length of time, but the truth is that I've been using slackware for a couple of years now, and in many respects it's become my "goto" distro when i need to get something installed asap.

That said, I'm in the midst of setting up a new desktop box and am "stuck" using my ThinkPad for the time being.  The desktop will get NetBSD and Source Mage Linux, while I intend to install NetBSD and CRUX linux on the laptop.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: ke4nt on December 11, 2008, 12:03:41 AM
After many years of DOS, C=64, and various flavours of windows from WIN286/386 forward, I picked up a 'six pack' of linux CDs from some software shop back in the early 90's, mostly due to the linux popularity in the ham radio world of packet radio and satellite communications. ( jnos/tnos, etc. )

Many of you here know how much I favor roberts work, and promote it heavily everywhere thruout the linux  community, whether I am at a convention, trade show, LUG, or amongst friends, linux-users or not.   Some time ago,  DSL began to expand with 'extensions', and I was hooked, and spent many a day creating new ones for d/l, with roberts guidance and counsel.  Thru that time, and from that time on, my skillset truly gained ground, and led me to re-explore a variety of distros, namely CentOS, Ubuntu, and (Sidux (thanks to clivesay)).

Linux Home??  I strongly support and encourage the use of Ubuntu for new users, and the 'server editions' really are a fine piece of work.   Many of my boxen have run versions of the server editions for many years now, trouble-free.  Of course, TC on the pendrives and older laptops, and various flavors of Windows for my audio/video/graphics work and mastering chores.  All my servers currently run Ubuntu, but EDNA + TC are calling my name for building a fast light mini-mp3server on mini-itx.

Things have come full circle.  I now make a good living using and supporting linux and linux users/admins thru various webhosts and colo/hosting companies, and I'm back once again, in good company, and digging deep into another mini-distro.  I owe it all to years of good friendship, and much luv and support thru tough times, and during the best of times.  You know who you all are.  So many, many friends and linux enthusiasts.   Who would have ever dreamed it!!   You have my warmest thanks.
Happy Holidays!
73 de ke4nt

Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: kagashe on December 17, 2008, 04:54:38 AM
Mostly Ubuntu on LXDE. Debian or Arch on LXDE, Puppy Linux frugal install.

I also test new versions of Mandriva, Fedora and SLAX.

Tinycore now-a-days to learn new things.

Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: skipshearer on December 20, 2008, 08:03:12 PM
On my main workhorse I run XP for video work (need Adobe Premiere, although am starting to work with kino) and Ubuntu Hardy for everything else.

Gateway Profile 1 I run DSL (frugal), Mint Fluxbox and Puppy. Will be adding TCL soon!! :D

Compaq profile PIII laptop Fedora 10, suse 11, ubuntu 8.10, DSL, Mint XFCE. Again, TCL will be added.  ;D

DSL was the distro I cut my linux teeth on. I think TCL is gonna be even more fun.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: bugman on December 21, 2008, 11:39:57 AM
puppy 1.07 [old kernel for scanner compatibility]

tho i have dynebolic on here [p3-550, 384 mb] too, and am going to experiment with tiny core as soon as possible

Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: rayburn on January 16, 2009, 03:41:40 PM
Hope it is not too late too reply to this topic!

Anyway, I use AntiX mostly on my main PC, with Ubuntu also installed so that I can use my scanner/printer and also stuff like Frostwire, etc. Several other distros are also installed like Absolute and Debian.

I have two other PC's in the house for other family members and they have Xubuntu/Mint installed, I am pleased that I have got daughters/wife into using Linux!

Main laptop has XP/Fluxbuntu installed, while EeePC 701 has the original Xandros plus EeeOS on an SD card.

Two more experimental PC's have a minimal Debian and TC of course!
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: lordtangent on March 20, 2009, 01:12:01 PM
Xubuntu and Kubuntu on my two home machines.   A couple of  envs/partitions for gentoo. Gentoo is my preferred development  env. I keep it pretty pristine and install only the bare minimum over the base distro there.

 Centos w/KDE  at work. That is really where I put in the bulk of my Linux time. 60 hours a week... :'(
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: mikshaw on March 20, 2009, 05:02:29 PM
i have dynebolic on here [p3-550, 384 mb] too
I tried Dyne:Bolic 2.5.2 for a very brief time, and it really annoyed me...several apps would either freeze or just shut down for no apparent reason.  I recently switched to Pure:Dyne, which so far hasn't caused any trouble.  I wonder if my problems with Dynebolic were just me, but it seemed ridiculous the amount of trouble I was having with it.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: fos on March 21, 2009, 10:25:01 AM
I am new to tinycore. I was faroutscience over in DSL land.

I just downloaded tinycore. I am a big fan of Robert's work and philosophy.

The system I am currently using had Debian Etch installed primarily. It is running on an old box with a Via m1000 motherboard, with 500 mb of ram, and a Hitachi Travelstar hard drive. It must be at least four years old. As long as I run linux, it is very happy, as am I.

Since I am a grad student at a windows centric university, I also have a box running Windows. Most of the work I turn in MUST be submitted in some windows based format. :(

As time permits, I hope to become active here.


PS. I just ran TinyCore for the first time. It is blazzing fast! And, it has a familiar feel to it.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: nickispeaki on April 09, 2009, 06:26:36 AM
cpm, msdos, win, mac,win, linux
Ubuntu 6, LinuxMint 2.1
for now LinuxMint 6 (main), Mint 4 (for case), ASPLinux 12 (for other case), iDeneb (macOSX.5.5) for special case and windows 7 for .... windows! ;-)

I like TCL for speed and minimalizm!
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: junan on May 13, 2009, 11:31:37 PM
P4-2.8 Laptop : - CentOS 5.3 , Windows XP - because i need a program that not wine compatible :(
                            - and TinyCoreLinux ... i hate to wait for booting @ centos / xp just to write e-mail

AMD X2 Desktop : - CentOS 5.3 , Fedora 10 ...
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: PingPing on May 19, 2009, 01:57:39 PM
Bog standard Ubuntu install on my desktop and netbook.  I like it because it (generally) just works and I don't have to spend time figuring things out if I'm in a rush.  I use CentOS on my home server because I have delusions of grandeur thinking I'll someday be a RHCE.  I use a remastered, text-only version of Tiny on my web server because I love the fact that it's so small and maleable.  Props to the devs :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: PingPing on June 25, 2009, 01:21:42 PM
I've kicked CentOS.  TCL 2.0 is now my home web and samba server.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: philip on August 14, 2009, 09:38:17 PM
Ubuntu 9.04 running headless under the basement stairs serves my home network.

Two Compaq Evo T20 thin clients run TC+FLWM with just enough extensions to serve as VNC viewers. The units are diskless; each has a 1GB USB drive plugged in the back permanently to store TCE files. Each drives a 1280x1024 LCD monitor, and the admirable 'synergy' extension lets me use a single keyboard and mouse to
work both at once. These little boxes get the TC kernel and initrd over the network, having only grub loaded into their small internal flash memory.

Across the room is another VNC-based thin client running TC 2.2, but on better hardware (Intel D945GCLF2D board with northbridge fan replaced by passive cooler). That one has the TC kernel and extensions on its internal hard disk drive, all in TCE style so that after boot I can turn the drive off using hdparm and have a silent system.

My Acer Aspire One netbook dual-boots TC 2.2 and Ubuntu 9.04. At home I choose TC because it has scripts that make a wireless connection (VNC again) to the main server completely automatically. On the road I use Ubuntu because it has the full suite of specialized software I need to get work done when there is no more powerful CPU I can access effortlessly. (Also, introducing the little toy to a new wireless network is easier with Ubuntu's GUI tools.)

My office machine is running TC+VNC, too, but it boots from a USB key that I plug in only long enough to boot and then remove. In an earlier TC installation some evildoer installed a rootkit on my machine--which was at that time directly connected to the open internet with no firewall. Yanking the boot device out of the box now gives me
reasonable confidence that my system is hardened against outside interference. Then I leave the machine running continuously between TC version updates (which, so far, has been under a month each time!).

The 915resolution extension is essential for me: I have a couple of widescreen monitors that even work with Xvesa after the right 915resolution commands are given.

To answer the OP's question, the HDD space for operating systems in my machines is about 98% Ubuntu, 2% TC. In my heart, TC gets 60% of the love; Ubuntu gets 40% for respect and vanilla utility.
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: Dark_Aaron on September 26, 2009, 04:10:28 PM
Desktop => Ubuntu 9.04 (Awful)
Laptop => Ubuntu 9.04 (TC in a VM.)
Servers => Debian lenny
ps3 => fedora

I'm going to replace the ubuntu soon. (Does TC support dual-screens? I have 2x22" Monitors.)
I also use XP in a vm. (I've only had few successes with GTK-POD.)
Title: Re: Where is your Linux home?
Post by: curaga on September 27, 2009, 03:40:09 AM
Does TC support dual-screens? I have 2x22" Monitors.
With Xorg yes, with Xvesa you only get mirror mode (same resolution, refresh, and contents on both screens)