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Small Linux OS for:

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Hello.
Can anyone recommend me a small Linux OS (Operating System)?
What I mean by small is that it requires LOW ram usage and/or low disk space, also one that is not out-of-date.

Thanks in advance,
Salvenger

EDIT:
I failed to mention that it is for a C++ project (or possibly C#) using SDL.

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Wikipedia has a list of small Distros:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_Linux

I tried Damn Small Linux but found it to be too damn small. I also tried Puppy Linux which is amazing for running entirely from RAM, but you can't compare it to a fully fledged distro.

Maybe you could elaborate on what you want with this? I've used C++ and SDL on Fedora Core and Ubuntu as well as a small emedded Linux 2.4 kernel without X, so this is no real constraint...

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I've tryed Puppy Linux, but when I tryed to install it to the harddrive, I failed horrible. Maybe its just my lack of knowledge with Linux.

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That's a pretty hefty set of expectations.

May I ask what exactly your project is? Why is minimal RAM/disk usage important? What is your target hardware? What are your speed requirements? What is your monetary budget for hardware and software? What is your time budget for investing in customized software solutions?

There are a trillion Linux variants out there, and quite a few decent guides at building your own variants. Some packages are very friendly and easy to use, and others are quite demanding. Most of the options for doing truly compact environments are pretty hard to use, because by nature they have stripped out all the friendly stuff and left just a minimalistic core.

By nature, stripping down an OS is a pretty complicated job, and the smaller things get, the less hardware compatibility you will have, the fewer features overall, and the less likely you are to be up to date. Some of the most reliable hand-tuned distributions out there are pretty old in computer-years.


Anyways - more details about your goals would be good.

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There's Damn Small Linux, Puppy Linux, TinyCore Linux and others. There's a decent article here, but its unlikely you'll find something that fits exactly your needs, so you'll probably have to add at least those SDL files.

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