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can i get more information about installing smaller distro
or what can i do with only command line. could i be able to boot any new computer.

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can i get more information about installing smaller distro
or what can i do with only command line. could i be able to boot any new computer.

you need a small and GUI , well use the DSL ( damm small linux)
. Even you don't need a good graphic card to run this ( very light window manager , I just using it with a old 486 laptop computer
waste to our country ).use the xubunthu it's also light weight.

anyway if you feels it's very small and you need a small distro
with GCC and other developing tools, just use knoppix.

I just downloaded that knoppix CD and run these scripts and make
it to a bootable flash drive.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-knoppix-510/

what is your purpose ? what kind of tools or environment you need.
( above I said about a minimal environment to run the linux GUI system and C/C++ compiler and debugging toosl. best for learning
QT ).

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my purpose is to setup linux in as small as possible space in my memory stick and boot my old p4 computer with 128mb RAM and xp installed. i dont want to remove xp. and as i have low disk space i dont want to install 2 operating systems

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Check out tinycore! (http://www.tinycorelinux.com/)
Or P.U.D. Linux! It's based on Ubuntu.
SLAX also runs great from a pen drive!

For the record, I've run the standard xubuntu on a 2GB stick with no problem, but it was a little cramped for space. I fixed that by setting it up to auto-mount the home directory on my web server if I'm connected to the internet at boot-time.

Like Nic mentioned though, it really depends on what you intend to do with it, what kind of tools you need, how much room you need to store stuff, etc...

-G

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If you don't want to install a second OS, then why not just use a CD/DVD distro? Something like ubuntu/knoppix or even some of the more recent Fedora Spins?

RAM may be an issue, but you can probably use a swap file on the windows partition (like windows does itself) which is pretty safe to do.

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Hi Darkflib!

I can't speak for the OP, but one of the advantages of running Linux from a usb stick (pen drive, thumb drive, I never know what to call those things...) is that you can configure it to automatically write changes to a "persistence" file, so that if you install new software, or make any other changes, they will still be there after you reboot.

You CAN do this with a CD based live distro, but it usually requires a manual step every time you boot. Also, less power consumption than a CDROM, and you don't have to wait for the cd to spin up every time you access something that's not already cached.

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