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CNET News.com: Slim Pickings: Two Linux distributions trim the fat

Mar 08, 2001, 16:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael P. Deignan)

"Sometimes, the adage "less is more" applies, but rarely so with Linux distributions. In the world of Linux, distribution vendors attempt to add value to their products with custom configuration and installation tools and by including every available Linux software package they can get their hands on. These tactics generally result in multi-CD distributions composed of several gigabytes of data--not the best solution for users who want to download a distribution over a 56k modem. If you travel frequently, a distribution that can reasonably be downloaded via a dial-up connection could be a blessing if disaster strikes your Linux system."

"We tested two compact distributions--Peanut Linux and Vector Linux--to see how these slimmed-down contenders measure up to the big boys in terms of installation, configuration, and functionality. Our test system was a Pentium-200 with a 3GB hard disk, 64MB of RAM, and a 3Com NIC."

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