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Minimizing Linux Maximally

Jul 08, 2010, 09:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Laden)

"I find it interesting that Linux hackers have by and large conflated two or three kinds of "minimal" in their discussion of "minimal installs" and implementations thereof. To me, "minimal" could include any one or more of the following:

1) Minimal stuff installed on the hard drive;

2) Minimal services or other processes running; and

3) A minimal desktop, meaning, minimal stuff visible on the screen.

"I have a laptop that I'd like to minimalize. In so doing, I do not care about number 1. In fact, I'd like to have maximal in that area. I have no problem with a zillion different apps installed on my hard drive. Other than the extra strain on the menu system for a given desktop, who cares? I have a pretty large hard drive. I can double the size of my hard drive for very little money. I have a screwdriver and I know how to use it."

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