Manfred wrote:Thanks for that info about the partitions.
Actually I have managed to change the partitions to use the full 4GB for the install (ext4 mounted on /), then on the 16GB drive created a 1.6GB swap and the rest ext2 mounted on /home for all the documents. Installed Lubuntu and now have 1.9GB free before the initial updates. I'm quite proud of myself because I'm not an IT guy, just an ex WIN user.
1) Now back to the swap partition. In the link that you added, I read the comment of "....using the swap partition would trash the flash memory of the drives". Is that true and would that shorten the life of my just regained EEEPC? I don't mind doing a reinstall without the swap partition, I'm still looking for the most suitable Linux version anyway?
2) What would a minimal base Debian installation be and how would I go about there?
The swap partition would be used a lot more than the rest of the drive and might cause premature failure of at least the swap area, since the drive is probably rated at less than 1 million write cycles.
The best way I know to get a minimal base Debian installation is with the network install disk ( http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst
) which requires that you have a high speed Internet connection. The network install disk has just enough to start the installation on a CD, often as small as a 50M installation .iso file, written to a CD to boot your system from, and begin the installation. It asks you the normal beginning installation questions (timezone, keyboard, etc.) then gives you the option to install sets of packages (desktop, laptop, server, office, program development, and so forth) or just leave with a minimal, command-line only installation. If you stay with a command line only installation, you should know how to use aptitude
, or apt-get
package managers from the command line to install Bash shell, X-server, possibly LightDM, IceWM (or OpenBox or LXDE or Enlightenment 17, or your choice of lightweight desktop environment), a browser, and whatever applications you will use. You can get a (slow) desktop running in 64M with minimal applications. Ubuntu's Minimal Install CD ( https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Insta ... MinimalCD/
) is also available. More information on Ubuntu's Minimal Install is available at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1155961
You could also look at http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/
, but it is designed more for the moderately advanced user, like Arch Linux, with its own package management system.