Choosing a distribution

Paul Tansom paul at aptanet.com
Tue Nov 6 15:10:53 UTC 2007


** Brian McKee <brian.mckee at gmail.com> [2007-11-06 14:56]:
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> On 6-Nov-07, at 4:05 AM, Chris G wrote:
> >> Based on what you've described I'd suggest the server CD.   After  
> >> you're
> >> done that, install fvwm.  You'll also need to install X Window  
> >> (the fvwm
> >> package doesn't seem to depend on it for some odd reason) and a  
> >> display
> >> manager (e.g. xdm or gdm) along with fvwm  (i.e.: [sudo] apt-get  
> >> install
> >> fvwm xorg xdm).
> >>
> > I'd probably dispense with xdm/gdm/wdm, just leave the system to
> > default to init level 3 and run 'startx' to start X windows.
> 
> Ubuntu - Debian just use one run level.   If you don't install or at  
> least prevent gdm et al. from starting then you have the equivalent.   
> And, as you say, run startx as needed.   Of course, there's always  
> the argument that you shouldn't use X on a server at all - more  
> software=more problems...
** end quote [Brian McKee]

Indeed, and little use for a screen or keyboard most of the time too -
certainly no mouse. Just ssh in and work from there. Not just fewer
problems, but fewer resources used as well.

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