[CentOS] Trimming the fat out of a Centos 4.4 Installation

chrism at imntv.com chrism at imntv.com
Thu Sep 28 15:33:39 UTC 2006

Steve Bergman wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-09-28 at 09:33 -0500, Erick Perez wrote:
>> Let's see how it goes and i will report back. I will start today, hehe.
>> It must fit a CF card and my boss told me that try to put it in a 128
>> mb CF card. anyway Let's see how it ends....
> Once you trim it to <128MB... is it really CentOS anymore?
> Might you be better off starting with something like Damn Small Linux or
> DSL-N ( http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/ ) which are already close to what
> you want.  A <128MB CentOS is not just trimming the fat.  It's carving
> off the skin, fat, and muscle, and leaving just the skeleton.  Though to
> get it that small, you might have to amputate a leg. ;-)

Also, once you've got it stripped down to the point where you need it, 
you might be able to save even more space by punting a lot of the more 
common unix tools and installing busybox instead.


Given how cheap 1 and 2gb flash devices are these days, it shouldn't 
take a whole lot of effort to get a fully functional CentOS on a chip 
without a gastric bypass.  :)


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