> I'm concerned that the heavy dists will be too heavy, but the
> linux-on-a-floppy-or-three ones won't have the right dialup tools,
> or the oomph I'll need when I eventually get round to installing
> squid and sendmail.
With a small hard disk, it will that that bit more tricky to
compile up everything, so you should use a dist that you
can get pre-compiled binaries for easily. These days, that
also means a glibc-based dist, as libc builds of newer stuff
are getting rarer.
RH5.2 might be a good start, if you can de-select all the
X stuff during install. rpmfind.net has a massive RPM index.
I haven't tried it, but I hear that Debian is also very good
for these situations as you get that bit more control over
what goes on. And with more Debian-based distributions
appearing, .deb packages should start to get as common
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