Quoting Brian O'Donoghue (Brian.ODonoghue at kbs.ie):
> I agree, Debian is minimalist too, I have no doubt about that.
> Certainly from the standpoint of running on old hardware, it is 'as good',
> better or slightly worse in some departments then distros like Slackware,
> Gentoo, IPCop and others.
FYI, at my user group meeting over the weekend, I installed Debian 3.0
on an attendee's machines and, out of curiosity, checked "df -h /target"
right when the Debian Base finished installing. I should have taken
notes, but it was something like 50 MB. That's the bare-bones non-X11
foundation system, before you pick package groups.
In the 2.1/slink days, the Debian Base didn't include the man-db
(manpages) or dhcp-client packages. I believe it now does.
Probably not the ideal starting point for a firewall system (for one
thing, Debian's /etc/ remains one file away from being able to mount
read-only), but feasible.
> "Would I buy a car with the hood welded shut"
One of Bob Young's better memes, that.
Cheers, Paranoia is the delusion that your enemies are organised.
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