RPiRoss
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Minimal Server Distribution

Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:17 pm

Hi guys,

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post (mods please move if necessary), but today I purchased the Raspberry Pi 2 in the Amazon Prime deal thingy as I've wanted a personal one for ages to purely run Nagios on.

Anyway, the starter kit that I've purchased only comes with an 8GB SD card which I'm not fussed about as I only want to run Nagios on it anyway, but it will require a very lean and non gui based OS to run on, and from searching around it doesn't look like this really exists?

I was thinking perhaps using Ubuntu MATE and removing all unnecessary packages but thought I'd stop by here to ask if anyone knew of any OS's that would fit the bill?

I did come across https://minibianpi.wordpress.com/ but read that it isn't fully optimised for the 2 but will run on pretty much any Pi out there, however I want to make the most of what I have.

Any help is very much appreciated!

Ross

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Re: Minimal Server Distribution

Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:35 pm

Raspbian is the recommened OS and there is a net installer which will give you a small footprint OS which will allow to only install the packages you require:

https://github.com/debian-pi/raspbian-ua-netinst


Regards Ubuntu they are all Community Distributions, I believe there ar 4 or 5 flavours around, but a base OS can be found here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM/RaspberryPi
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Re: Minimal Server Distribution

Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:26 pm

RPiRoss,

Do what? I was running Linux with X Windows a browser and other GUI goodies on it from a 1GB hard drive back in the day. Including OpenGL accelerated games.

All of my Pi have only 8GB SD cards.

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Re: Minimal Server Distribution

Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:38 am

8GB is loads of room. A normal Raspbian install uses 3.2 GB.
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Re: Minimal Server Distribution

Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:44 pm

Heater wrote:RPiRoss,

Do what? I was running Linux with X Windows a browser and other GUI goodies on it from a 1GB hard drive back in the day. Including OpenGL accelerated games.

All of my Pi have only 8GB SD cards.
Yeah I'm aware that's possible, however I don't want to have to run anything I don't necessarily have to...

The Raspbian net install sounds great though, I'm going to give that a go.

Thanks for your helps guys.

Ross

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Re: Minimal Server Distribution

Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:45 pm

with a normal raspbian install it wont be running you don't need [it may be there on the disk but it's not being used]
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Re: Minimal Server Distribution

Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:34 pm

Bash script to strip a lot of the dross (x stuff included) out of standard Raspbian.
Its what I use on all my servers.

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#!/bin/bash
# Stephen's Raspberry Pi Mimimalist install from standard Raspdian Image
apt-get update
apt-get purge xserver* -y
apt-get purge ^x11 -y
apt-get purge ^libx -y
apt-get purge ^lx -y
apt-get purge samba* -y
apt-get purge ifplugd -y
apt-get purge omxplayer -y
apt-get purge rpi-update -y
apt-get autoremove -y
apt-get dist-upgrade -y
apt-get clean
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