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Minimal image?

Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:33 am

Is there a stripped down basic image I can use for the Pi, just to run daemons, headless.

Or where can I learn how to strip out things I find unnecessary?

I'm wanting to make a build for a specific use case and want to make it as lean as possible.

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Re: Minimal image?

Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:53 pm

Just use Raspbian Lite:

It will only take up a fraction of a modern SD card or USB stick. There will be some stuff in there that you don't need but as it's not running unless you run it it will not be impacting performance or using up RAM.

If something really annoys you in there then there is always "sudo apt-get remove whateverPackage".

I see no point in faffing about trying to make it even smaller.

If I really wanted a minimal sized image for a specific application I would build it myself using Gentoo or Linux From Scratch (LFS).

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Re: Minimal image?

Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:37 pm

There are a number of options.

DietPi is one.


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Re: Minimal image?

Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:01 am

Nard is another option. It's good for headless and stripped down systems.
Author of the robust Nard distro

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