Running Squeeze on a 2 GB usb stick?

June 28th, 2011 - 12:20 am ET by Mark | Report spam

Hi - I have a work laptop with Windows and since it tracks basically
everything I do, I'd like to install Squeeze to a 2 GB usb stick I have
laying around so I can boot to that instead of the internal hdd for personal
use. I plan on doing the Expert Install and was wondering if there is
advice on recommended packages other than the base system for my given
circumstances? Here's what I was thinking of installing in addition to the
base system:

-GParted
-gedit
-Iceweasel
-Synaptic Package Manager
-Update Manager
-Network Manager (or wicd)
-A few things under Preferences like Appearance, Screensaver, Power
Management

Am I silly to think I'll be able to do this on 2 GB? The laptop has 4 GB
RAM so I'm not worried about swap space.

Thank you for any input.

Mark


Hi - I have a work laptop with Windows and since it tracks basically everything I do, I&#39;d like to install Squeeze to a 2 GB usb stick I have laying around so I can boot to that instead of the internal hdd for personal use.  I plan on doing the Expert Install and was wondering if there is advice on recommended packages other than the base system for my given circumstances?  Here&#39;s what I was thinking of installing in addition to the base system:<br>
<br>-GParted<br>-gedit<br>-Iceweasel<br>-Synaptic Package Manager<br>-Update Manager<br>-Network Manager (or wicd)<br>-A few things under Preferences like Appearance, Screensaver, Power Management<br><br>Am I silly to think I&#39;ll be able to do this on 2 GB?  The laptop has 4 GB RAM so I&#39;m not worried about swap space.<br>
<br>Thank you for any input.<br><br>Mark<br>



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#1 William Hopkins
June 28th, 2011 - 12:30 am ET | Report spam

On 06/27/11 at 09:17pm, Mark wrote:
Hi - I have a work laptop with Windows and since it tracks basically
everything I do, I'd like to install Squeeze to a 2 GB usb stick I have
laying around so I can boot to that instead of the internal hdd for personal
use. I plan on doing the Expert Install and was wondering if there is
advice on recommended packages other than the base system for my given
circumstances? Here's what I was thinking of installing in addition to the
base system:

-GParted
-gedit
-Iceweasel
-Synaptic Package Manager
-Update Manager
-Network Manager (or wicd)
-A few things under Preferences like Appearance, Screensaver, Power
Management

Am I silly to think I'll be able to do this on 2 GB? The laptop has 4 GB
RAM so I'm not worried about swap space.



Gnome and it's ilk are not size-friendly (or anything-friendly, in my opinion,
but that's a different rant..). My estimates say it may barely fit, but I think
your only sure way of knowing is to try it and see.

If you want suggestions on lightweight systems, plenty of listers can reply. My
desktop installed base is around 1G, and that's with all the various desktop
utilities I use. I don't use any of the programs you mention, however (except
Iceweasel)

Liam





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