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What Linux? Please help me pick a distro.

I want to create a build environment to build openwrt.

I used debian a lot about 12 years ago but haven't touched linux since.

I just want a lightweight distro that will support all the build tools.

Don't need gui.

Will be running in vmplayer on windows.

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Get Arch Linux. No GUI installed by default. On Ubuntu, you need to go through the pain of removing or disabling your x server and desktop envuorment if you just want command line interface.

Sudo make me a sandwich 

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I installed Debian. 

For some reason I had got it in my head that it was going to be a huge download and I didn't want that.

Network iso was only 291mb and installed minimal environment in a couple of minutes.

Added sudo and now im up and running.

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11 hours ago, wasab said:

On Ubuntu, you need to go through the pain of removing or disabling your x server and desktop envuorment if you just want command line interface.

Or, you can use ubuntu server and avoid all that

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12 hours ago, wasab said:

Get Arch Linux. No GUI installed by default. On Ubuntu, you need to go through the pain of removing or disabling your x server and desktop envuorment if you just want command line interface.

Installing Arch is a bit of a pain though.

You can use Antegros which is basically Arch with a GUI installer or Manjaro which is more fully fletched and comes with some helpful applications and it uses their own package repository.

For developing C++ applications I found both very useful because they're rolling releases with updated compiler versions and a lot of C++ libraries available in the package repository.

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On 11/28/2018 at 7:54 AM, mathijs727 said:

Installing Arch is a bit of a pain though.

You can use Antegros which is basically Arch with a GUI installer or Manjaro which is more fully fletched and comes with some helpful applications and it uses their own package repository.

For developing C++ applications I found both very useful because they're rolling releases with updated compiler versions and a lot of C++ libraries available in the package repository.

I agree. Arch is fine, but not a newbie distro at all. Manjaro and Antergos are a bit easier for some to get into if they want Arch, 

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Lots of people told me not to use Arch when I was still very new with Linux.  Honestly though, I learned basically all I know about how Linux actually works from installing, using, and maintaining Arch installations.  I run it as my main desktop now and it's running my 2 mining rigs.  I'm a big fan and every time I use it I learn something new about what's going on behind the scenes.  I think it's fine for beginners as long as you're willing to put in the time and do your research as to what you're doing.

 

Also, the Arch Wiki is great for other distros too.

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On 11/28/2018 at 1:36 AM, wasab said:

Get Arch Linux. No GUI installed by default. On Ubuntu, you need to go through the pain of removing or disabling your x server and desktop envuorment if you just want command line interface.

Then just install Ubuntu server?

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Actually the openwrt site recommended I didn't use arch because some of the security stuff might cause build problems. I dunno just saying what I (think I) read

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