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    What Linux distribution is truer to the Linux kernel?

    You know how Mint and Ubuntu have like certain things or tweaks that other distributions don't have? Is there a distribution that's closest to what the kernel is? I know I can't really word it right but I hope someone knows what I mean. I was thinking Debian and Slackware were more close to the Linux kernel itself....

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    Re: What Linux distribution is truer to the Linux kernel?

    Your question's not really answerable.

    But I would answer Arch Linux, solely because at first install it is so bare bones it is almost all kernel.

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    Re: What Linux distribution is truer to the Linux kernel?

    Moved to Other OS/Distro Talk.

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    Re: What Linux distribution is truer to the Linux kernel?

    Quote Originally Posted by litiform View Post
    Your question's not really answerable.

    But I would answer Arch Linux, solely because at first install it is so bare bones it is almost all kernel.
    True, but let's not forget slackware, and gentoo/funtoo.

    Gentoo is probably the closest to the linux kernel as arch does have patches but gentoo does not with vanilla sources or git sources.

    The closest to true linux is obviously linux from scratch.

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    Re: What Linux distribution is truer to the Linux kernel?

    You can install a 'vanilla' kernel from github resources on just about any distribution. That doesn't mean it won't crash on you if you need some of the distro 'tweaks' for it to work on your hardware.

    I used to have an eMachines dual-core product which would work with Debian, Puppy or Mandriva derived distributions, but would crash the kernel on Fedora/RHEL, Slackware, and other distros I tried outside of a virtual machine.

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    Re: What Linux distribution is truer to the Linux kernel?

    Is Debian close to the Linux kernel itself as well?

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    Re: What Linux distribution is truer to the Linux kernel?

    If a Vanilla Linux Kernel is what you're after then Arch Linux offers a kernel that doesn't have any additional distro-specific kernel patches:

    https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.p...-vanilla&SeB=x

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    Re: What Linux distribution is truer to the Linux kernel?

    If we mean no tweaks, then I would say distributions that used the linux-libre kernel, like Trisquel and Parabola.
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    Re: What Linux distribution is truer to the Linux kernel?

    For someone who likes installing from repos, should I try Debian?

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    Re: What Linux distribution is truer to the Linux kernel?

    Debian applies a number of kernel patches. I don't think it's clear what you're after, though; do you just want a distro with a minimal base install, or are you wanting something that does minimal patching of the upstream sources? Those are two different things.

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