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    Looking for a light RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu 13.04

    Hello,

    I'm looking for a light weight RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu. I've used Fedora before (version 16, I believe) and I liked the interface, however it ran pretty slow on my machine (dual core intel atom, but only 2GB RAM).

    What I'm trying to achieve is have a separate OS that will run Cinepaint, with minimal other applications, and use Ubuntu for my remaining operations.

    Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated

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    Re: Looking for a light RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu 13.04

    You Can try PCLOS. Don't know if they have a current lightweight version or not but the regular version runs pretty fast on my old computer(amd4000 cpu).
    You can always remove the apps you don't need. Don't know about cinepaint. Good luck in your search

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    Re: Looking for a light RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu 13.04

    Why specifically an RPM distro, unless you simply fancy running one as an alternative to a deb distro.
    EDIT:
    OK, I've just seen your other post about deep-painting applications (not sure what you mean by that) nor do I have anything to say about cinepaint.

    What about using the ubuntu mini.iso Minimal CD and then just adding whatever you need for a truly minimal distro, using openbox or similar as a WM; it can not get much smaller than that.

    If it must be a RPM distro have a look also at CentOS, or do a search at DistroWatch.com
    Last edited by ajgreeny; June 24th, 2013 at 04:36 PM.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 12.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo

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    Re: Looking for a light RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu 13.04

    Quote Originally Posted by Derelinquat fenestras View Post
    What I'm trying to achieve is have a separate OS that will run Cinepaint, with minimal other applications, and use Ubuntu for my remaining operations.
    Why?

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    Re: Looking for a light RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu 13.04

    CentOS and Scientific are very nice for low-end hardware.

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    Re: Looking for a light RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu 13.04

    Thank you all for your replies.

    The reason I would like to find an RPM OS is I am interested in trying Cinepaint because I am a photojournalist/digital artist and cinepaint allows to to paint in 8, 16, 32 bit color space (whereas GIMP only allows for 8bit). Cinepaint is no longer provides in deb repositories, and the PPAs that I've found that are supposed to carry it do not work (404 error). It is, however, offered as an RPM package.

    I tried to convert it with alien, but does not function properly, I have also tried to build it from the .tar.bz package from SourceForge... but I haven't been able to get it to run... worked on it for a while, but decided to investigate/research other options... So I was just thinking if I had a small light weight distro on a small partition that I could test/run Cinepaint (or other RPM packages) and do the remained of my computing, editing, et cetera on the Ubuntu partition.

    Sorry I didn't quite make all of that clear...

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    Re: Looking for a light RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu 13.04

    Quote Originally Posted by Derelinquat fenestras View Post
    I tried to convert it with alien, but does not function properly, I have also tried to build it from the .tar.bz package from SourceForge... but I haven't been able to get it to run... worked on it for a while, but decided to investigate/research other options...
    Understood In that case go with the suggestion below,

    Quote Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
    CentOS and Scientific are very nice for low-end hardware.

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    Re: Looking for a light RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu 13.04

    Thank you for your suggestions....

    Are CentOS and Scientific similar to Ubuntu in that certain distro versions (6.4, 5.9, 4.8, etc...) that are more stable?
    Kind of like Ubuntu has LTS distros (like 12.04.1)...

    Just curious before I make a selection...

    Thanks again

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    Re: Looking for a light RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu 13.04

    All releases of CentOS/Scientific are extremely stable (much more so than Ubuntu LTS, in my opinion/experience).
    I recommend the current 6.4 release.

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    Re: Looking for a light RPM based distro to run along side Ubuntu 13.04

    Thank you so much, I will give it a try

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