Strip down Raspbian – a collection of what I’ve found

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If you want to strip down Raspbian rather than start from the ground up with something like Raspbian-UA-NetInst which really has close to nothing on it, try the below.

It’s unfortunate that developers that offer “server” versions of Raspbian tend to disappear off the face of the planet leaving little more than a husk of a webpage showing that it once existed. So I thought I’d compile a list of reductions that can be run. Mainly for myself, but if it helps you too, then, bonus.

There is probably overlap and so on but I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Many will only help with freeing space on the SD card, rather than help with boot-up time, CPU usage and RAM. But read this post of mine on improving boot time.

PS. If you are the owner of one of the below pages and are unhappy with my inclusion of your commands, please let me know and I will remove them.

Option 1: Remove Packages

And finally, my own little addition, since I discovered that node.js now automatically comes with Raspbian:

Option 2: Raspbian Server Image / Scripts

While the guy who compiled the server edition image has disappeared along with the image, the scripts he used to make it are (at the time of writing), here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1RhPrxJp7gySGljY1c2cFZaMk0/edit.

I have taken the liberty of mirroring it on this blog; click here to download the sirlagz Raspbian Server Edition scripts.tar.gz. Or my .zip version, here: sirlagz Raspbian Server Edition scripts .zip

Other alternatives

From http://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/14763/how-to-improve-boot-time-for-raspberry-pi, my two favourite answers:

  1. Speed up the boot process using eINIT: https://sourceforge.net/projects/einit/
  2. Read this article at samplerbox.org/article/fastbootrpi which claims to be able to get boot time down to about 8 seconds!
  3. Raspbian-UA-NetInst – a server version of Raspbian
  4. RaspberryPi-UA-NetInst – another server version of Raspbian

 

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