Headless
#1
I'd like to run the Pine64 as a headless Linux server - no GUI and no additional software.  Really just a barebones system and then slowly add the packages I need.

What distros can I load for a headless server?
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(05-18-2016, 01:35 PM)rmasonjr Wrote: I'd like to run the Pine64 as a headless Linux server - no GUI and no additional software.  Really just a barebones system and then slowly add the packages I need.

What distros can I load for a headless server?

You've actually got quite a few options. 

You can use Lenny's debian image without DE or longsleep's Ubuntu image without DE that you can download via the official wiki (top of forum) or here: https://www.pine64.pro/downloads/

You can also give DietPi a go: http://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=1068

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#3
or use an Arch Image. Every distro here in the Forum runs without a desktop enviroment, you have to install it.

Ubuntu
its nice, it works fine, many packages available, more then debian

Debian
had some problems with some images here, but i think those are fixed.
for a headless solution, and "apt-get" user its perfect Wink

Arch
Realy great! A little bit strange for me. Because I use debian devirates (elemantary, debian, mint, ubuntu) most of the time. I love the concept and how it works but have no time to look into it.
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(05-18-2016, 03:41 PM)pictus Wrote: or use an Arch Image. Every distro here in the Forum runs without a desktop enviroment, you have to install it.

Ubuntu
its nice, it works fine, many packages available, more then debian

Debian
had some problems with some images here, but i think those are fixed.
for a headless solution, and "apt-get" user its perfect Wink

Arch
Realy great! A little bit strange for me. Because I use debian devirates (elemantary, debian, mint, ubuntu) most of the time. I love the concept and how it works but have no time to look into it.

Yup, then there is Arch. But no one is is maintaining it currently so I do not recommend it. What issues did you experience with debian ?
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#5
Hi,

I played with both Ubuntu and Debian and found that for my use Debian worked better. It has older packages, but I encountered fewer issues implementing certain functionality like headless Selenium and Python. All that said, you could easily go with Ubuntu as well as it was solid too. I just had some issues with certain elements that may have been due to user error, but I did not have time to troubleshoot especially when Debian worked out of the box.

Thank you.
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(05-19-2016, 10:43 AM)jl_678 Wrote: Hi,

I played with both Ubuntu and Debian and found that for my use Debian worked better.  It has older packages, but I encountered fewer issues implementing certain functionality like headless Selenium and Python.  All that said, you could easily go with Ubuntu as well as it was solid too.  I just had some issues with certain elements that may have been due to user error, but I did not have time to troubleshoot especially when Debian worked out of the box.

Thank you.


I may add to this by saying that I found it somewhat easier to build a LAMP server on Debian than Ubuntu (issues with php5.6 / 7). But this could just be me.
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#7
Thanks guys.  I'm really looking for a a distro that is as 'lean' as possible, meaning nothing much running in memory or installed on the SD card.  
I think I'll install webmin on one of the distros then, turn off and remove the installed packages until it is lean.

What I'm doing is building a system that will run .NET mono apps that run in a network of Pi units all communicating together.  

Thanks!
Rob
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(05-18-2016, 04:09 PM)Luke Wrote: Yup, then there is Arch. But no one is is maintaining it currently so I do not recommend it. What issues did you experience with debian ?

I didnt test the latest images, older ones (March/ April) did not start after compiling some stuff. Everything stays black, don´t know where the error is.
I will test a newer Image this week, and try to setup all required stuff, think it should run a little bit faster then ubuntu
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#9
(05-23-2016, 04:03 AM)pictus Wrote:
(05-18-2016, 04:09 PM)Luke Wrote: Yup, then there is Arch. But no one is is maintaining it currently so I do not recommend it. What issues did you experience with debian ?

I didnt test the latest images, older ones (March/ April) did not start after compiling some stuff. Everything stays black, don´t know where the error is.
I will test a newer Image this week, and try to setup all required stuff, think it should run a little bit faster then ubuntu
Alright Smile here is the link to the newest debian.
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