DietPi vs Raspbian Lite!

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Re: DietPi vs Raspbian Lite!

Post by diggy_dude » Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:50 pm

Count me as another user who had nothing but trouble installing Raspbian. I searched for alternate RPi distros and found DietPi. I was able to get it up and running and connected to my wifi network within minutes! Got my backup and user data set up on a USB thumb drive, and Apache/PHP running with some very nice APC management scripts that came with the DietPi PHP package. You guys saved me a tremendous amount of frustration! Thanks!

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Re: DietPi vs Raspbian Lite!

Post by meskafonas » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:41 pm

I think DietPi wins easy. So many awesome scripts, everything automated to make nice experience while using it. Stable and lightweight DietPi OS is on higher level than Raspbian. 8-)

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Re: DietPi vs Raspbian Lite!

Post by johnvick » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:03 pm

To add to the fanmail I have had DietPi running successfully on Pi 1, 2 and 3, Odroid XU4 and BananPi M1.

On the Odroid XU4 with Cloudshell display it is unbeatable.

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Re: DietPi vs Raspbian Lite!

Post by grazie » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:17 pm

Could someone update the documentation or clarify my misunderstanding. The spreadsheet linked to above compares DietPi to Raspbian Lite. I know it's not the current release, but why has the minimum SD card size has jumped from 1G to 4G?

Could someone also tell me why I can only download a Stretch version for RPi when Jessie is available for other platforms? I have searched for this info (not extensively I admit) but not found it.

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Re: DietPi vs Raspbian Lite!

Post by MichaIng » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:37 pm

grazie wrote:Could someone update the documentation or clarify my misunderstanding. The spreadsheet linked to above compares DietPi to Raspbian Lite. I know it's not the current release, but why has the minimum SD card size has jumped from 1G to 4G?

Could someone also tell me why I can only download a Stretch version for RPi when Jessie is available for other platforms? I have searched for this info (not extensively I admit) but not found it.
Yeah, agree, we need an update here. I will be able to do one, once v6.0 is released, which should be this sunday, as everything is going as expected.
One reason for the minimal SD card requirement raise was, that the default swapfile size was raised, so that RAM+swapfile together has 2 GB. This was due to some concerns, that 1 GB might not be enough to ensure no emergency process kills. This could be rethought, as it strongly depends on the software you want to run on it. But e.g. on my RPi2 (1 GB RAM) with full featured Nextcloud, where I normally never break 300 MB RAM use, on daily cron at night, where heavy backup and other maintenance tasks are configured, I already had some random process kills due to low RAM, resulting in total SD card corruption (especially MySQL) one time. I had swap disabled that time. Now I have it enabled (giving me 2 GB full RAM). Of course on 512 MB RAM devices, this means 1,5 GB SD card already just for swapfile. 2 GB then is already quite low for other system/software ;).

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Re: DietPi vs Raspbian Lite!

Post by Sabiracer » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:36 am

I'm going to chirp in here too, I am amazed that i have ONLY JUST found out about DietPi when i was looking for a method of creating a simple no fuss NFS on my pi. All i can say is i am a bit of a n00b when it comes to linux but this build made it so easy and made perfect sense! thank you so much and can't wait to continue to use DietPi on all my builds.

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Post by Fourdee » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:34 pm

Sabiracer wrote:I'm going to chirp in here too, I am amazed that i have ONLY JUST found out about DietPi when i was looking for a method of creating a simple no fuss NFS on my pi. All i can say is i am a bit of a n00b when it comes to linux but this build made it so easy and made perfect sense! thank you so much and can't wait to continue to use DietPi on all my builds.
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Re: DietPi vs Raspbian Lite!

Post by MichaIng » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:29 pm

I made a current comparison, sadly I forgot to measure/write down the boot times, and now my Pi is back in production. Better then nothing:

Test system
- Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
- CSL 5V 2.1A power adaptor
- Kingston SDCA3/64GB U3
- Raspbian Stretch based system
- direct terminal access via monitor and keyboard

After comparing both available systems, I used the PREP_SYSTEM_FOR_DIETPI.sh script to upgrade Raspbian Lite base image to DietPi, using the possibility to skip WLAN related packages: DietPi-Prep

Version/Date
Raspbian Lite: 2017-11-29
DietPi: 6.0 (without network access => no 1st run update to 6.1)
DietPi-Prep: 6.1 (with network access => all packages + DietPi up to date)

Download size [MB]
Raspbain Lite: 347
DietPi: 80,6

Image file size [MB]
Raspbian Lite: 1730
DietPi: 666

Root partition size [MB]
Raspbian Lite: 1046
DietPi: 445
DietPi-Prep: 387
- Raspbian Lite now offers automated file system expansion as well :!:
- What is the reason, that raw image sizes are larger than the files, finally laid out on disk :?:

Installed packages
Raspbian Lite: 439
DietPi: 247
DietPi-Prep: 232

Memory usage [MB]
Raspbian Lite: 32.3
DietPi: 27.1
DietPi-Prep: not comparable, access via SSH, active network and dietpi.txt 1st run preparation (headless, disabled HDMI), but was down to 24.3M after 1st run setup.

Active tasks
Raspbian Lite: 18
DietPi: 10
DietPi-Prep: 10+1 for active SSH session

Real performance measurements would be nice, I know, but I didn't want to stress my actual production system too much and also wanted to bring it up as fast as possible. Horrible, to run 2 days without calendar sync :lol:.

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Re: DietPi vs Raspbian Lite!

Post by JenniferT » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:00 am

dam right

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Re: DietPi vs Raspbian Lite!

Post by CJ01 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:17 pm

I'm glad everyone is having fun with DietPi. My experience is a bit different. See post viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4346&sid=d8aa99daf ... 99967550f5

I've installed it on a Pi3 B+ and installed the WifiHotspot and it works great. But my issue is with the PiZero W. Any package I install so far cause the Pi Zero W to just keep rebooting. Has anyone installed it on a Pi Zero W?

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