I have a netbook which has about 3-4 gigs of space on it. Since it is a netbook, I didn't want to perform a full install of latex (~1gig) on it. It runs linux.
I was wondering if I could install latex on an external hard drive or perhaps have a light version (quite barebones) of latex which would need me to place packages in my compile directory without having them all.
I have read LaTeX for netbook OSes. However, most of the options available are for compiling in the "cloud" which I don't want as internet access, whilst travelling, is sketchy at best.
This forum post on Installing/running MikTeX on an external harddrive doesn't inspire too much confidence either.
What are my options? Are there any lightweight distributions of latex that I should
sudo apt-get with my netbook?