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Article: Best Lightweight Linux Distros

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by Johnny-be-Good, Nov 8, 2017.

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  1. Johnny-be-Good

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    I definitely like Puppy for the purpose of pulling data off a problem HDD. If I can't get the OS to load, I'll boot up Puppy from a flash drive and then use that to retrieve as many personal files as I can for a user before nuking & paving the drive.
     
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    I like Puppy too but lately I've been looking at Slax and I like it a lot.
     
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    Slax is definitely interesting and unique the way modular apps are installed 'on the fly'.

    DSL was another small distro that was interesting at a 50 mb download but doesn't seem to have been updated in a while.
     
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    You really want a laugh, take a look at Kolibri OS, forked off of Menuet OS. The entire thing is written in 386 assembly language, so doing away with the need for any kind of compiler. The user interface is entirely in Russian.....and there's the craziest pair of big, googly eyes that follow your cursor everywhere on the desktop...

    A real scream. Totally unusable, of course, but it just goes to show what some folks get up to in their spare time.

    Total size? Around 10 Mbs.....because that assembly language is talking directly to your CPU in its own native tongue!

    http://kolibrios.org/en/


    Mike. :LOL:
     
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    I tried Kolibri version 0.7.7.0+ which can fit on a single 1.44MB floppy disk !

    Amazing what they packed into it. (I used it on a Usb stick as a floppy image).
     
  8. Johnny-be-Good

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    Sounds interesting.
    I'll have to give it a spin :)
     
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    In the past I've tried:
    1. Damn Small linux http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/download.html
    2. Porteus (I have a 2GB stick with v 2 on that I use to delete files in Windows that refuse to be removed, moved, recycled, deleted or erased)
    Newer versions are larger http://www.porteus.org/
    3. Feather linux https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=feather
    4. Peppermint https://peppermintos.com/
    5. Lubuntu http://lubuntu.net/
    6. Xubuntu https://xubuntu.org/
    7. LXLE Desktop http://www.lxle.net/
    this is my current favorite
    8. Bunsen Labs https://www.bunsenlabs.org/
    9. not sure if I ever tried Crunchbang - I own an eeepc so I tried newer distros on sticks in there a lot.
    Since it only has a 4GB ssd a modern distro can't be installed.
     
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    There are a few distros that can fit well within 4GB out of the box, SliTaz and Bodhi Linux came to my mind. FYI SliTaz only takes about 100-150MB on a fresh install, and this has been my go-to distro for my IGEL L100, which has a measly 1GB onboard flash storage.
     
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    Well the installed Xandros/Debian hybrid works well and I don't want to change it. The eeepc is fine for watching movies and reading books offline.
    If I decide to take it on a trip and I know I will be on the internet, I take a live USB stick to surf safely.
     
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    @Liz:-

    One of our Puppy Forum members, 8Geee, has an entire stable of these EEEpcs, and has produced his own Puplet of Slacko, specially optimised for, I believe, the 700-series.

    Worth taking a look, especially since it can be run from not only a USB stick, but also an SD card.....

    http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=102099


    Mike. ;)
     
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    I don't like puppy; I have never been able to get persistence to work.
    My sd slot holds my movies. <grin> So no way will I boot from that.
    Thanks anyway.
     
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