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In your opinion, what is the linux os less heavy in the world?

#1
Hello to all guys, I wanted to ask your opinion about what the linux os less heavy to install on my pc, you have any idea? Smile
#2
I've heard some good things about Puppy Linux. It's around 100 MB, and it comes in a portable version too, so you can test it out first. I haven't tried it myself, but it seems good if you want something small & fast.
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#3
It all depends on the distro. I use the live cd version of Backtracks for security audits. I have also used Ubunto that also has a live version so, nothing to install. I boot off of my usb thumb drive.
#4
Kali Linux for security

WiFISlax for wifi security audit (live cd)
#5
I recommend to use debian and gnome interface or another, however there linux ah well light as the puppy already quoted, and "dawn small linux" and some lighter still as "tiny core" that runs on very old machines with only 50mb of ram and hd 200mb kkkk
#6
what you think of Elementary instead? (also live)

https://elementary.io/
#7
Here is the thing with lighter distro's. They have next to nothing installed. You will have to add things that you want to use and may need to update things.

As for Kali, I recommend staying away from it. Its buggy and crashes a lot. It has too many young kids trying to make it l33t and it doesn't work. It was a replacement for Backtracks, but failed big time. Its more like windows then an actual linux distro.
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(07-02-2015, 04:26 PM)strokerace Wrote: Here is the thing with lighter distro's. They have next to nothing installed. You will have to add things that you want to use and may need to update things.

As for Kali, I recommend staying away from it. Its buggy and crashes a lot. It has too many young kids trying to make it l33t and it doesn't work. It was a replacement for Backtracks, but failed big time. Its more like windows then an actual linux distro.

@strokerace

And Kali is also very heavy, I'm looking for a lightweight distro that you can put in an old pc, on live because the hard drive is dead. What do you think of elementary os?
#9
It is all about the graphic desktop, Kali, backtrack and ubuntu uses gnome, but I invite you to try Lubuntu http://lubuntu.net/

Which to is the lightest desktop, and it is still simple to use.

Last year there was a even lighter and better distro called #! http://crunchbang.org/, but the proyect died Sorry
#10
(07-02-2015, 08:06 PM)michelinus Wrote:
(07-02-2015, 04:26 PM)strokerace Wrote: Here is the thing with lighter distro's. They have next to nothing installed. You will have to add things that you want to use and may need to update things.

As for Kali, I recommend staying away from it. Its buggy and crashes a lot. It has too many young kids trying to make it l33t and it doesn't work. It was a replacement for Backtracks, but failed big time. Its more like windows then an actual linux distro.

@strokerace

And Kali is also very heavy, I'm looking for a lightweight distro that you can put in an old pc, on live because the hard drive is dead. What do you think of elementary os?

It doesn't matter how old the the computer is. You are using live with no install. I am using it on an 8 year old laptop.
All live distro's will work as they need a min of 256 megs of ram.
Elementary is garbage.

(07-03-2015, 05:23 PM)_Hoh_ Wrote: It is all about the graphic desktop, Kali, backtrack and ubuntu uses gnome, but I invite you to try Lubuntu http://lubuntu.net/

Which to is the lightest desktop, and it is still simple to use.

Last year there was a even lighter and better distro called #! http://crunchbang.org/, but the proyect died Sorry

Its not about the lightness in the desktop. They are interested in light over all. Gnome is also heavier then KDE in my opinion
#11
I am using puppy linux and archlinux. Both are good. Puppy linux is very compact but if you want to various things, sometimes it may be suitable. Archlinux is very flexible and you can setup one by one , then you can avoid to install unnecessary modules at all . I personally recommend it.
#12
Gentoo if you can get it installed and configured. Nothing extra whatsoever, you install only what you want.

I've heard good things about Arch, but I haven't used it. Debian is light enough depending on what you install. I use Debian / KDE on desktop, Debian / XFCE if it's got to be light.
#13
(07-01-2015, 10:20 PM)Yozora Wrote: I've heard some good things about Puppy Linux. It's around 100 MB, and it comes in a portable version too, so you can test it out first. I haven't tried it myself, but it seems good if you want something small & fast.

I like Puppy Linux because it is portable. When you think about it, how many applications do you use that actually require you to have a full-install of an OS?
#14
(08-31-2015, 08:28 PM)learninglingo Wrote: When you think about it, how many applications do you use that actually require you to have a full-install of an OS?
Never thought about it before. Interesting thought. Good
#15
TS, try this http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/ Rolleyes
#16
(07-01-2015, 06:39 PM)michelinus Wrote: Hello to all guys, I wanted to ask your opinion about what the linux os less heavy to install on my pc, you have any idea? Smile

To get a helpful answer you should give enough details when asking your question. In this case, you're asking about the most lightweight Linux distro. but you didn't tell us what exactly are you going to do with it?... A desktop, a server, a firewall etc..... If we get pass that by assuming that you're after a desktop, then again what are the specs of your PC?...

Anyway, I'm a long time adopter of RedHat/Fedora both as servers and desktops. My current Fedora 23 (latest version) runs on modest specs: P4 3.2GHz with1.5GB RAM, and I have an older Fedora version (16) running comfortably inside a VMware VM with 750MB of RAM.

There may be 'thinner' offshoots of the 4/5 main Linux distros, but it's been a long long time that I've made my choice.... so never looked outside RHEL/Centos/Fedora since they came into being and don't have any plan to change that.
IN ABSENTIA LUCIS, TENEBRAE VINCUNT
IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS
#17
For a lightweight Linux operating system I believe you must try the Ubuntu Deriavatives Xubuntu and Lubuntu as they both are known to pump life into aging old systems with hardware not capable of running conventional Operating systems such as Windows and/or heavier linux kernals such as Debian, Ubuntu Stable and Fedora.
#18
You can do something like a minimal install with debain and only install the applications you need for a very small installation. I tend to look for a balance between useability and resource usage and currently using lubuntu.
#19
Greetings :)

Of course there are always Puppy, Damn Small Linux, and similar projects (you could search for them on distrowatch!) - but in case you're wondering, there's something ELSE. There are ASM (assembler) based operating systems; that weights as little as 1.44 megabytes (1 floppy drive!) and has GUI and coding IDE, some small 3D games and more! These OS are:

* Menuet OS
* Kolibri OS

There's also a pick of other small operating systems, such as:

* Haiku
* React OS
* MINIX
* RISC OS

They are in some sort similar to linux and interesting to learn. PM me if you have any questions & good luck!
#20
(07-01-2015, 06:39 PM)michelinus Wrote: Hello to all guys, I wanted to ask your opinion about what the linux os less heavy to install on my pc, you have any idea? Smile

Personally i like Ubuntu and Mint
#21
(07-17-2018, 03:11 PM)travismailsa Wrote:
(07-01-2015, 06:39 PM)michelinus Wrote: Hello to all guys, I wanted to ask your opinion about what the linux os less heavy to install on my pc, you have any idea? Smile

Personally i like Ubuntu and Mint
For a quality post tell us why you like it. For a post to earn you a quality credit it has to have some discussion in it and make a contribution to the topic of the discussion. Just to say you like Ubuntu and Mint is pretty meaningless. Why do you like Ubuntu and Mint?
#22
(07-18-2018, 12:30 AM)Genesis Wrote:
(07-17-2018, 03:11 PM)travismailsa Wrote:
(07-01-2015, 06:39 PM)michelinus Wrote: Hello to all guys, I wanted to ask your opinion about what the linux os less heavy to install on my pc, you have any idea? Smile

Personally i like Ubuntu and Mint 
For a quality post tell us why you like it. For a post to earn you a quality credit it has to have some discussion in it and make a contribution to the topic of the discussion. Just to say you like Ubuntu and Mint is pretty meaningless. Why do you like Ubuntu and Mint? 

Well i mainly like Mint, because its not clunky, runs perfectly on low spec pc with minimal resource usage. The interface is extremely user friendly -  almost like a linux version of windows.

Ubuntu similar experience, just has alot more features (Clunkier). Both Distros provide continual updates/fixes/releases/security patches etc - has a huge community base - well supported for gaming.

Other than that most Distros are pretty much the same whether it has a GUI or not.

FYI - if some user here does not know, Wine is awesome to run windows programs if required, i have used crossover, but the idea of Linux is also staying away from cost :P
#23
I don't quite understand your question "In your opinion, what is the linux os less heavy in the world?"

Let me rephrase your question.

"In your opinion, what Linux OS is the lightest in the world."
In this case, I would think that TinyCore is the lightest Linux OS in the world. It actually comes with basic bash/ ash support and some useful important applets. It doesn't have any GUI (Graphical User Interface) and only has a command prompt when you boot into the OS.

You also have to install the OS manually by using commands like fdisk and many more. You also have to maybe copy the OS files to a partition (for your OS).

If you want to surf the Internet, you only have one network access choice, which is... Ethernet. Yup, Ethernet. You have to install drivers yourself because this is a minimal OS. Even the process of installing drivers are very hard, complicated and may fail easily.

What about installing a GUI (Desktop). Many users use OpenBox for this OS. A window manager is already more than sufficient to use GUI applications. Same as the network part, installing it is already very hard, complicated and may fail easily.

As conclusion, this is what I think is the least heavy OS in the world.
#24
I really like linux, especially the bootable cds. I am currently using windows though I would definitely recommend linux.
#25
If we're talking about computer resources, I'd argue Arch Linux to be very lite, mostly because it's a very bare bones when freshly installed. And you can customize and add on to it what ever you desire. It's honestly perfect for my raspberry pi, which runs headless and doesn't need all that much, let alone a GUI. Though you do have to have some advanced knowledge of Linux to be able to install it, and configure it properly.
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#26
(07-01-2015, 06:39 PM)michelinus Wrote: Hello to all guys, I wanted to ask your opinion about what the linux os less heavy to install on my pc, you have any idea? Smile

If you don't need a GUI, use CLI.. then you need to know the commands pretty well. Normally admins configure their server in command line mode.
If you are not ok with CLI, you can try out some of the light ones with GUI. People here already have specified quite a few ones and they are all great.
Bodhi Linux
Puppy Linux
Linux Lite
Ubuntu MATE
Lubuntu
Arch Linux
LXLE
Peppermint OS
antiX
Crunchbang++
SparkyLinux
Tiny Core

Try them out and tell us.
  




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