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    • bobjonkman repeated a notice by clacke 13 November 2021
      RT @clacke I think everyone should learn at least a little bit of computer programming, so they can learn to hate computers at deeper level."Give a man a program, frustrate him for a day. Teach a man to program, frustrate him for a lifetime."twitit.gq/ddzwiedziu/status/14…
    • Favorite 13 November 2021
      bobjonkman favorited something by clacke: I think everyone should learn at least a little bit of computer programming, so they can learn to hate computers at deeper level."Give a man a program, frustrate him for a day.Teach a man to program, frustrate him for a lifetime."twitit.gq/ddzwiedziu/status/14…
    • New note by bobjonkman 8 November 2021
      Some of us still do that - make the content the most important thing on the page, rather than the chrome and the flash and the bling...
    • bobjonkman repeated a notice by lxo 8 November 2021
      RT @lxo remember when web site designers worked really hard to cut down the amount of nonsense on the web page so it would spend fewer server, network and client resources, and would load faster? those were the days. that was before surveillance capitalism took hold, I suppose.
    • Favorite 8 November 2021
      bobjonkman favorited something by lxo: remember when web site designers worked really hard to cut down the amount of nonsense on the web page so it would spend fewer server, network and client resources, and would load faster? those were the days. that was before surveillance capitalism took hold, I suppose.
    • Favorite 2 November 2021
      bobjonkman favorited something by lnxw48a1: "htyps" is the secure typos protocol. This should have been "https" instead.
    • bobjonkman repeated a notice by lnxw48a1 2 November 2021
      RT @lnxw48a1 "htyps" is the secure typos protocol. This should have been "https" instead.
    • New note by bobjonkman 28 October 2021
      Me too! I've been reading things for radio broadcast, but I have no idea what I'm saying... Concentrating too hard on reading ahead of what I'm speaking so I can do the intonation right...
    • bobjonkman repeated a notice by lxo 28 October 2021
      RT @lxo funny thing, when I read stuff aloud, it's like DMA, it doesn't go through the CPU, and I can't recall what I've heard. I only retain what I read if I read it quietly
    • Favorite 28 October 2021
      bobjonkman favorited something by lxo: funny thing, when I read stuff aloud, it's like DMA, it doesn't go through the CPU, and I can't recall what I've heard. I only retain what I read if I read it quietly

Lightweight GNU/Linux distributions

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 13th June 2011

This is a list of lightweight GNU/Linux (or other free/libre OS) distributions.

I’m specifically looking for a free/libre operating system that will run a Graphical User Interface on a 10-year-old laptop, 700 MHz Intel CPU, 256 MiBytes RAM (but 128 MiBytes would be better), an 8 GiByte hard drive and an 800×600 screen.

If you know of any other lightweight distributions please leave a comment. Also please leave a comment if you can help fill out the chart – the distributions’ documentation is pretty inadequate when it comes to listing minimium system requirements.

Name Minimum System Requirements Windows Manager
CPU RAM Disk Space Video
Mandriva XFCE 2010 Spring         Xfce
Xubuntu         Xfce
Lubuntu 10.04 Pentium II or Celeron 128 MB 1.5 GB   LXDE
Linux Mint Xfce (201104)   114 MB     Xfce
Linux Mint 10 “Julia” – LXDE x86 processor 256 MB 3 GB 800×600 LXDE
Trisquel Mini         LXDE
Crunchbang         Openbox
SlimPup   35-50 MB 150 MB ISO    
Debian         Fluxbox
Arch Linux 2010.05 i686 or x86_64 64 MB 7.5 GB   xmonad
Tiny Core Linux i486DX 48 MB   TinyX
WCLP 25 MHz 486 16 MB 400 MB    
antiX PII 266 MHz 64 MB 2.2 GB VGA  
Dragora GNU/Linux-libre Intel 486 64MB (1GB suggested) 4 GB VGA  
Bodhi Linux 300+ MHz 128 MB 2.5 GB   Enlightenment

I expect this post to be a continuous work-in-progress.

–Bob.

Added 14 June 2011: Thanx for the suggestions from @dwa, @headphonica, @darkestkhan, @flying_squirrel and @circuidipity, all added above.

Added 17 June 2011: @schestowitz points me to a Linux Devices article on Tiny Core Linux.

Added 28 July 2011: @chaslinux reminded me of The Working Centre’s distribution, WCLP.

Added 4 August 2011:Just saw antiX mentioned on Identi.ca.

Added 12 October 2013: @tekk writes: @bobjonkman If driver support isn’t an issue, maybe look at http://dragora.org . I’d also put slackware on the list for that, maybe freebsd as well?

Added 23 November 2013: Bodhi Linux

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