Lightweight Linux distribution

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Lightweight Linux distribution
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Lubuntu is described by its developers as lightweight in comparison to Ubuntu

A lightweight Linux distribution is a Linux distribution that uses relatively few resources. For example, Lubuntu, which requires a minimum of 128 MB of RAM and a Pentium II processor, is a lightweight variant of Ubuntu, which requires a 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM.[1][2][3]

Distributions described as lightweight[edit]

  • Alpine Linux - A security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl and BusyBox.[4] Mini download is 66 MB; base system (excluding kernel) is under 5 MB. Media download is 280MB for version 3.0.1.
  • antiX - Lightweight version of its parent distribution MEPIS Linux, based on Debian testing. Core Install: 128 MB, Base approx 300 MB. Package Manager: Synaptic[5]
  • BasicLinux - A very lightweight distribution capable of running on an Intel 386 and 3 MB of RAM[6][7]
  • Bodhi Linux - A lightweight and minimalistic distribution, based on Ubuntu 12.04[8]
  • CrunchBang Linux - A relatively large (771 MB) Debian based distribution designed primarily for speed and ease of use.[9][10]
  • Damn Small Linux - Download 50 MB. Additional software available as "DSL Extensions" and using the Debian APT tool, which has to be installed. "Light enough to power a 486DX with 16 MB of RAM"[11][12]
  • Feather Linux - Lightweight Linux Distribution derived from Knoppix. Now dormant.[13][14]
  • Lubuntu - Lightweight in comparison to Ubuntu, it uses the LXDE desktop.[1] Media download is 683MB.
  • Nanolinux - 14 MB distribution based on Tiny Core Linux.[15]
  • Peppermint Linux OS - Download: 587 MB, based on Lubuntu[16]
  • Porteus - It weighs in at under 300 MB, making it a lightweight contender[17] Comes with the LXDE and KDE desktops
  • Puppy Linux - Lightweight relative to most other Linux distributions[18] Download: 133MB. Package Manager: Synaptic (Lucid Puppy Ubuntu Compatible version)
  • Semplice Linux lightweight, fast and simple, based on Debian Sid[19]
  • SliTaz - 35 MB distribution; Package Manager is Tazpkg with its repository of packages[11]
  • Tiny Core Linux - 15 MB distribution; Software repository: TCZ packages[20]
  • Trisquel Mini - Lightweight version of Trisquel with LXDE[21]

Comparison of Lightweight Linux Distributions[edit]

Distribution Founder Maintainer Initial release year Current stable version Release date Approximate file size Fork Target audience Cost
Alpine Linux Alpine Linux Team Alpine Linux Team 2006 3.0.1 2014-04-21 280 MB[22] - network Gratis
antiX Anticapitalista Anticapitalista 2007 13.2 2013-11-05 X Debian - MEPIS old computers Gratis
Bodhi Linux Bodhi Linux Team Bodhi Linux Team 2011 2.4.0 2013-09-13 X Debian, Ubuntu desktop Gratis
CrunchBang Linux Philip Newborough Philip Newborough 2008 11 2013-05-06 X Debian desktop Gratis
CRUX Per Lidén Core maintainers 2002 3.1 2014-07-16 333MB - BSD/experienced users, lightweight Gratis
Damn Small Linux John Andrews dev team 2003 4.4.10 2008-11-18 X Debian, Knoppix portable, lightweight Gratis
Porteus Fanthom Porteus 2010 3 2014 X Slackware lightweight, portable Gratis
Puppy Linux Barry Kauler Puppy Foundation 2003 5.7 2014 X - portable, lightweight Gratis
SliTaz GNU/Linux Christophe Lincoln dev team 2008 4 2012 35 MB - portable Gratis
Tiny Core Linux Robert Shingledecker Team Tiny Core 2009 5.2 2014 X Tiny Core Linux portable Gratis
Trisquel GNU/Linux Rubén Rodríguez Pérez (quidam) Rubén Rodríguez Pérez (quidam) 2005 6.0.1 2014-04-01 ? Ubuntu LTS Free software: desktop Gratis
Zenwalk Jean-Philippe Guillemin dev team 2004 7.4 2014 X Slackware general Gratis
Distribution Founder Maintainer Initial release year Current stable version Release date Approx file size Fork Target audience Cost

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lubuntu Developers (December 2010). "Lubuntu". Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Behling, Mario (October 2010). "lubuntu 10.10 released". Retrieved 14 December 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ Canonical Ltd (October 2010). "Recommended Minimum System Requirements". Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Alpine Linux Wiki". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Main Page - antiX". Antix.mepis.org. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  6. ^ Keesan, Sindhi (October 2009). "BL on CF IDE drive". Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  7. ^ BasicLinux (undated). "BasicLinux". Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Nitesh. "Bodhi Linux is a Lightweight Linux Distribution". Ubuntu Vibes. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  9. ^ Justin Pot. "CrunchBang: A Lightweight OS Perfect For Old And New Computers Alike". MakeUseOf. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  10. ^ Jim Lynch. "CrunchBang 11 Waldorf". Desktop Linux Reviews. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  11. ^ a b Moparx (April 2008). "SliTaz: A light-weight GNU/Linux distribution". Linux Infusion. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Damn Small Linux (undated). "What is DSL?". Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Feather Linux - Docs". Featherlinux.berlios.de. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  14. ^ "Linux.com :: Feather Linux: Light is right". Archive09.linux.com. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  15. ^ "Softpedia". Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Peppermint". peppermintos.com. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Porteus (14 November 2010). "Why choose Porteus ? - IT IS PORTABLE". Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  18. ^ Hell-Noire, Paul (July 2010). "Puppy Linux 5.0 Review - Lightweight, Fun, Fast!". Raymond. Retrieved 11 December 2010. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Semplice Linux Web Site". 
  20. ^ Lynch, Jim (July 2009). "Tiny Core Linux 2.1". Desktop Linux Reviews. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  21. ^ "Trisquel 5.0 Release announcement". The Trisquel Project. September 17, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  22. ^ http://alpinelinux.org/downloads