Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 18th Jun 2012 04:20 UTC
Linux In the past year I've reviewed four lightweight Linuxes for OS News: VectorLinux, Puppy Linux, Lubuntu, and Damn Small Linux. This article compares the four distributions. I invite your comments in response: what are your own experiences with these and competing lightweight distros?
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Arch Linux
by Ford Prefect on Mon 18th Jun 2012 08:46 UTC
Ford Prefect
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2006-01-16

I once tested two of these lightweight distros for an old Pentium II laptop with 128 MB of RAM. I found them to be inconvenient and also somewhat outdated, starting with the distro's organization, but also in terms of what software is available.

I then tried Archlinux, because I also use it as my main system. I found it to be a perfect fit for the old laptop. The system was quite responsive and I could even watch videos on Youtube with epiphany+Flash.

So my experience is that it is not worth it to watch out for especially slim distros like DSL and puppy, if you can just take a slim-by-design major distro like Archlinux.

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RE: Arch Linux
by gan17 on Mon 18th Jun 2012 14:16 in reply to "Arch Linux"
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2008-06-03

So my experience is that it is not worth it to watch out for especially slim distros like DSL and puppy, if you can just take a slim-by-design major distro like Archlinux.

Same hear. A build-your-own distro like Arch or Debian-businesscard is probably a better way to go for most people. They don't even require much experience, just the patience to read documentation.

I'd personally take Slitaz over Puppy or DSL/Tinycore if I was on the lookout for a ready-made slim distro, though.

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