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    Light Linux Distros

    Last Update: 2011-02-25

    I have read and researched about light Linux distributions and decided to test each distribution for hardware requirements (specifically RAM). So far, I have tested the following distributions on VMware Player. They are sorted from lowest RAM usage with default installs and no modifications. I have added links of screenshots for reference.

    Please supply feedback, experiences, or new distributions.

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    Kolibri 0.7.7.0
    6MB RAM
    http://kolibrios.org/ (No search results on http://distrowatch.com/)
    Screenshot: http://use.com/6MB_RAM_Kolibri_0_7_7...30d77faac24042

    Damn Small Linux (DSL) 4.4.10
    20.2MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=damnsmall
    Screenshot: http://use.com/20_2MB_RAM_DSL_4_4_10...4149b41062caf3

    Puppy Lucid 5.1.0
    30MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=puppy
    Screenshot: http://use.com/30MB_RAM_Puppy_Lucid_...e88ceae4a16b5d

    Tiny Core Linux 3.1
    32.9MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=tinycore
    Screenshot: http://use.com/32_9MB_RAM_Tiny_Core_...2b004ed36de746

    antiX M8.5
    33.5MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=antix
    Screenshot: http://use.com/33_5MB_RAM_antiX_M8_5...084afa0fb03ed6

    SliTaz 3.0
    35MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=SliTaz
    Screenshot: http://use.com/35MB_RAM_SliTaz_3_0_cea69e863d31ef7bc3bb

    Lubuntu 10.04
    52MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=Lubuntu
    Screenshot: http://use.com/52MB_RAM_Lubuntu_10_0...61f977a767dfc0

    CrunchBang 9.04.01
    63.07MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?dis...ion=CrunchBang
    Screenshot: http://use.com/63_07MB_RAM_CrunchBan...d971e8270daace

    wattOS R2
    71.3MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=wattos
    Screenshot: http://use.com/71_3MB_RAM_wattOS_R2_...2d257748eaaf15

    Linux Mint 9 Fluxbox
    76MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mint
    Screenshot: http://use.com/76MB_RAM_Linux_Mint_9...89775d4a2467f0

    Linux Mint 9 LXDE
    80MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mint
    Screenshot: http://use.com/80MB_RAM_Linux_Mint_9...c09fc2052ec63d

    Peppermint One Respin 08042010
    80MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?dis...ion=peppermint
    Screenshot: http://use.com/80MB_RAM_Peppermint_O...c575f7df0285b7

    Xubuntu 10.04
    99.4MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=Xubuntu
    Screenshot: http://use.com/99_4MB_RAM_Xubuntu_10...37d8a3b79af663

    Linux Mint 9 XFCE
    99.6MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mint
    Screenshot: http://use.com/99_6MB_RAM_Linux_Mint...9208b4071048dd

    Fedora 13 LXDE Spin
    106MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=fedora
    Screenshot: http://use.com/106MB_RAM_Fedora_13_L...76459f1a5e8f94

    Debian 5.06 LXDE
    109.73MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=debian
    Screenshot: http://use.com/109_73MB_RAM_Debian_5...65b2f133fe7677

    Ubuntu 10.04.1 Lucid Lynx
    115.4MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=Ubuntu
    Screenshot: http://use.com/115_4MB_RAM_Ubuntu_10...13300814b16478

    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat
    116.4MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=Ubuntu
    Screenshot: http://use.com/116_4MB_RAM_Ubuntu_10...2d01699a38514a

    Fedora 13 GNOME
    117.8MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=fedora
    Screenshot: http://use.com/117_8MB_RAM_Fedora_13...3383bd97f42994

    Linux Mint 9 GNOME
    119.5 RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mint
    Screenshot: http://use.com/119_5_RAM_Linux_Mint_...02c48f322bd473

    Ylmf OS 3.0
    125.9MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=ylmf
    Screenshot: http://use.com/125_9MB_RAM_Ylmf_3_0_...e43d4ca8f65d29

    Absolute Linux 13.1.5
    160.42MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=absolute
    Screenshot: http://use.com/160_42MB_RAM_Absolute...1c31dfa4b94b4f

    Unity Linux 2010 Final
    172.6MB RAM
    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=unity
    Screenshot: http://use.com/172_6MB_RAM_Unity_Lin...41a0cdb1ee77f2
    Last edited by lbrty; February 25th, 2011 at 11:04 PM.

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    Re: Light Linux Distributions - Hardware Testing (RAM)

    Very nice work! Thank you so much for running these tests; it is good to have solid numbers when making a decision.

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    Thanks! I just wanted to give back to this great community! =)

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    If you are taking suggestions for further testing, I suggest Debian + LXDE. I'd be curious to see how it stacks up to Lubuntu.

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    Good work. Bookmarked!

    Maybe a comment or two for each distro would be helpful. Damn Small Linux seems to be a stalled project, for example.
    Last edited by mrgs; September 26th, 2010 at 11:36 PM.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    @snowpine
    Thanks for the reply! That is a good idea! =) I am downloading the .iso file now.

    @mrgs
    Thanks for the reply! I thought about doing so, however just wanted to keep the information as simple as possible. What type of comments would you put? =) Thanks!

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    tiny core

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    lbrty,

    Thanks much for making the time and effort to run these tests. This information should prove quite useful.
    Last edited by jmszr; September 27th, 2010 at 01:57 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbrty View Post

    Thanks for the reply! I thought about doing so, however just wanted to keep the information as simple as possible. What type of comments would you put?

    I was just thinking of brief information of general interest, like:

    Damn Small Linux: Apparently in a stand-still
    Peppermint: Focusing on cloud computing

    and so on.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    @mrgs
    Thanks for the reply! I thought about doing so, however just wanted to keep the information as simple as possible. What type of comments would you put? =) Thanks!
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    Great work. You are right is nice to have it simple. Maybe disk space needed, if it can run completely in RAM and to what distro-family they belong would be fine.

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