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    Re: Light Linux Distributions - Hardware Testing (RAM)

    Here is another website that tests lightweight Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Note, testing is done with VirtualBox and LxTask (Task Manager). The results cannot be compared directly with those in this thread but can be can be compared with each other.

    A Speed Comparison of Lightweight Linux Distributions

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    Re: Light Linux Distributions - Hardware Testing (RAM)

    I'll add that I recently tried to install Debian 6.01a LXDE on an old Compaq Presario 1277 laptop. It installed fine and runs respectably. (at least as good as Win98 did on it originally)

    This system has an AMD K6 at about 400Mhz, and 192MB RAM.
    (the K6 restricts choice of distros massively since it doesn't support CMOV)

    I think the hardware you install on is an important variable. As this install only chews 31MB while in a VM it was eating over 60MB.

    Note, I also did NOT install LXDE from the Debian Installer. I chose the LXDE version to install, but then unselected the Desktop environment when selecting software packages. I then installed LXDE via APT. Perhaps that was the difference. Maybe Squeeze has some install-recommends that the stock LXDE doesn't, thus the lower foot print.

    If you're really looking to squeeze extra juice out of your machine, this may be something to look into.

    My next attempt may be to build from scratch!!

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    Re: Light Linux Distributions - Hardware Testing (RAM)

    @lbrty

    It might be worth re-testing CrunchBang as since version 10 it has been based on Debian instead of Ubuntu.

    Also if you have the time it might tbe worth testing Arch, either with Openbox or LXDE.

    I would test myself but unless you do it there is a chance of incomparable results.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Light Linux Distributions - Hardware Testing (RAM)

    You could have a look at muLinux, which claims a mere 8Mb RAM is needed. Very basic, of course.

    EDIT: I see that muLinux hasn't been updated since 2003, so maybe not such a good idea.
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    Re: Light Linux Distributions - Hardware Testing (RAM)

    what about Bodhi Linux? it's supposed to be light.

    edit: and Vector Linux.

    Have downloaded Bodhi to give it a spin. Apparently it can be snappy on these low powered arm processors. They have a demo of tablet running it.
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    Re: Light Linux Distributions - Hardware Testing (RAM)

    Hi,

    it's very nice to have this list sorted by RAM size here, but what about the disk usage?
    As with older hardware there usually is less disk space available (i.e. lubuntu will consume about 4GB of disk space, what really goes to the limits of computers with about 100MB RAM, maybe it would be nice if this could be added.
    I personally had the problem with lubuntu, was no problem with the other specs, I just had not enough drive space, so I had to find a smaller distro (fortunately I found one made by some guy, which only took about 2.5GB what was okay then)

    Still great work though, thank you!

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    About problems due to upgrading
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    Re: Light Linux Distributions - Hardware Testing (RAM)

    Raja

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    Re: Light Linux Distributions - Hardware Testing (RAM)

    Great work and thanks for posting.

    However, nothing was mentioned about performance when running applications. I have read in some forums that Lubuntu is the lightweight Ubuntu. Thought I give it a try (Lubuntu 12.10)on my aging netbook; I couldn't play movies (using latest VLC) and browse the internet at the same time (using Chromium that came with OS). The movie will lag like crazy. And browser will display in sections and parts like it's being refresh.

    During that time, the CPU usage will be 90-100% while 1gb RAM is only using probably 5-10%.

    Anyone has any recommendations for a 2nd life of that netbook that will only be used for movies and web browsing?

    Thanks
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