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Linux distros that don't use a lot of resources?


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#1 bitesized1612

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:24 AM

I'm totally new to the Linux environment so I want to get used it in a virtual machine before I commit to dual-booting it alongside Windows 7 on my current laptop. Any recommendations for distros that don't use too many resources but are easy for a beginner to configure and play with? For example, Ubuntu 12.04 was awesome but it ran very slow with the maximum amount of memory I could spare it in VirtualBox (like 1GB).

 

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:32 PM

"Any recommendations for distros that don't use too many resources but are easy for a beginner to configure and play with? . . ."

PCLOS-LXDE ( http://www.pclinuxos.com/?page_id=188 ) is very beginner-friendly;

Vector Linux 7.0 Light ( http://vectorlinux.com/news/vector-linux-7.0-light-released ) is easily configurable and worked out-of-the-box for me, even with BCM4313 wireless;

antiX-12 ( http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.com/2012/07/antix-12-most-complete-lightweight.html ) is very light on resources, works on most any old hardware, but can be a headache with wireless configurations;

lxle-12.04 ( http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/LXLE-extends-life-of-ageing-computers-182411 ) is ubuntu-based, very pretty, light on resources,but did not allow me to "shell out" to the virtual console using Ctrl-Alt-F2, etc.

 

Any of these should answer your question.  As always, the choice is yours!
 


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 02:15 PM

Crunchbang #! is light and fast .... http://crunchbang.org/



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:10 AM

Ubuntu is alittle slow in vm's however this isn't necessarily due to ram (your hard drive or the virutal cpu coding could be partly responsible)...if you can spare 1 gb of ram for a Vm then you have plenty for a smooth native install exeprience. Ubuntu is the a great distro to learn on as there are a lot of helpful guides for it, as well as loads of software to install.

 

If you want a lightweight distro try tinycore linux, i've recently discovered it...it's got a few difficulties but it's very cool...it's a live cd distro but apparently it can also be installed to a hard drive. It will run on on 32mb's ram I believe.

 

You could also try Debian which is what ubuntu is based off of.

 

Wikipedia has a list of linux distros which is very helpful in finding cools ones to try out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_distributions


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 02:10 PM

Have you looked at Distrowatch? Very comprehensive range http://distrowatch.com/



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 12:10 PM

Thank you all for your replies! :)



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:13 AM

Crunchbang #! is light and fast .... http://crunchbang.org/

 

I just installed it. It looks like fun, and I suppose it will be, but I've been on the post installation script for over an hour, with no end in sight.


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:05 PM

If you like the ubuntu experience, get lubuntu or xubuntu. Lubuntu is the lightest weight of all  the *buntu's, but xubuntu has a bit more eye candy (like more of what you would see on ubuntu) but requires a tad more resources.


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Posted 16 June 2013 - 12:42 AM

 

Crunchbang #! is light and fast .... http://crunchbang.org/

 

.......   but I've been on the post installation script for over an hour, with no end in sight.

 

I think that might be your download speed. I went yes to all options & was done in 10 mins.



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 10:14 PM

Update:

 

I'm testing Linux Lite 1.0.4 and it's running a bit slow but very smoothly on minimum resources. I could easily switch in-between my host OS and the VB window and do tasks in both. A bit sluggish just because this laptop is middle-aged, but very nice. It comes full featured off the .iso, you don't have to configure much and it uses half the resources that Ubuntu does. I heartily reccommend it.  :thumbsup:



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:18 PM

I am about to install Bodhi linux to an ancient Compaq Presario SR1710. I think this particular one came off the Ark with Noah. I will be posting the results of this venture, so check back often.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:03 PM

I am about to install Bodhi linux to an ancient Compaq Presario SR1710. I think this particular one came off the Ark with Noah. I will be posting the results of this venture, so check back often.

 

Well, that was anti-climatic. Old Noah must have gotten this wet. It doesn't work. At least it was free.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 07:46 PM

 

I am about to install Bodhi linux to an ancient Compaq Presario SR1710. I think this particular one came off the Ark with Noah. I will be posting the results of this venture, so check back often.

 

Well, that was anti-climatic. Old Noah must have gotten this wet. It doesn't work. At least it was free.

 

 

Did you test it in VMWare or...?

 

I think that's the essential draw of Linux: it's free, there's a variety of distros for different types of users and generally awesome community support if something goes wrong.



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