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#1 2017-07-04 13:35:58

thr
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Lightweight Linux distros

We just finished writing a huge list of the best lightweight Linux distros and we included ArchBang. So any feedback is appreciated.


Also, do you have any other suggestions or preferences for lightweight distros? Which one do you use other than ArchBang?

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#2 2017-07-08 01:21:47

Mr Green
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Re: Lightweight Linux distros

I use Alpine which is very lightweight and fast.... if you are talking live then Austrumi was always a favourite with me. To get a more lightweight distro have often thought of switching to a small browser but this did not go down to well with our users. When I first started working on ArchBang is was around 400Mb now we are over 600Mb with very little extra content.... Maybe more down to kernel, gparted and firefox...

Anyway welcome to ArchBang and thank you for adding us to your site wink


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#3 2017-07-08 08:01:55

seventh
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Re: Lightweight Linux distros

Couple Archbang with the JWM window manager and you have one helluva light weight distro when installed.

Download wise 600mb is ok  i think for the arch kernel with a working openbox window manager and some usefull apps.  Some devuan linux offshoots like star linux are coming in at 500mb with a few more features but an old stable kernel.

Plus 1 for Alpine though, probably the lightest and fastest i have tried.

Last edited by seventh (2017-07-08 08:05:08)

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#4 2017-07-09 01:40:24

Mr Green
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Re: Lightweight Linux distros

If I could get rid of a few of the gui toolkits then maybe I could claw back some space for extra apps. For some reason Arch firefox packages requires gtk2 and gtk3! .... Couple that with gparted which needs gtkmm and things start to get messy. I agree a lighter window manager would be the way to go, we try very hard to keep to the AB ideal of Openbox window manager.

[mrgreen@arch ~]$ pacdep jwm
jwm                     307.00 KiB
Exclusive dependencies:      0 B
Shared dependencies:    241.18 MiB
Total dependencies:     241.18 MiB (241.48 MiB)
[mrgreen@arch ~]$ pacdep openbox
openbox                   1.19 MiB
Exclusive dependencies:      0 B
Shared dependencies:    240.77 MiB
Total dependencies:     240.77 MiB (241.95 MiB)
[mrgreen@arch ~]$ 

Ouch!

[mrgreen@arch ~]$ pacdep firefox
firefox                 131.82 MiB (132.68 MiB)
Exclusive dependencies: 883.00 KiB
Shared dependencies:    534.03 MiB
Total dependencies:     534.89 MiB (666.71 MiB)

Shock!

[mrgreen@arch ~]$ pacdep chromium
chromium                202.00 MiB (205.05 MiB)
Exclusive dependencies:   3.04 MiB
Shared dependencies:    406.09 MiB
Total dependencies:     409.14 MiB (611.14 MiB)

Not the worlds best browser by any means, but live....

community/netsurf         4.35 MiB (  7.42 MiB)
Exclusive dependencies:   3.06 MiB
Shared dependencies:    375.13 MiB
Total dependencies:     378.19 MiB (382.55 MiB)

Comments, suggestions, donations please feel free to contact me mrgreen(at)archbang(dot)org Artix information https://artix-linux.github.io/migrate/

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#5 2017-07-09 07:26:03

scjet
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Re: Lightweight Linux distros

The new ArchLabs is pretty light-n-sweet too, but she's a big iso.
Arch+OpenBox+i3wm
https://sourceforge.net/projects/archlabs/

Last edited by scjet (2017-07-09 07:37:30)

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#6 2017-07-10 08:22:48

Mr Green
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Re: Lightweight Linux distros

Looks good, with super massive kernels and thousands of gui toolkits, not to mention huge browsers. I for one know how hard it is to keep things light and simple.

Maybe it's time for something new, light, fast and above all systemd free!


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#7 2017-07-12 03:55:12

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Re: Lightweight Linux distros

Seems to want  too much at a time this Archlabs. But good there is another choice. Remarkable that they have a project team but no forum!!


Getting your questions answered here at ArchBang Forums
Please! Always give hardware info, if there is a chance that 's relevant: #lspci -vnn
On Arch(bang) and Openbox: http://stillstup.blogspot.com/

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#8 2017-07-12 06:41:48

seventh
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Re: Lightweight Linux distros

pablokal wrote:

Seems to want  too much at a time this Archlabs. But good there is another choice. Remarkable that they have a project team but no forum!!

http://archlabs.prophpbb.com/

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