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Old 02-14-2016, 07:09 PM   #1
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BitTorrent Sync, Netbook & most-lightweight linux


I've an old Atom based Netbook that I'm re-provisioning to use as a BTSYnc 'hub' for home use.

I proven the concept by installing Ubuntu 15.10 in a partition alongside the existing Windows XP, but it's quite a heavyweight OS for what I'm doing here, as BitTorrent Sync is the only thing I need this device to do.

Can anyone suggest the most lightweight linux that I might provision in order to run BTSync - occupying minimum disk space, fewest unnecessary processes/services & lowest CPU overhead? I'd also like to occupy the entire disk, wiping out XP once & for all.

I'm not the most technically capable individual, tending to Google myself each step of the way. Hence, please don't presuppose a high level of competence on my part ! Thanks all.
 
Old 02-14-2016, 07:59 PM   #2
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You can try multiple distros from usb keys. Try first lubuntu or just install lxde to save some memory in existing installation.
 
Old 02-14-2016, 08:20 PM   #3
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Hi Yooy. Thanks for you reply. I'm happy to completely wipe this machine & start again. (I need to check how to merge all existing disk partitions into one, currently GRUB gives me the option to boot into Ubuntu or Windows)

I'm uncertain how I can compare the outcome of trying different distributions ?

Certainly I'm happy to forgo any GUI interface. We're this not a Netbook, I'd be happy to run in headless - much as I do with my Pi.
 
Old 02-14-2016, 08:38 PM   #4
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AntiX iso or Linux BBQ (the debian one) sounds like your cup of tea.

There is a arch linux lite one also that goes by BBQ. http://bbqlinux.org/

Better answers may come if you specify better

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I've an old Atom based Netbook
My single core intel n270 touchscreen atom netbooks run AntiX Full just fine and my touchscreen keyboard is called "onboard" on those.

I even run it on this I5 Dell with 8 gig of ram. It is pretty flexible and lightweight.

If wanting a Desktop environment distro that is light and will run OK on atom netbooks.

http://www.mepiscommunity.org/mx

I bet if you wanna be a slacker

http://www.microlinux.eu/

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I'm not the most technically capable individual, tending to Google myself each step of the way. Hence, please don't presuppose a high level of competence on my part ! Thanks all.
can be pretty hard to handle.
 
  


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