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hello every one...just a quick question...i am looking for the lightest,fastest linux out there..u know fast boot time , fastest app response ect ect....i plan on installing it on my laptop and with an ssd...hope that it would be incrediblie fast...my main thing is want to install it on my phone also ,galaxy nexus...but my research has gave me several options..fluxbuntu,bohdi linux, dsl , puppy linux, and puppy linux puplets....so i am a little confused...which one is the lightest fastest linux out there..but once i have it installed can u run all or most linux software? assuming u have the libraries or wut ever...and can i intall a windows manager for my self like let say it comes with enlightenment..but i want jwm...can i change that?...thank you guys...
There is no simple answer to that. You can make any distro boot fast (my custom Debian Openbox setup booted up in about 10-15 seconds back in the time), it depends simply on your knowlege. Installing on a SSD will give you fast application starts on any distro. And yes, you can run almost any linux software on any Linux distribution.
To your Galaxy phone, it uses a CPU with ARM architecture, so you have to concentrate on distribuitons that have an ARM version. But I don't know if i would recommend to put a "normal" Linux distro on a phone, this is not a trivial task, you seem to be a beginner when it comes to Linux and it definitively will void your warranty.
You need to actually "build" your OS as you want. When building a system from scratch you are offered many choices that can speed up a system. From the most basic is limiting the drivers you add in to the kernel. Second is the way you set any number of settings to speed up how you require it do perform.
Start at linux from scratch book or maybe see Gentoo for a slightly easier way to get going. No stock distro would be as fast as you can make it.
I think the two that seem to be fast in my opinion has been xpud and slitaz.
THANK YOU GUYS!!!!...thank you guys so much...at first i didnt think any one would answer , or if you did it would be something mean like search google or something.....lol.......um i meant fast as in..comsumes next to nothing in hardware resources with a gui...my idea is i am going to be running linux on a phone that runs android...so i will have android and linux running at the same time through vnc...its called "chroot".. ims sure u guys know excacly what it is...there are already linuxes that i can run on the phone...like ubuntu,and debian....but i want to find the lightest fastest ...next to nothing in resources linux so it wouldnt make the android part of the phone too laggy, when i have a bunch of apps and software running on both...um an arm based linux kernel?....your right.....can anybody give me some light arm based linuxes names?..i might want to start playing around with these...onather idea i had was..if theres isent anything for the phone...maybe i can just get the ubuntu or debian for it...and uninstall window managers and ect....for lighter, easier on the hardware resources one that i can exchange myself...what do you guys thnk?
For ARM I really like debian linux or Arch linux. One thing about arch is that it is very small and it is a rolling release distro. Here is the link if you are interested in Arch ARM. http://archlinuxarm.org/
well now i narrowed it down to BasicLinux, Tiny Core Linux, SliTaz, and Bhodi Linux...with the least amount of resources needed or use first..i just read that BasicLinux needs 3mb or ram to run..is this for real?..wut do you guys think...which ones uses less resources with a gui?...
OK, to give you some hints. Basic Linux is old (I mean very old) and command-line only with really only the minimum of tools. As far as I know neither Tinycore nor Slitaz have an ARM port, so they are ruled out. In your list remains only Bodhi, they are working on an ARM port, but there is no stable version yet.
But as I stated before, installing Linux on your phone, even with a chroot (which will be most likely also command line only) is not a trivial task.
I strongly recommend that you install Linux first on your Desktop PC/Laptop and actually learn a bit about it and may be then you try to brick your phone with trying to install Linux.
lol...thank you so much tobiSGD....i can totally see that you genuinely care and try to help people...(thanks for the cheat sheet..)...um well basically i have a dell inspirion 1525 which i installed ubuntu. Then backtrack...but i want to use the most minimun resources possible...so for the laptop..its between tiny core, slitaz or bhodi...i want to have the minimun with gui and just try to install windows managers and other things that i feel would make it lighter manually as i see the need for it...but i would need the lightest gui linux to start off with as my corner stone..
and for my phone...well i already explained my situation...but i really like linux ....i saw an article were some one installed linux on a calculator..i was like...:0...lol....so..i really like it im willing to brick my phone...its worth the try man....so for a an arm based linux kernel theres ubuntu, and debian after brianL recommended( thanks dude)and doing some research on debian over ubuntu..thats what im going for..debian....but still looking for a lightweight arm linux to try and get more power off my android/linux desktop phone..lol...well after jstephens84 recommended arch arm linux i found this..http://archlinuxarm.org/forum/viewto...ca40859c9b1b4a ....excacly what im working on...thank you sir.....and TobiSGD your right i just read that bhodi is working on a arm based linux...hmm...so do you think arch arm is lighter than the debian arm linux?....since bhodi is a lightweight distro do you think its arm based version would be lighter then arch arm linux?.....
Both, Arch and Debian, are general purpose distros. Bodhi just starts lighter than a Debian or Ubuntu default install with GUI, Arch installs no GUI at all by default. How light one of them is depends only on how you did set it up.
My last experiences with CentOS: avoid it for speed (and ssd speed) if you're not a configuration guru. Linux Mint 12 with Mate is a quite good choice for speed if you're not on eye candy and you like some stability. Else I'd try some xfce distro. (I had bad experiences with Xubuntu lately, can't recommend it.)
So I would go for Linux Mint 12 + Mate!