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Old 01-13-2019, 05:05 AM   #1
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I need a small distro to put on an Acer Chromebook 15


This thing has only 16GB ssd internal storage so I'm looking for something very slim. I would also prefer if it has an xfce version and a graphical package manager to install additional software.

Any ideas?
 
Old 01-13-2019, 05:24 AM   #2
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This thing has only 16GB ssd internal storage so I'm looking for something very slim. I would also prefer if it has an xfce version and a graphical package manager to install additional software.

Any ideas?
I would do a search at DISTROWATCH. There are several light to very light distros that might serve you well.
 
Old 01-13-2019, 07:15 AM   #3
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AntiX - SliTaz - Tiny Core Linux
 
Old 01-13-2019, 07:29 AM   #4
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I found this guide to installing Linux on an Acer Chromebook 15. I don't own a Chromebook, and can't personally vouch for the accuracy of this tutorial. But I am providing the link, with no guarantee, in the hopes it will at least point you in the right direction.

https://blog.zxwind.info/2016/03/19/...Chromebook-15/

Ubuntu seems to be the most popular distro for Chromebooks these days. Good luck!
 
Old 01-13-2019, 08:12 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies thus far. I've already got the BIOS installed and have tried a couple distros(Antergos, Ubuntu, Bodhi). The problem is after installing them I'm left with ~10GB free space. It's not a huge deal to be honest as I can easily expand the storage with an SD card, but still I'd like to have an absolute bare minimum install with the only requirements being Xfce + a graphical package manager.

I did try a search on distrowatch but I tend to get results that are just a list of popular distros that I already know about. I am interested in antix and will check the others mentioned here.

Thanks again, and feel free to recommend more!
 
Old 01-13-2019, 08:14 AM   #6
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AntiX is a great choice!

Another option is to do a minimal/netinstall of Ubuntu or Debian, and then install Xfce and whatever else you need.
 
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AntiX is a great choice!

Another option is to do a minimal/netinstall of Ubuntu or Debian, and then install Xfce and whatever else you need.
CorePlus or TinyCore is even smaller, but a minimal install of Debian is hard to beat. It also makes the entire Debian software ecosystem available, which can be a hue advantage.
 
Old 02-15-2019, 06:34 PM   #8
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My old laptop is a P3-1GHz and at the time had 140mb RAM (yes, that's correct, if weird... some on the board, some in a slot, dumbest arrangement ever). Installed Puppy (Wary v5.5) which uses JWM, and it ran like the wind. I don't know if there's a Puppy with Xfce, but probably any Puppy would be light enough, and they're all pretty small as they go. This one was something like 200mb on disk.

<goes off, looks around>
Well, here's one... tho not recent.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/latestxfcepuppy/
http://puppylinux.org/wikka/Xfce

Oh! this is more recent.
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=111885
if the download link doesn't work, copy and paste rather than click. I can't get it to play nice here as a direct link; forum keeps deleting part of it.

Last edited by Reziac; 02-15-2019 at 06:39 PM. Reason: messy link
 
Old 02-15-2019, 06:44 PM   #9
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I would second that you canít go wrong with a minimal install of Debian. You can install xfce and whatever other programs you want. Crazy to think that 16Gb is small these days lol.
 
Old 02-16-2019, 01:03 AM   #10
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Slitaz Rolling or Alpine Linux.
 
Old 02-16-2019, 11:05 AM   #11
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Works on my Acer C710 Chromebook

Code:
harry@biker:~
$ pinxi -v8
System:    Host: biker Kernel: 4.20.0-antix.1-amd64-smp x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 6.3.0 Desktop: IceWM 1.4.2 
           info: icewmtray dm: SLiM 1.3.4 Distro: antiX-17_x64-full Heather Heyer 24 October 2017 
           base: Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch) 
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: Google product: Parrot v: 1.0 serial: <root required> Chassis: type: 3 
           serial: <root required> 
           Mobo: Google model: Parrot v: 1.0 serial: <root required> BIOS: coreboot v: 4.0-6588-g4acd8ea-dirty 
           date: 09/04/2014 
Battery:   ID-1: BATX charge: 9.7 Wh condition: 31.4/37.0 Wh (85%) volts: 15.8/14.8 model: SANYO AL12B32 type: Li-ion 
           serial: 00000000000026FC status: Charging 
Memory:    RAM: total: 3.79 GiB used: 1.65 GiB (43.5%) 
           RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required. 
PCI Slots: Permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required. 
CPU:       Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Celeron 1007U bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Ivy Bridge family: 6 model-id: 3A (58) 
           stepping: 9 microcode: 17 L2 cache: 2048 KiB bogomips: 5986 
           Speed: 1083 MHz min/max: 800/1500 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 798 2: 798 
           Flags: acpi aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon bts clflush cmov constant_tsc cpuid cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl 
           dtes64 dtherm dts epb ept erms est flexpriority fpu fsgsbase fxsr ht lahf_lm lm mca mce mmx monitor msr mtrr 
           nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pti pts rdtscp rep_good sep 
           smep ss sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid x2apic 
           xsave xsaveopt xtopology xtpr 
           Vulnerabilities: Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT disabled 
           Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
           Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable 
           Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: __user pointer sanitization 
           Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling 
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:0156 
           Display: server: X.Org 1.19.2 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile v: 3.3 Mesa 13.0.6 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
           chip ID: 8086:1e20 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.20.0-antix.1-amd64-smp 
Network:   Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Foxconn driver: ath9k v: kernel port: 0400 
           bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 168c:0034 
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 3c:77:e6:26:f5:b5 
           IP v4: 192.168.254.67/24 scope: global broadcast: 192.168.254.255 
           IP v6: fe80::3e77:e6ff:fe26:f5b5/64 scope: link 
           Device-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries NetLink BCM57785 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI 
           driver: tg3 v: 3.137 port: 0400 bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 14e4:16b5 
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 20:1a:06:14:09:d9 
           WAN IP: 173.191.167.97 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 14.91 GiB used: 6.89 GiB (46.2%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: SanDisk model: SSD U100 16GB size: 14.91 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B 
           speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial: 132553400495 rev: 6.14 scheme: MBR 
           Message: No Optical or Floppy data was found. 
RAID:      Message: No RAID data was found. 
Partition: ID-1: / raw size: 14.91 GiB size: 14.62 GiB (98.01%) used: 6.89 GiB (47.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 
           label: rootantiX uuid: ea719934-26e3-4f25-af62-4f54438f456d 
Unmounted: Message: No unmounted partitions found. 
USB:       Hub: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Hub: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s chip ID: 8087:0024 
           Device-1: 1-1.1:5 info: Foxconn / Hon Hai type: Bluetooth driver: btusb interfaces: 2 rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s 
           chip ID: 0489:e04e 
           Device-2: 1-1.3:4 info: Chicony type: Video driver: uvcvideo interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s 
           chip ID: 04f2:b336 
           Hub: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Hub: 2-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s chip ID: 8087:0024 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 48.0 C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Repos:     No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/MX.list 
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list 
           1: deb http://repo.antixlinux.com/stretch/ stretch main nosystemd nonfree
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-stable-updates.list 
           1: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch-updates main contrib non-free
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list 
           1: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch main contrib non-free
           2: deb http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list 
           1: deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main
           No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/onion.list 
           No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/various.list 
Processes: CPU top: 5 
           1: cpu: 18.8% command: firefox-esr pid: 3413 mem: 535.9 MiB (13.8%) 
           2: cpu: 15.6% command: firefox-esr pid: 5807 mem: 301.3 MiB (7.7%) 
           3: cpu: 4.5% command: firefox-esr pid: 3461 mem: 283.4 MiB (7.3%) 
           4: cpu: 3.0% command: xorg pid: 2440 mem: 69.7 MiB (1.7%) 
           5: cpu: 0.7% command: [kworker/0:2-mm_] pid: 27189 mem: 0.00 MiB (0.0%) 
           Memory top: 5 
           1: mem: 535.9 MiB (13.8%) command: firefox-esr pid: 3413 cpu: 18.8% 
           2: mem: 301.3 MiB (7.7%) command: firefox-esr pid: 5807 cpu: 15.6% 
           3: mem: 283.4 MiB (7.3%) command: firefox-esr pid: 3461 cpu: 4.5% 
           4: mem: 115.0 MiB (2.9%) command: mirage started by: python pid: 24741 cpu: 0.0% 
           5: mem: 77.4 MiB (1.9%) command: firefox-esr pid: 24336 cpu: 0.0% 
Info:      Processes: 138 Uptime: 2h 06m Init: SysVinit v: 2.88 runlevel: 5 default: 5 Compilers: gcc: 6.3.0 alt: 6 
           Shell: bash v: 4.4.12 running in: lxterminal pinxi: 3.0.30-10 
harry@biker:~
 
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