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Old 03-08-2019, 12:51 AM   #1
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Cool Looking for a light weight distro

Hello, I'm a linux newb. I've only been tinkering with Linux for the past 4 months. I'm getting a little more familiar with the command line, It's not the big scary black void it used to be LOL but I am still not an expert by any stretch of the imagination.

I tried Puppy Linux, and for reasons that are hard to explain, I just didn't like it. I wanted to like it, but ultimately it wasn't for me. Actually you know what, i remember what it was. Trying to access my HDD (I was running it from a USB drive) and trying to access other USB drives was really confusing and convoluted.Trying to navigate mounted directories, that was a pain I could never get used to. That and the fact it gave you 20 choices of software to use for every imaginable task, and asked you to choose the default application. Some might find it convenient, I found it confusing.

After having good luck with Lubuntu 18.04, I decided to look for other light weight distros. I found Linux-Lite 4.2, and I really like it too. In fact I feel torn between these two. They each have their quirks, advantages and disadvantages. Lubuntu seems snappier, faster response. But Linux Lite functions better when I have too many applications running. It's like Lubuntu starts off fast, but gets bogged down easier. LL feels a little sluggish all the time, but can function better under heavy ram usage. A part of me wonders if it isn't the shadows and transparency features of the Xfce environment that makes it seem more sluggish. At any rate, I love both distros.

I'm looking to try more light weight distros.
I will be running these distros from a flash drive, on a really weak laptop. When I say weak laptop, it was $300 back in 2013. It has 2GB of ram.
I heard that only debian based distros can have a persistence file. If this is true, than i guess I am stuck with debain based distros because I can't put it on the HDD, and I will need my changes to be persistent.

Also, I was wondering, should I try using 32 bit distros?
My system can run 64-bit, but should it? What I mean is, I've heard that 64-bit systems inherently use more ram. It doesn't process tasks quicker. It's only advantage is bumping up the RAM upper limit from 4GB to... some insanely high number. Or am I better off sticking to 64 bit OS'?

PS. Lubuntu will always have a special place in my heart. It was the first distro that just worked right out of the box, and it felt user friendly. At least in my experience.
And Lubuntu is what made me say "you know what, Linux ain't so bad, I might actually get used to a non-windows system." So Lubuntu 18.04 will always be my gateway drug.
Old 03-08-2019, 05:18 AM   #2
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AntiX Linux is likely your best option.

But also take a look at TinyCore & SliTaz.
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Looking for a light weight distro

I bet what you are looking for is more a lightweight desktop environment than distribution.
I you are looking for a small footprint on ram and cpu, you might want have xfce as a DE or try window managers without DE.
Perhaps you could explain what you want to do and what you need to be comfortable.
As I really like to tinker an adapt my environment, I went with i3wm (on top of a Slackware).
You can test Slackware as live distribution (thanks to AlienBob) with the xfce DE or another one. Have a look here :

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If you use the LQ Search up there ^ in the title bar and search for "lightweight distro" and "lightweight desktop" you will find many lengthy threads on this topic.


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