Extremely lightweight OS

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Mar 1, 2011

Extremely lightweight OS by sjones900 at 1:58 AM (1,743 Views / 0 Likes) 20 replies

  1. sjones900
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    I'm looking for something very lightweight but functional, so I don't think DSL is an option for me. I've tried Ubuntu netbook remix and Jolicloud and both are too much for it to handle.
    It's a HP Omnibook 6000, 256MB of RAM, 16GB HDD and a 542Mhz pentium III processor. Any suggestions?
     


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    archlinux.org
     
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    I second that suggestion. Arch is my OS of choice if resources are limited.
     
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    I was going to suggest DSL but uhmm..
    Debian with Fluxbox?
    Puppy Linux
     
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    What is your Linux OS of choice when resources aren't limited?
     
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    Usually Ubuntu. I think I am going with Archlinux but I'm trying to figure a way to install it. I don't have any CDs to burn onto at the moment and I'm doing the USB install but when I try to boot it just ignores that it's even there. :/
     
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    You have to set the boot order in the BIOS, It's not really complicated, but it's hard to explain and you could mess up and fk your computer.

    Basically, what this means is that your computer boots things in this order right now

    CD/DVD Drive
    HardDrive
    External Drive 1
    External Drive 2

    Where CD/DVD Drive is the CD or DVD. If there's nothing there, it moves on to the Hard Drive, which is your OS.
    If there's nothing there, it moves on to any external drives.
    A USB is an external drive, you have to move it up above HardDrive, eg.

    CD/DVD Drive
    External Drive 1
    External Drive 2
    HardDrive
     
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    No I did but it still will not boot. I chose "esc for boot options" then "removable media" and then it boots xp which is the current OS on the laptop.
     
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    Did you put all the removable media on top of the harddrive?
    If you did, when you boot it should say something like
    "Press F11 to boot removable media"
    Before it boots into XP.
    BTW, it could be anything, not just F11, depending on your computer.
     
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    For Minox_IX, and for most PC gamers, that would be Windows. But on a lightweight system, such as a netbook, I'd pick Arch everytime.
    Anyway, just re-recommending arch, as it is excellent.
     
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    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Arch isn't up your alley.
    Although super customizable, and quite possibly the lightest OS you'll have (since you'll only put what you want in it), the setup's just crazy. Lots of command line guru. So be warned.

    The other two that aren't nearly as hard as Arch, but still quite low on resources are:

    Damn Small Linux
    and Puppy Linux


    Both extremely small.
     
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    Hopefully that's won't be the case in a year or few, as OSX is slowly gaining momentum as a gaming platform.
     
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    I have it working now and it runs amazingly. I'm not afraid of terminal it's pretty easy once you get the hang of it. The only problem I have is that it won't boot gnome automatically. I added it to the DAEMONS list, but still I have to initiate it manually.
     
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    If you're referring to arch by "it", have a look here for instructions on how to set this up (similar guides probably available for most other distros too).

    While which DE/WM is best is very subjective, Gnome really isn't optimal for running on an old PC. XFCE would be a better choice if you want something similar that is lightweight and best suited would be a minimal WM like Fluxbox, Openbox or Awesome.
     
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    Arch is really lightweight at first

    [​IMG]
     
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    what about LXDE? and since I have gnome installed now do I have to remove it to install another gui?
     

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