Currently Maintained Distros that are lighter than bodhi? Dec 15, 2020 3:53:52 GMT Hippytaff and ylee like this
Post by enigma9o7 on Dec 15, 2020 3:53:52 GMT
I love Bodhi but lately I also find it interesting to play with other distros in virtual machine and see what they do differently, etc. One of those things is seeing if there's anything lighter than Bodhi that is actually anywhere near as good.
Slitaz is the best I've found, and I actually do dual boot it with bodhi on my real pentium 4 with 512mb. It's tiny. 60MB ISO and very little memory usage. However, it has plenty of limitations - the biggest one being, its not ubuntu (or arch or fedora) based, its its own thing, and only has limited packages already available, many of which are quite old. With Bodhi, there's up to date software in ubuntu repos and if not there are plenty of ppas and deb packages, and the times I've wanted to build from source, devel libraries easily available. Slitaz, nope. Their repos dont have much, dont have recent versions of everything, dont have all the libraries I need to build things myself easily either, not new enough glibc to run many generic linux binaries or app images. But, if I just want to run the latest firefox (which they do keep up to date) or an older libreoffice, it UI is noticeably faster, and uses less overhead than Bodhi, giving me more of that limited 512mb to play with. One thing I think is dumb about it, in order to make it a seem like a lot of apps are included, they fill the menu up with stupid web based applications. It's not that I don't saee the benefit of this - if you run this live or install it and are not already a skilled/technie type, its got everything in the menu already. But if you're using it as your real OS, it just takes time to go delete all that crap if you don't want it in your menus, and I think anyone using Slitaz probably is like me and knows how to use a browser already so doesn't need a bunch of web bookmarks in the apps menu - but it is a good reminder that there are lots of web based apps out there for many many many things.
Slax is cool too. Debian stretch based. ~300MB live ISO. But no installer included, apparently to install it you're supposed to copy the iso to your drive or something manually I haven't figured out yet. But it's live boot includes chromium browser and if you mount a partition manually you can use it... Looks pretty and modern and huge UI reminds me of gnome or something but dunno if thats what it really is, been a while since I booted it and when I do I usually just go straight to terminal to test whatever I wanted to test with debian
I just tried today debian 10.7 i386 in a VM. I used the 695BM install ISO CD, not one of the live DVDs. Took FOREVER to install, like hours it seemed, I dunno. xfce. Around 200mb memory usage in vm after boot. Firefox and LibreOffice. Looks ok.