7 Best Lightweight Linux Distros 1. Lubuntu 2. Linux Lite 3. Xubuntu 4. Bodhi Linux 5. antiX Linux 6. Puppy Linux 7. Tiny Core
For some reason the article does not provide a complete description of Bodhi Linux in terms of hardware requirements. For instance, the article does not mention that Bodhi's 32bit version is compatible with non-PAE machines, and that Bodhi operates well on a minimum of 512 RAM. Nevertheless, since this section of the Bodhi forum is dedicated to sharing articles that discuss Bodhi, I thought it worthwhile to share in here.
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Interesting article - I realize the author does not rank them but and they are all "light" but there are a few differences. I have tried them all looking for a light distro for older systems with limited CPU and RAM. Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Linux Lite, Puppy and Bodhi are Ubuntu based. The big difference I found is that Bodhi, Standard anyway, is significantly lighter. All of them except Bodhi Standard are bloated with too many apps. The other big difference is Bodhi has a much lighter desktop/windows manager in Moksha/Enlightenment.
Tiny Core is definitely light - extremely light as a matter of fact but really not easy to work with and not an OS I would recommend for someone new to linux. For a really old under powered rig it could be a good choice with just a few basic apps. And antiX linux is light enough and not a bad distro and Debian based so there is the repository limits that entails. And like it's Ubuntu based brothers with the exception of Bodhi is loaded down with a bunch of apps that a lot of users will never use or want.
I've tried them all too. They are all good distros, but some of them are not really all that light, as the Major noted. I agree that Bodhi is a truly lightweight distro that still packs quite a punch. I don't know another as light that is so powerful and customizable.