Do you have an old but still working desktop or laptop computer which you used three four years ago? If you have such machine don’t throw it away. You can still use it by installing a lightweight Linux distro (distribution) as your operating system.
What is a Lightweight Linux Distribution?
As the name implies a lightweight Linux distribution is a Linux distribution which required a very low processing power and RAM capacity to operate. Since these distributions uses low system resources these distributions can be installed in very low-end devices.
Here is a list of best lightweight Linux distros that you can install in your old desktop or laptop computer.
Tiny Core Linux
This is a minimal Linux distribution with a size of 11 – 16 MB. Its main focus is to provide a base system using BusyBox and FLTK (User Interface). Additional features for the distribution are provided by extensions.
There are three main editions in this distribution. They are Core, Tiny Core and CorePlus. Core edition comes only with a CLI which only has a size of 9MB. Therefore, only advance users can take the advantage from core edition. Tiny Core edition is for normal users. It comes with a GUI which has a size of 15MB. CorePlus is an installation image and not the distribution. It is recommended for new users who only have access to a wireless network or who use a non-US keyboard layout.
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A fresh install of this distribution doesn’t feature many apps. It only has a terminal, a basic text editor and a network connection manager. Use the graphical package manager “App Browser” or the command line package manager “TCE” to install additional software.
- CPU – Pentium 2
- RAM – 128 MB
One of the best and popular lightweight Linux distro based on ubuntu and Moksha window manager. Intention of this distribution is to provide a minimal base system so that users can populate it with the software they want. Because of this by default Bodhi Linux only includes software that are essential for users such as a file browser (PCManFM), a web browser (Midori) and a terminal emulator. As in the above distribution to install additional software we need to use the App Center.
- CPU – 500mhz processor
- RAM – 256MB of RAM
- 5GB of drive space
This is 64-bit Linux distribution based upon Slackware, designed to work with desktop every day use, therefore it is ready for internet, multimedia, document and general home use out of the box. This uses IceWM as its default windows manager and XPKGTOOL as its package manager. This distro is version compatible with slack, therefore you can use almost any package from the same version of Slack on Absolute.
- CPU – 486 processor
- RAM – 64MB of RAM
A Linux distribution built directly on Debian. antiX Linux comes in 3 versions. They are Full, Base and Core-libre. Full version installs a full range of applications. Base version allows the user to choose their own application suite and Core-libre version enables the user to have total control over the install. antiX Linux also uses IceWM as their windows manager to keep the operating system compatible with low-end devices.
- CPU – PIII Processor
- RAM – 256MB of RAM
- 4.0GB of drive space
This is another lightweight Linux distro which is developed based on Ubuntu. Lubuntu is also one of the official flavors of Ubuntu. Lubuntu is the lightest flavor among Ubuntu derivatives. It uses LXDE/LXQT as its desktop environment and has very low hardware requirements. If you were using Ubuntu earlier then you will not find this unfamiliar.
- RAM: 512 MB of RAM (recommended 1GB)
- CPU: Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8 or higher
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As the final distribution i would like to introduce you the LXLE Linux distro, which is another ubuntu base lightweight Linux distribution. This is a remastered version of Lubuntu with LXDE desktop environment. LXLE has a beautiful modern looking intuitive desktop to use easily.
This distribution comes with useful mods and tweaks, to improve performance & functions. LXLE also cover most users everyday needs by providing an excellent set of default apps such as PCManFM, Transmission, xfburn etc…
- RAM: 512 MB (recommended 1 GB)
- CPU: Pentium 3 (recommended Pentium 4)
- Disk space: 8 GB
You will get the opportunity to use your old desktop or laptop by installing any one of the above mentioned distribution and also you will get the chance to experience a new Linux Distribution. So that’s it guys… Hope you guys enjoy the article. See you from another article. Thank you for reading.