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10 Best Minimal / Low-Footprint Linux distros

Feb 24, 2010, 14:33 (1 Talkback[s])

"With the emergence of netbooks there is an increasing demand for lightweight and faster OS with minimal/low-footprint. Google promises Chrome OS for netbook to be a fastest and lighweight. But, as Bill Gates suggested it's just another Linux.

"One of the important aspects for any desktop operating system performance is the amount of system memory available. Even with a fast processor it's important to have enough physical memory to keep that processor utilized, else the system will spend all its time shuffling data between physical memory and swap space. This will force the CPU to remain idle most of the time. This is the case especially with the older systems. There are a number of ways to deal with the memory footprint in older systems. The most common idea being adding extra RAM. However, there can be a several reasons for not doing so - ranging from affordability of RAM to lack of free slots. This minimal footprint Linux distros could be a viable option to work on such machines. Moreover, its widely accepted that Linux performs better on less than cutting-edge hardware. These old systems are also incapable of ruining the latest and greatest software. We listed the 10 best minimal/low-footprint Linux distros."

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