Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

What is the lightest distro for using Debian/Ubuntu packages

Last response: in Linux/Free BSD
February 6, 2012 10:13:39 AM

Which distro uses lowest system resource (when installed on hard_disk/usb) where I can install software from Debian OR Ubuntu repository?

I found Quelitu which is based on Lubuntu, but uses less memory as given on their site. There are lighter distros but most of them are based on Slackware. I don't have much experience so want some expert opinion. Thank you in advance.

February 6, 2012 11:01:45 AM

Bachata linux is perhaps the lightest I have found, but takes a little work to set up

The most practical light true-Debian distro I have encountered, so far, is antiX-M11 -- see here, then here (not a fair trial, IMHO), then here, to alleviate any concerns ! :lol: 

I use antiX on laptop, Salix 13.37 ( a Slackware-based distro) on desktop exclusively, now. Before that, it was peppermint for a long while.

Without much experience, you are wise to steer away from slack-based distros, for now. Suggest learning how to edit /etc/apt/sources.list file and becoming moe than just familiar with apt-get and aptitude in the command line. Continue learning how to edit other config files and know where they are located within the linux file system; then you will grow into being able to use a Slackware-based distro like Salix (which is quite easy compared to the Slackware of old).

Best wishes for your journey through Linuxland!
February 7, 2012 8:47:04 AM

Thank you chamaecypari for the suggestion.
Related resources
Can't find your answer ? Ask !
February 7, 2012 9:06:19 AM

I would use Linux Mint LXDE.

Mainly because I regard this as the easiest to use Linux stepping stone OS.
February 7, 2012 2:50:25 PM

Debian itself uses very little RAM when configured to do so. Install a lightweight Desktop Environment (LXDE :D ) and you're good to go. That will run on damn near anything.
February 8, 2012 4:02:12 AM

The beauty of Linux: you can tailor it to your needs (some more easily than others).

I agree with Pyroflea, stock Debian, when installed without Gnome and instead replaced with a lighter DE/WM (like LXDE, I personally prefer Fluxbox, but to each his/her own) and you're looking at a system that, at idle after a boot, will be using 50-200 megs (Linux tends to cache as much as possible and keep stuff resident in memory until it needs to reclaim the space)
June 8, 2012 9:25:33 PM

It depends on how much memory you computer has. If it has 500 MB RAM or more, I would definitely go for a Ubuntu derivative (Quelitu, Lubuntu, etc.) as they are more user-friendly and there is more software and a lot more information on the net for them.

Quelitu offers a lot more than the other distros at the speed comparison page and uses less RAM (about 75 MB once installed):

I run Quelitu 12.04 (with the HUD, maintenance center, advanced config center, ultralight utilities Lxde & Enlightenment interfaces...) and I am very happy with it.

If you have 250 MB of RAM, I would still go with either Quelitu or a Ubuntu derivative but you will need to install via the Alternate Image. See:

If you have less than 250 MB, I would suggest one of the distros recommended in other comments.

June 9, 2012 1:43:07 AM

This topic has been closed by Amdfangirl