Lightweight Linux 


This has been a habit of mine for many years; installing various distros on old hardware.  What is meant by "lightweight" can be "slippery" and often refers to two things. One is low CPU/RAM usage and the other is low disk space. How I think about it is will it prevent the machine from being a doorstop?  

Or, how well will it run old hardware?  What exactly is old hardware changes too; think of Moore's Law, but in a more general progress of technology sense.  To cover that, and make this pet project of mine more useful, below are Distros against test machines I have lying around.  Maybe it is weird, and it is definitely subjective; please check out the comments below.

Full specs on my test hardware.  

Distro Impressions

Lightweight Linux Overviews

What makes up the score?  

In the end, its all pretty much "impressions". If anyone tries to imply its more then opinion, well....  I want to be nice. :-)  It is hard to balance how much of a modern tool it is vs. does it provide enough tools and stay light weight.  I want to give credit when the distro does what the creators want it to do as well. For that reason, I use the default GUI/DE and the default apps initially. I do try other WMs/DEs (OpenBox, LXQT) and the apps I prefer when available.  

Anyways, here is a list of things I run through:

Combine it all, stir, pick a number, type it in above. If I have time, my blog may have more detailed reviews of the distros individually.