7 minimalistic Linux distributions

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After we discussed 10 examples of successful Linux applications in universities and schools, today I propose to talk about a very exotic direction in the world of Linux systems, which is close not so much to fans of full-fledged desktop products, but to outright geeks. However, I am sure that there are such people among our readers, and they will certainly appreciate our today’s selection. And we will talk about 7 Linux distributions, small enough to fit even on an antiquated USB drive.

If you like to experiment with old hardware, assemble custom computers with your own hands from old parts, or just want to revive your “first Pentium”, idle gathering dust in the closet, you will need one of the distributions created on the basis of the Linux kernel by enthusiasts. Usually the list of such distributions is wider, but I selected the smallest and least demanding in terms of disk space and hardware resources:

  • AntiX – This distribution is an extremely lightweight version of the parent Mepis Linux distribution, built on the stable branch of the Debian OS. The main installation package will take about 128 MB of disk space for the kernel and drivers, and the base package with programs – only 300 MB. Synaptic is used here as a package manager.
  • BasicLinux is one of the most minimalistic distributions that can even run on a PC with an Intel 386 processor with just 3 MB of RAM.
  • Damn Small Linux – after downloading, the size of the installation package will be only 50 MB for this distribution. Additional software for it can be installed using the Debian APT toolkit. To work, you will need a minimum processor of at least 486DX and 16 MB of RAM.
  • Puppy Linux – after downloading this build weighs only 133MB. The package manager here is the Synaptic version of the Lucid Puppy Ubuntu Compatible.
  • SliTaz is a 25 MB distribution. As a package manager, the creators of the distribution used Tazpkg with its own repository.
  • Tiny Core Linux – This distribution can be called “nowhere less”: it is only 12 MB in size. As a software repository, it uses the assembly of packages and their installation based on TCZ.
  • xPud – and this distribution is at the bottom of our list, its size is 64 MB.
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What interesting options for minimalistic Linux distributions can you add to this list?


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