Jun 24, 2012
8:05 PM EDT
|I didn't bother reading the article because the author is comparing distros both designed to run from USB/CD (e.g. Puppy) and full install distros (e.g. Lubuntu). Additionally, any article that uses a distribution that hasn't had any development since 2008, DSL, is not worth my time.|
Jun 24, 2012
9:23 PM EDT
Quoting:the author is comparing distros both designed to run from USB/CD (e.g. Puppy) and full install distros (e.g. Lubuntu). Additionally, any article that uses a distribution that hasn't had any development since 2008, DSL, is not worth my time.Agreed.
The author writes:
Quoting:As lightweight distros, all four products provide excellent performance on any Pentium IV or better with at least 512M of memory. This makes them great candidates for reviving any old PC you may have lying around the house. Why not make use of that old laptop?
- Two recommendations devoted to Puppy Linux? Really???
- And why Lubuntu over lighter weight and native Debian-based distros?? Has the author ever heard of or actually tried using antiX or CrunchBang Linux, using the immensely light-resource Fluxbox/IceWM and Openbox desktops respectively??? CrunchBang Linux already has a 64-bit version.
- Since the author mentions Slackware-based VectorLinux, then why not also mention the equally lightweight Zenwalk, or even their up-to-date parent distro Slackware Linux???? Granted that Slackware may be much too complex to install and to use for beginning users, yet still, its barebones hardware requirements easily support the claim that the parent Slackware definitely belongs in the category of a 'Lightweight Distro'. As the Slackware Installation Help page succinctly writes:
Quoting:Slackware Linux doesn't require an extremely powerful system to run (though having one is quite nice :). It will run on systems as far back as the 486. Below is a list of minimum system requirements needed to install and run Slackware.While these quoted figures represent Slackware's minimal barebones system requirements, a fuller Slackware installation with a complete lightweight DE/WM and other desktop features STILL manages to run quite well on those systems with "at least 512M of memory".
Perhaps the author should go back and review other available "Lightweight Distros" to make it better worthwhile for his readers in the future.
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