Ubuntu "Lite" :)
ulist at gs1.ubuntuforums.org
Sun Jul 17 09:22:03 UTC 2005
I think this is a great idea!
My own experience with "lite" is this:
I have an IBM Aptiva, 450 MHz, 128 megas of RAM, which we like to use
for Internet, text processing, instant messaging, etc.
Normally I use a modern Centrino laptop running Ubuntu.
At first, I did a normal Ubuntu install on the Aptiva, but as soon as
you have more
than a couple of tabs open in Firefox, or several applications running
it simply dies for lack of memory.
I then followed the instructions on installing Ubuntu for low memory
It works, but it's not easy to get everything right: I couldn't get my
sound card to work, nor could I get it to set background image or
Then I tried other Linux distros, such ad dyne:bolic, which runs from a
live CD and is a quick'n'dirty way of getting it to work - it does have
the disadvantage of crashing once in a while.
Now, I've ended up leaving Linux and giving FreeBSD a spin instead, and
my conlcusion up till now is this:
FreeBSD may be more suitable for low-end machines than Linux.
Like I said, the system simply dies if I run on a normal Ubuntu
installation with GNOME for more than five minutes or so.
With IceWM, things are better, but this definitely doesn't work "out of
With FreeBSD, my computer performs -excellently- running either KDE or
Gnome - I can run Mozilla, emacs, office applications, whatever, and it
all works very reasonably, and the system never dies.
The installation is NOT very straightforward or "out-of-the-box", one
might add, but on the other hand the installation handbook is
I don't know why this is - possibly, the FreeBSD kernel is less
demanding, or possibly the xorg port for FreeBSD performs better? Maybe
Linux is (for some reason) less suited for low-end systems?
I think that making an Ubuntu lite is a really good idea, and will
probably also want to give it a spin - but if you need to work with
low-end computers, perhaps FreeBSD is more suited for the task than
Linux; and maybe an "Ubuntu Lite" might simply be a port of the normal
Ubuntu installation and setup to FreeBSD?
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