[xubuntu-users] Off topic, suggestions for light weight linux OS

Victor Forberger vforberger at fastmail.fm
Mon Jul 16 18:32:27 UTC 2018

It sounds to me like you should look into tiny core Linux -- runs in
memory after booting from CD or USB stick.


Files are stored in a separate volume that you can take with you.

See this page for philosophy/operation:


- Victor

On 07/16/2018 02:33 AM, Steve Litt wrote:
> On Sat, 14 Jul 2018 23:14:42 -0400
> Art <ky1k at myfairpoint.net> wrote:
>> I need some help deciding which linux distro to install. It's a
>> special project which needs the following:
>> Must run directly from a usb or sd card
>> Must support gpg for strong encryption (gpg)
>> Must be light weight and fast loading*
>> Must offer an encrypted home folder option
>> Must store unencrypted files securely if needed, can't be a 'live'
>> usb/sd** Must load FAST
>> Must support wireless
>> Must be secure, high security is a plus
>> Prefer xfce, not mandatory
>> Prefer long life cycle, such as Ubuntu's LTS
>> Prefer no frills
>> Prefer Xubuntu, since it's what I use***
> I can't envision exactly what you're doing, but check out Void Linux
> using a lightweight window manager like Openbox or LXDE. You mentioned
> Xfce, but Xfce is definitely not "light."
> You mentioned long life cycles. Void is a rolling release,so you might
> not like that. Provisions for regular updates have to be made.
> You mention security. If this is a priority, what about OpenBSD?
> I think the work you'll need to perform to get any 'Buntu to be light
> weight will overwhelm, because light isn't 'Buntu's core competency.
> You run 'Buntu when you want "always works, requires little thought." A
> laptop for doing presentations comes to mind.
> SteveT
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