Hey guys! So if you’re dealing with a really old PC and not sure what Linux distro to run, give Puppy Linux a try. It’s pretty neat for lower-end systems.
It’s surprising, but Puppy Linux works fine on my old laptop with just 1GB of RAM. Yep, that’s old school for sure, but it gets the job done. The size is around 300MB, and you get to pick which apps you want, so it can get even lighter.
Plus, you can run it off a USB stick.
Thoughts on Puppy Linux being a solid choice for older machines? Are there better alternatives?
Puppy Linux is super light, but if you want even lighter, check out Tiny Core Linux (TCL). TCL is tiny, around 11MB for the Core version. It’s much more hands-on, though. Tiny Core Linux
Lighter than Puppy, but expect more manual setup! So, yes, Puppy’s a nice middle ground with ease of use and lightness. Choose based on how much you want to tweak and your hardware. Here’s a summary of memory usage including other options:
- Puppy Linux: ~100-130MB,
- Tiny Core Linux: Core ~11MB, TinyCore ~50MB, CorePlus ~75MB,
- SliTaz: Base ~25MB to 100MB,
- AntiX: ~75-150MB depending on setup,
- Porteus: ~60-100MB depending on modules,
- Bodhi Linux : Typically around 100-200MB,
This post is great and if you are just trying out then you use docker such as $docker pull linux image_name and the raw size is less than 10 MB and then you can mount as much storage as you want by adding the node and even swarm much to it.