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It is an old Toshiba, intel pentium(R) M processor 1.73GHz, 2BG RAM. The previous owner installed Windows 7 on it. It's ok but I want to try a lightweight and small Linux based OS. It will be used primarily for connecting to Amazon AWS via SSH, and SFTP client and a browser, and most likely Atom editor. That's probably be all.

  • Are you new to linux? – wb9688 Jan 13 '16 at 6:20
  • Yes I am new to Linux. – Marina Dunst Jan 13 '16 at 16:06
  • You should probably list clearly the requirements. Ideally I wish people were listing the size of Operating Systems. – William Jan 14 '16 at 3:00
  • The requirements are in the description - SFTP client and a browser, and most likely Atom editor. If I knew what size OS are fast and lightweight I wouldn't be asking this question. – Marina Dunst Jan 14 '16 at 17:06
  • Actually, with your hardware, you don't really need a lightweight and small Linux distribution. The distributions in this category - such as Damn Small Linux, Puppy Linux etc. - are targeted towards 486 and Pentium (the original Pentium, from 1990) machines as a minimum, with 16/32 MB RAM or so. Of course they would also work on your system. – einpoklum Sep 14 '16 at 16:10
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I recommend using Lubuntu, because it's very easy to use and it's lightweight. It ran fine on my Asus EEE PC 701 with a 800 MHz processor and 512 MB RAM...

  • I was reading reviews on various distroes and Lubuntu was in top 3, but it also said - "32 bit ISO require your CPU to have Physical Address Extensions, or PAE. “PAE is provided by Intel Pentium Pro and above CPUs, including all later Pentium-series processors (except most 400 MHz-bus versions of the Pentium M)." Idk if it applies to me. – Marina Dunst Jan 13 '16 at 20:01
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    @MarinaDunst you can try it: you can make a live USB/DVD – wb9688 Jan 13 '16 at 20:03
  • It is certainly not the smallest though. – einpoklum Sep 14 '16 at 16:05
  • @einpoklun: True, Damn Small Linux is much smaller, but these days I'm just using Debian… – wb9688 Sep 14 '16 at 20:28
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Based on your knowledge and your flavour there are various distributions for your need:

  • Gentoo Linux (maybe with a build host - personal I used this on a 256MB 800 MHz embedded Box and it runs very, very smooth)
  • ArchLinux
  • Alpine
  • Slack
  • DSL
  • ...

For better recommendations it's real important, that you tell us something about yourself: how big is your knowledge, how many time do you have, how complicated is ok, etc etc

  • Tinycorelinux, I run this on 486-233 – Marged Jan 14 '16 at 22:12
  • @Marged as I say - it's real depending on her knowledge and preferences. (Also you can use a busybox with direct use of the framebuffer for the browser - but I fear that will not real her preference ;)) Slitaz will also be a great recommendation. – g4s3 Jan 15 '16 at 5:33
  • Thank you for your answer! I will try something else – Marina Dunst Jan 17 '16 at 21:49

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