I'm looking for an OS that has only a file manager, and a web browser; i.e. as least bloatware as possible.

What is the best OS like that?

  • Wyse Terminal...😥😂
    – DankyNanky
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 22:28
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    For what kind of computer/architecture? May it cost something? Does it need to have a GUI?
    – unor
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 22:37

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For simplicity, nothing beats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrome_OS

Chrome OS is an operating system designed by Google that is based on the Linux kernel and uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. As a result, Chrome OS primarily supports web applications.

  • Nevermind. I'll make a new post.
    – w4j3d
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 8:48

I agree with Booby, that ChromeOs is a good bet, for simplicity.

Other alternatives would be one of the smaller Linux Distros, such as :

These have the advantage of running very well on older, lower spec’d machines, an advantage over ChromeOs.

For complete control, Google for "build your own Linux distro", for instance enter image description here Linux From Scratch. There are quite a few systems which let you choose components simply by ticking a few check boxes (I like enter image description here Suse Studio, where you specify what you want, in the browser, and it generates a distro for you).

And, for the ultimate control, it can be a lot of fun to try Gentoo Linux, which lets you select components and compile each one to truly build your Linux from scratch.

You pays your zer0 eurodollars and you takes your choice.

(sorry about the logos, I got carried away :-)

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