I need a GNU/Linux distribution that is:

  • Small: Less than 500 MB (after installation) for the "base system" with coreutils and a window manager, ideally without having to uninstall a bunch of pre-installed software first.

  • Fully free/libre: It must not automatically install proprietary software. That also means that it can’t use an unmodified Linux kernel (as it contains proprietary binary blobs), so it should use the Linux-libre kernel or something similar.

  • Actively maintained: Security updates should be made available reasonably quickly for all supported packages.

  • This FSF-maintained list of fully free Linux distributions is probably exhaustive. – Kodiologist Jan 30 '18 at 20:03
  • @Kodiologist: The FSF’s list is more restrictive. I only require that no proprietary software is installed automatically (i.e., without the user deciding to install it), while the FSF has additional requirements (no encouragement to install proprietary software etc.) – unor Jan 30 '18 at 22:19

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