When it comes to unique lightweight distributions, there is no other distribution out there that is as unique as Bodhi Linux. Based on Ubuntu and using the extremely lightweight E17 desktop it can bring a lot of life to an older machine or you can have a speedy Linux distribution on a new machine.
Bodhi Linux is an installable live distribution that is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems which is based on the stable Linux 3.2 kernel, and uses PCManFM file manager. Read more
Just hot off the press we were greeted today with the latest version of Linux Mint 13 XFCE. Linux Mint XFCE comes with XFCE 4.10 desktop and it is available in both 32 bit and 64 bit options.
As usual Linux Mint XFCE comes as an installable live media where one can try before committing their computer to Linux Mint XFCE
Xubuntu 12.04 is the only lighter weight distribution that is getting Long Term Support (LTS) from Canonical. Support for Xubuntu LTS will be for 3 years compared to the life-cycle of 18 months and shorter than the 5 years given to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
Xubuntu uses the XFCE 4.8 desktop which is less resource hungry than Unity or KDE and comes in two flavors, 32 bit and 64 bit. It is also an installable Live distribution and is based on Linux kernel 3.2 series. Read more
Bodhi Linux is a lightweight Ubuntu based distribution that uses Englightenment as its desktop manager. It is geared for those who have older hardware or who prefer lighter desktops compared to the heavier GNOME or KDE.
Bodhi comes as an installable LiveCD which when first started, is quite similar to that of Ubuntu’s startup so if you’ve used Ubuntu before, you’ll feel well at home. Read more
Puppy Linux is a tiny distribution that is geared towards older PCs and giving them a second life. Puppy Linux can be run from a Live CD or USB (for faster performance) or just install it onto your system.
The software programs that come part of Puppy Linux are those that are specifically picked out to ensure that resources are not wasted while providing a productive machine. The programs that are part of Puppy you will not usually find on a distribution such as Linux Mint or Ubuntu which are geared towards more modern systems but that does not mean they are any less useful.