Lightweight replacement for CentOS

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Lightweight replacement for CentOS

Post by MartinR » 2019/12/19 12:21:00

I have a couple of old tablets that struggle to run C7. It would be very handy to have one in the workshop just as a web browser. Cany anyone recommend a really lightweight distro that will for preference run firefox?

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Re: Lightweight replacement for CentOS

Post by TrevorH » 2019/12/19 12:32:56

Mint?
CentOS 6 will die in November 2020 - migrate sooner rather than later!
Info for USB installs on http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/InstallFromUSBkey
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Re: Lightweight replacement for CentOS

Post by MartinR » 2019/12/19 23:14:16

I run Mint in a VM and cinnamon seems to be a bit of a resource hog. Perhaps that is due to the 3D emulation running in software?

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Re: Lightweight replacement for CentOS

Post by aks » 2019/12/21 08:12:53

AFAIK, Xfce (or possibly LightDM) are the "lightest" desktop environments of them all.

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Re: Lightweight replacement for CentOS

Post by bonedome » 2019/12/31 16:57:14

If you want a truly lightweight and fully functioning OS, it's got to be puppy http://puppylinux.com/download.html, the entire OS is about 100 to 200MBs and runs entirely in RAM.
I used it (slacko) exclusively for months a few years ago on an ancient laptop with no hard drive or battery till I got my current laptop.
You wouldn't believe how good it is given its size.

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Re: Lightweight replacement for CentOS

Post by jlehtone » 2020/01/02 08:25:45

In the olde days ... one could start X11 with a "failsafe" desktop: just one application (xterm), no desktop environment, not even window manager -- no way to move or resize "windows" (but you could start applications with desired geometry).

I presume the "kiosk" are set up similar to that.

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Re: Lightweight replacement for CentOS

Post by MakeTopSite » 2020/01/07 16:24:45

bonedome wrote:
2019/12/31 16:57:14
If you want a truly lightweight and fully functioning OS, it's got to be puppy http://puppylinux.com/download.html, the entire OS is about 100 to 200MBs and runs entirely in RAM.
I used it (slacko) exclusively for months a few years ago on an ancient laptop with no hard drive or battery till I got my current laptop.
You wouldn't believe how good it is given its size.

does it still run everything under root account ?

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Re: Lightweight replacement for CentOS

Post by MakeTopSite » 2020/01/07 16:25:53

MartinR wrote:
2019/12/19 12:21:00
I have a couple of old tablets that struggle to run C7. It would be very handy to have one in the workshop just as a web browser. Cany anyone recommend a really lightweight distro that will for preference run firefox?


Devuan with LXDE

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Re: Lightweight replacement for CentOS

Post by bonedome » 2020/01/09 17:33:42

does it still run everything under root account ?
It does but a few years ago an experimental user account could be added, but I never tried it.
If you search the net there are some guides on running any OS entirely in RAM, I imagine that wouldn't necessarily be lightweight but I bet if you had the RAM it would go like sh*t off a shiny shovel.

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