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Free Version of Linux that uses the least resources?

ukiltmybrutha 301 August 8, 2016 at 09:49 AM
I need a version of Linux that utilizes the least amount of resources possible. I need to virtualize an instance of that OS using Hyper-V.

Over the years, I have heard that Linux is much more efficient and requires far less RAM than windows, but it always seems to be the opposite.

I just need a version of Linux that I can practice with without reimaging my current machine.

I have a dedicated Hyper-V server for this type of stuff. Knoppix etc is ok, but I need to be able to emulate installations on Linux and to that extent Knoppix etc is not helpful.

What are some versions of Linux that are free, fast, and virtualize ok with Hyper-V?

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Linux is all free, that is the point of it. Arch is about as lightweight as it gets without going full terminal. You can also try Red Hat if you really need some features that arch doesn't have.

I am always a fan of Ubuntu, but it has become a rather bloated Windows 7 parallel.

https://www.linux.com/news/best-l...ux-distros
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Linux is all free, that is the point of it. Arch is about as lightweight as it gets without going full terminal. You can also try Red Hat if you really need some features that arch doesn't have.

I am always a fan of Ubuntu, but it has become a rather bloated Windows 7 parallel.

https://www.linux.com/news/best-l...ux-distros
Thank you, I thought that there was a fee associated with Redhat. Thanks for the Arch lead.
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If you want light on resources, try something that uses xfce instead of kde or gnome.
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Thanks guys!

So I tried Arch Linux. It sure is light! However, I didn't realize that it didn't have a GUI. Could someone suggest the lightest OS (I guess you call it Distro?) that has a GUI?

Sorry jkee, I am not familiar with xcfe kde or gnome yet.

This is all about quantifying Splunk use for Linux. I have an interview very soon. I can swim with Windows, but I'd like to at least be able to know a few Unix commands and actually be able to monitor it using Splunk.

Thanks so far!
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Thanks guys!

So I tried Arch Linux. It sure is light! However, I didn't realize that it didn't have a GUI. Could someone suggest the lightest OS (I guess you call it Distro?) that has a GUI?

Sorry jkee, I am not familiar with xcfe kde or gnome yet.

This is all about quantifying Splunk use for Linux. I have an interview very soon. I can swim with Windows, but I'd like to at least be able to know a few Unix commands and actually be able to monitor it using Splunk.

Thanks so far!
things like xfce, lxde, kde or gnome are your desktop environment. They generally run on top of the x window system.


Running a minimalist linux distro is probably one of the fastest ways to really learn about how linux works. I know I learned a lot when I kicked windows ME to the curb and decided to only run slackware in high school.


I'm not sure if Arch installs X or a desktop environment, but you can install one of your choice. If it is installed you may have to manually start it.https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners'_guide [archlinux.org] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index....mendations

http://lubuntu.net/ or http://xubuntu.org/ may be an easier way to achieve your goals without as much effort (or learning).


If minimal RAM in a VM is particularly important to you, you should plan on more swap space and an SSD.


One thing that's harder to change in different linux distros is the package manager, choose carefully.
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things like xfce, lxde, kde or gnome are your desktop environment. They generally run on top of the x window system.


Running a minimalist linux distro is probably one of the fastest ways to really learn about how linux works. I know I learned a lot when I kicked windows ME to the curb and decided to only run slackware in high school.


I'm not sure if Arch installs X or a desktop environment, but you can install one of your choice. If it is installed you may have to manually start it.https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners'_guide [archlinux.org] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index....mendations

http://lubuntu.net/ or http://xubuntu.org/ may be an easier way to achieve your goals without as much effort (or learning).


If minimal RAM in a VM is particularly important to you, you should plan on more swap space and an SSD.


One thing that's harder to change in different linux distros is the package manager, choose carefully.
Well put and thank you very much. I am not really planning on doing much with Ubuntu at all. My mouse is moving very slow so I suspect a lack of resources but that is not always it. It could be due to mouse emulation based upon my research.

I appreciate the great comments as always.
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Thank you, I thought that there was a fee associated with Redhat. Thanks for the Arch lead.
You may be correct on RedHat, I can't recall how it works. In some cases, the dev kit is free, but sometimes not? Otherways the client is maybe free?

I guess nix that idea, it is more of a business/enterprise distro anyway.

If Arch is a mess to figure out there is also Puppy or Trisquel. Trisquel is nice since it comes with a graphics interface built in while arch is truly empty.
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You may be correct on RedHat, I can't recall how it works.
A lot of the companies in the open source world make their money on support. They also make money on versions with some of their own non open source software... but there's almost always an open source or community edition that is free. CentOS is the closest you'll come to open source RHEL.
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You all are awesome. Thank you.
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If you've got Windows 10 Anniversary Update running, you can try Ubuntu via the Windows Subsystem for Linux. With Xming providing an X server under Windows, you can even run GUI-based programs.
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Puppy Linux [puppylinux.org]

AND

Damn Small Linux [damnsmalllinux.org]

Both are lightweight and use very little hard drive space.
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Puppy Linux [puppylinux.org]

AND

Damn Small Linux [damnsmalllinux.org]

Both are lightweight and use very little hard drive space.
Here's another vote for Damn Small Linux. nod
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My choice is Puppy Linux.
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