Linux – The Top 5 Lightweight Distros of 2014

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By David R – 19th February 2014
Linux – The Top 5 Lightweight Distros of 2014

However, not to take away from one of the best distros available, bar-none, if you’ve used Linux in the past and have some general knowledge on its usage then it’s probably best to skip this one in favor of those yet to be mentioned. As Lite, while incredible, isn’t quite up to par with the next two on this list.

2. Bodhi Linux

Wow, where to start. Bodhi Linux is, in a word – incredible. Utilizing a fairly new desktop environment in Enlightenment, Bodhi is somehow able to provide optimal speed without sacrificing anything in its place.

And if customizability is your bag, then you’ll be more than pleased with what this distro has to offer. With the ability to make your desktop look nearly identical to Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Mint, and anything else your heart desires, Bodhi puts the controls in the users hands, ensuring that no qualms be made about its appearance.

And that’s not all. With a profile system that allows users to save their current desktop, you can save all of your favorite looks for your operating system, giving you the option to change your system’s appearance entirely at the touch of a button or, if none of those seem to be up to par, make a new one from scratch. Trust me, this can become very addictive; as I’ve spent countless hours tinkering away on Bodhi, crafting different desktops in my stead.

But there’s more, adding to its speed and customizablity is a stability that’s rare-indeed for most new desktop environments. All for a minuscule 180 megs of RAM. One has to wonder what, if anything could beat a desktop of this caliber. Good question. Coming in at the #1 spot on our list is…

1. Lubuntu

I love, love, love Lubuntu Linux. To the extent that I literally have a reputation from around these parts as, “The Lubuntu Guy.”

Utilizing the LXDE desktop environment, Lubuntu contains an interface that closely resembles my favorite Windows operating system of all time in Windows XP. Also, if any of you are good with patterns, you might have noticed that Lubuntu has Ubuntu hiding in its midst.

Yes, Lubuntu is Ubuntu-based, which means its compatibility is second-to-none in the world of Linux distros. Giving users the ability to do anything they can possibly imagine, from browsing the Internet, to writing articles for Gamerheadlines with Libre Office Writer, to playing their favorite games on Steam when they should instead be writing articles for Gamerheadlines with Libre Office Writer, Lubuntu Linux has every bit of software you’ll ever need, and then some.

But Lubuntu has much more than a deep software center. As its stability is better than any other operating system I’ve ever used, be it Windows, OSX, other Linux distros, you name it. Lubuntu works to perfection. And how many Megs must this wonderful mix of simplicity, software, and stability cost, you ask? What if I told you that this operating system can be yours today for a small fee of 180 megs of your PC’s RAM?!

That’s right, Lubuntu, to quote a saying used way too often by way too many people in describing way too many things, “just works.” And it’s for this reason that it nabs the #1 spot on our list. Meaning that for those of you out there who have an older computer you’d love to breathe new life into, Lubuntu Linux is where it’s at, period.

Agree with our list? Why or why not? Which distros were left out that you would’ve liked to have seen mentioned? Let us know by commenting in the comment section below, or starting a discussion in our new forums! Also, for those of you particularly interested in Linux, be sure to stick around. There’s plenty more where this came from, as Gamerheadlines is poised to become the number one source for all of your tech and gaming news, Linux-included.