Minimal Linux distros


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Minimal Linux distributions strip Linux down to a set of elements that can run on computers with reduced capabilities. Some are targeted at old computers. Some are targeted at embedded systems built into machinery, vehicles, home appliances, PDAs and mobile phones.

Available for OLPC XO

  • PuppyLinux Engineered for broad compatibility and hardware support. They have put up a page describing how they adapted Puppy to an NTAVO low memory system. See the PuppyLinux page for pointers to a once-active forum on OLPC.
  • Tiny Core Linux a nomadic ultra small desktop booting from USB drive, runs primarily in RAM, extra packages obtained on demand or preinstalled. An OLPC volunteer team provided builds of Tiny Core and Micro Core for XO laptop, see Tiny Core Linux.
  • Ubuntu
  • Xubuntu is a complete GNU/Linux based system with an Ubuntu base. It's lighter, and more efficient than Ubuntu with GNOME or KDE, since it uses the Xfce Desktop environment, which makes it ideal for old or low-end machines, as well as thin-client networks. Instructions for XFCE ontop of the XO's RedHat installation can be found here

Not known to be available for OLPC XO

We did have a long list here, when we were choosing technologies for development, but the list became out of date, and there's no advantage to doubling up on information that can be found in DistroWatch or Wikipedia, so please use those sites:

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