25 Best Lightweight Linux Distros To Reinvigorate Old Computers In 2018

Did you know, there are plenty of lightweight Linux distributions to power-up your old computer or laptop — Then why you still using old outdated operating systems like Windows XP?

Are you owning an old computer or laptop having limited specs to run a powerful operating system? Then lightweight Linux distributions would be the perfect choice to resurrect your old buddy.

Why you should choose lightweight Linux distros to get a few more years out of an aging machine over other operating systems — The main reason is, unlike older versions of Windows/OS X, the listed lite Linux distributions get support and timely updates. And also when it comes to old hardware any Linux distro is better than Windows/OS X because they all are well optimized and compatible with any system regardless of hardware configuration.

Lightweight Linux distributions for older pcs

Here is the list of 25 best lightweight Linux distros sorted according to their system requirements. The one requires low system configuration comes first and also keep in mind that, the distributions which require low processing power couldn’t have fancy UI animations and 3D stuff. The following lightweight Linux OS requires up to 512mb RAM.

1. Tiny Core Linux

Tiny Core Linux is the extremely lightweight operating system based on a recent Linux kernel, BusyBox, Tiny X, Fltk, and Flwm. The notable feature of this lite Linux distro is its size — the 12 MB graphical Linux desktop runs entirely in memory — so after booting, you can remove the live CD/USB and still use the distro.

The Linux distro is fast, flexible and powerful — perfect for those who use a pretty very old computer with a wired network connection for internet access. Tiny Core Linux not recommended for beginners though.
Minimum system requirements for Tiny Core Linux:

46 MB of RAM
The minimum CPU is an i486DX
11 MB Disk Space


2. Slax Linux

Slax Linux — a modern, portable, small and fast Linux operating system based on Debian. Slax doesn’t require installation, it runs directly from your USB flash drive. The lite distribution posses a file size 256 MB and suitable for all users.

Despite its small size, Slax features nice graphical user interface with KDE desktop environment pre-installed with some essential software. Additional software can be added and removed, using Slax modules.

Minimum system requirements for Slax Linux:

  • 48 MB of RAM
  • Minimum CPU requirement — any Intel, AMD or VIA x86/64 processor
  • 220 MB Disk Space


3. Nanolinux

Nanolinux is the lite Linux distribution based Tiny Core — another lightweight distro. Unlike Tiny Core Linux, this 14 MB OS works along with beginners. Nanolinux comes with several lightweight applications for Linux including a bundle of some awesome games.

Minimum system requirements for Nanolinux:

64 MB of RAM
Minimum CPU requirement — Intel i486
4 MB Disk Space


4. ReactOS

ReactOS — best lightweight Linux distro alternative for Windows. ReactOS is a Windows lookalike free and open source operating system with the ability to run many Windows applications. Although it is not a Linux mimicking Windows but build from scratch with 9,000,000+ lines of code.

Minimum system requirements for ReactOS:

96 MB of RAM
Minimum CPU requirement — Intel i486
500 MB Disk Space

5. Knoppix

Knoppix, another live lite Linux distro, based on Debian. Knoppix comes with a collection of GNU/Linux software and support for many graphics cards. The distro is easily installable and perfect for new Linux users with old PC.

Minimum system requirements for Knoppix:

120 MB of RAM
Intel/AMD-compatible CPU (i486 and up)
1-2GB Disk Space



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