I'm looking for a lightweight linux distro to switch to (currently on linux mint, and it kinda chugs on my computer).

I'm looking for a lightweight linux distro to switch to (currently on linux mint, and it kinda chugs on my computer). I've chosen 4 that I'm interested in:

> BunsenLabs
> Lubuntu
> LXLE
> Porteus

For reference, I'm using an old HP I bought off a friend a few years back. It has an i5 processor running at 2.8GHz and 6GB of RAM. I mostly use my computer right now just to do homework and browse the internet, though from time to time, I will run programs like android studio, godot, ardour, virtualbox etc. Those kind of programs tend to eat up so many system resources that I can't even lock my screen, and the power menu will lag when I go to restart. I'm wondering which one of the distros above would be best for my use case. I know I could try them all individually, but I'm hoping to cut down on the amount of distro hopping I have to do.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    install gentoo

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No, I have a life

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        No you don’t
        You browse IQfy

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Install Gentoo

      fpbp

      No, I have a life

      homosexual, install it now.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Archinstall and XFCE or some WM

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What are you using now? Try installing LXDE on your current OS and see if that makes a difference.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Manjaro XFCE has worked for me for like 6 years.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Have a look at Peppermint, it looks a lot like Mint but more lightweight.
    Porteus is amazingly lightweight but difficult to use unless you're a real linux geek.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      second for peppermint, if nothing else it would be easy to test out

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why not just install a window manager of some kind on debian?

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the distro doesn't matter
    what matters is the DE and window manager. You can download xfce on mint and that is most of the performance gains you will get. Anything further than this with things like lxde and such will be harder to notice.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Installing a different distribution because your desktop environment is too heavy on system resources is the most moronic thing ever. You are the reason all these shit unnecessary debian forks exist.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    distros dont chug your computer because they dont do anything, a distro is basically a package manager and a wallpaper.
    desktop managers and unecessary shit running in the background chug your computer.
    ditch the desktop manager, use a window manager on a bare bones install, disable services you won't use.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is the ram upgradeable? If it's an older pc DDR3 ram is cheap. I would think on an i5 you would see a noticeable difference with more ram.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Anons are right, all you need is to install Debian and choose a lightweight DE or WM. You can even uncheck all the DEs from the installer and boot to pure TTY, then install some minimal WM afterwards. That way you get the largest and most supported distro but with no bloat. Your PC isn't that old, though. In my opinion you can run whatever you want. If you think Debian is too old just upgrade it to testing level. If you dislike Debian for some reason you can try Arch but coming from Linux Mint it would be considerably easier to choose Debian.

      Also this, if you're running virtual machines on it you'll want to max out the RAM. It's not the DE that eats all of it, it's your programs.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    BunsenLabs is literally Debian with OpenBox and some built-in themes and wallpapers. Don't even bother.

    Do what the other anon said, archinstall + OpenBox or LXDE/LXQT. or some tiling WM if thats your thing.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >BunsenLabs is literally Debian with OpenBox and some built-in themes and wallpapers
      That's exactly why I use it, though.
      I get that it's just a glorified dotfile bundle and some convenience scripts, but the defaults happen to align with my personal preferences about 99% of the time so it saves me a bit of effort.
      It's just an easy way to round the sharp corners off of Debian if you're lazy like me.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I am glad people have pointed out the logical flaw in OPs thinking. However can we take a moment and acknowledge that almost all of IQfy believes this sort of thing.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    BunsenLabs is fricking awesome. It's the right amount of minimalist rice OOTB and is still extremely customizable. It has all of the system tools you could want and the default apps are reasonable and frankly there aren't too many of them. It doesn't assume you want everything decided and installed for you at once. Best part is that it just works. No experimental bs packages that you have to worry will break your system every time you upgrade. They just released a new version based on Debian 12. It's all I've used for years.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Alpine.
    Or just use Ubuntu like a normal fricking person.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ALPINE

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    check your motherboard specs, I have a 10 year old dell that used a gen1 i5-650 that I was able to upgrade to a Xeon x3470 for about 24USD nearly doubled my processing power for cheep

    also openbox is chill but you need to configure many text configs manually if you want to add or change anything

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    DebiaBlack person

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Dont listen to anyone else

    Lununtu and the tweaks from this thread (first post best post)

    [...]

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      step by step:
      >install lununtu
      >install xanmod (depending on your cpu, has different versions)
      >install zram and configure it to use lz4
      >disable intel mitigations

      My shitbox with 2gb of ram and a celeron runs good now for firefox/shitposting/office/movies. Although I recommend you tweak firefox too in the settings and about:config. theres many resources online. One pro tip is to install ublock and the "low-web" extension.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >i fricked up writing lubuntu twice
        I shouldn't be phoneposting

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Q4OS

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    any distro. just use openbox or some light desktop like lxqt/kde. i cannot recommend xfce anymore as it’s buggy and heavier than kde.
    you could also lower cpu freq. on freebsd my cpu is generally at 600Mhz

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gentoo if you are not moron.
    Openbsd if you are genius.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Openbsd if you are genius.
      you mean templeos.

  22. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I will DM Kyle for you OP, and see what he suggests for you to do OP. He uses arch btw.

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