Install Linux to Save Space! These Tiny Linux Distros Are Super Small

MakeUseOf | 10/10/2017 | Lori Kaufman
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Do you have an old PC lying around gathering dust? Would you like to make use of the old small-capacity USB flash drives sitting in your drawer? You can reuse your old computer and USB drives by installing a super small Linux operating system (also known as a “distribution” or “distro”) on them.

There are Linux distros ideal for the Intel Atom Processor PC, others that will give your old PC a new lease on life. You’ll even find a few that to install on a USB flash drive.

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Are you strapped for hard disk space? One solution is to pare down Windows 10; alternatively, install one of the following super small Linux distros, which we’ve tested. We installed each of these successfully onto a 16GB USB flash drive, which we then booted from.

You can also burn each of them to a CD and boot from that. Or install it from a bootable USB flash drive or a live CD onto an old PC.

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The first thing you’ll need if you want to put one of these Linux distros on a USB flash drive. Rufus is a free tool that makes it easy to do just that.

One useful tip: download the portable version of Rufus so you don’t have to install it on your PC. You can also keep it with your downloaded Linux ISO files in case you want to switch to a different Linux distro. Rufus is very fast at creating a bootable USB drive, enabling you to easily switch between different distros.

ArchBang - Arch - Linux - CrunchBang - Linux

ArchBang is based on Arch Linux and inspired by CrunchBang, which was another lightweight Linux distro. It’s is essentially Arch Linux made easier. It includes the power and flexibility of Arch Linux without the complex setup and installation.

You can use ArchBang as a fully featured desktop operating system or...
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