The main idea of this test was to see how well these distros would run in a restrained environment. To this end, they were tested, where possible, on an ancient Compaq laptop with 256MB RAM, Vesa graphics, a 4GB hard drive and a 200MHz Pentium processor. For the sake of sanity, all distros were then also tested in a Qemu virtual environment with the same limitations, but this time using one half of a 3GHz Core 2 Duo processor.
There were no special tests other than to install these distros (which was testing enough) and attempts to do some normal desktop tasks.
- Damn Small Linux
- Puppy Linux
- Tiny Core Linux
- Unity Linux
- Vector Linux
It’s fast, easy on memory, and comes with a considered selection of apps. Not being able to install new software easily apart from stuff in the Slitaz package format is one of the few drawbacks, but for a fast, lightweight desktop it’s hard to beat..
But that’s according to TuxRadar. Your preference may vary. As always, it depends on your situation.