There are lightweight Linux distributions that are created for the express purpose of providing faster speeds and superior performance to their users. These lightweight Linux distros can boost up computer speeds by huge margins on old computers as well as new. In this video, we’ll be seeing the top 5 best lightweight Linux distributions of 2020.

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I have a laptop which I bought 10 years ago, so it’s very low powered by today’s standards. But I easily run android studio and an android emulator on it, at the same time, and guess what? The performance is very similar to what you get on a mid-range laptop available in the market today.

What my laptop lacks in the hardware department, I make up for it by installing Linux distros that are built for superior performance. These Xfce and Lxde distros breathe a new life into older hardware.

These operating systems have reduced overhead, allowing the computer to use more resources in terms of memory and CPU cycles for user tasks. Thereby providing visible boosts in performance. Today I’ve picked for you, the top 5 best Linux distros that deliver a power-packed computing experience along with solid stability, great usability, and some with downright stunning loo

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the servant of Nitai-Gauranga

May 10, 2020

Recommendation for a Acer aspire one intel netbook winxp?

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Rodrigo Z. Barros

May 10, 2020

recomendation for a low end pc
"Intel Atom N550 dual-core processor (2x 1.5 GHz), 2 GB DDR RAM and an on-board Intel GMA 3150 graphics card. The hard drive with 250 GB" ?

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BananaHackers

May 10, 2020

These distros are not the best in terms of speed and performance, just run fluxbox / openbox on any Linux distribution (DE is just a package). An example of a distro is antiX, or only Debian or Arch if starting from a minimal installation. These distributions you are talking about include several additional software and services, which make XFCE even heavy!

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Fouad Hoblos

May 10, 2020

Peppermint OS 10 deserves an honorable mention…

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Aaron Kagan

May 10, 2020

@linuxtex thank you for the video. Which is the one you said you were using android studio and an emulator on with 10 year old hardware?

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Karol Karpiński

May 10, 2020

I will try 4 out of this list for my old 20 years old laptop.

My only suggestion is to run those distros in previews on actually "weak" hardware, ie: somethings like win10 minimum requirements of 1GHz CPU, 1-2GiB RAM. 16-20GiB HDD, 800×600 capable display device, so people who really look for alternatives will see how things work.

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Boing

May 10, 2020

I'm on Ubuntu 🙁

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Megamind Blue

May 10, 2020

What would you recommend for a person who just wants to have a smooth experience with AndroidStudio? Because on Ubuntu, it's a fricking painnnnnnnn. Sometimes, there are minute long lags between me moving the mouse and the cursor moving on screen while running android studios. It's frustrating. My laptop is an old Acer with 4 GB RAM and 500 GB ROM with a 1.60 GHz Intel Celeron processor. Welppp

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SHAON KING

May 10, 2020

Well I got a mid range pc with 8GB ram with Nvidia gt1030 you , which one I should install ? By the way I love gaming

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Subho Dey

May 10, 2020

I try to installed linux mint latest version 19.e core edition.
But after boot by my pendrive and select of launguage, keyboard,and third party app selection, the page occured this page does not show the disk partition and then the install crushed.
Please tell me the problem with me. My laptop is Asus and I use windows 10 home edition of November 2019 last update.
Please help me sir

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Carlos Cimino

May 10, 2020

I have a HP530 2gb ram Intel Core 2 Duo 10 years old. What distro have to install? Thank from Argentina.

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A. Nilla-or

May 10, 2020

I'm familiar with debian-based and I like LXDE. so Lubuntu 's been my Linux of choice for years. very fast on my 9 years old laptop with 4GB RAM 🙂

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Herr Bönk

May 10, 2020

Which distro has the shortest possible boot time? (Preferably a single digit figure in seconds.)

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Prem Pal

May 10, 2020

BRO PLZ HELP
I want to run android studio in my laptop.i know AS required lot of big feature but at this moment I just can't afford .I don't care about fancy feature I just need to work on android studio that's it.which will be best for me? waiting for your reply…asap…
My machine
Hp laptop
4Gb ram
500hard disk
1.5gh processor
Intel cor i3

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Chairiel Azizi

May 10, 2020

Timestamps

Manjaro – 1:05
Linux Mint – 2:54
Zorin OS Lite – 4:35
Bodhi Linux – 6:33
MX Linux – 8:33

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ziad khaled

May 10, 2020

recommended linux distro for 4giga ram and AMD athlon ™ II X2 processor 3.60 GHz
thank you for answering me

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Stephen De Leon

May 10, 2020

recommended linux distro for 1gb ram and intel atom processor? very old laptop

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Indianathan N

May 10, 2020

You missed to test BunsenLabs

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WGM 247

May 10, 2020

Zorin is the best. The end.

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Max Rex

May 10, 2020

thanks so much

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Enter User Name Here.

May 10, 2020

What is the best distro for a 32 bit machine with a Intel Core 2 @ 3.0ghz?

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subverser

May 10, 2020

Sergio Bocanegra mentioned that after a Linux Mint install trashed his WiFi adapter config he was still able to connect to his network router with a cable. I would add that assuming "cable" means is a typical CAT6 Ethernet cable with RJ45 connectors then this is likely to be superior to WiFi anyway. Even older Ethernet adapters will support 100 Mbps, while the newer ones will do 1000 Mbps (aka 1 Gbps) and even 10 Gbps – of course your router ports will need be able to match any such speed selection. But beyond speed, wired connections like this should be far more reliable and consistent than WiFi connections in most situations. They only lack mobility.
However, I've noticed that more and more laptops no longer include an RJ45 Ethernet port, which is too bad because this removes the option for what has long been the fastest and most reliable method of network connection.

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Vruttant Balde

May 10, 2020

you don't need any desktop environment if you have a very low end pc and also need performance at the same time, just install a lightweight distro like Arch and a window manager like i3-gaps or something and you're good to go, xfce was always aimed to be small in size not the fastest today kde performs better than xfce.

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Buster Jersey

May 10, 2020

thanks…much needed

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Selvaraaju M

May 10, 2020

I tried many linux but I feel stressed bcoz of these reasons
1. Linuxs never follow same application extension deb, appimage and more. This is damn confusing
2. Installing application by code, where in the world ???? 98% of people don't know coding and never do that. Linux has to stop showing code installations for commercial customers
3. UI lags like a hell
4. UI icons are still worst
5. App store is poorly optimised. Why don't linux uses one global app store for all distros
6. Desktop space management is very very very poor
7. Dialog box spacing, text alignment and font sizes are really immatured
8. No drivers for intel, amd and nvidia. Atleast global linux community has to create a separate app and driver for intel, amd and nvidia, so that it will attract them to invest in it.
9. Remove unoptimised apps from store.
10. Never bring terminal to the people at first sight. Most People never buys laptop for coding.
11. Smooth the animations.. remove unnecessary animations..
12. Dont make disk, activities and system related tools as apps. so that people will uninstall without knowing what it is.
13. Linux has to be unified or else android will remove linux in the near future even android came from linux.. .

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Zen Innovations

May 10, 2020

Somewhere from the Corner of my heart, I was waiting for puppy Linux….

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Moses Jonson

May 10, 2020

😅 I've got a 7-year-old and three months old gaming laptop Asus rog laptop G750JW that I've owned for an exceedingly long time and she's still powerful like a new car (my laptop) constantly.

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ABOOTHAHIR U

May 10, 2020

suggest me a linux based os for 4gb ram (core 2 duo ) for dual boot

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schaddly

May 10, 2020

i use Zorin OS as my daily driver. i highly recommend it. i use version 12 for my really old laptop and the latest version is screaming fast on my desktop.

however if you want a VERY lightweight distro, look up DSL linux (damn small linux) 55mb after install.

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web

May 10, 2020

use bosslinux

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Việt Hùng

May 10, 2020

midweight not lightweight!!!!

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That cool Gamer

May 10, 2020

Wheres xbuntu?

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Prakhar Mathur

May 10, 2020

I don't understand why is he trying to fake an accent.. It is pretty evident that he has a normal Indian accent.. For me it is extremely difficult to listen to someone with a fake accent… Cause it only shows that you are not confident and trying to hide yourself behind that fake accent… Do not take this comment otherwise… I believe if you would speak in your regular accent then you will be a lot more clear and will deliver with confidence…

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I Cristian

May 10, 2020

F it … I went for Fedora lxde for my potato pc. Doubt that xfce/mate would do better than lxde on a hdd. Plus there is no extra mumbo jambo preinstalled. Zorin looks good though.

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HuarachesPlaysTv

May 10, 2020

it just hit me that zorin lite is a chromebook look lol man they made a version of the desktop of everything popular wow

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mullany

May 10, 2020

Hey, what make and model is your old laptop?

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Ankit Gupta

May 10, 2020

This will work in pentium 4 2.24 ghz processor?

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