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Run from RAM

Dsitro DE/WM Pro
Lubuntu LxQt/Openbox nothing special
Slax NA/fluxbox very thin ito software
very clean itf interface
no installation option
antiX
live default pw: demo
FAQ, Forum
iceWM/IceWM include many goodies:
SMTube, mpv,
Youtube video player
ISO snapshot.
  • List of Linux distributions that run from RAM. Some based on Debian include antiX (#15), Knoppix (#73), Slax and Tails (#31) (ranking is by DistroWatch as Oct 2021). RAM usage is about 350MB except antiX uses only 125MB.
  • For antiX/MX Linux, we need to add toram parameter to the option line on the boot screen (tested on antiX-19.4_x64-full.iso).
    • First boot screen -> Use Legacy Kernel -> Normal Boot (but add "toram" to the Boot Options line at the bottom). So the boot options become "quiet splasht disable=1xF toram". Enter. It will show "Copy 1.33 GiB to RAM" on the screen (about 1 minute).
    • I delete all partitions on HDD and add 2.0TB as "/". Then the installation can continue.
    • After we see the desktop df -h should not reveal /dev/sda1 and it should only have tmpfs and /dev/loop0.
    • I can remove the USB drive.
    • To configure wifi, open antiX Control Centre -> Network -> WiFi Connect(Connman).
    • Somehow, it can remember my identity so I don't need to go to wifi to reconnect. Interesting.
  • What are the best Linux distros that run entirely in RAM?
  • A screenshot of antiX-21 (taken from running in Proxmox, so the res is 1024 x 768/4:3)
AntiX21 mmedia.png

Linux Distro for Your Cloud Server

How to Choose the Right Linux Distro for Your Cloud Server Fedora is the upstream source of Red Hat. CentOS is the downstream source of RHEL.

Debian derived distributions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_distributions#Debian-based

MX Linux

Kali

Peppermint

https://peppermintos.com/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peppermint_OS

  • Not even any web browser has been pre-installed. "We hope you enjoy - Everything you need & nothing you don't".
  • A light-weight LXDE distribution for cloud applications
  • In place of traditionally native applications for common tasks (word processing, image editing), it ships with the custom Ice application, which allows users to create site-specific browsers (SSB's).
  • From my testing, favicon is not downloaded when I create an SSB for twitter in ICE:)
  • Not impressed by the SSB idea.

Raspberry Pi OS

Q4OS

SparkyLinux

Twister OS

Whonix OS

Red Hat derived distributions

Fedora

LXQt version looks better than GNOME (the top menu does not show all opened apps!) and KDE (too heavy).

Small/lightweight Linux distributions

Live USB

See Live USB.

10 Best And Most Secure Linux Distributions

https://fossbytes.com/secure-linux-distros-privacy-anonymity/

Kids

How to Configure Linux for Children