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    What is the lightest Linux distro?

    I'm trying to learn how to contribute to the kernel, and since I've already broken my system enough, so I'm going to run a VM with the lightest possible Linux distro. What would it be?

    If possible, I would love to have a super-light GUI and a super-light non-GUI suggestion. That would be amazing.

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    arch linux
    Hello and welcome!

    You can find a listing of lightweight Linux distributions at wikipedia:

    I'm not sure which on the listing is the lightest of them all, but Tiny Core is one of the lighter ones.

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    Welcome aboard!

    TinyCore comes to mind.
    But you can look at light rather subjectively.
    Gentoo, Arch, CRUX, Slackware and Debian all give an opportunity to have a very minimal, but very usable OS.

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    I'd say tinfoilhat Linux .. It's made to run off a single floppy

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    I ran puppy linux off a 256 MB USB drive for a couple of years, very usable as it run all on memory.

    I think puppy used a little bit more than half the drive.

    There are loads of different puppy linux versions, called puplets that are targeted for various activities, some can be found here: Puppy Linux Puplet for special features

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