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    Switching from Windows7... here is what I am looking for


    I am not a Linux newbie per se. I have played with various distros over the decades but never actually found a compelling reason to switch from Windows. Now I have a compelling reason, it's called Windows 10.

    I am looking for a Linux distro that is small enough for older machines (including some really old 32-bit IBM ThinkPad workhorses) but still capable to run newer, better hardware, as my desktop has a 6th-gen core i7 and 16GB RAM.

    It's got to be XFCE as DE.

    It must be possible to run the whole show from a USB stick as a live system with persistence and also as a frugal install from a HD (again with persistence). Being able to snapshot a running system into a new live ISO would be great.

    Ideally I want a bare-bones system with all the drivers, DE etc but no heavy apps, ie no LibreOffice, no vlc, no audio player, no fancy editor, no photo editor). I have already software for these things running under Windows and most of them are either available for Linux (Scite, XNviewMP, Palemoon...) or do run in Wine (IrfanView etc).

    I am not afraid to get my hands dirty with admin stuff. In fact I will spend a lot of my time in a terminal window as I am not the point-and-click type.

    I have looked into Porteus and MX17 so far. Both are almost perfect... my biggest gripe is the number of apps already installed.

    The Linux distro scene being what it is, I can never hope to find the perfect distro on my own, so anyone with an idea, a pointer, please come forward! Thanks.

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    The Linux distro scene being what it is, I can never hope to find the perfect distro on my own, so anyone with an idea, a pointer, please come forward! Thanks.
    Gentoo, it is DIY distro. It will be exactly what you want. If it works well you get the credits, if it does not what you want you are to blame. For instance, I have Kodi frontend running using only 1.9 GB of storage space.

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    Well... gentoo may be something for a later date... when I know a LOT more about Linux and feel comfortable to set up a system from scratch.

    Currently I am looking for a distro that, though not optimised to the very last bit, runs acceptably on my various computers.

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    Not Gentoo? Based on other posts, definitely Linux Mint.
    Respectfully... Sarlac II
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    MX-17 and remove the programs you do not want.

    You can then make a snapshot of the system, write the ISO to a USB stick, and you have a bootable clone of your customized system. This is what I do...
    Are you a clueless Kali user? If you can't get Kali running on your own, it ain't the right distro for you.

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    I've looked into the XFCE variant of Mint. My impression was that live persistence is not really built into the system in the same way it is for MX17, for instance.

    It seems a distro like MX17 (or Porteus) but just bare-bones doesn't exist!

    So another attack vector. Does getting rid of an installed package via a distro's package handling tool (ie apt, pacman, rpm) remove everything that was ever installed? Windows de-installations are famous for leaving behind all sorts of crap.

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    Linux is not Windows...
    Are you a clueless Kali user? If you can't get Kali running on your own, it ain't the right distro for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NGIB View Post
    Linux is not Windows...
    What an extraordinarily enlightening comment.

    Folks, that is exactly the sort of helpful attitude that pushes many people who are genuinely sick and tired of M$ back into the fold.

    Forget this thread and my stupid questions. EOT for me.

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    It was obviously something you did not understand. YOU were comparing everything to Windows, so I just made a true statement.

    Anyway, Bye...
    Are you a clueless Kali user? If you can't get Kali running on your own, it ain't the right distro for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmsg View Post
    What an extraordinarily enlightening comment.

    Folks, that is exactly the sort of helpful attitude that pushes many people who are genuinely sick and tired of M$ back into the fold.

    Forget this thread and my stupid questions. EOT for me.
    What attitude. We do not sell Linux, we don't care what you are running there. Coming here and telling us: help me or else ... is the attitude you should get rid of.

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