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Old 07. Mar 2012, 07:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Or Yet Another Minimalist Distro

Just when your overflowing Linux world was hoping for some respite, yet another ant appears out of the nest in the shape of TinyMe. This one is Mandriva based and uses the Openbox desktop.

http://tinymelinux.com/doku.php/latestrelease:test

Won't suit many, but enough will like it, especially as it's only a 230MB download for the ISO.

See their forum for more information and screenshots.

http://tinymelinux.com/forum/
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Old 07. Mar 2012, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks more user friendly than Puppy. I may put this one on my to-do list for another day. Can't see myself replacing Puppy since I've learned to deal with all its quirks.

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Thanks for the find MC, we may have to start calling you the Great Linux Hunter
More like Distrowatch addict

Bear in mid this is an Alpha release
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Minimalist Distro and only 230 MB download size?

How would you call Brasa OS or Tiny Core Distro which are only 10 and 12 MB big respectively? Nano Distro?
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Kidding aside recent events could cause a break-out back to basic desktops. I'm not against better techniques I'm against techniques that don't work right.
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Minimalist Distro and only 230 MB download size?

How would you call Brasa OS or Tiny Core Distro which are only 10 and 12 MB big respectively? Nano Distro?

Before they all started creeping into DVD length, under 700MB was regarded as being a "standard" distro. I guess that anything considerably less than this such as Bodhi and Peppermint can therefore be regarded as minimalistic. On this basis then, something like those listed above would indeed be nano distributions
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Minimalistic distro's will always fill niche. I don't think they were ever intended to replace a desktop operating system, although they could be used as one. My favorite 'Puppy' that I run off a USB drive fulfills all my needs for its purpose and is great for accessing computers that fail to boot into its native OS.

I suppose IPads may have played a part in this shift in paradigms which by their very nature the OS needs to be minimalistic. With memory getting bigger in capacity yet smaller in physical size more will be packed in. Like it or not, us 'Old Salts' need to except the fact our beloved desktops are going to fade away. Our great grandchildren will be using computers that look nothing like the PC's being used today. With wireless this and wireless that, plugging the printer and monitor into the back of your PC will be ancient technology.

I don't plan on getting rid of my standard PC which dual boots between Windows and Linux, although I can see myself getting a tablet just for its mobility which will also allow me to access my PC at home.

That sad part is the agony we must endure while everything is being sorted out and unfortunately this includes Gnome3 and Unity.

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Minimalistic distro's will always fill niche. I don't think they were ever intended to replace a desktop operating system, although they could be used as one
I guess I should have phrased this differently. By desktops I should have of said modern desktop computers. Minimal distros are great for laptops old and new which would include old desktop computers as well. I guess minimal distro's like Bodhi could be advertised as customize your OS from scratch. Anyway I should of been clearer with my statement.
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Understood
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