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One of the many great things about the Linux operating system is that it is incredibly “lightweight” compared to practically any version of the Windows or Macintosh operating systems. Linux is great for running on old hardware, because it doesn’t need a very fast processor or much disk space. If you have an older computer that is limited in disk space (or just a really full hard drive), then you can even download specially formatted versions of Linux specifically designed to run in environments with limited storage. Let’s take a look at some of the different versions of Linux and how well they run without much disk space.

Ubuntu is by far the most popular version of Linux – it is used by several million people. The Ubuntu download file is only about 700 MB, although it expands to several gigabytes (for the standard desktop edition, you need at least a 15 GB hard drive – that’s the recommended amount for the OS and file storage). There are some lighter versions available as well, for instance there is a netbook version which is a bit smaller. Compared to Windows and the Mac operating system, this is extremely small. However, compared to many other Linux distributions, this is still quite large.

Xbuntu is a lightweight Ubuntu distro, however it focuses more on running in environments with low processor power and little memory (RAM), and not so much on conserving hard drive space.

There are a number of different Linux versions which have been specially formatted to be run straight off a flash drive, with no installation. Even though flash drives with several gigabytes of storage can be purchased for very cheap, these installations still prioritize little disk space usage above all other features, and can get under 100 MB in some cases. Though designed to be run off a flash drive, they can still work as complete desktop operations systems.

One of the more popular lightweight versions is Damn Small Linux (DSL). It is a whopping 50 MB, and still fully functional. It is the absolute smallest operating system, and is the ultimate in low disk space Linux distros.

Puppy Linux is another popular lightweight Linux version. The downloadable ISO is 130 MB, and it expands to a little more than that. While this is a bit bigger than DSL, it is still quite small for an operating system, and shouldn’t take up too much of your hard drive.

One of the best parts of Linux is that it doesn’t have to take up that much disk space. There are many different versions which are geared toward running on a machine with low disk space, and these lightweight versions can be run on just about any old machine.

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