Many Linux users out there are running Linux just because it is a faster operating system. The most bloated distribution of Linux is still probably faster than any Windows version. Although, there are also a lot of Linux users that are running Linux on slower computers, old hardware, or netbooks. These Linux computers are still faster, but maybe you want more speed!
I have a few slower Linux computers myself. Here are some of the slower computers I have in use:
- Transmeta Crusoe 867MHz/384MB
- Dual Intel Pentium Pro 200MHz/256MB
- Dual DEC Alpha 533MHz/512MB
- Intel P4 3.2GHz/4GB
- Intel Atom Z520 1.3GHz/1GB
So you can see I have some slow Linux computers laying around. So I always try to tweak my Linux systems the best I can to make them faster. Whether I customize configurations, compile with custom flags, disable bells and whistles, or just finding fast lightweight applications! Which is what this article is about, I’ve found all kinds of Linux programs that work very well, that don’t hog down your resources like a lot of the main full feature eye candy programs. Some of these lightweight Linux applications are very basic and stripped down, but they still get the job done. You may choose to install the non-lightweight applications as well, for those just in case times, unless you don’t have the hard drive space. You may also want to look at lightweight Linux distributions.
There are also lightweight Linux distributions out there as well that come packaged with all the lightweight apps. I’ll discuss those lightweight Linux distributions in a different article though. Anyways below is a list of types of applications with the lightweight Linux program next to it. I hope this list of lightweight Linux apps helps you speed up your Linux computers.
|Application Purpose||Lightweight Linux Program|
|File Manager||rox-filer, thunar|
I will continue adding to the list of lightweight Linux programs as I find more or you tell me about more fast lightweight apps! So if you know of a lightweight Linux application, let me know!