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ISO size growing over the years?
« on: June 04, 2020, 04:00:35 PM »
 

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I love Linux Lite, have used it for years and continue to use it for our family storage and Minecraft server. I came from DSL and Tiny Core Linux before finding Linux Lite 1.0.8 and was hooked.

My question is, for a light version of Linux, the ISO has doubled in size since the 1.0.8 release (700mb) I fell in love with.

What is the reason for the increase in ISO size? More drivers? More software? Bigger software packages?

I see that 5.0 is down to 1.3GB which is a welcome sight from the 4.6 release that was 1.5GB but is there any way you can get the ISO back under a GB? I thought the original premise of a Lite version was that it fit on a CD (700mb) and used light system applications and desktop environment?

 


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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2020, 04:22:13 PM »
 

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The premise of a Lite version is to be lightweight on system resources.  Simple, Fast, Free.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2020, 10:18:42 AM »
 

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I sure the Linux Lite team do everything they can to keep the size under control, unlike other bloated distros."Tastes Great!...Less Filling!"

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Re: ISO size growing over the years?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2020, 05:14:40 AM »
 

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Wouldn't mind seeing a list, smallest to largest ISO size of top 30 Distrowatch distros based ONLY on XFCE.

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Re: ISO size growing over the years?
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2020, 01:17:00 AM »
 

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Linux Lite 1.4Gb

Peppermint 1.5Gb
MX Linux 1.6Gb
Mint 1.9Gb
Zorin 'Lite' 2.2Gb
Manjaro 2.7Gb

We're still the No.1 lightest distro in the top 30 that have a XFCE edition (and maybe one or 2 other DE's), but that is ofc if you use ISO size as the only measure of how light a system is.
Ya might wanna head over and tell Zorin that if 2.2Gb is 'lite' you'd hate to see what heavy is!!

So what constitutes a 'lite' distro? Majority of the package selection (in some choices features, ease of use, maintenance, look and feel are a consideration), memory footprint, cpu polling, UI navigation speed etc etc. Package growth (each package grows over time, then times that by 2000 packages) is the number one reason for increase in ISO over time in which ALL distros are subject to.

@TheDead I like that!
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2020, 08:33:19 AM »
 

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Even Xubuntu is 2GB. o.O
I haven't compared but from the distrowatch's list, it includes nVidia/AMD video drivers, Chromium and probably some useless bloat.
But darn, 600megz?!... I gotz better thingz to do with my bandwithz.

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Re: ISO size growing over the years?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2020, 12:56:35 PM »
 

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When Windows 7 support ended, I decided to install Linux on my old computer. It did not want to boot from USB, and all I had was 3" DVDRW's. So I had to get a distribution that would fit on that medium. That's how I discovered Linux Lite.  ;D 
 


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