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Most distributions allow you to install a Minimalist / Core set of packages. A small, yet incomplete, list includes CentOS, Ubuntu, Gentoo, and Arch. It is unlikely there would be a significant difference in the amount of ram used in of the above distributions with a minimal install. In general, the amount of RAM used is directly related to the number of ...


You may be interested in Arch Linux. It aims to be simple and lightweight, so very few packages are installed by default.

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