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I read from a website that Debian with LXDE is more lightweight than Lubuntu although lubuntu's size is 1 GB and debian's is 1.9 GB? How could it be? Is it realy lighter than Lubuntu? Which one contain more packages? Does the lightweightness depends on size?

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Lubuntu tweaks LXDE to make it work and look in a somewhat different way compared to 'vanilla' LXDE. Debian-LXDE is much closer to the 'vanilla' LXDE.

Light-weight can mean different things.

  • RAM usage: You can define the footprint of a desktop environment by how much RAM it needs to run idle, and how much its default tools need. In this case you can compare lubuntu-desktop with lxde of Debian. You can use various tools for this task, for example

    free -m
    top
    htop
    
  • Size of the iso file or installed system on disk: The size of the installed system is the size of a fresh installed system (before you have added files manually) as reported by for example

    df -h
    
  • If the iso file is bigger, there are more packages or bigger packages or both.

  • I consider RAM usage the main criterion to decide the footprint or lightweightness of a desktop environment.

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