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I want a really light Ubuntu release so I get as much as possible out of my computer. I will only use this one for gaming, that's why I need to get as much out of my laptop as possible.

I want:

  • Low cpu usage
  • Low RAM usage
  • 11.04
  • 11.10
  • 64-bit

Please list only one release per answer.

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Subjective, and duplicate. However, since none of them seem to be well-maintained, I'll just link to the duplicate and let the mods decide. -… – James Nov 6 '11 at 11:27
If that is your question, then it is off-topic. – James Nov 6 '11 at 12:24
then it's not... – Alvar Nov 6 '11 at 12:49
Then what is not? Then it is not a duplicate, or it is not on-topic? – James Nov 6 '11 at 13:43
it's not a duplicate because I want the lightest Ubuntu system, not a desktop environment that the question is about. and it's not off-topic since it's Ubuntu. – Alvar Nov 6 '11 at 13:49
up vote 2 down vote accepted


Lubuntu is a lighter version of ubuntu that uses a different desktop environment: LXDE. It is of course less resource hungry than the default desktop environment in ubuntu.

Check out this wiki page for more information ; it says Lubuntu can run on a Celeron computer with 128 MB of RAM.

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Have you looked at XUbuntu 11.10? So far it's the lightest one I've come across since I started using Ubuntu back with Hardy Heron.

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