Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I’ve been researching concepts of minimalism as it applies to computing and personal productivity, and I’m convinced that in many cases, a minimal setup can really help you get more done. Trimming the unnecessary applications and eye-candy from your computing setup can help your focus and find the most efficient workflow. I offer four truly minimal Linux distributions here…and to me minimal doesn’t necessarily imply small, and small does not mean minimal. Take PuppyLinux, for instance. Small, yes. Minimal? Hardly. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing (I’m a Puppy fan); it’s just not really minimal. So, not all of these distros are super tiny, but they do all embrace minimalistic principles: simple but pleasing design, just the applications you need, and an emphasis on performance.
Minimal Linux Desktop #1: Slitaz
Slitaz is definitely one of the most interesting Linux desktops I’ve come accross in quite a while. Somehow, they crammed a modern-feeling desktop, a compelete suite of familiar apps, and a web server into 25 mb download.