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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
No matter if you are a Linux user or not, everyone seems to talk about the new GoogleOS which is due to arrive next year. These “big name” steps that are being taken to providing cloud computing will change the way we look at our net experience, where we store our data and more importantly answer the question is it possible to live off and be happy with an online apps solution.
Looking at xPUD, which is currently in an early release of 0.9.2, the first thing to strike you is the size of the download (and subsequent space it requires for a HD install) which is 60 meg approx and 50 meg approx respectively. After burning the .iso you are ready to rock and roll, so lets take a look at this tiny distro. Which has already some competition from other tiny distro’s out there.
xPUD is Ubuntu based, which usually means theres at least a “minimum standard” to expect. I don’t think theres much debate that Ubuntu has taken the Linux platform far with it being one of the most popular distributions available. Couple that with a lightweight xfce DE and you’re in for a treat.