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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Not so long ago, IBM, in its ads, made a bold claim that read “Linux is everywhere”. While a Windows-crazy fanboy would be quick to repudiate that claim, any levelheaded IT guy would tell you how true that is. Linux can run on almost any kind of device, be it a gigantic supercomputer or a tiny mobile gadget.
When it comes to normal desktop computers, every user is not privileged enough to use a Quad core beast for their daily computing needs. This is where lightweight and tiny Linux distributions come in. They are distros that use very few resources as opposed to traditional Linux-based operating systems like Ubuntu and Fedora. Such distributions are useful if you are stuck with a low-spec'ed computer or are planning to blow the dust off that Pentium-II rotting in your attic.
So, without further ado, here's a list of tiniest Linux distributions that will help you resuscitate your dying PC: