I am getting a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B with 1 GB RAM and quad core processor. I am looking for a light weight operating system to install on it. I will be using it mostly for web browsing. I was thinking of Ubuntu, but the standard Ubuntu already eats up most of the RAM. Is there a light version of Ubuntu without all the unnecessary background processes? Or perhaps another light linux distribution that is still not too primitive? I wonder how good raspbian is? Any thoughts?

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    We don't know what criteria you would use to choose between the options. You need to do your own research.
    – joan
    Jul 5 '16 at 17:28
  • The criteria is minimum ram usage wiithout being command-line to provide good web browsing experience.
    – rmf
    Jul 6 '16 at 4:11
  • Light weight Ubuntu for Raspberry Pi 3? I think you are looking for Ubuntu MATE for Raspberry Pi.
    – Ébe Isaac
    Jul 26 '16 at 4:28
  • Mate is just nicer and more friendly but more resource hungry than Raspbian. youtube.com/watch?v=2y_yLW9Y7KU
    – rmf
    Jul 26 '16 at 8:23

I'm very happy with Raspbian on the Pi 3. Tho I'd be much happier with a 64-bit version, but the 32-bit version is already fast enough.



I can't say that the GUI is eating all resources. You could try the Windows OS to get some punishment.


Different OS's are best at different things. But if you are wanting to do web browsing, the Raspberry Pi isn't a very good device for that. The GUI bogs the Pi down, making browsing painful. Raspberry Pi's are best used for command-line accessible processing power.

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    I disagree they're ok ish as long as you don't expect too much, he said he's getting a pi 3 B not a 2 A or something similar, it's more powerfull than the pc i had when i started by a long shot and that did web browsing just fine Jul 5 '16 at 19:37
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    I agree with @RonanThibaudau the pi 3 and 2 are just fine for web browsing. In fact i am writing this comment from my pi.
    – sir_ian
    Jul 5 '16 at 19:57

Unless you have any reason to go with a particular distro i'd stick with raspbian that is tailor made for the raspberry

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