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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
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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.

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

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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 – Ronan Thibaudau 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
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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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