Top Linux Quick Boot Distros
There are various Linux quick boot distros available, although the ability of the distro in question to boot quickly does depend on the hardware it is running on. Listed below are some of the more popular fast booting options.
Intended as a user-friendly, cloud-centric OS, Peppermint Ice (left) is ideal for older computers whose owners aren’t bothered about updating them but desire access to the latest and most popular web services such as Facebook, YouTube, etc. Peppermint Ice can boot in under 30 seconds, and this 407 MB distro (which also has a small footprint) can be downloaded from peppermintos.com/download.
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Ubuntu Netbook Edition
In response to the growing popularity and availability of netbooks over the past few years a new version of Ubuntu specifically for such devices has recently been released. Ubuntu Netbook Edition (pictured, right, and also known as Ubuntu Light) is available from www.ubuntu.com/netbook/get-ubuntu/download and provides a wealth of applications to allow the user to perform standard tasks once it boots. Boot time is around 45 seconds.
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Tiny Core Linux
If all you’re looking to do is to quickly boot a computer and get online, Tiny Core Linux could be the answer. Weighing in at just 10 MB, Tiny Core Linux is unsuitable for advanced or even standard use, but makes an excellent fast-boot Internet-connected alternative to the other distros listed here. Visit distro.ibiblio.org to get your copy.
Meanwhile, you might also try a stripped down solution such as Puppy Linux, which is good for fast booting, although this distro is also intended for recovery purposes. Damn Small Linux also falls into this category.