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which OS requires minimum disk space (it should have a basic desktop) ? The latest ubuntu requires 5gb

while winXP requires 1.5GB

Any other OS which requires even less?

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A lot depends on what you define as a basic desktop. Base OS? Base OS plus graphical shell? GUI plus modern browser, mail client, office apps, vlc, ... ? – Hennes Nov 18 '12 at 16:59
Gentoo, you can build up your system; if you want even less, try Linux From Scratch. – Tom Wijsman Nov 18 '12 at 16:59
The right URL for Ubuntu information is:… – TFM Nov 18 '12 at 17:01
@Hennes I need a base OS with Graphical shell...browser, mail client, office apps come later and not to be included in the minimum space requirement. – user603125 Nov 18 '12 at 17:05
Thanks guys will check it out – user603125 Nov 18 '12 at 17:07

Depends on your needs. Do you need a GUI? Is this computer just for random messing around? You're hard pressed to find an OS that is less than 1.5 GB these days. Win 2000 is 650 MB, but you'll run into compatibility issues with modern software.

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Mike, I wont be using it as my primary machine, it will just be for messing around and I wont be installing too many modern softwares. Just a basic PC with a desktop – user603125 Nov 18 '12 at 17:11

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