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You could try Arch Linux. It contains Firefox and Thunderbird in its official packages. It's definitely more work to install than Ubuntu, but if you want a lightweight installation, you can get some great results. I can measure the boot time on my (pretty old) laptop if you're interested, I think it's under 15 sec. Without Firefox, the memory consumption ...


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If you copy the partitions/mbr/gpt 1:1 there's nothing you'll have to do. You may as well just copy all files, but you'll have to ensure that the partition is marked as active (and you're using the proper disc format for your BIOS, i.e. MBR vs. GPT).


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Try Sabayon. I installed the KDE and Gnome flavors in two different laptops (HP & Toshiba) already having Win8 pre-installed, meaning that I happily ended with dual booting. Only one USB writing software worked well to create the pen drive, rufus_v1.4.3.exe I used. Rufus has the ability to format the pen drive as EFI if asked to do so; so I did and ...


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Linux is hands down better at fixing Windows than Windows. Linux ignores the "special files" so you can, for example, file copy from one hard disk to another and boot off that hard disk. The best distro is Ubuntu Rescue Remix, however it doesn't have GUI. If you want a GUI then download a standard Ubuntu image, burn it to disk and run that. It has most of ...


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Maybe an extremely light Linux distribution such as Damn Small Linux would suit your needs. Another option could be Arch Linux as it's build is well documented and you start with a very basic distribution. You could then disable all services that are not required, thus making the OS footprint as small as you require.



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