I likely have a number of ideas to suggest, but I would prefer to see the OP's response to Brian's question, so as to steer him in an optimal direction.What's the plan ?
There was a similar topic on this forum before. Read this link:I am looking for something I can boot from a USB.
The laptop has 16GB of storage, the USB stick has 4GB. Sorry for the confusion.
I intend to boot from the USB over and over again.Other than your storage space, you're really not all that limited. 4 GB is low, but I think every distro out there has a lower minimum requirement.
Do you intend to boot it from the USB over and over again, or just boot to USB once and install the distro?
(I may not be immediately available to answer, so hopefully someone else will pick it up from here. Perhaps with more questions. Be sure to see the links Condo posted.)
A bit more detail please......when you say you are looking for something you can boot from a usb....does that mean you do not wish to store any apps/data/pics/music on the 16gb hdd ?.....and then in turn does that mean you wish to store apps/data etc on the usb stick?...via persistence?
Or, if you simply want the chosen OS to boot from a usb stick, then all those you have shown will/have to boot from a usb
Do you perhaps intend to use this for secure banking access ?
What's the plan ?
I think it would be a good idea to learn how to use Linux commands, etc. So all I really need is a desktop environment.
I tried running Peppermint OS on my other laptop to test it and my keyboard and touchpad were not recognized by Peppermint. I also tried FossaPup and BionicPup but my keyboard and touchpad were still not being registered. That drove me away from using those distros.OK I have an acer netbook [spec a bit lower than yours] it has a 16gb Zif drive and only 1,5 ram, up to recently it was running Peppermint, now it runs MX-linux,[ both medium weight distros] I store anything I wish to keep on an additional sd card [8gb]
BUt as always I sugest you download a few different ones and run them live , this will enable you to see which runs best on your kit [some will run better than others] and which you like the feel of best.
Pity you didn't say in the first place...Yes, it is a Chromebook.